Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year

Who are the happiest people you know? In this week's passage (2 Corinthians 8:1-5), Paul describes some of the happiest people he knew, and it may not be for the reason you might think. Join us this week to find out how you truly can have a Happy New Year.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Greatest Announcement

We live in a world of the great announcement. Every store has "the biggest sale of the year." Every car dealership has "the lowest prices in town." And anyone who has seen the movie "Elf" knows there is a diner in New York that has "the world's best cup of coffee."

We see through the hyperbole. We know there will be another sale, a better price, or another cup of coffee that's just a little bit better. In the end, we don't really care - it's just another announcement trying to get us to buy something.

Not so with the announcement in Luke 2:8-14. Come this Sunday to hear what truly is the greatest announcement in all history.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

No Small Parts

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors - Constantin Stanislavski

Don't worry; I don't know who Constantin Stanislavski is either. If Wikipedia can be trusted, he was a Russian author and actor who developed the technique called "method acting." I'm not sure what that is - my acting career consisted of memorizing a grand total of three lines. In four different plays.

Whatever Mr. Stanislavski was talking about, it certainly is true in the account of Jesus' birth. Each individual played an important role in God's purpose. That's because we all play an important role in God's purpose. In this week's message from Matthew 1:18-24, we will discover how significant you are in God's plan as we look at the life of Joseph.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Yes Message

Text messaging is changing the way we communicate. Not only is the technology changing the way we send our message, it's changing the message itself. Text messages, by nature, have to be short. My thumbs can only type so many words at a time. Necessity being the mother of invention, we have witnessed the rise of the emoji. These small symbols, originally faces created with colons for eyes and symbols for the mouth, have evolved into little drawings to express emotions that used to require an entire paragraph. For example, "The guy in front of me in the checkout line is taking forever to finish. I have no idea when I will get home for dinner. It is entirely possible that I'm going to spend the rest of my life reading the gum wrappers at Walmart." has become :\

This week, we look at the second of the Christmas announcements, the angel informing Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. Her amazingly brief acceptance of the Lord's call on her life reveals how we should all be ready, when the Lord calls, to say "Yes."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The right side of the fence

While driving down the road, I saw a horse craning its head through the barbed wire fence to eat on the other side. Further down the road, was a deer, gingerly walking along the road. How silly, I thought -- they both have wide open fields....why are they endangering themselves by going elsewhere?

Many times, we, too, are the same way. The grass looks greener, or we'll just go 'there' for just a little bit...we'll be careful...and all the while, God is providing us with wide open fields of blessing and protection.

He provides blessings that make our cup overflow....we have all spiritual blessings...he gives more than we can ask or imagine. We have no reason to look elsewhere.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


From time to time I'm glad the the powers in charge do something I despise - the emergency broadcast system. The "alarm" signal used by radio and television stations to signal an emergency announcement has to be the most annoying sound ever created, right up there with fingernails on the chalkboard. When the sound goes off, however, we all know what it means. Either it's a test of the system, or time to go to the basement.

Some announcements are essential to hear. The announcements of the Savior's birth are the most significant of all. Over the next several weeks, we are going to prepare for the Christmas season by surveying the announcements surrounding this extraordinary event, announcements we all need to hear.

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