Lessons in Seeking Christ from the Humble Shepherds

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121224LS Shepherds .docx Christmas Eve Communion Lessons in Seeking Christ From the Humble Shepherds Luke 2:1-20 GCM-51   The Shepherds are so much like us. They heard and responded to God, and came to Christ.   From their lives tonight, join me is seeing the way those who greeted Christ at His arrival, have shown […]

Jesus Arrived At The Perfect Time

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111211PM WTB-5 Perfect Time.doc World of the Bible Series: Jesus Arrived at The perfect TIME Galatians 4:4-5 GCM-49    The Kid’s praise reminds us that in the days of “Caesar Augustus”, Jesus Christ was born. Luke 2:1 (NKJV) And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that […]

Mary – The Beautiful Woman

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101212AM  GCM-47 Mary: A Beautiful Woman Luke 1:26-55   God loves beauty, surrounds Himself with beauty, and wants us to allow His beauty to be upon us. In the prayer of Moses the man who knew God face-to-face we find these words, listen to Moses’ prayer at the very end of Psalm 90:   Psalm 90:17 […]

Joseph – The Quiet Man

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101205AM  GCM-46 Joseph: The Quiet Man Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2   As we open to Matthew 1, whenever I look at the cast of Christmas: one member stands out because he is so quiet.   Joseph is one of the main characters: he opens the Christmas story in Matthew 1 and closes the story in […]

The Theology of Christmas

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101128AM GCM-45 Theology.doc The Glory of Christmas Series: The Theology of Christmas Luke 1:5-80 Isn’t it amazing how excited the witnesses of Christmas became, as they saw Him?   Surrounding Christ’s birth are groups of believers who overflow with geysers of praise.   Sometimes we need to get close to them and see what they […]

Lessons In Worshiping Christ From The Wisemen

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081214PM GCM-44 Lessons in Worshiping Christ From the Wisemen Matthew 2:1-12   Christmas was when the greatest event since Creation, took place in a sleepy little village just five miles south of Jerusalem. But the lives of most people surrounding Christ’s birth were like the rooms of Bethlehem’s Inn—too full to let Jesus in.   […]

Anna – Living A Grace-Energized Life Of Praise

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081130PM GCM-43 Anna: Living a Grace-Energized Life of Praise Luke 2:36-40   As we open to Luke 2:36, and are introduced to the life of Anna, I’d ask you to underline two words in your mind. First, in v. 36 “she was of great age”—underline in your mind OLD. Second, in v. 37 “a widow […]

Anna – Living a Life of Hope

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GCM-41 071223AM ANNA—LIVING A LIFE OF PRAISE GCM-41 .DOC ANNA: LIVING A GRACE-ENERGIZED LIFE OF PRAISE Luke 2:36-40 As we open to Luke 2:36, and are introduced to the life of Anna, I’d ask you to underline two words in your mind. First, in v. 36 “she was of great age”—underline in your mind OLD. […]

Redemption

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GCM-38 070121AM   I can’t think of anything more wonderful for us today than to be:   starting this brand new year together, and celebrating the New Covenant promises of a new heart and a new spirit within us through this communion, and worshiping our God of New Beginnings.   You may have had an […]

Regeneration

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GCM-37 070107PM   Salvation: Regeneration The Gift of Salvation Jan 7, 2007 | Titus 3:5 tags: 070107pm We are continuing to look at our connection to Christ in salvation, the only gift everyone really needs. We have seen that the gift of salvation has seven key elements; and have examined forgiveness and justification. We have come […]

Have You Opened Your Gifts?

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GCM-35 061224AM Jesus is the greatest person who has ever lived; each year we celebrate His Birth as the coming of our salvation.   Salvation is the greatest gift of all. Salvation is the only gift that everyone really needs. Salvation is presented to us as the ultimate Christmas gift in what is perhaps the […]

How Close Can You Get – and Miss it All

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GCM-34 061217AM The saddest story of Christmas is how those closest to Christ’s birth completely missed that first Christmas; and that tragedy has continued to this day. You can be so close and yet so far away! The real purpose of Christmas was shown by God at Christ’s birth, God confronted the world with the only […]

Christmas – The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs

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061210AM  Christmas–The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs   Luke 1.78-79       .doc Christmas: God Came In the Darkest Night The Only Gift Everyone Really Needs Luke 1:78-79 GCM-33 Christmas is all about gifts; gift giving, give buying, and gift receiving make up so much of these weeks of the year. Many are looking for the most “wanted” […]

Call His Name Jesus

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GCM-32 061203AM   Christmas: Call His Name Jesus—At the Name of Jesus “For He will save His people from their sins” Our New Testament opens with the glorious advent of Christ the Promised One; God the Son came to Earth to save sinners. Christmas is really has one theme and one central message—Jesus came to […]

Wonderful Counselor

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GCM-31 061119PM   Just before John “Amazing Grace” Newton (1725-1807) was unable to preach any longer because of failing mind and strength, that gloriously converted slave ship captain was preaching one of his final sermons. His eyesight was nearly gone and his memory was fast declining so an assistant would stand in the pulpit to […]

Joseph & Mary – Yielded People

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GCM-29 051225AM   In every story of the birth of Jesus there is mention of individuals we know just enough about to be amazed—Zacharias & Elisabeth, Simeon & Anna, Wisemen & Shepherds, and now Joseph & Mary. God has captured with His Holy Word a picture that inspires and challenges us. This season of remembering […]

Wisemen – Giving People

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GCM-28 051224LS   Christmas, the greatest event since Creation, took place in a sleepy little village just five miles from Jerusalem. God came from Heaven wrapped in baby clothes, and was laid in a stone feeding trough called a manger. At His birth Christ was only welcomed and worshipped by two groups of people—outside of […]

Simeon & Anna – Single Hearted Devotion

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GCM-27 051218AM   Dedication acknowledges that children are a gift from God. Today we turn again to the story of Christ’s birth which is the record that God gave to us of Christmas. Each element of Christ’s birth is rich in truth that God wanted us to know. This is one of the richest paragraphs in […]

Shepherds – Humble People

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GCM-26 051211PM When God gets to tell the story of salvation, the Coming of the King, the birth of the Lamb of God—what details does He carefully include for us? Here’s one that has shaped my whole outlook on life, on worship, on Bible study, and most of all—on prayer. God really loves and responds to […]

Priests – Indifferent People

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GCM-25 051204PM   There were a group of people who loved and talked just like Zacharias and Elisabeth. They lived in the same towns, they worked the same hours—and even attended the same synagogue. They knew the Bible backwards and forward. They were close  to God in every way—but the heart! The differences between Zacharias […]

Zacharias & Elisabeth – Ordinary People

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GCM-24 051204AM   The characters that God chose to put into the Christmas story are what we would call ordinary. We first meet an ordinary couple, and as we open to Luke 1:5. They were ordinary people, lived with ordinary problems, faced with all the ordinary troubles, stresses and pains of life. When we meet them they […]

Christmas Eve Communion Service

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GCM-23 041224LS Christmas has passed, but its message remains. To get one last lesson from this incredible season open with me to Matthew 1. This morning, meet two teenagers – Joseph and Mary, that God had all of their lives! How does one who God has a complete hold upon all their life respond to […]

Joseph & Mary – Does God Have All of You?

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GCM-22 041226AM Christmas has passed, but its message remains. To get one last lesson from this incredible season open with me to Matthew 1. This morning, meet two teenagers – Joseph and Mary, that God had all of their lives! How does one who God has a complete hold upon all their life respond to […]

The King Shirkers – Religious Leaders

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GCM-20 041212PM How about it? Are you looking for Jesus this Christmas? Or is this Christmas flying by so fast you will miss what God is offering you? Everyone who was looking for Jesus to come enjoyed His arrival. As we examine their lives we can often see ourselves. Who are you like? First we […]

The King’s Seekers – Wisemen & Shepherds

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GCM-19 041212AM   This fall as we drove back from taking our children to college we went by the Great Smokey Mountain National Park on Interstate-40. As we sped along we saw a sign that said “ Scenic Parkway” and looking at Bonnie I said, “Let’s try that”. Suddenly we were off of the 70 […]

The King’s Cost

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GCM-18 041205PM The wonder of Christ’s love Is demonstrated in the cost of Christmas. Open with me to hymn number 125. 1        Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King. Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and heav’n […]

Which King Do You Follow?

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GCM-17 041205AM I am amazed every time I walk over the old ground of the Word—there are fresh new truths. This week as I poured over the story of Christmas, that was the result. The Christmas Story comes to us from the God of Heaven. He wrote it down in the Scriptures through His Apostles. […]

Traditions of Christmas

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GCM-16 041214AM This evening I would like to take you on a Faith Journey. That is a journey that strengthens and encourages faith in God’s Word and in God’s Plan for each of us. Tonight”s journey starts at THE CRADLE. Near the Shepherd’s Fields of Bethlehem is where we find that God speaks as no one […]

Simeon & Anna

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GCM-15 031228AM Today there are two elderly saints dominated by wonderful choices that they lived by. They are remarkable models for us to follow as each of us ponders what the Lord has offered us this Christmas season. Please join me in Luke 2:22 for their biography. The last message we need to hear from the characters […]

The Shepherds

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GCM-14 031224AM Luke 2:8-11 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not […]

Joseph & Mary

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GCM-13 031207AM The greatest truth of Christianity is that the instant of our salvation – we got all of God! But the greatest need of Christianity is – does God have all of me? This morning, meet two teenagers – Joseph and Mary, that God had all of their lives! How does one who God […]

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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GCM-12 031130PM Bethlehem   Experience the World of the Bible Nov 30, 2003 | tags: 031130pm Jesus gave his life and ministry as a sacrifice so that the world would know God, but Herod’s life revolved around sacrificing others in order to bring glory and honor to himself. Jesus and Herod were opposites in every […]

GCM-11 – The Characters of Christmas – Zacharias & Elisabeth

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GCM-11 031130AM Zacharias and Elisabeth   The Glory of Christmas Nov 30, 2003 | tags: gcm, 031130am Three events shape all that we believe this morning: Christmas, the Cross, and Resurrection Sunday. Three places frame all that we believe this morning: Bethlehem, Golgotha, and the Empty Garden Tomb. At Christmas the Infinite One became and […]

Cast Of Christmas – The Leaders

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021222PM CHRISTMAS-9 RELIGIOUS LEADERS-3.DOC CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE The Characters of Christmas The Priests & Scribes: So close and yet so far Matthew 2.4-6  GCM-10   This evening we need to meet a final member of the cast of Christmas. We have seen Joseph always in touch and responsive to God. Then we saw the Magi who […]

A Tale Of Two Kings

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021222AM Christmas-Herod CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE The Characters of Christmas The Two Kings: Herod and Jesus Matthew 2.1-5, 16  GCM-09   The Two Kings Christ’s birth[1] was the day in history when the two most absolutely opposite kings confronted one another for the first time.  One was the ultimate earthly king.  He sat that day at the […]

Will You Miss It Also?

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GCM-08 981224LS There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, 250 in the New Testament and 89 in the Four Gospels. Of all those chapters in God’s Word there are four that detail the Birth of Jesus. There are four chapters of The New Testament that describe this night. They are Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. […]

Joseph And The Magi

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GCM-07 021215AM   The greatest invasion of all time was not Normandy at D-Day, nor the Gulf War or the coming Iraqi Invasion – it was the night God came to live on His Planet Earth. There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, 250 in the New Testament and 89 in the Four Gospels. Of […]

Christmas Traditions – Where Did They Come From?

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GCM-06 951220PM   Christmas is so full of wonder, meaning and tradition. But, where did all these things that we now call Christmas — come from? Let’s just briefly sketch the origin and development of what we now celebrate as Christ’s Birth. The Biblical Celebration The Dawning of Light (Luke 1:78-79) The Fullness of Time […]

Are You Looking For Jesus This Christmas?

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GCM-05 981220PM   Who was looking for Jesus at His first coming? It’s interesting to note briefly tonight the state of readiness that was present when the miracle came 2,000 years ago! I like to call this Characters of Christmas.  You see, God had a cast of characters, 17 different ones in 4 chapters out of […]

Deity Distilled – His Name Shall Be

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GCM-04 981220AM   Christmas is the time of the year we most hear the sound incredible river flowing down from Heaven of the mighty names of God come down to man. God revealed Himself to man as a man. He did not come and reveal Himself as a bird or a dog or cat, He […]

God With Us

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GCM-03 981206AM Christmas is coming! And lest we miss the full impact of what happened, we have started four weeks of contemplation! Our target this Sunday is to see the third glorious wonder of Christmas which is: God with us! C. H. Spurgeon preached one Advent Sunday: “It must ever remain to us the mystery […]

God In A Manger

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GCM-02 981129PM   The second glory of Christmas is the glorious response of those who witnessed Christ’s birth. They offered Him pure and glorious worship! Let us pause for a moment tonight. Away from the blur that we call the holidays. Secluded in this quiet haven, join me in an hour of worship. Ascribing glory […]

What Day Was He Born

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GCM-01 981129AM   The Day Jesus Was Born Someone has said, “This coming December 25th most parents will be lying to their children about old St. Nick. Some of us will be celebrating the birth of our Savior. But was he really born on this day? Was Jesus really born (1) on December 25th? Virtually every month […]

 
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