Veiled in flesh


    In the great Christmas Hymn “Hark The Herald” we find the words; “Veiled in flesh the God-head see Hail the incarnate deity…Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.” This is where we find ourselves this morning, looking once again into the manger of Bethlehem at the baby Jesus, and trying to …

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Do you know what I know?


    The Christmas story really begins with one Old Testament prophecy after another of a promised Savior; a coming King; the Messiah; who would redeem his people and reconcile them unto God the Father. The centerpiece, so to speak, of all these prophecies is Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will …

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“Do you see what I see?”


    Today’s part of the story tells us about a man named Simeon, whom, it seems had waited his whole lifetime for Christ to be born. Scripture says that it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Savior. Take a hard, long, look at …

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“Do you hear what I hear?”


    I love the words of this classic Christmas carol - ”Do You Hear What I Hear?” I almost have a picture in my mind – if this were a child’s Christmas story – of a small shepherd boy skipping away from the manger in Bethlehem singing; “Do you hear what I hear?” ...“Do you …

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Thanks-Living


    In Psalm 116, the Psalmist David asks the question; “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” If you really think about that question, there really is nothing materialistic or monetary that we can give God. He owns it all! I could say: “Because of all your benefits toward …

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A missionaries request.


Colossians 4:2-4 – “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20 – “Pray also …

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Religious things


Something I found stuffed in my Bible cover; AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows. BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Church. CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync. HOLY WATER: A liquid whose chemical formula is H2OLY. HYMN: A song of praise usually sung …

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Seek and Save


    In the first two parables, we have a picture of God who actively seeks that which is lost. In both cases the thing that was lost had to be sought after with great effort. The shepherd didn’t wait for the lost sheep to wander home and the woman didn’t sit around and wait for …

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That which was lost.


    This started out to be a journey in prayer. But, it seems God has turned the focus of my mind just a bit… and, He has put upon my heart that we really need to get a better understanding of many of those for whom we have been praying. In one of my sermons …

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It’s all about “us”.


    “Forgive us our trespasses” - A driver placed a note under the windshield wiper of his illegally parked car which read: "I’ve circled the block for 20 minutes. I’m late for an appointment, and if I don’t park here I’ll lose my job. “Forgive us our trespasses.” When he came back he found a …

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