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Let Jesus Show!

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 comes to Christmas, I will always be a young, wide-eyed, excited boy. And when it comes to Christmas, I will always want it to be a day filled with wonder, joy, and excitement. For at least one day of the year, I want to

Sometimes You Gotta Sing

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, Heather and her singing friends did an outstanding job, but their sound would have soared through the rafters if I had been singing with the group. Well, since it is almost Christmas and we are in church, maybe I should adjust

A Revolution of Joy

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 substitute for joy, not unlike when people tell me that my sugar-free desserts taste just like they had real sugar in them. Well, not exactly! I want genuine joy for Christmas and for every day that follows, and there is the

About to Turn

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 for the forgiveness of sins, 3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 3:5 Every valley

Anhelo

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 carrying the Christmas goose. He does not set our sights on a living nativity that we can recreate outside Cove Hall tonight. Luke has not arrived singing, “Christmas is in the air,” but by crying out, “Advent is in the air.”

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