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The Incarnation: A Pardon and Perfection - 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (Sermon)

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MANUSCRIPTHi, I am pastor Rob. It is great to be with you this morning. Could I have a couple of people pray for us as I preach? Thank you. 
Okay, to get us in the Christmas spirit, and thanks, by the way, to those who volunteered to make the sanctuary look so great. Also, I want to thank those of you who helped invite over 8,000 people to our services this month. We want people to know where we are, and they are welcome to join us as we celebrate the reason for this Christmas season, Christ. If you are here visiting with us, thank you for checking our church out. We have some more room. In your bulletins are invitations to our services. Maybe you have a friend, co-worker, family member, or neighbor who doesn’t have a church. I see some open seats. Let’s pray. God fills them, that our friends have a place where they can know God’s truth and love.
I have a question for you, what is this? A present! What could be in here? Lots of things, right? If this was for you, what would you want? Fo…

2020 Reading Challenge by Tim Challies

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Another great reading challenge from Tim Challies. You can read how it works
HERE. Basically, Tim has you read a variety of Genres so you don't get stuck in one rut. I love it. He has a calendar for you to check off: The jpg. version is HERE Here is his plain 8.5 x 11 version HERE.
This is what it looks like: 






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Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton (Free)

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Christianaudio.com is giving away Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton this month for FREE!
From the publisher:Orthodoxy (1908) is a book by G. K. Chesterton that has become a classic of Christian apologetics. Chesterton considered this book a companion to his other work, Heretics. In the book's preface Chesterton states the purpose is to "attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it." In it, Chesterton presents an original view of Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the "answer to a riddle" in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the boundaries of human experience.

The book was written when Chesterton was an Anglican. He converted to Catholicism 14 years later. The title, Orthodoxy, is meant to avoid such sectarian questions.

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God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Free)

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Logos is giving away this month God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Free)
From the publisher:These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters, and passages from Bonhoeffer's Christmas sermons, these daily reflections are timeless and moving reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.

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In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Blum (Giveaway)

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Enter to win one of ten copies of Howard Blum's book:  In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies.

From the publisher: In 1946, genius linguist and codebreaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running an extensive network of strategically placed spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal the nation’s military and atomic secrets. Over the course of the next decade, he and young FBI supervisor Bob Lamphere worked together on Venona, a top-secret mission to uncover the Soviet agents and protect the Holy Grail of Cold War espionage—the atomic bomb.

Opposites in nearly every way, Lamphere and Gardner relentlessly followed a trail of clues that helped them identify and take down these Soviet agents one by one, including Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. But at the center of this spy ring, seemingly beyond the American agents’ grasp, was the mysterious master spy who pu…

Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels, Collected out of the Works of the Fathers, Volume 1: St. Matthew (Free)

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Verbum is giving away Aquinas' Commentary on Matthew for Free in the Logos format.  From the publisher:St. Thomas Aquinas' Catena Aurea is a masterpiece anthology of Patristic commentary on the Gospels, it includes the work of over eighty Church Fathers.
In the 13th century, Pope Urban IV, desiring that scholars of his day be better acquainted with the ideas of early Christians, assigned Saint Thomas Aquinas to compile a commentary on the Gospels based on the teachings of the Church fathers. The result is the Catena Aurea, or "Golden Chain."
St. Thomas Aquinas' work demonstrates intimate acquaintance with the Church Fathers and is an excellent complement to the more recent attempts to understand the inner meaning of the Sacred Scriptures. For each of the four Gospel writers, the Catena Aurea starts by indicating the verses to be analyzed, then phrase-by-phrase, provides the early Fathers insights into the passage.
This commentary includes notes on St. Matthew by th…

Beginner Bible (Giveaway)

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\ I love this Bible. My kids love this Bible.

Julie from Happy Home blog has teamed up with ZonderKidz to give away two copies of this Bible. One is for you the other is for you to share. I love that idea.

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The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus by Daniel Darling (Giveaway)

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Every day this week My Faith Radio is giving away a copy of the book,  The Characters of Christmas: The Unlikely People Caught Up in the Story of Jesus by Daniel Darling.

From the publisher:We hate to admit it, but after years, sometimes even decades, of reading the same Luke 2 story of Christmas, we get a little bored—we lose some of the awe we ought to have when discussing the greatest miracle in history. That’s why The Characters of Christmas was written, to help you take a fresh look at the Christmas story by getting to know the minor characters that played a part in Jesus’ birth, such as Zechariah and Elizabeth, the Shepherds, and Herod.

As you slow down, engage your imagination, and enter into the stories of these women and men, you’ll see the most important character—Jesus Christ—with new eyes. And with discussion questions and a Christmas song suggestion at the end of each chapter, it’s perfect for engaging your whole family.


Break free from the familiar, and discover something y…