Christmas Eve – “A Story Worth Believing”

The Christmas story is a story of a unwed mother, a soon-to-be husband trekking across the country on the back of a donkey, a back-alley birth and stable full of unlikely characters. It’s a messy story. A MESS that God steps into. The Christmas story is far from perfect. This is

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Prequel – “A Virgin…What??”

A virgin giving birth?? How does that even make sense?  And why does it matter? Well, Mary’s story is one that is rooted in the promises of God through the prophet Isaiah.  Her story provides the framework for not only WHAT is coming, but WHO. Read Isaiah 7:1-17 & Luke

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“Prequel”

“And you will call him Jesus.” To be sure, His name is Jesus. But, it’s also Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Savior, Lord… the list could go on and on. In the days past, Isaiah penned names for the savior which would accurately describe WHO Jesus

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Prequel – “The Awkward Cousin”

Every family has one…the one relative who’s just a bit off.  Jesus had it too; the bug-eating, leather-wearing, lives-in-the-desert cousin. Before we simply dismiss John as the crazy cousin, John’s story is deeply connected to God’s plan for humanity. And to fully understand Jesus’ coming to earth, we must first

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“Expect a Miracle”

Advent is not only a time to prepare for Christmas, it is the message that God’s dealings in our lives are often most effective when they come at our darkest times. The prophet Isaiah drew a vision of a beautiful future for God’s people, but it was in their worst

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