Sermons from December 2023

Sermons from December 2023

What Child is This?

Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to herand said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she wasgreatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting thismight be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you havefound favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear ason, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called theSon of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth inher old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her whowas called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Marysaid, “Behold, I am the servant  of the Lord; let it be to me according to yourword.” And the angel departed from her.

Immanuel – God With Us

Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,…

Striving to Enter God’s Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

You Are Like Sheep Among Wolves

Matthew 10:14-25 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. 16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and…