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

Keep The Unity Of The Spirit

UnityofSpirit Tommy Gore 12-04-2016

I chuckled at the headline Friday morning after the Dallas Cowboys won their eleventh straight game: Dak Dynasty. The reference was to Dak Prescott, the fourth-round draft pick for quarterback who stepped up when Tony Romo went down with an injury early in the season. Now he has led the Cowboys to their best season in years and firmly secured the starting quarterback position. As impressive as Dak’s athletic skills so has been Romo’s conduct in an uncomfortable situation. To my knowledge he has handled his demotion well. He has not distracted the team with some disruptive fit of anger over the loss of his starting position. The unity of the team was treated as more important than his ego. Unity in the church is a sign of maturity. We also are called to yield our ego to the need for unity among God’s people. Let’s keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Scripture Readings: Matthew 2:6-8, Ephesians 4:1-6; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 4:1-16

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