Live As The Children Of The Light

ChildrenOfLight Tommy Gore 1-1-2017

We live in a culture that is hyper-sensitive to anything approaching “judgmental.” There are at least two things we ought to keep in mind:

1) We ought to avoid actually being judgmental, harsh toward others, lacking in mercy and compassion. Jesus figured out how to be a friend of sinners without being a sinner. People need to see the father of the Prodigal Son in us—that repentance will bring a sinner to an open door.

2) We need to remember that God is allowed to make judgments about right and wrong and He has done so. Discernment between right and wrong, between light and darkness, is essential if we are to live as children of light.

What a joy to no longer be infants but to grow up in all things and become more like Christ. Scripture Readings: 1 Peter 1:3-5, Ephesians 4:32-5:2; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 4:17-5:20

God's Gift To The World

GodsGift Tommy Gore 12-25-2016

Timothy Keller makes some thoughtful observations in Hidden Christmas: As a Christian believer, I am glad to share the virtues of the day with the entirety of society. The secular Christmas is a festival of lights, a time for family gatherings, and a season to generously give to those closest to us and to those in greatest need. These practices are enriching to everyone, and they are genuinely congruent with the Christian origins of the celebration. Because of the commercial indispensability of Christmas, it will remain with us as a secular festival. My fear is, however, that its true roots will become more and more hidden to most of the population. The emphasis on light in darkness comes from the Christian belief that the world’s hope comes from outside of it. The giving of gifts is a natural response to Jesus’ stupendous act of self-giving, when he laid aside his glory and was born into the human race. The concern for the needy recalls that the Son of God was born not into an aristocratic family but into a poor one. The Lord of the universe identified with the least and the most excluded of the human race. Scripture Readings: Luke 2:4-7, Luke 2:8-14; Sermon Scripture - Luke 2:8-146

Live As Children Of Light

ChildrenOfLight Tommy Gore 12-18-2016

We live in a culture that is hyper-sensitive to anything approaching “judgmental.” There are at least two things we ought to keep in mind:

1) We ought to avoid actually being judgmental, harsh toward others, lacking in mercy and compassion. Jesus figured out how to be a friend of sinners without being a sinner. People need to see the father of the Prodigal Son in us—that repentance will bring a sinner to an open door. [Forgetting this might be a special temptation for the older generation.]

2) We need to remember that God is allowed to make judgments about right and wrong and He has done so. Discernment between right and wrong, between light and darkness, is essential if we are to live as children of light. [Forgetting this might be a special temptation for the younger generation.]

What a joy to no longer be infants but to grow up in all things and become more like Christ. Scripture Readings: Matthew 2:9-12, Ephesians 4:20-24; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 4:17-5:20

A Christmas Carol

AChristmasCarol Ben Herchenhahn 12-11-2016

Ben Herchenhahn - A Christmas Carol




Scripture Readings: John 1:1-5; Sermon Scripture - Philippians 2:3-8

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