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Christmas 2014

December 2014
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Dec 14, 2014
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54 mins 6 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Luke 1:26-38 describes Gabriel’s announcement to Mary of Jesus’ birth. The heavenly messenger explains the promise of a miraculous conception, which will produce the Messiah. The emphasis of the passage is not the manner of Jesus’ birth, but rather the gracious work of God in fulfilling his promise to deliver his people. The story highlights Mary as a listening, humble, willing servant who comes to see that God has the power to bring his plan to pass. With God all things are possible. But as God reveals his plan to Mary, this begraced young woman submits and embraces God’s will for her life. It was not easy for Mary to trust God in a situation that was unexpected, seemingly impossible, and potentially costly, and yet Mary humbly responded (Luke 1:38) “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” May the Lord teach us today from the example of Mary, and may he empower us with his grace to humbly embrace his will as she did.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Dec 07, 2014
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55 mins 32 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This morning we will spend time reflecting upon Immanuel. The name surfaces in Isaiah 7 as a prophecy, and then again in Matthew 1 being attributed to Jesus. Immanuel simply means “God with us.” Now, Jesus was never called “Immanuel” (Matt. 1:23) as a proper name; instead, the term is a metaphor for the fact that in Jesus, God is present “with” his people in a whole new way. As you fold through the pages of the Bible, there are different ways in which God was with his people: God was present in his “Shekinah” or dwelling via the pillar of fire and cloud in the exodus. He was present on his throne between the wings of the seraphim above the ark in the Most Holy Place. God was present in his Son during his life on this earth. God is present via the Holy Spirit during the church age. And God will be present physically and in full reality throughout eternity (Rev. 21:1-22:5).1 The presence of God is an important theme in scripture. That’s why Jesus our Immanuel is so important.