Luke 1:39-45 ~ The Joy of Blessed Confirmation ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh

December 11, 2018

A young virgin by the name of Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that by the Holy Spirit she would conceive in her womb and bear the Son of the Most High. Mary’s responded to the angel, “Behold, I am the bondslave of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.”

 Think about what Mary’s obedience could potentially cost her. She was betrothed to a carpenter by the name of Joseph. Her reputation in the community would be damaged beyond repair. What would her parents think and how would they treat her? What would Joseph think and how would he treat her? What would Mary’s relationship with Joseph and her family be from here on out?

 This was going to be hard for Mary, but God with whom nothing is impossible, is going to confirm it. Along the way, He is going to give confirmation and assurance in Mary’s humble obedience. Along with the greatest task that takes the most determined obedience comes the greatest joy and the greatest assurance and confirmation that this is of God and that He will perform it.

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Luke 1:26-38 ~ The Greatest News Ever Proclaimed ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh

December 6, 2018

Luke 1:26-38

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." 34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 "For nothing will be impossible with God." 38 And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

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Matthew 2:1-12 ~ Who Were the Magi and Why Did They Come? ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh

December 26, 2015

Who were the Magi and what can we learn from them?  These Wise Men teach us five important lessons that we can apply today as we seek to worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Isaiah 9:2-7 ~ Christmas and Great Expectations ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh

December 21, 2015

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," wrote Charles Dickens in a Tale of Two Cities. We also live in that kind of  time where there is dismal darkness and all the news seems bad. But the message of Christmas is that that the Good News always dispels the bad news like light dispels the darkness. The prophet Isaiah wrote, "The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them" (Isa. 9:2).

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Luke 1:57-80 ~ Zacharias Sings of His Redeemer ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh

December 20, 2014

What is it about the whole Christmas thing that makes it full of anticipation and excitement?  What was it that made Zacharias sing of his Redeemer?  

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Christmas: God’s Perfect Timing ~ Galatians 4:4-6 ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh

December 6, 2014

Christmas is not about what we can get done or not get done, Christmas is about what God has done and how we respond to Him.  

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