59 31 His love is furious. There will be foes, enemies and wicked ones who want to do harm. If you want to know how to love one another, look at the love that sent Jesus to earth to live a life of love and pay the price for all of our sins. No, rather it is distinctly the other way around. Love lay in the scratchy hay of a manger in a meager barn in Bethlehem. 0000003410 00000 n “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; The plan was simple. lift up your voice with strength, and all flesh shall see it together, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand. God knows this, of course, but does not shy away from the pain that is coming. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; and his recompense before him. 0000109373 00000 n A voice says, “Cry!” This feature has been disabled during beta. 0000091380 00000 n O Jerusalem, herald of good news; 0000042766 00000 n Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, 0000043381 00000 n This Jesus, born in a stable to an unmarried virgin, had the greatest gift any person could receive: love. 0000003471 00000 n 0000000750 00000 n The love might begin in the softly starlit manger, but it inevitably will lead to the harsh noonday sun reflecting on the Cross. Beholding His love for us, may we love Him in how we love others. But here, on a silent night more than 2000 years ago, love is expressed in Luke 2:12-14 as God’s commitment to see an ancient promise through – a promise to right the wrongs of the world and to fix the greatest problem of the human heart – sin. 0000108803 00000 n While some may suggest the power of the White Christmas film is in the songs, most of us would recognize that the other significant draw of the movie is the eternally entrancing theme of “love.” Love for a commanding officer, love for a good friend, love between sisters, love between a man and a woman, and a shared love for music and dance – these are all “love themes” that have drawn viewers for 3/4 of a century to this playful, colorful, musical film. Don’t let familiarity rob you from feeling the depth of the love that has been manifested toward you. LOVE: THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT By: Carlene Lenore Douglas YOUTH 1: This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and today we celebrate LOVE. Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, The best is the gift of Christ, this bundle of love wrapped in cloths hastily assembled in the lowliest of birth places. At Christmas we remember Christ’s birth, but rarely do we talk about the reason he was born. Surely, we can’t celebrate the birth of Jesus and not look toward the cross where He was, “pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities”. But let’s remember during this Advent season the incomprehensible blessing of God giving us the ultimate gift of love; not another possession or thing, but himself. This is what God would do for love: God will offer that which is most precious. 0000006426 00000 n Love is a big idea, and most of us would like to believe we understand it (even though we’re not so good at actually doing it). Then, make notes about how you can begin to better love those in your reach. The grass withers, the flower fades, Fourth Sunday of Advent: Love. trailer <<15D423D9BC5D43AAB8931B02452E645A>]/Prev 195045/XRefStm 1129>> startxref 0 %%EOF 89 0 obj <>stream Featuring Vineyard Worship trailer All Rights Reserved. As 1 John 4:9 (ESV) says, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”. All flesh is grass, God created love, and in love, God gifted us God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Matthew Parker on Jan 12, 2004 based on 34 ratings | 17,657 views. make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Thinking Theologically about Life & Culture. �6� }�LK��2�a} 5�:SpX3��c$(��T&�CO�����u@� � N�a x�bbR``b``Ń3� ���ţ�1�x4> M On the fourth Sunday of Advent at Redemption Church we lit the candle of LOVE, and we read Isaiah 40:1-11 (ESV): Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. This is not a conditional love. he will gather the lambs in his arms; (--from Homiletics, December 18, 2011), Homiletics Online - Prepare the most compelling sermon for your members with Homiletics Online, Revised Common Lectionary - Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Fifty Years Ago: Letter from a Birmhingham Jail. 0000024651 00000 n 0000001450 00000 n 627 22 Today we light the candle of Love. surely the people are grass. (for packages of 100+). The love might begin in the softly starlit manger, but it inevitably will lead to the harsh noonday sun reflecting on the Cross. 0000005903 00000 n 0 0000006676 00000 n %%EOF God knows this, of course, but does not shy away from the pain that is coming. Love descended from heaven to be born of a virgin. This Week Is Not the Most Holy Week of the Year, The May-June 2013 Issue of Homiletics Is Online, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentines, Lent, Martin Stannard: Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years 1939-1966, Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Light the final purple candle in the Advent Wreath. He carries us close to His chest; loving us dearly and deeply. The ferocity and strength of this love should bring to mind the pledge, spoken or unspoken, of parents across the globe when they catch the first glimpse of their newborn child. We can love … Main When it comes to grasping the true meaning of Christmas this season we see love shared around a dinner table, love exchanged in presents around a tree, and even love demonstrated through helping those less fortunate than ourselves during a time of giving. 0000065183 00000 n 0000000016 00000 n God knows this, of course, but does not shy away from the pain that is coming. and the rough places a plain. Reggie said it on Sunday, and it is true, “if we truly love people, we will point them to Jesus.”. 0000034297 00000 n h�bbbd`b``n � G� � endstream endobj 60 0 obj <>/Metadata 3 0 R/Pages 2 0 R/StructTreeRoot 5 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 61 0 obj >/PageWidthList<0 612.0>>>>>>/Resources<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 612.0 792.0]/Type/Page>> endobj 62 0 obj <> endobj 63 0 obj <> endobj 64 0 obj <> endobj 65 0 obj <>stream « There is a Time for Weeping | The gift of Christmas is that God looks at the cost without blinking. 0000002429 00000 n 0000001888 00000 n Surely, we can’t celebrate the birth of Jesus and not look toward the cross where He was “pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5 ESV). God does indeed care enough to send the very best. 0000109054 00000 n “‘While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. 0000004889 00000 n When the angel Gabriel came to Joseph in a dream to announce that Mary would be the one about whom the prophet spoke, Gabriel makes clear that these things are taking place that the prophecy of God through Isaiah might be fulfilled. Design by. Written in 1940 by Irving Berlin in his hotel room, the song has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and the version sung by Bing Crosby (highlighted in the movie White Christmas) has alone sold an estimated 50 million copies. Advent Wreath Prayer Week 4 — Love. It's all about love. This transcendent God – who himself made everything that was made – loved broken humanity so much that he humbled himself to take the form of a man and lived among us. The series includes readings for the four Sundays of Advent, plus Christmas and New Years Day. Having re-lit the candles of hope, peace, and joy, we take this fourth Sunday of Advent to reflect on the coming of love. The life of Jesus reveals to us what God the Father is like because (Colossians chapter one tells us) he is the image of the invisible God. But come the crowds did. Hear the good news that our LORD has come in love. Posted on October 30, 2015. 6+�� m�-l���'c�(ġ�`ZGp.�:[�LU�q0�oI*�9|һ�TM_��(ž �.��X?�Ŷ4��Ǟ�~��c���R��b��6xOWB>DaǷ2�j �R�s6*mE��kH���9���#n��4.#?H*g/�=!��w�p�*�>UpS���hDwSm�R�D��a��I�~�O�6�)�oȧ�9��_�S�G�[?��Ԫ��~���pFP�V"�8�>�V-^���X�3t��ԯ�|S(- (Isaiah 7:14). This is dive in, take no prisoners, head-over-heels, no-holds-barred kind of love. μ7o�UW �.1x�=T��I� �"��♨$A� ����r�x�"^AA��{F�3�^��0���~����������?g^8�Cp8~B���^�L�CcB��CS��?�Ӿ���R{�s�09"nzL��1��>=zQDᡜ I �82. 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