We Really Need Christmas

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:10,11 I remarked to Hannah a couple of weeks ago, “I feel like this year we really need Christmas.” And I didn’t mean “we,” the Schuller family. I meant “we” the whole world. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural phenomenon. I know the world as a whole feels this need for Christmas. I am mindful of how so many of us have felt down for years for various reasons, with a proverbial gray sky emotionally hanging over our heads. But note how the Christmas spirit, as you see in the marketplace, media, and movies, has a way of hypothetically breaking

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Jesus and the Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 When we choose God, we are forgiven, rescued, and become a new creation. But in our daily lives, we can still feel thirsty for Him and wonder why we’re still struggling with some of life’s issues. So often through our churches and sermons, we make the mistake of forgetting that Jesus isn’t just our Savior, He’s our Rabbi — our Teacher. He gives us the words of life, and we can learn from His life-giving lessons. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with the Beatitudes, which are nine sayings, or blessings attributed to Jesus. There are many wonderful, helpful, and meaningful teachings of the Beatitudes, but I find that many teachers and pastors actually misunderstand what Jesus is saying.  This sermon states if you follow these nine principles, then you will receive

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