Where relationships are conflicted even small things can cause fights, but where the relationships are strong and loving even major things can be handled. In Romans 5, Paul invites us to consider our relationship with God and what it means to be reconciled with him.Continue reading
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 this sermon drawn from Hebrews 2:1-13 and Psalm 8, Pastor Hinkle begins and ends with the glory of Christ and his rule over all things, but shows how and why he had to suffer first.
Reconciliation is a process that takes two and takes effort. How does the process work when the one we want to reconcile with is God? With whom is God willing to be reconciled? What has he done to make it possible? What is expected of you?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ began with the Word of the Prophets, the water of Baptism, and the coming of Christ, who would bestow the Holy Spirit on God’s people.
John prepared his people to receive Christ and the Spirit he would give using the prophetic Word and the water of Baptism.
That such God has given and still gives such gifts is great and good news you’ll want to hear.