December 18, 2016 “Unexpected Salvation” – Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew 1:18-25 “Unexpected Salvation” December 18, 2016 – Fourth Sunday in Advent I still have a scar on my hand. I did not expect her. When my betrothed’s mother came to me in my workshop, with her head down, not meeting my eyes, my heart began to pound. Thoughts raced through my head. I feared […]

December 11, 2016 “Unexpected News” – Matthew 11:2-11

Matthew 11:2-11 “Unexpected News” December 11, 2016 – Third Sunday in Advent A beautiful golden brown roast bird, duck a l’orange, is being set on the table. It’s Christmas at the farmhouse in the movie “Babe.” Farm animals watch through the window in horror as holiday dinner is served. Ferdinand the duck joins then. “If […]

December 4, 2016 “Unexpected Warning” – Matthew 3:1-12

Matthew 3:1-12 “Unexpected Warning” December 4, 2016 – Second Sunday in Advent “We had practically no warning.” That’s what Trevor Cates said about the fire that burned down his home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Monday. “My wife and son ran through the home and grabbed a laundry basket full of pictures, our firesafe, my two […]

November 27, 2016 “Unexpected Arrival” – Revelation 22:8-21

Revelation 22:8-21 “Unexpected Arrival” November 27, 2016 – First Sunday in Advent “You will be hanged next week at noon on a day you don’t expect.” So begins a famous puzzle. A judge sentences a prisoner to die during the next work week, but which day will be a surprise. When he hears the executioner’s […]