What if Christ did not come? What if Christmas did not happen? For many of us, we know all to well what it is like when Christ does not come. Life is absent of love. It is full of wickedness and evil. We feel forgotten. It in this middle of this that Malachi receive a dream of a White Christmas…that Christ will come! This is Good News for some and Bad News for others; both of which have implications for us today.
Advent is a seed of hope planted in the soil of despair. We often enter advent with certainty. We know all about the Christmas story. It happens the same way at the same time every year. We come, nonetheless, because of the uncertainties in our lives. We come to Advent, because of our despairs, looking for hope. In the middle of Jeremiah 33, we find an Advent. What if this Christmas God wants to advent us by making us into a brand new creation?
Sometimes life has us sitting atop the wall. Other times we are left to climb the wall. On rare occasions, however, we have fallen off the wall and feel forgotten. In this sermon, we are reminded that “God’s faithfulness outreaches man’s forgetfulness.” Even when we feel forgotten, God’s faithfulness reaches out to us and catches us before we fall.
It is amazing what you can discover in a famine when you must learn to make do with what you have. Better yet, it is amazing who you can discover is present with you in the famine. When you have a “what” shortage, there is a shortage of supply. When there is a “who” shortage, there is a shortage of a source. In this sermon, we ask the question: How do we worship God when even when He appears to be in short supply?
When there are more mouths than there are mashed potatoes, grandma always said to “add some water.” The quickest way to stay in a famine is to hold on to what you have left. But, the quickest way out of a famine is release, or give, what you are holding on to. In this sermon, we discover from 1 Kings 17: 7-24 that there are two ways to give. First, we give out of what we have. Second, we give out of who we are. This sermon challenges us to “add some water” and give thanks in the famine.
For many of us, when we think of Thanksgiving we imagine a feast. It is from of that feast we learn to give thanks. What do we do when Thanksgiving arrives during a time of famine? In this sermon, we explore what it is to be in a famine with God. We also learn how to give thanks in midst of that kind of famine.
“If you see a good fight, get in it!” The question is not are you fighting something or someone but rather is the fight you are in worth it? We all have been in fights that we can look back on and see that they were not worth it. But, if we determine the fight is worth it, then by all means get in it! In Mark 5: 21-43 we encounter two different people in two different kind of fights. According to Jesus, these two people have one thing in common: Faith. In this sermon, we learn together how to fight with faith even when the outcome is not what we expect.
There is still life after the crazy. Craziness has a way of entering into each of our lives. When it does, we often find ourselves sucked into the cycle of crazy: rejection, isolation, limitation, desperation and repetition. Jesus has come to speak order to our crazy. When He does, everything changes!