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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Decorated!

Posted by Rick on December 4, 2010

Several of us gathered Saturday morning to decorate for Christmas!

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on November 29, 2010

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday’s message, “Immanuel – God with Us” based on Matthew 1:18-25:

  • Jesus was God in the beginning.
  • God created everything.
  • God loves us completely.
  • God became flesh so that He could be our sacrifice.
  • God will never leave us.
  • God adopts us as His own children if our faith is in Jesus.

You can listen to the message here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://rboyne.sermon.net/da/2552682

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Bits and Bytes

Posted by Rick on December 29, 2009

Here are the Sunday morning messages from the previous two Sundays.

Dec 20 was “We Three Kings” based on Matthew 2:1-12.  It is the final installment in my Christmas Carol Sermon Series.  You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2313676

Dec 27 was “A Different Way to Walk” based on Ephesians 4:1-3.  It was the new year’s message for the church.  You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2313689

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on December 14, 2009

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s message, “The First Nowell” based on Luke 2:8-20

  • God loves to exalt the lowly.
  • God loves to humble the proud.
  • God chose the lowliest of society to tell about the birth of Jesus FIRST.
  • God’s message of peace is valid today through Jesus Christ.
  • The story began at Christmas but doesn’t end until Easter.

You can listen to this sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below.

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2306157

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on December 7, 2009

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s message, “Silent Night, Holy Night” based on 2 Corinthians 8:9 for the second Sunday of Advent:

  • It was a huge sacrifice for Jesus to come to Earth.
  • It was a sacrifice for all who would believe.
  • It was a willing sacrifice.
  • We should bow before Jesus as Lord now willingly, before we will be forced to after we die.

You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2301973

You can also listen to Sunday evening’s message, “Who’s Missing? Whose Mission?” based on Romans 10:13-15 which is the theme for the 2009 IMB Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2301916

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on December 2, 2009

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s message, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” based on Isaiah 7:14:

  • Emmanuel means “God with us”
  • Jesus became a man and lived among us.
  • Jesus became a man so that we could relate to God.
  • Jesus made the way for us to be with God forever.

You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2298679

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The True Meaning of Christmas

Posted by Rick on December 24, 2008

Just in case you were wondering, the true meaning of Christmas cannot be found in Christmas Trees, Christmas Lights, or even Christmas Presents. We don’t buy it at Wal-Mart or Macy’s.

The true meaning of Christmas is this: God became flesh and dwelt among us. Immanuel. (John 1:14)

The full story can be found here: Luke 2:1-20

But why? What was the purpose of Jesus? John 3:16 says “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.” (CEV)

You see, there was a problem. God loves us, but He HATES sin. There was only one solution: “He made Him who knew no sin (Jesus) to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (I Corinthians 5:21) God punished Jesus for OUR SIN! All of God’s wrath was poured out on Jesus on the cross.

When He came back to life, He provided the way for us to have eternal life, if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead, we can be saved from our sins. (Romans 10:9-10)

As we put our presents UNDER the Christmas Tree, God hung His gift to us ON the tree, that is the cross. If we accept that gift, then the punishment for our sin is fulfilled in Jesus. If, however, you do not accept that gift, you will face the full brunt of God’s wrath when you die. That is the “Good News” or the Gospel. That Jesus died in your place so that you don’t have to!

This Christmas, won’t you open your gift from God? The Bible says that “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved!” (Romans 10:13)

May God bless you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Update

Posted by Rick on December 23, 2008

As of Sunday evening, we have collected $1823.96 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!

Praise the Lord!  May God bless the offering this year to spread His Gospel of Hope and Forgiveness throughout the whole earth!

Have you given yet?  If not, why not?

2008 LMCO

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on December 22, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from yesterday morning’s sermon, “Christmas Trees” based on Luke 23:33-43:

  • One thief ridiculed Jesus and appeared to only want out of the situation.
  • Jesus did not respond to him.
  • The other thief realized his situation was hopeless and “reached out” to Jesus in faith.
  • Jesus responded to Him and gave him salvation.
  • Many people only want something out of God or out of a church, but aren’t willing to change their lives.
  • While we put our Christmas gifts UNDER the tree, God put His Gift to mankind ON the tree, that is, the cross.

You can listen to the sermon here, or by clicking on the audio player below:

(PS: The image above is the aluminum Christmas tree mentioned in the sermon!)

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Sunday’s Coming!

Posted by Rick on December 19, 2008

And what a special Sunday it will be!  Sunday morning, we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  We’ll also light our 4th Advent Candle, “The Wisemen’s Candle”.  We’ll take a look at Luke 23 with the sermon, “Christmas Trees”.  Immediately following our morning service, you are invited to stay for our Annual Christmas Dinner!

Sunday evening, we’ll light our 5th Advent Candle, “Christ’s Candle” and have a Christmas Carole Sing!

Invite your friends!  Bring the neighbors!  Let’s celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

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