The Ups & Downs of Gifts - Bob Levin

December 18th, 2017

Ups & Downs

          Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

 

      A gift indescribable

              II Corinthians 9:15

 

      The original Christmas gift

              John 3:16

  • A Creator >> who loves… “God so loved”

 

 

  • All–inclusive… “the world”

        

 

  • Gift of himself… “only Son”

                                Isaiah 9:6

 

                               Mark 10:43-45

 

 

  • Empty-handed .. “whoever believes”

 

 

  • The gift that keeps on giving… “life”
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The Other Story of Christmas - Mark Brauss

December 10th, 2017

☼ Paradox → A Sign …. Isaiah 7:14 / Matthew 1:22-23

  

☼ A Time for Celebration …. Luke 2:9-10

 

      ◊ God loves you.

 

 

     ◊ God is with you.

 

 

     ◊ God is for you.

  

 

☼ A Time for Salvation ….. Luke 2:11-12

 

      ⌂ 3 Big Questions….

 

  1. The question of existence….

 

               → Why am I alive?

 

 

  1. The question of significance…..

 

              → Does my life matter?

 

 

  1. The question of intention …..

 

             → What is my purpose?

  

 

      ⌂ Freedom from ….

 

          □ The Guilt of the Past

 

 

□ Bitterness and Resentment

 

 

□ The Expectations of Others

 

 

□ The Fear of Death

 

 

 

☼ A Time for Peace …. Luke 2:13-14

 

 

  • James 4:1-2

 

 

  • Philippians 4:6-7

 

  

      ⌂ Jesus offers you peace with God.

 

 

      ⌂ Jesus offers you the peace of God.

 

 

      ⌂ Jesus shows you how to make peace with others.

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Original Christmas Card - Bob Levin

December 3rd, 2017

A Christmas card from the beginning - Genesis 3:14-15, 21

Address of the promised one

  Israel - Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 22 >>> John 8:56-58

  Judah - Genesis 49:10

       Postmark date - Daniel 9:25-26

             7 sevens (49) + 62 sevens (439) of years = 482 years

                 445 BC - Command to revuild Jerusalem

               + 483 years

               = 30s AD

          Fulfillment ... Messiah >> presents himself c. 32 AD

                                          >> killed

                                          >> Jerusalem destroyed (70) AD

     Bethlehem - Micah 5:2

     Family of David - 2 Samuel 7:11-16

     Immanuel - "God with us" - Isaiah 7:14

                                  Isaiah 9:6 - Wonderful Counselor ... Mighty God ... Everlasting Father ... Prince of Peace

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