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Sermon Notes: Hope to Cope

Hope to Cope this Christmas

Introduction

When I was an 18-year-old boy I saw a song on MTV that claimed my heart and mind. It was so beautiful I wanted to listen to it again and again very badly. Unfortunately, however, there was no YouTube or Spotify at that time. You had to purchase the Audio CD which I couldn’t afford. Still, I was so obsessed with the song that I bought a pirated copy for a fraction of the price after combing the black market. “Hope” is the name of that song and the artist is known as Shaggy.

Sermon Notes: God’s Antidote for Your Christmas Blues

Photo of a Brown Pinecone beside Candle Lantern used for Sermon Notes on 2 Timothy 4:9-12 for Christmas 2020

Introduction

A blessed Christmas to all of you! By no stretch of the imagination, this year has been an easy one. Still, we are gathered here today in celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for God has been gracious to us. There are many religious holidays around the world. Still, Christmas is unique because it’s the only celebration in the entire year that brings people together, regardless of their gender, beliefs, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, language, and, social status.

Christmas sermon 2012: A Season called Christmas

The Father, Mother, and the Daughter decorate a Christmas Tree.

Introduction

Luke’s narration of Jesus’ dedication in the temple (Luke 2:25-38) isn’t exclusively about Jesus’ birth and there are many other passages one can use for preaching a Christmas sermon. Still, I decided to preach from this passage because in the words of Simeon and Anna recorded in it, we discover God’s true purpose for the season we call Christmas in a nutshell. We discover that:

Christmas Sermon 2011: The Theology of Christmas

A photo of pendant bulbs.

Introduction

This morning I do not intend to complicate your Christmas by choosing to preach a heavily theological message with a theological title. It should be noted however that Christmas is surrounded by so much of biblical truths that it’s not just another simple festive event as the world likes to think. I do believe understanding these truths about Christmas surely helps us to understand why we need Jesus.

Christmas Sermon: The Christmas Promise

A photo of Christmas Gift Boxes wrapped in red color ribbons and wrapping paper.

Introduction

An age-old tradition is to go wait in line to sit in Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. You eagerly sit on his knee and listen attentively to what he says, hoping he will promise you the things you want.

Sometimes, on Christmas morning, you find that you can’t always trust Santa. But, there was a promise given over 700 years before Christ that you can take to the bank. Under the anointing and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Isaiah promised that a child would be born and His name would tell His character. [A sermon preached by Dr. Arnold Lastinger. Publishee with permission]

Sermon: The Unspeakable Genealogy of Jesus

Introduction

Alex Haley became a household word and an instant millionaire when he wrote a book tracing his ancestry back to his “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” Most of us have some interest in our genealogy because somehow it connects us to our ancestors. Most of us also find some ancestors we would rather not be identified with. Jesus had such ancestors, but he chose to identify himself with them, (Matthew 1:1-17). I would like for us to look at several of them today. [A sermon by Dr. Arnold Lastinger. Used with permission.]

Christmas Sermon 2010: The Bethlehem’s Baby and the Divine Design

Christmas sermon 2010: The Bethlehem’s baby and the divine design

Introduction

Bethlehem today is a thriving town, inhabited mostly by Christian Arabs (in name if not in fact). But, in the time of Christ, it was a tiny, insignificant town, known only for the fact that it had once been King David’s hometown. How was it that Jesus Christ, Son of God and King of the Universe would choose to be born here in a lowly cow stall?

Christmas 2009: Lessons from the Angelic Annunciation to Shepherds

A photo of a statue of an angel blowing a Trumpet.

Introduction

The Christmas season is known for two things. It marks the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as well as the end of a year. This year (2009) has been of great significance to our nation, politically, socially, and economically.

It was politically significant as our dear President Barrack Obama was sworn in as the first black American President. Socially speaking we saw the Bart Police shooting of Oscar Grant which resulted in protests and several hours of violence in Oakland, California. Economically speaking this year marked the worst period of the great recession that saw nearly 800,000 jobs lost.

All of these events received the worldwide media coverage that they deserved. They were noteworthy happenings in the history of our nation.

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