Peace on Earth — Christmas Eve, 2018

Peace on Earth is what the angels sang to the shepherds. But people sometimes find it difficult to experience that peace, especially in December. Maybe we aren’t thinking about peace the right way. What else might the angels have been trying to communicated? Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 2:1–20 in “Peace on Earth.”


Do You See What I See? — The Hope of Christmas, Part 4

Annunciation to the Shepherds, Gaddi c. 1330
Taddeo Gaddi | Wikimedia

Advent is a season of preparation. We’ve seen how helpful it is to have hope, and purpose, and motivation. But the story of the shepherds shows us one final thing to help us order our lives: the magic word “Let’s.” Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 2:1–20 in “Do You See What I See? – The Hope of Christmas, Part 4,” the concluding message in his series “The Hope of Christmas.”

Emmanuel — Christmas Eve, 2016

Visitation of the Shepherds (15c. Book of Hours)
Christmas scene
e-codices | Flickr

In 2016 we had troubles at home and abroad. There was war and chaos, violence, terror – and an election that nobody expected. But every year is like that. Some are better than others, but every year comes with its share of troubles. One night two thousand years ago, shepherds were the first to hear what God was doing about it. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 2:1–20 in “Emmanuel.”

Into His Harvest – Conclusion of “Notorious”

If you attend a church, it’s not hard to imagine what sort of problems would crop up if a huge crowd showed up next Sunday. Some of the problems are very practical concerns like parking, musicians, Sunday School teachers. Others go deeper. But Jesus is concerned about something else, something that church people can lose sight of. Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 9 in “Into His Harvest,” the concluding message in his series “Notorious.”

Peace – Coming Soon, Part 2

Advent, the season in the church year leading up to Christmas, celebrates four gifts that Jesus gives: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. What are these gifts, and what does it mean to receive them? (This series began on December 2, 2012 and ran for 4 messages.)

“Peace on earth” was what the angels proclaimed to the shepherds. What did they mean? Did Jesus really bring peace, and how can we have it? Pastor Luke looks at Luke 2 in “Peace,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Coming Soon.”

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