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The Glorious Impossible > The Annunciation

Vic Pentz

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December 14, 2014

Mary simply took news of her out of wedlock conception on faith. By surrendering her life, Mary became the girl through whom God changed the world. In becoming a part of God’s mission, Mary found significance.

The Glorious Impossible

Artists by the thousands have endeavored to capture on canvas the faces and gestures of the characters in the original Christmas story. Look at key moments in the gospel birth narrative through the eyes of great works.

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The Revelation

After Gabriel’s announcement to Mary we might expect that she would know exactly who her son was. But when the infant Jesus was on the threshold of adolescence he baffled his parents by calling God his “Father.” Like Mary, our grasp of who Jesus is may strengthen slowly, over time.

Vic Pentz, Mark Crumpler
Second Sunday of Advent
The Expectation

Luke 1:5-25

Ever notice that the best news is the hardest to believe? Over the years Zachariah and Elizabeth found ways of coping with the pain of not having had a child. The one thing they could not handle would be to get their hopes up again. So Zechariah says to a singing angel, ”Go away… Get out of my life.”

Mark Crumpler, Chuck Roberts
First Sunday in Advent
Simple Gifts

Psalm 145, James 1:17

Common grace is the idea that God can bring us a touch of his love and make us smile through the simple, everyday things of life. What are the simple gifts right under your nose that you’re missing?

Vic Pentz, Marnie Crumpler
Thanksgiving Communion
If You Build It

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Nehemiah tackled a city restoration job on the order of post-Katrina New Orleans. Chaos and death reigned in the streets as rival war lords battled for control. His task, and ours today, is to restore compassion, service, justice.

Mark Crumpler, Jay Madden
Justice Sunday
The Beginning of the End

Isaiah 37

If we stand tall like Hezekiah, God will prove faithful. No matter how insignificant or marginalized you may feel, or how mighty our culture's pressure, be strong. God is in control.

Vic Pentz, Joe Ryan
The Frog King

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Solomon had riches beyond compare, yet died unhappy. His wealth had created a lukewarm cauldron that eventually cooked him. God gives to us not for our sake but in order for us to give.

Vic Pentz, Mark Crumpler
Generosity Sunday
A King Sized Mistake

2 Samuel 7:1-7

David forgot that everything he had came from God. God reminds him, "I am building my house and yours. All you have and all you are and all you ever will be are all mine.”

Vic Pentz, Marnie Crumpler
Jars of Clay

Judges 6:7-16

Gideon was the weakest member of the weakest family of the weakest nation - with weak faith. Our weakness, combined with trust in God, becomes incredible strength. The most important thing we can do is strip away every layer of self sufficiency.

Vic Pentz, Chuck Roberts