Companions – The Hope of Christmas, Part 3

barrel of monkeys toys
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We’ve seen how hope and purpose are good, but neither one is a guarantee of success. How can we live lives that make a difference? How can we have an impact? Joseph, the husband of Mary and Jesus’ foster father, certainly made a difference. How did he do it? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 1:18–25 in “Companions,” part 3 of his 4-part series “The Hope of Christmas.”


Much Perplexed—Part 4 of “Who is Christmas For?”

The Annunciation
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We’ve seen that Christmas is for people in all kinds of situations. But sometimes the immediate crisis keeps us from appreciating the promise of Christmas. What can we hold onto when our life has been turned upside down? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 1:26–38 in “Much Perplexed,” the concluding message in his series “Who is Christmas For?

(Some questions for consideration are available here.)

Son of God — Ichthus, Part 4

Υ (“U”), the fourth letter in Ichthus, stands for the word that means “Son”. Why is it important that Jesus is the Son of God? Wouldn’t his work have been just as effective if he were the Father’s twin brother, or second cousin — or something more esoteric, like the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father? How does it benefit us that Jesus is God’s Son? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 15 in “Son of God,” part 4 of his 5-part series “Ichthus.”

Planners – Part 5 of Joseph the Patriarch

Joseph proposed a plan to Pharaoh, who choose Joseph to carry it out. Sometimes it works out that way for our plans, too. But sometimes, our plans don’t work out, and we have to scramble to adapt when things go sideways. What does it mean when God overturns our carefully-laid plans (or permits them to be overturned by circumstances)? Joseph’s story suggests how we might interpret the times in our life when our plans have to change. Pastor Luke looks at Genesis 41 in “Planners,” part 5 of his 6-part series “Joseph the Patriarch.”

Wait For It… – Part 3 of Joseph the Patriarch

We can’t stand to wait. Waiting in lines, waiting in traffic, waiting for our internet connection: we don’t like doing any of those things. We don’t like waiting on God either, even though sometimes we have to. The scriptures tell us to wait on God, but they don’t say how. Or do they? What can we learn about waiting on God from the story of Joseph the Patriarch? Pastor Luke preaches from Genesis 40 in “Wait For It…,” part 3 of his 6-part series “Joseph the Patriarch.”

Joseph the Patriarch

Long before there was Mary and Joseph, there was another Joseph: Joseph the Patriarch. He grew up herding sheep, but he would go on to be chief of staff for the most powerful king in the ancient world. Joseph’s family was a mess, with twelve murderous brothers, four mothers, and a dad who was a notorious con artist. But they became the twelve tribes of Israel. What happened? How was God working in their lives?

Joseph sold as a slave

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