Text: Luke 2:1-20 I was raised in a family that adored Christmas. No matter what was happening in my parents’ lives or in the U.S. economy, Christmas was celebrated with abandon and joy at 98 Hermitage Road, Newport News, VA. Even when he could barely catch his breath after multiple heart attacks, when Christmas morning arrived, my dad was pure child. I will always be grateful for the gift of knowing someone who absolutely cherished Christmas. Thanks to my parents, when it c
Text: Luke 1:39-50 I want share a secret that only a few people know. I hesitate to reveal this secret, but the time has come for full disclosure. I hope no one will feel awkward when I share such an intimate secret, but today the truth must be told. The secret is this: I am a great singer. No, seriously! Occasionally, I will miss notes, invent a new pitch, and wreck harmonies to make most of you average singers feel comfortable. It is all a part of the act. Last week, Heathe
Text: Philippians 4:4-7 I know just what I want for Christmas. No more seasonal socks. No more Christmas ties. Not one more sweater. What I want for Christmas may sound a bit excessive, even greedy, but here it is. I want a life’s supply of joy, genuine joy. I do not want a “joy substitute” like happiness. Now, happiness is fine. I am a big fan of being happy, but happiness is fleeting; it depends almost entirely on mood and circumstance. Happiness is a poor and elusive subst
Text: Luke 3:1-6: Luke 3:1-6
3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene,
3:2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
3:3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance f
Texts: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36 Christmas is in the air. Carols are playing on the downtown mall. Tree lots are busy moving their merchandise. Decorations have been hung on street lights and crèches are being placed on mantles. For young children, it may feel like an eternity until December 25, but make no mistake, Christmas is in the air. So why is the church so slow to get in the Christmas mood? Luke has arrived on this first Sunday of December, but he is not carry