To stay faithful to Christ and not be carried away captive, Christians are instructed to conduct their lives according to the New Nature that they possess through Christ.
The truthfulness of Christianity is made unbreakable because of Old Testament prophecy.
In a time of great fear, Isaiah prophesied, “Your God will come!” These prophetic words offer hope for our lives today.
Teaching the biblical view of hell is out of fashion in today’s tolerant culture. But the Bible is clear: Hel is real and it is forever.
God blesses single Christians by giving them spiritual offspring and through their spiritual union with him.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
The name Immanuel means “God is with us.” It is one of the most precious and familiar names of the Savior. It is a name that brings comfort and hope. It reminds us that God has not forsaken you.
We might be surprised that this name for the Savior was an obscure reminder from Israel’s history until the angel revealed to Joseph that his soon-to-be wife was carrying a child that was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Today we will examine the meaning of the name “Immanuel.”
As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon or abuse him, someone who would stay with him – FOR ALWAYS!”
Jesus is with you NOW.
Jesus is with you FOREVER.
His promises give comfort in our trials.
Could things be different at Christmas this year?
Could this be the year that we overcome our anger?
Could this be the year that we learn to submit to the Lord?
Could this be the year that we forgive?
Could this be the year that we find our satisfaction in God, and not our possessions?
Today, we begin a new sermon series for Christmas that we will call “A.K.A. JESUS.” This series title originated when I asked our pastors to think of a title for a series on the Names of the Savior. Pastor Frank, who worked in a prison for many years came up with the idea. “In prison, inmates are known by their many aliases. We use the abbreviation, A.K.A. as a short cut for also known as.” I thought that this would be a great theme to use for the month of December.