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Christmas Unwrapped (Luke 1:26-38)

When we are opening presents around Christmas, I’m the guy that likes to try to guess what it is before I open it. I will look at the shape of the box, shake it a little, smell it and feel how much it weighs to help determine what might actually be inside. The detective in me can’t resist. Sometimes I’m right, but most of the time I’m wrong. Either way, I’m usually confident about what I think is in the present even when I have no clue.

I think we do something similar with the Christmas story. We kind of have an idea of the Christmas story. We shake the Christmas story and hear a little bit of it around Christmas time. We look at the shape of the Christmas story seeing the major figures and getting some idea of the big picture of the Christmas story with Mary, Jospeh, baby Jesus, shepherds and wise men. But the only way you can truly understand and appreciate the Christmas story is to unwrap it, open it up and look closely at the contents. Continue reading

The Rest of the Christmas Story (Luke 1:39-45)

When it comes to the biblical Christmas story, it covers almost three years of time. It begins with the miraculous conception with Mary and concludes with Herod attempting to kill Jesus by having all the male babies that were two years old and younger executed. Within that story you have several people, animals, and objects that God uses to tell the Christmas story. Continue reading

Complicated Mission: God has an assignment for you (Luke 2:8-21)

Christmas can be complicated. One of the definitions for the word complication is… a difficult factor or issue often appearing unexpectedly and changing existing plans, methods, or attitudes.

  • You had plans to buy this person and that person a gift, but a complication changed your money situation. Now you either are not going to buy anyone anything or you are going to go into debt.
  • You had looked forward to another Christmas with a loved one, but they are no longer here. Death complicated matters.
  • You had hoped that your spouse and children could begin building family traditions around Christmas, but you find yourself separated as a family. The separation complicated matters.
  • You had hoped to be able to travel and visit some family, but a sickness for you complicated the trip.

Christmas can be complicated. But even in the midst of your complications God has a plan for you, He has a purpose for you, and He has a mission that you were designed to fulfill.

Today, we are going to take a look at the shepherds and learn some valuable principles about God’s mission for your life, even in the middle of the mess that’s going on in your life. So, what does God say about your mission? Continue reading

Who is Jesus? (Matthew 1:18)

Welcome to Genesis Church and Merry Christmas to everyone. If this is your first time here, my name is Jeff and I’m one of the pastors. Over the past few weeks we have been in a series of lessons that we are calling A Whoville Christmas. We are asking and answering questions like, “Who were the angels?” and “Who were Mary and Joseph?” We have been looking at them to see life lessons that God is saying to us through them. Today, we focus on the primary Who in Christmas. So, who is Jesus? What is God saying to us through Him and why did God send His only Son and why do we celebrate His birth? Why is it a big deal? Continue reading

Who Are Mary & Joseph? (Matthew 1:18-25)

If you have your Bibles turn to Matthew 1 or you can follow on the outline provided for you. We are in a series of lessons called A Whoville Christmas. We are looking at who some of the key people are and what God is teaching us through them.

  • Our youth pastor, started the series by looking at the first who, and that was you and what kind of person does God want you to be this Christmas.
  • Last week we answered the question, “Who are the angels?” We learned that the angels remind us of the supernatural aspect of the Christmas story and were reminded through them to be messengers of God’s good news and to glorify God in all we do.
  • Today, we answer the question, “Who are Mary & Joseph?” What is God telling us through them? What are some practical lessons we can learn from them?

When I think of Mary and Joseph, I think of three words that describe them. Three character traits that God wants you to have this Christmas and throughout the year. Continue reading

Who Are the Angels?

My name is Jeff and we are in a series of lessons called A Who-ville Christmas. In this series we are looking at who are some of the key players in the Christmas story and lessons God teaches us through them. Last week Ben helped us to look at you and who you would be this Christmas and what kind of person you would be.

Today, we are going to take a look at the angels and who they are and what lessons God is teaching us through them. Continue reading

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