Eagerly Awaiting the One Who Loves Us
Hebrews 9:26b-28 • December 22, 2018 • Wes Van Fleet
Waiting can be hard for us. The command to wait is the second most used command in the Bible. If God sees waiting as a good thing, why do we struggle to wait? Listen and hear how the first appearing of Jesus creates in us the ability to wait for his second appearing with eager expectation.
Trusting God Against Impossible Odds
Matthew 1:18-25 • December 8, 2018 • Tim Cain
Have you ever found that your circumstances made it really hard to believe some of God’s promises? Well you certainly aren’t the first person to feel that way. Consider Joseph, his fiance is pregnant and all that he knows for certain that he is not the father. And then an angel comes and calls Joseph to trust God and take Mary as his wife anyway. That would be hard. In this sermon we will see that just like Joseph the hardest thing God is calling us to do this Christmas is to trust him. We will also see that because the Christmas story is true and God really did come in the flesh you and I have all that we need to trust God even against the most impossible odds.
Jesus, Women, and the Sexually Exploited
Matthew 1:1-17 • December 1, 2018 • Tim Cain
In Matthew 1 Jesus shows that there is room in his family for outsiders. In a male dominated culture Jesus made room for women, in a Jewish culture Jesus included foreigners and in an honor/shame culture Jesus welcomed the sexually exploited. Matthew's genealogy is Jesus way of saying to each of these groups "I see you, I know your stories and you matter to me."