“Perfectly Natural: Growing in Wisdom and Favour” – Luke 2:40-52   1. Jesus grew… AMAZING! Our Gospel reading today is framed by two verses that are as amazing as anything you will ever read. The first verse of our text says: “And the child [Jesus] grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor […]

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“All the First-born of my Sons I Redeem” – Exodus 13:1-3,11-15   1. Introduction – a great sacrifice? What is a great sacrifice that you have made in your life? What is one desirable thing you have said “no” to for the sake of another desirable thing that you said “yes” to? How difficult was […]

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Christmas Eve – December 24, 2021

“Wrapped in Swaddling Cloths for our Salvation” – Luke 2:7 It’s Christmas Eve, and the year is almost over. Do you remember last Christmas Eve? Many of our Hope people came to the church in early November to record video clips of Christmas Bible readings and prayers, and others recorded themselves singing a line of […]

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Advent 4 – December 19, 2021

“Wait Upon the Lord with Gratitude” – Luke 1:67-79   1. Introduction: A Sign for Zechariah? Our Gospel reading for this service is a song that Zechariah sang after the birth of his son, John the Baptist. Let’s just review… the angel Gabriel came to Zechariah while he was serving in the temple, and told […]

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Advent 3 – December 12, 2021

“Wait Upon the Lord with Rejoicing” – Luke 1:39-45   1. Me… Not so happy Four years ago, I spent three months being not so happy. Do you know why? My wife – my best friend – left me. Oh, she didn’t leave me permanently, but she did go far, far away… all the way […]

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