Sermons from December 2020

Coming Up Grateful

Text:  Luke 2:38 “Coming up at that very moment, she returned thanks to God: and she talked about the child to all who were looking for the liberation of Jerusalem.” In December of 1945 a new gospel (the Gospel of Thomas) was discovered buried in an ancient gnostic library near Nag Hammadi, Egypt.  Some folks went nuts over this “new” gospel with its unknown sayings and descriptions of Jesus’ life.  The church was accused of hiding the truth about Jesus…

It’s All In The Name

Text:  Matthew 1:20-23 20…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Look, the…

Apocalyptic Figs

Text:  Luke 21:29-36 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be…

Which Authority?

I get inspiration in strange places.  Does anybody remember Barney Fife, the skinny little guy with the big adam’s apple on The Andy Griffith Show? Barney was the deputy sheriff in the slow-paced, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina.  In one episode some tough criminals being returned to prison had to stay overnight in the jail and Barney was freaking out with fear and excitement.  He began pacing back and forth in front of the jail cell like a…