Here's the link to the Ron Martoia article I referenced in the devotional.
Be sure to be here Sunday for a discussion about what we should resolve to do and be in 2010.
If you'd like to read ahead, please read and meditate on Ephesians 4:1-16 and Acts 2:42-27.
Find out what happens when an insincere king mixes it up with sincere Christ-seekers. The king gets exposed as someone who uses scripture and people to benefit himself, and the magi from the east leave us an example of sincerity in seeking Jesus.
Sermon: Sincere and Insincere Worship (Matthew 2:1-12)
What happens when an insincere king mixes it up with sincere seekers of Jesus? Find out on Sunday.
(From Matthew 2:1-12)
The Christmas spirit is not about the coziness of the manger scene on many Christmas cards. The Christmas spirit is about humbling yourself like Jesus did and serving others in his name.
Just as we trust and follow road signs as we drive, we need to trust and follow God's signs. In Isaiah, God promised a sign of deliverance in the form of a baby...and he calls us to orient our lives around that sign. God's gift to us is a child, a baby called "Immanuel," which means, "God is with us."
Sermon: Trusting God's Sign
Accompanying slides can be viewed here.
Jesus is God's sign that God is with us. We need to trust God's sign. (From Isaiah 7:10-14 and Matthew 1:22-23)
These slides are a rough draft. I'm out of town from today through Saturday and won't have an internet connection, so I posted early. See you Sunday!
We desire God's peace in our lives at our most anxious times. But God's peace is available to us all the time. Find out how by listening to this audio devotional.
Thanks to a technical problem caused by yours truly, you'll have to put up with a shortened version of my sermon!
Repentance is not based in feelings but in action that lives out God's kingdom values. Repentance requires a response, demands that we live a lifestyle that shares God's love with others, and requires specific actions on our part.
Sermon: Repentance Requires Response