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Waiting for Christmas: Waiting for the Messenger, Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[b] 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,[c] “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,[d]     who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out … Continue reading

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Waiting for Christmas: Waiting for the Master, Mark 13:24-37

I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt: I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt:

The truth is, Advent is not as much about the afterglow of Christmas itself. It’s much more about pregnancy. Women, then, can tell you that pregnancy is anything but peaceful.
Pregnancy is chaos, up to the end. First, a new life is growing inside you. You can feel it. A woman’s body changes because of it. Fluctuations of emotions and physical pains/aches/cravings rock a woman’s body. There’s a flurry of activity. There’s the building of a nursery, the gathering of baby supplies like diapers, washcloths, bibs and bottles, baby clothes and God knows what else. All the while, you are not only working your heiny off, you’re waiting. Something is coming that has already begun to change your life and will change it drastically when it finally arrives. This child will change it all. Sometimes, it might even feel like your baby is the end of the world! And it is. The world as you know it will end, and a new, different one will take its place.

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“Sent: Jesus Sets Us Free,” Luke 4:16-19

Ms. Ruby Lanecia Rouse has a story about a Christmas eve a few years ago when she had the opportunity to host some very special guests. Room at the Inn is a national program in which different city churches invite … Continue reading

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Sent: Jesus Reconciles, Luke 2:8-15

  Part 1 of a sermon series based on “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas,” by Jorge Acevedo. Waffle House United Methodist pastor Jacob Armstrong tells of this story, that during one Advent season, his daughters asked him … Continue reading

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Crazy Cousin Johnny

This sermon was delivered at Lufkin UMC on December 8, 2013. Matthew 3:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven … Continue reading

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Criminally Royal

This sermon was delivered on November 24, 2013, at Jasper United Methodist Church. Luke 23:33-43 Common English Bible (CEB)   33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right … Continue reading

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The Advent Conspiracy: Love All

This sermon was delivered on December 23, 2012 at Wallace UMC.  Luke 1:39-55 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted … Continue reading

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