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Second Sunday in Advent, December 4, 2022, Matthew 3:1-12, Getting Ready for Jesus. John the Baptist was chosen by God to be the final prophet of Israel and the one who would prepare the way for Messiah. John did so by preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As we busy ourselves with all the preparations for our Christmas celebrations, John reminds of the one thing needed to be ready to both celebrate Christmas and to rejoice at the coming of Jesus in glory – to repent and to bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

 

Third Sunday in Advent, December 11, 2022, Matthew 11:2-15, Don’t Be Offended.When John the Baptist was in prisoned, he sent messengers to Jesus to ask if He was indeed the Messiah or if he should look for another. Jesus sent the messenger back to tell John of all that Jesus was doing and added, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Many today are indeed offended by Jesus. While there is much about Him to love, there are some things that just don’t sit right with people. But all who accept Jesus for who He is and take His words to heart will be greatly blessed.

 

Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 18, 2022, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, False Prophets Then and Now.God promises through Moses that Israel would have a succession of prophets who would resemble Moses in function as they declared the Word of the Lord. But unfortunately, there were also many false prophets in Israel’s history; and there are many today. Fortunately, the Bible tells us how to know who is who. Moses here also describes a prophet having a unique relationship with the Lord, one no other prophet enjoyed. He would be a new and greater Moses. We are to listen to Him. Any one who contradicts the Words of our Lord is not a true prophet.

 

Christmas Eve, December 24, Luke 2;1-20, What will You do with the Gift of Christmas?When we get Christmas gifts, we have options. If we really aren’t that thrilled with the gift, we can put it on a shelf or file it away somewhere and forget about it, or donate it to some type of thrift store. Maybe someone else will want it. If a gift receipt is included, we can choose to return the gift. We can take it back and get the money and buy something else we want. Or we can be thankful for the gift and use in way intended. Jesus is forever the gift of Christmas. We have options in what we will do with this gift as well. What will we do with Him?

 

Christmas Day, December 25. Our Christmas Day service will be a service of lessons and carols. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings or lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of hymns and Christmas carols.

 

Video Illustration about fear - SermonCentral.comThe Second Sunday of Christmas, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2023, No Fear in the New Year. We often enter the new year with mixed feelings. We enjoy the opportunity for new beginnings, a chance to do some things differntly. At the same time we face the unknown future. The first is easy to deal with and causes us no concern. The later, however, can cause us great fear. But we can, even now, declare “No Fear in the New Year.” Why? Because God’s got this (no matter what “this” is). Just as God was watching out for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph following the visit of the wisemen, so He has us in His sights and in His hands as well.