a word from the pastor

The Basis of Christian Hope

As I read through the Bible each year, the plan I follow ends with the book of Job. At first glance, it’s not exactly reading that conforms to the spirit of yuletide. Yet, I found one chapter in particular to be highly relevant to the Christmas season. In chapter 19 in his answer to his friend, B...
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The Shortest Christmas

As a kid I would take a week or two each Summer to spend with my grandparents in Salt Springs, Florida where they lived in a small home on Little Lake Kerr. How well I remember the day my grandpa asked if he’d ever told me the story of the shortest Christmas. “No sir,” I said. That was all it too...
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The Man in the Story

If you’ve never seen The Nativity Story (2006), I recommend it because of the way it portrays Joseph’s importance to the story. In many popular Christmas narratives, Joseph is often overshadowed by Mary, shepherds, kings, and wise men; however, Joseph played a huge role in the unfolding of God’s ...
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A Little Christmas Caution

Have you ever noticed the great irony of the Christmas holidays? What should be the most wonderful time of the year is often the most depressing, stressful time of the year. For millions of Americans, the yuletide is more misery than merriment. To help make sure that doesn’t happen to you this Ch...
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Want a Merry Christmas? Avoid these pitfalls

Ironically, the Christmas season, that most wonderful time of the year, is for many the most depressing time of the year. Sadly, for them it’s a miserable, not a merry Christmas. While there may be myriad reasons for the melancholy, four stand out as the primary cause for the sadness of the seaso...
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The Miracle of Jesus’ Birth

In a secular age many consider belief in the virgin birth of Jesus an indication of inferior intellect. In a secular age many consider belief in the virgin birth of Jesus an indication of inferior intellect. Incredibly, even some who profess to be Christian hold the doctrine to be either u...
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