The Promise of “With”

This sermon is based on Isaiah 9:2-7. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: SERIES OVERVIEW: Pick a preposition, any preposition. Here’s the sentence: “God is ____ us.” Will you choose (A) “against” (that can’t be good); or (B) “over” (that’s true enough, but it is hardly good news); or (C) “beyond” (in my opinion, that’s even worse than being “over” us), or (D) “after” (I’m not sure -- is that good news or bad news?) or (E) “for” (I like that; I like “for” a lot); or last, (F) “with” (now we are talking!). Of all the prepositions we could choose, there is not one that outshines “with.” One simple preposition, but it brings peace, hope, and tons of comfort and joy in its wake. And that is why we all agree: “With” is the Christmas preposition. After all, what better Christmas gift

The Hope of Christmas

This sermon is based on Isaiah 9:2-7. Series Overview: Christmasy -- it’s a word. It means “typical of Christmas” or “a special Christmas mood.” Christmas is a word, but it seems to have lost its meaning of late. Once, it meant a day of worship to celebrate God’s redemption of the world through the incarnation of Jesus, the Son. Now, it simply denotes a winter holiday filled with food, family, the airing of grievances and the giving of gifts (but not necessarily in that order). That’s why, this year, I’m choosing to use the word Christmasy more, but I want to mispronounce it. I like “Christmas –why” over “Christmas-ee” because it asks the right question: “Why is there a Christmas?” That’s the question we want to explore this Advent season. And it’s a funny thing, when you are all “Christmas-why,” you end up being all Christmasy because you will find the true meaning of Christmas.

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