Jesus went home to teach in the synagogue he had attended as a child. It didn’t go well. Their familiarity with him made it hard for them to hear what he was saying. Many who think of themselves as Christians have a similar problem and because of it they miss the blessings God offers.
I doubt Mary was expecting Jesus to turn water into wine, but she was expecting him to do SOMETHING, even if it was inconvenient. What she asked and what Jesus did can teach us a lot about prayer and the character of God.
Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus focuses on his calling and purpose. Although some thought John might be the Christ, John was not. It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who would redeem his people, pour out his Spirit upon them, and judge the nations.
Everyone likes new things for Christmas. How about a new and better life?
In the third chapter of his letter to the Colossians, Paul urges them to put on a new life. But what’s it like and where do we we get it? In this sermon, Pastor Hinkle warns that such a life isn’t a do-it-yourself project and points us to the true source for a better life.
The Gospel Lesson for the Fourth Sunday in Advent recounts the Blessed Virgin Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth, her relative and the mother of John the Baptist. The actions and words of the two women have much to teach everyone about faith, worship, and service to God. For those facing an unexpected pregnancy the same lesson provides the “hows and whys” of a godly way forward.
Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
Text: Luke 1:39-56
In the ninth chapter of Isaiah five names are given to the Messiah. This Christmas Eve sermon invites you to consider what each reveals about the Christ child. At our service the sermon was bracketed by two selections from Handel’s Messiah. The links before and after the sermon will take you to recordings on YouTube. The recordings are not essential for understanding the sermon, but may add to your enjoyment.
Christmas Eve 2018
Christians are often troubled when they see God help others, but not them. Why some are miraculously healed and others are not is difficult to understand.
Luke records a time when John the Baptist sent two disciples to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or shall we expect another.” They had heard what Jesus was doing, but what he wasn’t doing concerned them and they were struggling. Jesus answered gently and with great respect for John, referring to what the prophet Isaiah had foretold and saying in effect, “trust me.”