Finding Jesus This Christmas

  • Ordinary People: Zacharias & Elisabeth
    (#01)

    Date: Nov 29, 2011 | Passage: Luke 1:5-80

    Christmas is the record of God using a team of ordinary people to do extraordinary works for His Glory, and that is what we see first in the lives of the first couple we meet named Zachariah & Elisabeth. They were ordinary people, lived with ordinary problems, faced with all the ordinary troubles, stresses and pains of life. When we meet them they even had an ordinary response to God—mixed belief and unbelief.

  • Christmas: Religious But Lost
    (#02)

    Date: Nov 29, 2009 | Passage: Luke 1:5-80

    Here is a sobering thought from the Christmas story—there were a group of very good, and very religious people in Christ's day—who missed Heaven by only 18 inches.Can you imagine how horrible it would be to miss eternal life with God in the place He is making for us, and instead spend eternity in the blackness of darkness, suffering the searing pain of eternal fire?

  • The Two Kings of Christmas: Which is Your King
    (#03)

    Date: Dec 13, 2009 | Passage: Matthew 2

    Christmas is a time for us to soberly reassess all these fleetingly short days of our lives; and to refocus our hearts on the enduring investments God offers us to make; and to remember just what life is really all about. Next, in the Christmas story we can also see that the Bible presents us with two kings; and there is great insight to be gleaned from seriously considering: The Contrast of Those Two Kings

  • Seeing & Worshipping Our God in a Manger
    (#04)

    Date: Dec 24, 2009 | Passage: Luke 2:4-7

    To see God sent to Earth as a Baby in the Manger, please listen as I turn to Luke 2. There we see the scene in Bethlehem's stable where Luke describes how Jesus was laid in a manger.

  • Simeon: Ready to Go
    (#05)

    Date: Dec 27, 2009 | Passage: Luke 2:29

    Really Never Ready to Live--Until Ready to Die. Simeon was READY to go. He confessed that in Luke 2:29. And what does life look like when you are ready? He looked at all of life as a loading dock where he was busily loading a ship for sailing home. Life was lived to get ready for the cruise, all the prep time before the real event was just that: prep time, not the real goal. In one short verse, Simeon explains that being ready to go on the cruise called Heaven has three distinct parts. From his life we get a measuring stick for our own lives. We get a guide for trip preparation. Join me for a glimpse into one of the most fascinating and fruitful lives of the first century.