Some people have no room for Jesus in their good Christian lives.
The Feast is for Hospitality
Christmas has become a time of unrivaled charity. Much-needed donations will be made this time of year to groups that feed the homeless, serve the poor, and provide toys for children. Charities that limp along all year may joyfully find themselves receiving a donation or two that helps put them in the black, enabling them to carry on their good work. Praise God for the work that charities do, and praise God for the givers who keep them running!
You haven’t heard of the red dragon of Christmas? He’s right there in John’s nativity account.
Flattening the Hills
Last week we read about the noble wise men. This week we read about shepherds. Wise men don’t usually hang out with shepherds. And gods don’t usually hang out with men.
God is not ashamed to make his home among us. Why should we be ashamed to spend time with one another?
Part of the meaning of Christmas is that in Christ, all barriers that we think are important – rich, poor, weak, strong, disabled, differently-abled, black, white (and every other beautiful shade of brown) – are forever erased.
The Villains of Christmas
I love Christmas time. At our home, we watch a Christmas movie nearly every night in December. Some Christmas movies are good for a few laughs, others make me cry, and others are totally ridiculous. Christmas movies make a lot of money, I’m sure, because Hollywood keeps cranking them out.
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4.9-19)
He Loves Us First.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (v9)
If love is demonstrated in sacrifice, in the manger is perfect love.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1.2-3)
O Come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer, Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy cloud of night, And death’s dark shadow put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2014
Third Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”