Joy is not the same thing as happiness. The Bible acknowledges that we’re going to go through some stuff in our lives. Yes, we’ll cry. Yes, we’ll be sad. Yes, there is death in this world. Yes, there will be difficult times. But that doesn’t mean you cannot have joy.
Whoever says “Yeah! I get to wait longer! That’s awesome!” Most people don’t like waiting. These days, we almost never wait anymore. Our attention is always on something else. But Advent is about waiting, and holding onto hope.
December 22, 2019 In A Christmas Story, there is a message about desire–what Ralphie wants most for Christmas. This sermon won’t put any eyes out (we hope), but it will remind us of our hopes and desires.
December 15, 2019 Hallmark Christmas movies all seem to have similar themes and tropes, don’t they? Looking back at the prophets reminds us of a world the prophets predicted when they looked forward to Jesus’ coming.