December 26, 2021
One has to ask, “why is Jesus such a big deal that the king would fear and hate Him enough to kill innocents in the hopes of killing just the one?”
The Christmas Story is rooted in the OT history and prophecy.
Reality is, evil is present. We all encounter it in various ways every day. How do we respond to it? How does it affect our spirit? What weapon do we use to counter it? Hope.
Matthew 2:13-18; Jeremiah 31:15; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:3-9
December 19, 2021
We are called to do the most natural thing in the world—to spread the news about something wonderful that we have found. That wonderful thing, of course, is the birth of the Christ child.
This season of Christmas is prime time evangelism. Are we concealing or are we exposing Jesus? Are we telling the next generation of the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done, do we have confidence in God? Psalm 78, Luke 2.
December 13, 2021
We are known by our name… here on earth we are identified by our name. More specifically by first, middle, last. Search online for someone, we use their name. Our online accounts start with our name. Our credit cards have our name.
Choosing the right name can be a little frustrating. God came up with the perfect name for the One who would change things forever. The name would be a sign of hope He wouldn’t just be a representative of God, but He would be God in the flesh. Isaiah 7:3-14; Matthew 1:18-25; Revelation 2:17; 3:5,12; 13:8; 19:11-16
December 5, 2021
We have a reputation you know… When Aspen Springs comes up in conversations there is a bit of stereotyping.. not wholly undeserved. Some people are still scared to come out here. But things are changing. We smile because we who live out here know the secret.
To hear the words of the apostle Nathanael, the city of Nazareth was held in great disrepute, either because, it is said, the people of Galilee were a rude and less cultivated class, and were largely influenced by the Gentiles who mingled with them, or because of their lower type of moral and religious character. But there seems to be no sufficient reason for these suppositions.
Interestingly, this is the village that God chose to have the Son of God raised. And this is where the angel found Mary to give her the Message. We'll be reading from the prophet Isaiah.