Sermons and Children's Lessons For Advent and Christmas
The opening verses of the gospel of Matthew, through the 17th verse, provide the passage of Scripture which is often known as the "begats," tracing the genealogy of Jesus Christ from Abraham to Joseph. The chapter begins: "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Forty-two generations later, the 16th verse reads, "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." Beginning at verse 18, the chapter reads: "Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
Mark Ellingsen Ron Love Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez Bob Ove
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.