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The Meaning of “Advent”

“The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!

It is that hope, however faint at times, and that God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth and justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.

Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God. We long for God to come and set the world right! Yet, as the prophet Amos warned, the expectation of a coming judgment at the “Day of the Lord” may not be the day of light that we might want, because the penetrating light of God’s judgment on sin will shine just as brightly on God’s people.”

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SERMON FOR FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY


Psalm 136 ] Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1,26 NIV

“The Moral Collapse Of The Republican Party”


THE FEDERALIST

“The Republican Party has fallen in line behind Donald Trump since he clinched the party’s nomination for president on May 4. In historical perspective, this isn’t surprising: this is what parties typically do when a nominee emerges. It is surprising this year, both because of the depth of opposition to Trump from within his own party, and because the party’s embrace of Trump is an obvious, avoidable, epic blunder.” MORE

“Pornography: Engaging in the Battle Against Sexual Sin” – Shawn Farrell


 

SERMON:  “PORNOGRAPHY: ENGAGING IN THE BATTLE AGAINST SEXUAL SIN”

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SONG:  “Open My Eyes”

 

 

 

 

SERMON: “FORGIVENESS” – DR. VODDIE BAUCHAM


Jacob’s favorite son. He could interpret dreams. sold as a slave by his brothers. Egypt he becomes second in command to Pharaoh. bothers come to Egypt looking for food. Test his brothers & forgives. His family moves to Egypt, and this is how the Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites.

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SCRIPTURE:  GENESIS 45

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SERMON:  “FORGIVENESS”

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SERMON: “Jesus – The Lamb of God” – Phil Paulsen


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SERMON:  “JESUS – THE LAMB OF GOD”

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SONG:  “SHOUT TO THE LORD & AGNUS DEI

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SERMON: “Demonic Influence on Christians” – David Legge


“Who Goes To The Lake of Fire? (Revelation 21:8) 1 of 2” – Gregory A. Miller


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SERMON:  “WHO GOES TO THE LAKE OF FIRE?”

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SONG: “SINNER PLEASE, DON’T LET THIS HARVEST PASS”

SERMON: “Are You Ready to Meet Your God?” – Dr. Daryl Jeffers


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SERMON:  “ARE YOU READY TO MEET YOUR GOD?”

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SONG:  “SINNER, PLEASE DON’T LET THIS HARVEST PASS”

SERMON: “Whatever Works” Does NOT Work with God – Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg


SERMON:  “Whatever Works” Does NOT Work with God