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Why we’re doing “Rockin’ Christmas”

December 10, 2015 | Christ, christmas, church, Gary Combs, gift, God, jesus, WCC

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’” (which means, God with us)”(Matthew 1:22-23 ESV). Some have been wondering why we’re doing an event that has such a secular feel to it. With

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

December 6, 2015 | Matthew 1:18-25 | christmas

In Matthew’s gospel, he showed that the birth of Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament’s promises. Writing to a predominantly Jewish audience, he desired to give them the hope that they had long awaited. We too can experience this hope that we have been truly searching for. In today’s passage we will study the fulfillment of God’s promise to send His Son who is Emmanuel, God with us. Today we will see three ways to experience “God with us” in our lives.

Myrrh: A Gift Fit For a Savior

December 21, 2014 | John 1:29-37 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs concludes the three-part sermon series, “The Three Gifts,” with this message on the gift of myrrh. In this message, based on the book of John, Jesus was presented as the one who came as a perfect sacrifice to pay for all our sins, John the Baptist called him the “Lamb of God.” When the disciples of John heard John’s declaration they decided to follow Jesus. We can decide to follow Jesus too. We can give Jesus the gift of myrrh by recognizing him as the Lamb of God—God’s perfect sacrifice for our sin.

The greatest gift exchange

December 18, 2014 | Christ, christmas, exchange, Gary Combs, gift, God, jesus, salvation

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NKJV). Do you remember “leisure suits?” My grandmother Combs used to buy a suit for all her grandsons every Christmas. She was a very smart shopper and would have most of her Christmas shopping finished for the following

Frankincense: A Gift Fit For a Priest

December 14, 2014 | Hebrews 4:14-16 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs continues the Christmas sermon series “The Three Gifts” with this message from the book of Hebrews. In this message the gift of frankincense is explored as a gift fit for a divine high priest. In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is declared to be the supreme Mediator, Friend and Advocate.

Why we’re doing “Rockin’ Christmas”

December 12, 2014 | christmas, God, jesus, Rockin Christmas, WCC

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’” (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:22-23 ESV). Some have been wondering why we’re doing an event that has such a secular feel to it.

Gold: A Gift Fit For a King

December 7, 2014 | Psalm 2 | christmas

Pastor Gary Combs began a three week Christmas sermon series entitled “The Three Gifts” with this message from Psalm 2 about the gift of gold. The three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus were very unusual gift to give to a baby. Yet, they are perfectly suited for One who is King, Mediator and Savior. The gift of gold is a gift fit for a king. This message shows how we can make Christ our King this Christmas.

Whose birthday is it?

December 5, 2014 | birthday, Christ, christmas, frankincense, Gary Combs, gifts, giving, God, gold, jesus, myrrh

“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11 ESV). When I asked the children at a Sunday service, “Who gets gifts on your birthday?” Their answer was a loud, “I

Love All

December 29, 2013 | 1 John 4:7-12 | advent conspiracy, christmas

In this conclusion of our Advent Conspiracy series, Jonathan Combs helps us understand what it means to love with the same love God showed when he sent Jesus as a baby on that first Christmas

Going over to Bethlehem

December 24, 2013 | Arab Christians, Bethlehem, Christ, christmas, Gary Combs, Israel, jesus, Palestinian Authority

“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us’” (Luke 2:15 ESV). Robin and I had the privilege of visiting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem this past summer