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Advent marks the beginning of another year in the cycle of Scriptures that presents the narrative of the love of God revealed to the world.
 
December 2 – The first week of Advent points directly at Christ’s coming. Even though there is some apocalyptic language, the overall tenor of this Sunday is one of hope and encouragement. Though fear and foreboding are significant elements of this event, Jesus says, “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Lk. 21:28). Signs will be given, and God’s people must be alert, constantly praying for strength, in preparation to “stand before the Son of Man” (Lk. 21:36, NRSV).
 
December 9 – Week two begins with the question from Malachi, “who can stand when he appears?” (Mal. 3:2), which serves as a hinge point from the “stand” imagery of the previous week. This Sunday’s emphasis address issues of justice, purification, and refining that will accompany Jesus’ coming.
 
December 16 – The third week of Advent is always an occasion of joy. With these Scripture lessons, however, comes an expectation that the people of God will “do” something to be a part of the inheritance promised to Abraham. Zephaniah instructs the people to “not let your hands grow weak” (Zep. 3:16), and John offers further teaching: “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Lk. 3:7-16).
 
December 23 – The promise to Abraham is not forgotten in week four, in which Mary sings and recalls the covenant of old that shows God’s mercy and justice. There are senses of preparation and nesting as both Bethlehem and Mary receive word of Jesus’ coming. Both Bethlehem and Mary will be agents of welcoming God in flesh to earth.

December 24 – Christmas Eve then becomes the point of arrival as Christ–the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”–comes to the world. In the ways Jesus comes, however, it is often easy to become so overwhelmed that we cannot see the presence or work of Christ around us. Just like Mary and Joseph, we find ourselves searching for Jesus, despite knowing all the places and ways in which Christ can be found. However, the promise we are given with the story of the Epiphany is that all who search for Jesus will find him.

Jesus is coming! It is our responsibility to “prepare the way” and get ready.

Dec 9, 2018
Prepare the Way – Refine
Week two begins with the question from Malachi, “who can stand when he appears?” (Mal. 3:2), which serves as a hinge point from the “stand” imagery of the previous week. This Sunday’s emphasis address issues of justice, purification, and refining that will accompany Jesus’ coming.
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  • Dec 9, 2018Prepare the Way – Refine
    Dec 9, 2018
    Prepare the Way – Refine
    Week two begins with the question from Malachi, “who can stand when he appears?” (Mal. 3:2), which serves as a hinge point from the “stand” imagery of the previous week. This Sunday’s emphasis address issues of justice, purification, and refining that will accompany Jesus’ coming.
  • Dec 2, 2018Prepare The Way: Stand
    Dec 2, 2018
    Prepare The Way: Stand
    The first week of Advent points directly at Christ’s coming. Even though there is some apocalyptic language, the overall tenor of this Sunday is one of hope and encouragement. Though fear and foreboding are significant elements of this event, Jesus says, “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Lk. 21:28). Signs will be given, and God’s people must be alert, constantly praying for strength, in preparation to “stand before the Son of Man” (Lk. 21:36, NRSV).
  • Nov 25, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Empowered
    Nov 25, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Empowered
    Pastor David delviers his concluding message focusing on the lessons we can learn from the Twelve Disciples (Based on John MacArthur's book "Twelve Ordinary Men). This morning, Pastror discusses how the apostles were empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost enabling them to do extraordinary thinggs even though they were simple men.
  • Nov 18, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Matthew & Thomas – Transformed
    Nov 18, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Matthew & Thomas – Transformed
    In the penultimate sermon in his sermon series studying the Twleve Apostles, Pastor David highlights Matthew and Thomas, two men whose lives were transformed by Jesus. They serve as a perfect example of how our lives can also be transformed.
  • Nov 11, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Nathanael – The Guilless One
    Nov 11, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Nathanael – The Guilless One
    Pastor David continues his sermon series this morning on the lessons we can learn from tyhe tweove apostles. This morning, in considering Nathanael (Bartholomew), Pastor David encourages all disciples of Jesus Christ to become students of the Bible as Nathanael was.
  • Nov 4, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Philip – The Bean Counter
    Nov 4, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Philip – The Bean Counter
    In the sixth segment of Pastor David's sermon series on the Lesson of the Twelve, he helps us take a look at Philip. The lessons we learn from Philip include realizing that the Church is supposed to be a place of inclusiveness; as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to have a searching and evangelical heart.
  • Oct 28, 2018Lessons of the Twelve
    Oct 28, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve
    In our next message of the Lessons of the Twelve series, Pastor David examines stories from John's experiences and interactions with Jesus. As John matures in his faith, he moves from an emphasys on Truth to Love.
  • Oct 21, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: James – The Overzealous One
    Oct 21, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: James – The Overzealous One
    This morning, Pastor David continues his sermon series on lessons we can learn from the Twelve Disciples. Today, we look at James, who is probably the least known of the initial four disciples. Whatwe do know about James from thr Scriptures is that sometimes he let his passion and zeal get the better of him, seekling his desires instead of following Jesus' example.
  • Oct 14, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Andrew – The First Missionary
    Oct 14, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Andrew – The First Missionary
    Pastor David continues the sermon series in a character study of the Twelve Apostles. This morning, take a look at Andrew. Andrew was know for his calling of introducing others to Christ.
  • Oct 7, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Simon or Peter
    Oct 7, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Simon or Peter
    This moring, Pastor David continues his sermon series "Lessons of The Twelve", based on James MacArthur's book titled 'Twelve Ordinary Men'. This moring we look at the lessons from Simon Peter, who was transformed to become the effective leader of the apostles. It is a study in how God chooses & then equips leaders.