Sermon for Christmas Eve 2016: “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Life”

Gospel: Luke 2: 1-20

Sermon: “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Life”

Tonight we come together to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World: Jesus of Nazareth.
Over the past month, Kristen and I have helped our son, Paul, with an Advent calendar that features the Nativity scene with all animals and all the people we associate with the story of Jesus’ birth:
The angels, the shepherds, the Wise Men, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
As I look at the scene, my first reaction is peace and joy.
There’s little baby Jesus.
The one sent by the Father to save me, my family, and all of us.
But then I have another reaction.
I call it the December 26th reaction. Continue reading

Sermon for December 11, 2016: “God’s Map”

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

 

Sermon for December 11, 2016: “God’s Map”

 

It was the winter of 2009

and Kristen and I were celebrating

our first Christmas back in North Carolina.

 

And to help celebrate,

Kristen’s mom and dad were going to join us

for Christmas.

 

We were looking forward to seeing Jim and Nan

for the first time since we had moved from Arizona.

 

And then I had to mess it up.
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Grieving At Christmas: God Shares Our Tears

(Published in the High Point Enterprise Christmas In The Southern Triad 2016 Edition)

Christmas time is upon us once again.
And this time of year is a happy one for many people.
One can sense the joy and excitement in the faces of the people around us.
Yes, this is a time to be “merry and bright.” But for many people, Christmas can be a very sad time.
It can be a time where the loss of a loved one due to illness, accident, or age can be magnified. Continue reading