Advent

O Holy Night | Chains Shall He Break

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother"

You will find yourself fitting into every wonderful thing God wants to provide for his dearly loved child.

Message Notes

Since God loves sinners, and my performance is not what gets me in, what’s the big deal about sin?

“For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:24 (6:11-14, NIV)
"From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God." Romans 6:11-14 (THE MESSAGE)

“Sin shall no longer be your master” is:

A test of our claim to be Christians

A promise of victory

An encouragement for hope and strength in the battle

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2, NIV

You will find yourself fitting into every wonderful thing God wants to provide for his dearly loved child.

O Holy Night | His Law is Love and His Gospel Is Peace

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace"

PEACE with God, others, and myself is the good news of Christmas

Message Notes

The Law: the system of rules that regulates the actions and decisions of the people in that community.

Jesus changed it up!
Matthew 22:37-40; Galatians 5:14

PRIORITY LOVE for God, others, and self is the new law.

The Gospel:  the essence of or the good news about.

PEACE with God, others, and myself is the good news of Christmas.

O Holy Night | And the Soul Felt it's Worth

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. The most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland, wherever the snowflakes land. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth"

Shame is the great suffocater of self-worth.

Message Notes

Shame is the great suffocater of self-worth.

Shame is sinister.  It distorts first our image of God, then our image of ourselves and the world.

Jesus came into a world distorted by shame and gave us a new view of God.

When God is a loving Father, shame can forever dissipate.

How much do you believe you are worth?

O Holy Night | Long Lay the World in Sin and Error Pining

On starlit winter nights, skies midnight blue, millions of sparkling snowflakes drift to the earth and totally transform the landscape. Wherever the snowflakes land, the most humble dwelling becomes a snow castle and the muddiest mile a winter wonderland. In the midst of a very unholy time and place, pure holiness and love descended into our world. What happened that night transformed the landscape of every receptive human heart and piece of the planet.
O Holy Night!

"“O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining….”

Who is this man?

Message Notes

Jesus gave the world the first important movement.

“In the new life there is no difference between Greeks and Jews, those who are circumcised and those who are not circumcised, or people who are foreigners or Scythians.There is no difference between slaves and free people. But Christ is in all believers, and Christ is all that is important.” Colossians 3:11


Jesus changed how we look at history.

Anno Domini (Year of our Lord)

Nero (68 A.D)

Napoleon (1821 A.D.)

Stalin (1953 A.D.)

O.M. Bakke’s book, “When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity”

Jesus shaped education

Oxford

Yale

Harvard

Jesus defined art

Jesus changed political theory

Jesus changed how we view human rights, worth, and dignity

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and have been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Declaration of Independence

The question is not,  “Who was this man?”

The question is, “Who is this man?””