Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Why Christmas Matters, with Pastor Greg Sidders. // The scene is so familiar that the mere mention of the word "Christmas" paints it in our mind. A starry night. A stable. Animals. Shepherds. Joseph and Mary. And there, in the center, surrounded with glowing light, baby Jesus in the manger. Doesn't that picture warm your heart? // But does it engage your mind? What do you think about when you remember that first Christmas? How does it connect to your life today? Why does Christmas matter? // I believe that understanding the implications of the incarnation (a fancy word for God becoming human) can make this season all the more special. That's why I've decided to step away from our Jesus Encounter series on this last Sunday before Christmas to focus on the real-life, 21st-century significance of the Christmas story. I hope you'll be able to escape the busyness of holiday preparations to contemplate the reason for the season.
Monday, December 13, 2010
How to Pray Like Jesus, With Pastor Greg Sidders // If you've ever wondered if you're the only one who is easily distracted, often bored, usually tired, occasionally tempted and sometimes even relieved to finish when you pray, the answer is no. I know someone who struggles with prayer as much as you do. // Me. // Maybe, like me, you have asked yourself the question, "Why should I pray when I'm so bad at it? // The best answer I have ever found to that question is in Mark 14, the chapter we will be studying this Podcast. I hope you'll listen and find out why this is one struggle in which giving up is never an option.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
"God on His Hands and Knees," with Pastor Greg Sidders, Sunday 12-05-10. For the past three months, we have studied together the most extraordinary life ever lived, and now we are down to the final 24 hours. It's going to take us the next three Sundays to absorb the most poignant hours of that day, but as we encounter Jesus in three unforgettable scenes, our lives will be changed and our hearts will grasp, perhaps more fully than ever before, the true significance of Christmas.