Christmas: Christ Came to Save Sinners

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15 – Christmas is a time of great anticipation. In the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ, we see Mary’s great anticipation in the arrival of her baby son. We see the shepherds’ great anticipation after the angels message about the birth of the Messiah. We see the Magi’s great anticipation […]

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Do You Experience Peace At Christmas?

Text: Luke 2:10-14; Philippians 4:4-9 – The angels announced to the shepherds that the newborn Christ child would bring peace on earth. Unfortunately, when we stop and look around us, we see little evidence of peace again this Christmas. Global conflicts, political unrest, Christmas shopping chaos all surround us. Where is the peace of Christmas? […]

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What Do You Worship At Christmas?

Text: Luke 2:10-12 – This year Christmas falls on a Sunday and a local Christian radio station was asking the question: “Are you planning to go to church on Christmas Day?” Some churches always have a service on Christmas morning, while others, live Grace, have a Christmas Eve service. So this year, the question is […]

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Unity In the Body of Christ

Text: 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 – It is well known that disunity in the church hurts the body of Christ and our testimony to our community. God calls us to show love to one another. On this second Sunday of Advent, our focus is on the love God showed the world in sending his Son, the […]

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The Expectation of Christmas

Text:  Matthew 1:18-25 – On this First Sunday of Advent we lit the Prophesy Candle marking the official beginning of our Christmas season.  Christmas is a time of great expectation. The nation of Israel also had great expectations around the time of Christ’s birth as they eagerly waited for their promised Messiah to deliver them […]

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The Church: Living as “Called Out Ones”

Text: 1 Peter 2:4-12 – Today Grace Church celebrates its 85th Anniversary. What a testimony to God’s faithfulness to this church family! But what is the church? A building? A social club? No, none of these is correct. The church is described in the Bible as a body – a group of individuals that need […]

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Christ’s Call For Self-Sacrifice

Text: Matthew 5:10-12; John 15:18-22; Matthew 16:24-27 – On this Remembrance Day Sunday we recognized those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. These men and women demonstrated what self-sacrifice is all about. This Sunday is also the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – IDOP – a day to […]

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Who Do You Run To In Times Of Trouble?

Text: Revelation 8:6-12 – As we continue our series in the Book of Revelation, Pastor Russ takes us through the second set of judgements God enacts on the earth – the trumpet judgements. These catastrophic events mirror some of the plagues God used against Egypt in the Old Testament. Now, however, these events occur on […]

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God Responds to Praying Saints

Text: Hebrews 11:1,2; 11:39-12:3; Revelation 8:1-6 – The book of Revelation is a book of hope. It affirms God’s promise for the future – that he will deal justly with those who reject the truth and have persecuted his followers. In Chapter 8, we see that God responds to the imprecatory prayers of the saints […]

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Knowing the End Affects the Now

Text: Revelation 19:1-16 – Some Christians feel that the study of eschatology (end times) is not important. They hold to “Pan-Millenial” view – that it will all pan out in the end. While its true that we may gain comfort from avoiding the details of eschatology and accepting the simple view that “God Wins!”, Pastor […]

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