Companions – The Hope of Christmas, Part 3

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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.”

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Skeletons in the Closet – Part 1 of “Who is Christmas For?”

At the beginning of his biography of Jesus, Matthew calls our attention to an awkward story from the Old Testament. Why? Every family has skeletons in its closet: things we know about, but don’t talk about. So why does Matthew dredge that stuff up now? Pastor Luke teaches from Genesis 38:1–28 in “Skeletons in the Closet,” the first message in a new series “Who is Christmas For?”

Emmanuel – Part 1 of “O Come, Emmanuel”

The song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” gets its name from one of the many titles for Jesus: “Emmanuel,” a word that mean “God is with us,” that God is on our side, that God has our back, that God is able and willing to do whatever’s required to get us through our circumstances. When things are going well, that’s a pleasant thought, but it can be hard to hang onto in the midst of bad circumstances. How does it apply to Jesus? What does Jesus tell us that helps us hold onto the idea of “Emmanuel, God with us?” Pastor Luke teaches from Isaiah 7 in “Emmanuel,” the first message in a new series “O Come, Emmanuel.”

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