Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Duration:37 mins 28 secs
What is the timeless, global, and historic significance of the Incarnation in the birth of Jesus Christ? How does it elevate every Advent season ever celebrated by Christians around the globe? Given the brokenness, conflict and chaos in our world, what difference can Advent Hope make in our own hearts and minds? Join Pastor Jim for this look at what we can learn from the story of an older couple named Zacharias and Elizabeth.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration:25 mins 4 secs
What is it about the human person that makes us so curious? Why are we magnetically drawn to mystery and transcendence? What is the curious connection between the wonder of Advent and the meaning of life as God intended it to be? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the story of the magi or wisemen from the East who came in search of the baby king born in Bethlehem.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017
Duration:26 mins 59 secs
The Annunciation story in Luke 1:26-38 where the angel Gabriel tells young Mary that she will give birth to the Son of God offers us a beautiful opportunity to discuss humility before the Lord. When we are aware of who God is, and who we are in relationship to him, our position of humility is a more natural stance. Our response to the tasks and circumstances of our lives takes a similar trajectory - “be it done to me according to your word.”. 33 years later, her son and our Savior would go to the cross in similar humility, with a similar prayer.
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration:23 mins 4 secs
Into a world of spiritual darkness, uncertainty and insecurity there came the voice of an 8th century BC prophet named Isaiah. One of the most amazing prophecies given by Isaiah was that God was planning to send a Messiah or, in New Testament language, the Christ.Who would this Messiah be? What would Messiah be like? And what was Messiah's purpose in coming? The Bible makes it clear that Messiah was God’s Anointed One come to rescue us from our spiritual darkness, to reconcile us to God, to satisfy our deepest longing, to renew our joy and restore us to peace. Join Pastor Jim as he connects the dots between the ancient prophecies of Isaiah and Jesus of Nazareth, the very one Isaiah predicted would become our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Duration:43 mins 36 secs
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a centerpiece of Christian belief. The apostle Paul even said that without the Resurrection, Christian faith is in vain. Was the Resurrection of Jesus history or a hoax? What difference does it make whether or not Jesus actually rose from the dead? How would it affect the way we live our lives today? Join Pastor Jim at this inspiring and joyful study from Matthew’s gospel.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Duration:38 mins 2 secs
Why were they waving their palm branches and throwing their coats on the road in front of the man on the donkey? What was that first Palm Sunday all about? If Jesus really came to save the "lost", just who are they and how is it that Jesus can save them? Join Pastor Jim for this study from the 12th chapter of John's gospel where we'll join the multitudes who have gathered on the main road into Jerusalem to see if we can catch a glimpse of Jesus too.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016
Duration:18 mins 41 secs
With Advent, every year we look back and reflect upon the first arrival of Jesus at Christmas time. What really happened that first Christmas? Is Christmas merely a myth or legend? Could it be acutal history? Why does the idea of Christmas, aka the Incarnation or Advent really matter? What difference does it really make? And why in the world are we still talking about it 2,000 years later? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the meaning and significance of the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Duration:37 mins 22 secs
God’s plan of redemption runs throughout the course of human history and can be seen at work everywhere. From the garden, through the wilderness, in the Tabernacle, in the Promised Land, in the Temple, on a Roman cross, in an empty tomb, etc. God is always at work accomplishing His purposes and bringing about redemption. Join Pastor Jim for this seasonal sermon on Advent Places and see how God in Christ can bring redemption to our hearts and souls as well!
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Duration:38 mins 5 secs
Advent Praise is what happens when we begin to understand that God has taken the initiative; that God offers to every believing heart the assurance of His promises in Christ! Join Pastor Jim for this instilling study of Luke 2:1-20
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Duration:35 mins 59 secs
What's in a title? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the rich meaning behind some of the titles used by the Old Testament prophet Isaiah as he describes God's promised Messiah. Jesus, as the fulfillment of these prophecies, is our Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace!
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
The Presence of Advent: Immanuel/God with us. Why did Jesus come to earth? What does it mean that God became one of us? How does the Incarnation dramatically change things for sinful humanity? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the mysteries of the Presence of Advent.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016
Duration:33 mins 39 secs
Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ history or hoax? Did Jesus really rise from the dead or is it just a metaphor for springtime and new beginnings in life? If Christ really rose from the dead, what would the significance of such an event be for us? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the historical evidence and helps us understand the life-changing implications of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Duration:33 mins 14 secs
What is Palm Sunday all about? What does it commemorate and what should it mean to us? How did the approach of Jesus to Jerusalem illustrate what God has done for each of us? Join Pastor Jim for this look back at that first Palm Sunday when Jesus Christ came to lay down His life on the cross and purchase our salvation!
Thu, Dec 24, 2015
Duration:25 mins 55 secs
Most religions deal with the questions of who God is, what God is like, and the nature of the relationship between God and humankind. How can sinful human beings be reconciled to a holy God? Jesus Christ, as presented in the Bible, is unique in all of human history. Jesus Christ was God’s long promised Messiah, Redeemer and Savior of the world.
Join Pastor Jim as he highlights three reasons why the Incarnation, aka Christmas, aka the coming of Jesus Christ into the world as a human being, is Good News of Great Joy that is eternally meaningful and personally significant.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015
Duration:36 mins 37 secs
The humble manger did not give away the glorious task for which the Christ child came. Once set in place, in the theater of God’s glory, he turned the key on the gate that had been locked in Eden, and set free the hope of eternity found in the Father’s plan of salvation. Gloria in excelsis deo is the only proper response! Join TVC Curate Kim Thomas for this look at Luke 2:8-20.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Duration:35 mins 25 secs
From the very beginning, Christmas has been a season of celebration. Because Christ has come, God’s salvation has entered the world! From the first and second chapters of the Gospel of Luke we find 4 Christmas canticles coming from Mary, Zechariah, some angels, and Simeon. Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the timeless and joyful responses of these Christmas canticles that have given voice to the rejoicing of human hearts for centuries.
Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Duration:40 mins 10 secs
Waiting with Hope: In this Advent study we’ll take a look at 2 stories of waiting from the Christmas narrative in Luke’s Gospel. Mary waits with unimaginable trust, and Simeon with beautiful devotion. But in whatever situation of waiting, for them, or for us, waiting with hope in Christ will never leave us disappointed.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015
Duration:36 mins 51 secs
Advent is the celebration and reflection of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world to save lost sinners. What is it about the coming of Jesus that was such good news of great joy and what does it mean for us today? In this study, Pastor Jim takes a look at 4 different angelic appearances that preceded the birth of Christ. In each case, the angels say “do not fear” and then give the person they are speaking to some reason why they need not worry or be fearful. God is faithful and trustworthy; in Christ, salvation has come!
Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Duration:37 mins 49 secs
Why is it that Christians talk about Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords? How would it affect our lives and the world around us if we were to live our lives as if it really matters that Jesus is our King? Join Pastor Jim for this study through the various passages of scripture that describe Jesus as the good and righteous King we all really long to serve!
Sun, Apr 05, 2015
Duration:31 mins 41 secs
What does the Bible actually say about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? What difference does it make in our lives if Jesus really rose from the grave? Join Pastor Jim for this look at John 20:1-18 and the timeless questions and truths which emerge from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014
Duration:34 mins 7 secs
According to the Bible, what is the essence of the Christmas message? What is the significance of Christ's birth and why does all of human history hinge on this unique event? Join Pastor Jim for a new look at an old, old story from Luke 2:1-20.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014
Duration:50 mins 2 secs
In our final Advent study, we look at three responses to the arrival of Jesus as the Prince of Peace in Matthew 2:1-12. King Herod the control freak, the indifference of the religious leaders and the wise men's intentional pursuit of the one born King of the Jews. In the unrest of our world and lives, the great news of Christmas is that Jesus is our sure and certain peace.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014
Duration:40 mins 35 secs
What is real joy and how does it differ from mere happiness? How does the coming of Jesus Christ into the world change things for believers and their experience of real joy? Join Pastor Jim as he opens up the story of Gabriel's visit to a young Jewish girl who was chosen by God to carry the infant Jesus Christ. Learn four lessons about the source of Advent Joy and how this joy can bloom in your heart by grace, through faith in Christ.
Sun, Dec 07, 2014
Duration:47 mins 29 secs
An Advent study of Matthew 1 shows us that because of the Real Love of God in Christ the outsider is welcomed, the excluded are included, the undeserving are graced and the insignificant are chosen.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014
Duration:46 mins 23 secs
Advent is the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. During this special season we focus our attention on all the Hope, Love, Joy and Peace God offers us through faith in Jesus Christ and His redeeming grace! Join Pastor Jim for this look at Advent Hope!