Contributed on Dec 2, 2014
We spend so much time, energy, and money getting ready for Christmas, some will understandably ask, "What difference does Christmas really make? What's in it for me?" Paul provides an answer.
“The Difference Christmas Makes: The Benefits of Christmas” 1 Cor. 1:1-9 In 25 days it will be Christmas. Looking at everything that still needs to be done, checking out the calendar of all that will happen between now and then, fighting the commercialism that bombards us, and ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2014
It might just be that the most important fruit you give or receive this year will be the fruit of patience.
“The Difference Christmas Makes: The Fruit of Christmas” Exodus 34:1-10; 2 Pt. 3:8-18 “I can’t wait!” “I want it now!” “Why does it take so long?” “Hurry up!” Sound familiar? What makes you impatient? The wait in line at the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2014
If the birth of Jesus was good news that brought joy to all the people, why is it so tough to be joyful?
“The Difference Christmas Makes: The Attitude of Christmas” Ps. 126 The words are so familiar: “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around ...read more
Contributed on Dec 22, 2014
The very season which ought to bring security and hope instead brings insecurity and hopelessness. That's why we need to hear God's message to Samuel.
“The Difference Christmas Makes: The Security of Christmas” 2 Sam. 7:1-17 Christmas, for many people, is a time of great insecurity. There are adults whose frustrations increase and self-image drops because they cannot provide gifts for their children. Some children feel unloved or ...read more