Posts tagged Christmas
You Are The Best Present // Luke 2:8-20

What is the best present you received for Christmas? Think of when you were 8 years old or 11 or 23; where is that present that you thought was the best? Christmas is a great day of anticipation for anyone who celebrates the holiday whether you are a Christian or not. Why? Because of the presents. What will I receive? What will be under the tree, in the driveway or in the stocking? The tradition of giving gifts and sharing meals over holidays finds its roots in the Old Testament as well as extra biblical traditions around the world.

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Glory to God in the Highest // Luke 2:14

What does it mean to glorify God? What is God's glory? Pastor and author John Piper describes God's glory this way, "I believe the glory of God is the going public of His infinite worth." It can be seen in the innocence and beauty that inhabit everyday life. The smile on a baby's face. The overwhelming sense of God's creative mastery when you drive into Kirkland (WA) and see the Olympic Mountains covered in snow and shrouded in clouds. The beauty of wedding, reverence of funeral and celebration of birth whisper glory. The angels join together in a chorus of song - praising God and declaring His glory at the birth of Jesus - the final movement of God to redeem mankind and creation.

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A Savior is Born // Luke 2:10-11

Ever try and move on in a relationship without addressing an underlying problem?  A husband and wife relationship soured by unresolved strife? A boss and worker experience a cold and distant relationship because of unmet expectations? A child and parent relationship is stuck because an offense has not been acknowledged? Before effective communication can happen the relationship needs repairing! People can try and get by (and many do) but the conflict still simmers in the background. Like trying to walk on a broken leg; it doesn't feel good.  We need healing. We need peace.

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Christmas Announces Good News for All People // Luke 2: 10

 "I got the job!" "She said, 'yes!'" "The offer was accepted!" "We shipped!" "Closed the deal!" "Dissertation done! I'm graduating!" "We're pregnant!" "The PET scan was all clear!" Good news is hard to contain! When we receive good news we instinctively want to share it; we say "behold! Look at what has happened!" The angels of Luke's Christmas narrative burst into human reality with such power, excitement and energy to announce Jesus' birth! Good news of great joy which will be for all people!

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