OPENING UP THE GOSPELS FOR ADVENT, wk. 3

by CLC_Staff on December 11, 2017

Sunday, December 17 – Third Sunday in Advent
During his four-week Advent series Pastor Tom will be preaching on the first chapter of each of the four Gospels.

Week Three: Opening Up the Gospel for Advent – Luke

Finally someone who knows how to write a book! Say what you’re going to do, then do it! I like the way Luke starts his book. In his beginning are some interesting clues about his view of Jesus. This week we look at this thoroughgoing gospel.

Scripture Reference: Luke 1:1-4

{ 0 comments }

OPENING UP THE GOSPELS FOR ADVENT, week 2

by CLC_Staff on December 4, 2017

Sunday, December 10 – Second Sunday in Advent
During his four-week Advent series Pastor Tom will be preaching on the first chapter of each of the four Gospels.

Week Two: Opening Up the Gospel for Advent – Mark

It’s the Christmas season, but as we examine the beginning of Mark, the Christmas story is nowhere to be found. Why start the good news when Jesus is an adult? Mark too has something specifically in mind by starting his story this way, in fact, it colors the whole gospel. This week we look at Mark’s view of Jesus.

Scripture Reference: Mark 1:1, 15-16

 

OPENING UP THE GOSPEL FOR ADVENT, week 1

by CLC_Staff on November 27, 2017

Sunday, December 3 – First Sunday in Advent
During his four-week Advent series Pastor Tom will be preaching on the first chapter of each of the four Gospels.

Week One: Opening Up the Gospel for Advent – Matthew

If you were trying to grab your reader’s attention (and don’t all authors want to do this?) I could hardly think of a worse way to start a gospel…with a list of names. Why does Matthew do this? We must assume he knows what he’s doing, and that this effort is superintended and authorized by the Holy Spirit. So this week, by Matthew’s odd beginning, we try to understand what message this entire gospel has for us. The message is included in this strange start.

Scripture Reference: Matthew 1: 1-25

GIVE THANKS

November 20, 2017

Give Thanks It’s appropriate to set aside a national day of Thanksgiving in our country. Even amidst the strife and daily headlines, there is still much to be thankful for. A quick computer search reveals some form of the word “thank” is used 142 times in the Bible. One of the best summaries is in […]

Read the full article →

A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY MATTERS

November 17, 2017

Clothe yourself… anyone who has had young children remembers helping them to get dressed each morning. Sooner (or sometimes later) they figure it out and dress themselves. That’s certainly the goal. Paul tries to help young Christians get dressed each morning too! The goal is to dress ourselves. It is a very practical skill for […]

Read the full article →

A STANDING OVATION

November 6, 2017

A Standing Ovation This week we will hear from Rev. Dale Matthews who will be giving the background leading up to the death of the first martyr for the Christian faith and then will explore what the “Heavenly” response was to that first ultimate sacrifice for one’s faith in Jesus Christ. Scripture Reference: Acts 7:54 […]

Read the full article →

MORE THAN COINCIDENCE

October 30, 2017

This week we welcome Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner Sermon Title: More Than Coincidence I want to help persons who have lost faith, or are losing faith, as well as those who wish to help persons who are struggling with faith. A recent poll by the Pew Research Institute on the landscape of American religious life […]

Read the full article →

November 19 – A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY MATTERS

October 24, 2017

Clothe yourself… anyone who has had young children remembers helping them to get dressed each morning. Sooner (or sometimes later) they figure it out and dress themselves. That’s certainly the goal. Paul tries to help young Christians get dressed each morning too! The goal is to dress ourselves. It is a very practical skill for […]

Read the full article →

THE “TO BE” LIST, week four

October 17, 2017

I Want To Be Peaceful We need more peace in the world. Peace of mind, peace and quiet, peace, not war. How do I make myself be at peace and create peace around me? Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:6-9; John 14:25-27

Read the full article →

THE “TO BE” LIST, week three

October 10, 2017

I Want To Be Humble Humility is a virtue oft recommended in the New Testament. One of the works of humility is not thinking about yourself. So… if we want to be more humble when do we start? If we think, “I want to be humble,” one is already thinking about oneself and … off […]

Read the full article →