Find Hope in Holiday Stress

Yep.. it is that time of year again.  Our tree is up, and my wife has already been playing lots of Christmas music around the house. We made it through Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to Christmas, and the new year.

MOST of our holiday time is happy, but SOME of it is definitely stressful.  Can you relate?  How do you find hope in the holidays?

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Saying Goodbye and Saying Hello

Over the last two weeks, Maina Mwaura has been bringing some powerful messages.  I’ve heard so much positive feedback, that I thought we should take a break from our Year Of The Bible discussion, and talk about “Saying Goodbye and Saying Hello.”

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The Birth of the Church

We’re progressing through the New Testament quickly, moving from Acts to Romans this week.  Let’s pause and take a look at the early church and what they were all about. Were they doing the same things we are doing?

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Jesus Skips Out on the Crowd

This week’s lifegroup discussion questions tie both to our recent Year of the Bible reading, as well as this past Sunday morning message.  I hope that’s okay with you.

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Jesus as the Crucified Messiah

Our vision of who Jesus really is can be dramatically influenced by our traditions and incorrect understandings. Gospel writer Luke understood this, and presents Jesus through the eyes of many various onlookers to discover Jesus the Crucified Messiah.

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Jesus: God With Us

Normally, we think of this concept at Christmas time.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

“Emmanuel” means “God with us,” a title from the Old Testament given symbolically to Jesus. This symbolic name reminds us that God Himself clothed himself in the person of Jesus for us.

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Jesus As Israel?

The narratives of the gospels really present a different type of reading for us, don’t they?  Matthew’s gospel, in particular, is very unique in the way he represents Jesus to us. Today we are going to look carefully and read deeply to see how Matthew ties Jesus to the Old Testament story of Israel, bridging the gap between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

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