How Can We Know the True Joy of Christmas?

December 25, 2011 | John 3 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs concludes the NOEL series with this message on Christmas Day. Taken from the book of John, this message describes how Jesus told a prominent Jewish teacher named Nicodemus that God “so loved” everyone that He was offering His greatest gift to all those who would receive it. It is as though God took the approach of wrapping the gift of LIFE and then placed it inside the gift of His Son, the LORD, and then placed it inside the gift of His LOVE. A gift within a gift, within a gift. The greatest gift of all! We can receive this gift from the God who loves all. Having received it, we can be like Him by loving all too.

What Gifts Should We Give?

December 18, 2011 | Luke 2 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the NOEL series with this message from Luke’s gospel. In the book of Luke, the birth of Jesus was recorded in its historical context with special attention given to show both the humble circumstances of His birth and the glory of His person as the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God. In Luke’s gospel the angel of the Lord invites the shepherds to come celebrate the birth of the Messiah. They came and it changed them and all they came into contact with afterwards. The Lord still invites us to come celebrate the Christ. We can say yes to His invitation and invite others to join us by giving and loving like Jesus.

Why Spend for Unsatisfying Things?

December 11, 2011 | Isaiah 55:1-7 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the NOEL series with this message from Isaiah. Isaiah told the people of Israel that they should stop spending so much on that which doesn’t satisfy and start spending their lives looking for the coming Son of David, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone could satisfy all of their needs. We can start spending less at Christmas on that which doesn’t satisfy, so that we can worship fully, give more and love more.

Which King Will You Worship?

December 4, 2011 | Matthew 2:1-12 | christmas, worship

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new series entitled NOEL. This first message is taken from Matthew 2:1-12 which tells the story of the Magi who traveled from the East to worship the One born king of Israel. This story shows two kings. One is the false king Herod and the other is King Jesus.