Deeper Than The Hype

Good News of Great Joy

In this Sunday’s narrative we encounter shepherds, a heavenly host, the baby lying in the manger and Mary pondering things in her heart. This dramatic scene is acted out by children every year. But deeper than the usual storytelling are truths that help us to understand the nature of the gospel. We discover the gospel…

Freedom

Today we encounter Mary & Joseph arriving in Bethlehem where Mary gives birth to Jesus. The passage is simple and understated. We discover several layers of difficulty that characterized the couple. They were politically oppressed, culturally suspect, and financially poor. The grandeur of the story is how their firstborn son would eventually liberate all who…

Mary, Humble Servant

The current National Geographic magazine calls Mary the mother of Jesus “the most powerful woman in the world”. She is sought in prayer and considered a source of healing and hope for millions. Does the Bible support this level of devotion? Today we explore the incredible announcement to Mary that she would give birth to…

New World Coming

Today we move into a special Christmas series. Every year, we need to be reminded to pull back the Christmas lights to reveal the deeper excitement of the redemption story. We use many symbols to represent the story, but how many of us think about a tree stump? On this first Sunday of Advent, we…