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20181230-6: The first trip to the temple

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2018-12-30 Jesus in the real world 6: The first trip to the temple Luke 2:21-40 A Word directed life means sacrifice (21-24) 21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy […]

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20181223-5: Happy Birthday Jesus

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2018-12-23 Jesus in the real world 5: Happy Birthday Jesus Luke 2:1-20 How many times have you heard, or taught, the Christmas story? A. All things work together for Good, even annoying things (1-5) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, […]

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We interrupt this season to bring you Christmas

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It often feels like life is what happens between the interruptions. And let’s face it, there are often more interruptions than life! These interruptions can be huge or minor. Plans change. Bodies get sick. Loved ones die. Work schedules change. People drop by unannounced. You run out of toilet paper at the wrong time. I confess that interruptions often annoy me, because I am engrossed in “my” time or on “my” schedule, and when that schedule fills up the interruptions annoy me all the more. “Don’t these people know how busy I am?” “Who passed these germs on to me?” […]

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20181216-4: John’s Birth

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2018-12-16 Jesus in the real world 4: John’s Birth Luke 1:57-80 What does your name mean? A. What’s his name? (57-63) 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your relatives […]

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Waiting

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Waiting How many of y’all are waiting on something? Or someone? You’re doing what you can to faithfully follow the Lord, and you believe you’ve heard from Him that something new is on the horizon of your life, but you’re just…waiting. Last week, through the lives of unborn John, Elizabeth, and Mary we saw that worship is always and only the proper response to Jesus. Even when we’re waiting. We saw Mary worship and magnify the Lord with all that she was, and we reminded ourselves that if we want to magnify the Lord, it starts by focusing on Him, […]

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20181209-3: Mary and Elizabeth

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2018-12-09 Jesus in the real world 3: Mary and Elizabeth Luke 1:39-56 “Three women make an opera.” “Two women are like 1000 ducks.” John Worshipped (39-41) 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. This was quite a reunion! “the baby leaped in her womb.” God creates all life. Elizabeth Worshipped (41-45) 41 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and […]

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A big deal

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A big deal What do you make a big deal about? What captivates your time, thoughts, and actions? If you know me at all, you know that I make a big deal about Alabama football. Even though we’re in Tucson now, my Crimson Tide will always be my favorite football team. I invest time and energy reading, watching, and cheering for my team. The Crimson Tide is a big deal to me! We all have many things that are a big deal to us. Work. Family. Hobbies. Friends. Vacations. Holidays. Lots of things. We make a big deal about what’s […]