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“The Promise of Light,” A Sermon by Alan Sherouse

    Matthew 5:13-20 You couldn’t see anything. When the sun went down in the ancient world, it was completely dark. It might be hard for us to imagine, with our nightlights, bedside lamps or the glow of a phone close at hand, but nightfall in Galilee brought...

“The Promise of Blessing,” A Sermon by Alan Sherouse

  Matthew 5:1-12 On Tuesday of this week, I remembered what’s most important. I was getting ready to leave the church – rushing home to pick up Jack for basketball practice – when I heard that a woman had come to our front desk, asking if anyone had seen a little...

Voices of Christmas: Joseph

"When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus." Matthew 1:24-25 I ashamedly confess that I never gave Joseph much thought...

Voices of Christmas: Mary

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary." Luke 1:26-27 On December 25, 2008, my wife Teresa and I received some...

Voices of Christmas: The family of Jesus

"When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him." Luke 2:39-40 My friend and mentor Dr. Diana Garland...

Voices of Christmas: An angelic visit to Mary

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, 'Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with...

Voices of Christmas: The world did not know him

"He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him." John 1:10 John the Apostle’s symbol in theology is an eagle. Eagles have superior eyesight and perception. John exhibited such perception when, hearing John the Baptist’s...

Voices of Christmas: Quirinius

"In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria." Luke 2:1-2 It was my first census, and I was nervous. I wanted to get it right. After...

Voices of Christmas: Make straight the way

"He said, 'I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, "Make straight the way of the Lord,”' as the prophet Isaiah said." John 1:23a The book of John begins as far away from us as we can imagine: before time and space, before creation. This passage brings us...

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