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  • The Faces Of Christmas - The Face Of Courage Series

    Contributed by Scott Kircher on Dec 12, 2010
    based on 25 ratings

    How do we walk a godly life? It takes great courage to live a life that follows God and not ourselves. What are some of the characteristics of a person who lives a life of courage? This morning we are going to see how Joseph exemplified courage to foll

    The Face of Courage - Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) The Faces of Christmas Series Slide Introduction Courage What picture comes to mind when you think of the word courage? I think there are a lot of people that think for a person to be courageous, they need to be fearless or do dangerous more

  • Love

    Contributed by Daniel Haas on Jan 5, 2011

    There are many nativity stories. Matthew has one too. Every story has its own focus. Matthew focuses on David's lineage, fulfilled prophecies, Jesus' name​ and love.

    Many Nativity stories - Matthew has one too - every story has its own focus - Mark starts with grown-up Jesus getting baptized by John​, heading right into ministry and his final days in Jerusalem​ - Luke makes sure he has the history right, dating it while Quirinius was governor of more

  • Christmas Is For-Giving Part 3 Forgetting Series

    Contributed by Gary Stebbins on Jan 6, 2011

    God, through the miracle birth - Jesus Christ, gave to mankind the gift of forgiveness to save us from our sins.

    Christmas is For-giving Part 3 Forgetting Introduction (adapted from a series by Craig Groeschel) Mat 1:18-21 God, through the miracle birth- Jesus Christ, gave to mankind- gift of forgiveness- to save us from- sins. Christmas is a time For-giving. We have been studying the whole truth of more

  • Promise, Shame, And Fulfillment

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Apr 28, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    Advent 1986: Everyone goes through a dynamic of promise, leading to shame, then leading to fulfillment, if we understand fulfillment as the presence of God.

    I like the little quip about the fellow who offered His prayer with all sincerity and with tremendous urgency. “Lord," he said, "Lord, give me the gift of patience, and give it to me right now!” Well, at least he knew his need even if he did not exactly demonstrate an understanding of more

  • When Jesus Comes: No Respect Series

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Apr 17, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Christmas Eve 1988: When Jesus comes as an infant, there is no respect, for he is the child of an unwed mother and is poor. When Jesus comes to the end of his life, there is no respect. But He redeems His status and can redeem ours.

    Comedian Rodney Dangerfield has made en entire career out of a single piece of business and a single punch line: "I don't get no respect". He will regale you with tales of his childhood, when the other kids used him as a punching bag and called him a host of unflattering names, and then he sums it more

  • The Promise Of The Gift Series

    Contributed by Denn Guptill on Dec 5, 2010
    based on 3 ratings

    Gifts are a major part of the Christmas celebration, our theme this year looks at "The Gift" that made Christmas what it is. Part one looks at the promise of that gift.

    The Gift of Christmas 1 When you think of Christmas what comes to your mind? Before you answer let me tell you a story I heard many years ago. It happened in a grade four Sunday School Class and the teacher was asking the class a question, I don’t know what the context was or why she was asking more

  • Joseph And The 1st Christmas

    Contributed by Jay Bunting on Dec 17, 2010
    based on 5 ratings

    This sermon examines how God uses Joseph to bring about the first Christmas.

    4 advent 10 Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph and the 1st Christmas For some reason many find themselves struggling with anxiety during the holiday season. There seem to be added stresses, pressures, hurts and frustrations. Holidays seem to magnify everyone for better and more often for worse. more

  • Prepare His Presence Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 18, 2010

    The Virgin Birth 1) Conceived (Matthew 1:18), 2) Confronted (Matthew 1:19–20), 3) Clarified, (Matthew 1:21) 4) Connected (Matthew 1:22-23), and 5) Consummated (Matthew 1:24-25).

    One of the most famous Christmas stories is entitled: "THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS", written by either Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston. It begins: ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the more

  • Conceptions- A God Thing

    Contributed by Howard Strickland on Nov 11, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    A word that promises to challege all who listen. We are created to be fruitful, grow and produce.

    Conceptions- A God Thing Matthew 1: 18-23 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a more

  • Christ In Us Through The Holy Spirit Series

    Contributed by Pedro Trinidad on Feb 25, 2011

    Christ is formed in us through the work of the Holy Spirit, just like the Holy Spirit did in order for Jesus to be born in this world.

    Key Text – Matthew 1:18 Key Idea – The Holy Spirit worked through a person to bring Jesus into the world. The same way today, the Holy Spirit works through us to bring Jesus to others. I. Matthew 1:18-20 a. “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary more

  • Joseph's Crazy Dream

    Contributed by Bradley Boydston on Dec 19, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    Story format sermon in special Christmas service with three parts interspersed with scripture reading and carols.

    READ -- Matthew 1:18-19 “This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not more

  • Joseph And Joseph Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 20, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Both Josephs trusted God in tight spots and uncomfortable situations. Both Josephs were pillars others could lean upon because they were faithful and spiritually responsible.

    Joseph and Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) 1. I have noticed that when I bring up the name of Martin Luther, most people think I am bringing up the name of Martin Luther King. 2. Why is that? Most people not into church history or history in general. Since we have a holiday designated for Martin more

  • The Labor Pains Of Christmas

    Contributed by Gus Lohrum on Dec 21, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    Consider the spiritual struggle of Joseph in his dream as spiritual labor pains we all go through as God leads us.

    The Labor Pains of Christmas Matthew 1:18-25 December 12, 2010 When a woman gives natural birth to a child there is immense pain. Comedian Carol Burnett said the pain was like imagining what we would feel if someone pulled your eye lid back over your head. But ultimately out of the pain of more

  • Joseph, An Obedient Servant

    Contributed by Peter Fisher on Dec 19, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    What can we learn from the bibles Silent Witness?

    Joseph @ the school Nativity - illustration At the school nativity play a boy desperately wanted to play the role of Joseph. He didn't get the part – he was to be the inn keeper. Instead the part of Joseph went to his greatest rival in the class. He was very upset. All through rehearsals he more

  • The Faces Of Christmas - The Face Of God Series

    Contributed by Scott Kircher on Dec 23, 2010
    based on 10 ratings

    Christmas Eve message that looks at why God came through Christ.

    The Face of God Matthew 1:18-25 Christmas Eve 2010 What does it mean that God showed his face among men? It means he loves us (John 3:16) It means he wants to be with us (Matthew 1:23; Slide Merry Christmas. We are glad that you are here this evening to worship Jesus, the Christ as you more