At Crestview, we begin each year with a week devoted to prayer. This coming Sunday, I’ll preach on Matthew 6:9-13 and we’ll get right into a Week of Prayer. There’s a devotional and we’re hoping for many spontaneous gatherings of prayer to come out of our body as we start 2018. If there’s something I can pray for you, I’d be honored. Join us Sunday at 10:15 AM as we kick off our week.
Hope you’re having a Merry Christmas. I thought I’d go ahead and put out my sermon from yesterday and all the other sermons in our Advent 2017 series. I hope these sermons encourage your heart to magnify the Lord and be grateful that Immanuel, God With Us, has come.
At Crestview, we’ve been studying Emmanuel this Advent season. And, I love how we finally get the full story in Matthew’s part of the Christmas story. Here’s what we read:
This Sunday, 12/24, I will be preaching to wrap up our 2017 Advent series on Emmanuel: God With Us. It’s a somewhat different schedule at Crestview:
9:30 am – Family Breakfast with Donuts/Pastries
10:15 am – Carol and Candlelight Service
(There will be no Evening service this year.)
If you’re able to join us, come as we celebrate Emmanuel this coming Sunday.
I love the music of Advent. This year, Melanie Penn’s album Immanuel has been a great release. It contains songs that showcase various perspectives of the characters in the Christmas story. She even made a video, which I’m posting here, of her song Immanuel (The Shepherd’s Song). I hope you enjoy it and dig into the fuller album.
My 12/17/17 AM sermon, Us – Emmanuel 2017, continued Crestview’s series for Advent exploring God With Us, Emmanuel. This particular sermon dealt with Matthew 1:18-25 and how Jesus came to take away our shame, our sin, and enable us to live for Him. We are His endgame. I hope this sermon encourages you. And, I hope this Advent season is one in which you continue to long for seeing Jesus someday.
Read Isaiah 1:11, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 53:4-5, John 1:29, Hebrews 9:11-14, Hebrews 10:1-14
And, above all, this Advent season, focus in on the amazing gift of a sacrifice given for you: Jesus Christ, the Lord.
We’re anticipating another great weekend this Advent season at Crestview. This Sunday, during the 10:15 AM service, we will continue our journey into the truth of Emmanuel, God With Us. My sermon will go to Matthew 1:18-25 and focus on the US of God with us. We’ll see the end game of all that God’s up to. We hope to see you there as we continue to marvel at the work of Jesus for us.
My 12/10/17AM sermon explored the WITH of God With Us – Emmanuel. This particular Sunday was a full Sunday, with our children having their annual Christmas program. We had lots going on. My sermon was quick (only 15 minutes) and dealt with John 1:14 and Hebrews 4:14-16. God showed the power of His being with us by becoming human and living this life without sin. I hope this sermon encourages you.
Romans 5:6 – “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (ESV)
Think of this, especially this Advent season, God intersected time and space at just the right moment. It was just the right time for a Savior to come and rescue people. He didn’t come for those who had their act together. He came and demonstrated His love for us–while we were still sinners. Let the longing you know in your heart this Advent this season be filled by the one who never misses an appointment or gets the timing wrong. God’s timing is right. At the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.