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Christmas at Easter!

John 20:19-23


19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”


1.     Jesus gives us peace

a.     Peace is a gift of grace

b.     Peace is a gift of gladness

2.     Jesus gives us purpose

a.     His purpose is good

b.     His purpose is global

3.     Jesus gives us power

a.     The origin of our power

b.     The objective of our power

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Peace:  Week 3,  October 21, 2014


“History’s Greatest Gift”

Ephesians 2:13-14


Key Verses: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:13-14).


1.     The distance he covered                                                                                                        

2.     The debt he canceled

3.     The divisions he cured

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Peace:  Week 2, December 14, 2014


“Peace in Troubled Times”


Key Verse: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John16:33).


1.     Truth about troubled times

a.     They are promised

b.     They are passing

2.     Tenacity in troubled times

a.     Be cheerful

b.     Be courageous

3.     Triumph over troubled times

a.     Jesus’ victory is sure

b.     Jesus’ victory is shared

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Peace: Week 1, December 7, 2014


“History’s Greatest Birth Announcement”

Luke 2:8-14


Key Verses: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased’” (Luke 2:13-14)!


1.     Gives us a story to tell

a.     It is good news

b.     It is global news

2.     Gives us a savior to trust

a.     Trust him for his sacrifice

b.     Trust him for his sovereignty

3.     Gives us a song to sing

a.     Sing a song of praise

b.     Sing a song of peace


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Jesus is Better:  Week 11,  November 30, 2014

Worship that Works

Hebrews 13:1-6


Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”


1.     Be compassionate (v. 1-3)

a.     Summary command

b.     Specific cases

2.     Be clean (v. 4)

a.     Elevate what’s right

b.     Eliminate what’s wrong

3.     Be content (v. 5-6)

a.     With what you have

b.     With who you have

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Jesus is Better:  Week 10,  November 23, 2014

Hebrews 12:18-29


For you have not come to zwhat may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and athe sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words bmade the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, c“If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, dso terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to eMount Zion and to the city of the living God, fthe heavenly Jerusalem, and to ginnumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to hthe assembly1 of the firstborn who are ienrolled in heaven, and to jGod, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, kthe mediator of a new covenant, and to lthe sprinkled blood mthat speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For nif they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time ohis voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, p“Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates qthe removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving ra kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus slet us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our tGod is a consuming fire.


Jesus is Better

“See the King




1.  Reject the King

a.  We are given a warning

b.  We are given a welcome 

2.  Receive the King

a.  Unbelievable gift

b.  Unbounded gratitude

3.  Revere the King

a.  He is a compassionate father

b.  He is a consuming fire 

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Jesus is Better:  Week 10,  November 16, 2014

Jesus is Better

“Run the Race

Hebrews 12:1-2


Key Verses: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1-2).


1.     Before the race: preparation

a.    See the witnesses

b.    Shed the weight

2.     During the race: dedication

a.    We need a pace

b.    We need a pattern

3.     After the race: celebrate

a.    There is rejoicing

b.    There is rest

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