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Sermons

Becoming Citizens of God’s Kingdom

Here is the glorious news: Because God has rescued us from darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his Son, we are people through whom power is perfected in weakness, wisdom in the foolishness of the cross, glory in humility. We are free to serve the people around us. We are free to serve the people in our country. We are free to serve without being swept up in efforts to wield power.

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E100 New Testament: Week 11, Day 55

Baptism and Temptation – Matthew 3:13-4:17

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E100 New Testament: Week 11, Day 54

John the Baptist – Luke 3:1-20

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E100 New Testament: Week 11, Day 53

The Birth of Jesus–Luke 2:1-40

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E100 New Testament: Week 11, Day 52

Gabriel’s Message – Luke 1:1-80

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E100 New Testament: Week 11, Day 51

The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18

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The Un-Christmas Story?

This vignette at the beginning of Jesus’ life illuminates the horrific nature of evil more clearly than any other part of the Gospel, except the Crucifixion. Is this even a Christmas story? The whole course of history declares humanity’s need for a Savior. Yet, God’s plan for salvation has not been, and cannot be, thwarted.

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

Christ comes in a birth that remains, like all life, a holy mystery. His is a holy mystery around which we can wrap our arms. He came in a tiny body that we can swaddle and rock. He came with needs for warmth, for milk, for nurture that even we can lay hold of. The Lord, love himself, came to us, giving us himself so that we could comprehend him. He came to us, giving us himself so we could receive him.

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God’s visit among the ordinary

God has been doing something new in each of us for quite some time — our whole lives, in fact. God is giving us a new beginning. God has made us his children. God is with us and will never abandon us. He rejoices over us. Have you not heard? Have you not seen? The angels, even tonight, are singing over us, rejoicing that the Savior has come.

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Christmas Out-of-Doors

Christmas comes first to those who are living out-of-doors. The shepherds who lived outside are the first ones invited inside, into the new household of God inaugurated by the birth of the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord.

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