The Original Sign of Immanuel – Isaiah 7:1-14 At Christmas we are used to hearing about the “sign of Immanuel” and that the “virgin will conceive a child.” Rarely does a Christmas sermon look back to the original context of the Immanuel passage. But Matthew may very well have intended his readers to remember the…

God Will Visit His People – Luke 1:68 In Luke 1:5 we are introduced to Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. Like many couples in the Old Testament, they were childless and too old to have any children, yet Zechariah is told by the angel Gabriel that his wife will have a…

As we set aside this time of year to reflect on the things for which we are thankful, take time to consider Project: Renewal and the reasons our facility and building is being renewed: 1) 18 years of increasing ministry activity in a well-worn facility 2) God placing Rush Creek in the middle of the…

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Why Was Jesus Born in Bethlehem? At this time of year we sing the carol O Little Town of Bethlehem. Everyone knows that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and “laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn.” Almost every word of that phrase has been exploded into a plot point for…

It’s hard to believe the temporary wall—that was feeling a bit more per-manent—has finally come down. The floor isn’t pretty…yet. But stay tuned. This week I was noting all the newness that will be experienced in the first few minutes of entering our new family-friendly entrance. So let’s take a virtual tour: Even as you…

According to Acts 17:4, many were convinced and joined Paul, establishing a church in the city of Thessalonica. Luke uses another term which indicates Paul was a persuasive orator: he “persuaded” many and they were joined to Paul. Paul has success among some of the Jews, but many of the God-Fearers and prominent women. The…

Acts 17:1–4 (ESV) Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to…

As is typical in the book of Acts, Luke uses a series of short episodes to describe how a church is established in a new community. The city of Philippi was a Roman colony when Paul arrived and “the leading city of Macedonia” (v. 12). Luke described the ministry of Paul in communities with sizable…

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