Monthly Archives: December 2016


John 1:1-14 “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What a big, fat lie. I’d much rather have someone throw a stick or a stone at me than words.  The cuts and bruises from blunt objects heal in a reliable way; the scratch I get today will be gone […]


Luke 2:1-7 Tonight we remember the birth of a first-born son, the moment when the Son of God was born to Mary and Joseph; when he took his first startled breath in and pushed his first tiny cry out. Birth is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed.  I’ve seen it twice – […]


Matthew 1:18-25 If you think about it, Joseph shouldn’t be that important. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, after all, not the son of Joseph.  Jesus is born to Mary before Mary and Joseph ever consummate their marriage.  Almost proving the point is Joseph’s absence from the gospels after the birth stories; while we […]


Matthew 11:2-11 John the Baptist is in prison. Last week he was a free man – remember?  He was out in the wilderness of Judea, wearing and eating strange things.  He was preaching, “REPENT, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NEAR!”  He was drawing large crowds to hear his message and be baptized. Not anymore.  […]


Matthew 3:1-12 Have you ever seen a sign like this? I’ve seen them in big cities, usually near downtown or outside of big sporting events.  In our remote area they’re not as common, but recently we had a guy holding a sign like this outside our WalMart.  He held his sign high and it was […]