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    The Gospel According to Christmas

    Christmas is a season of joy and celebration. I think we can all agree to that, but what are we celebrating? It is here that agreement begins to fade. We live in a culture saturated with the idea that Christmas is a celebration of family. Insofar as culture goes, that is good and fine. Pausing to recognize and celebrate familial bonds is a good and holy thing. The real issue comes when we become bent on forcing culture to acknowledge and celebrate what we celebrate, Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Christ. We want everyone to “put Christ” back in Christmas, but in the escalating conflict, the message our culture is hearing is that what the people of God want is a bigger party; that is, we want a family celebration with Jesus on the guest list. Needless to say, arguing for a party with one more guest on the list is a less than engaging argument. Basically, we are just bickering over whose name goes on the cake. It isn’t hard to see why our culture would respond with a less than enthusiastic “Meh.” So, we respond by hollering louder as if talking more loudly to a person who does not speak your language really makes a difference. However, in all this, slowly and surely, we are on the verge of missing the point, on the verge of losing the true wonder and joy which Christmas can bring, a wonder and joy for which our world truly longs.

    Christmas is more than a party with Jesus as the guest of honor. Christmas is good news. It is a celebration of good news. The biblical word for it is “gospel.” Christmas is nothing short of a bold declaration of the gospel, what it is and what it can do in the heart of everyone. Every Christmas season we celebrate that in a world full of bad and fake news there really is good news, a message which is worth celebrating and this good news offers a new way to experience and navigate our world for all. That is something people need and want to hear. That is something worth celebrating.

    We invite you to join us starting Sunday, December 3rd as we begin a journey to rediscover the good news, the gospel according to Christmas.

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    Date Sermon Speaker Listen Watch Going Deeper
    12/17/2017 The Gospel According to Christmas: Life the way it used to be Blake Shipp     Guide
    12/10/2017 The Gospel According to Christmas: No Shirt. No Shoes. No Problem. Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    12/03/2017 The Gospel According to Christmas: Christmas Is Good News Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/26/2017 The Nightmare Before Christmas Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
    11/19/2017 Prayer and Presence: Making Room For God By Confessing Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/12/2017 Prayer and Presence: Making Room For God By Asking Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/05/2017 Prayer and Presence: Making Room For God With Worship Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/29/2017 Prayer and Presence: How Do I Pray? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/22/2017 Prayer and Presence: What Is Prayer? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/15/2017 Prayer and Presence: Why Pray? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/08/2017 Relevant: Why Do I Hurt? Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
    10/01/2017 Relevant: How Do We Fix It? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/24/2017 Relevant: Who Am I, And Why Am I Here? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/17/2017 Relevant: What Is True? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/10/2017 Relevant: Is This All There Is? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/03/2017 The God Who Is There: I Am At Home With You Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/27/2017 The God Who Is There: I Hold It (And You) Together Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/20/2017 The God Who Is There: I Am For You Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/13/2017 The God Who Is There: I Am Always With You Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
    08/06/2017 The God Who Is There: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/30/2017 Speak The Truth: What to Speak and When to Speak It Laura Kasson Listen Watch  
    07/23/2017 Speak The Truth: Speaking What Is Hidden Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    07/16/2017 Speak The Truth: The Power of the Lie Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    07/09/2017 Speak The Truth: What is Truth? Ben Cooley Listen Watch  
    07/02/2017 Speak The Truth: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    06/25/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Restoration Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    06/18/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Reconciliation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/11/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Commitment Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/04/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Transformation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/28/2017 Faithful Presence: Faithful Representation Jim Darling Listen Watch  
    05/21/2017 Faithful Presence: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/14/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Freedom Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/07/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Hope Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/30/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Humility Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/23/2017 A Community Called Atonement: A Community Called Reconciliation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/16/2017 A Community Called Atonement: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/09/2017 The Cost of Discipleship: The Practice of Discipleship Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
    04/02/2017 The Cost of Discipleship: The Theory of Discipleship Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    03/26/2017 The Majors: What is the Good Life? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/19/2017 The Majors: Where Do I Belong Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/12/2017 The Majors: What is Wrong? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/05/2017 The Majors: What is My Purpose? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/26/2017 The Majors: Who Am I? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/19/2017 Stories from Re:Gen Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    02/12/2017 Life Choices Sunday Michelle, Fairlene Listen Watch  
    02/05/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Imperfection Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/29/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Being Ordinary Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/22/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Self-care Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/15/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: The Gift of Receiving Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/08/2017 The Gift of (Self) Compassion: Love Myself? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/01/2017 No More Gloom: No More Separation Ben Cooley Listen Watch  
    12/25/2016 No More Gloom: No More Gloom Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    12/18/2016 No More Gloom: No More Shame Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    12/11/2016 No More Gloom: No More Sorrow Blake Shipp,Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    12/04/2016 No More Gloom: No More Injustice Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/27/2016 No More Gloom: No More War Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    11/20/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of Celebration Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/13/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of Withdrawal Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/06/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of the Table Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/30/2016 Rhythms of Life: Rhythm of Sabbath Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/23/2016 Rhythms of Life: The Abundant Life Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/16/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Uniformity Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/09/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Forward Progress Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    10/02/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Flawlessness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/25/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of Performing Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/18/2016 Blessed Mess: The Myth of the Country Club Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/11/2016 Jesus for President: Creating a New World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/04/2016 Jesus for President: Overthrowing the System Blake Shipp Listen
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    08/28/2016 Dan Penny: Missionary Update Dan Penny Listen Watch  
    08/14/2016 Jesus for President: Be the Revolution Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    08/07/2016 Jesus for President: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/31/2016 The Benefit of the Doubt: A Solid Foundation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/24/2016 The Benefit of the Doubt: Screaming at the Sky Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/17/2016 The Benefit of the Doubt: May I Ask a Question? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/10/2016 Re:Generation; Living a Life with Christ Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    07/03/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Currency of Gentleness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/26/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Wisdom of Gentleness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/19/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Apologetic of Gentleness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/12/2016 The Power of Gentleness: The Great Temptation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/05/2016 Upside Down: Love Gets Messy Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/29/2016 Upside Down: Love Takes Practice Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    05/22/2016 Upside Down: Love Requires Investment Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/15/2016 Upside Down: Love Involves Caring Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/08/2016 Upside Down: Engaging Our World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/01/2016 The Forgotten God: We Love (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/24/2016 The Forgotten God: We Serve (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/17/2016 The Forgotten God: We Endure (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/10/2016 The Forgotten God: We Change (By the Spirit) Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/03/2016 The Forgotten God: We Follow Jesus (By the Spirit) Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    03/27/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Consummation Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    03/20/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Spirit Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    03/13/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Christ Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/06/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: Man Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/28/2016 The Gospel: The Story of God's Glory: God Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/21/2016 Sacred Quest: Giving not Getting Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/14/2016 Sacred Quest: Character Counts Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/07/2016 Sacred Quest: "Why?" not "Who?" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/31/2016 Every Body Matters: My Dear Friend Morty Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/24/2016 Every Body Matters: Health and Holiness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/17/2016 Every Body Matters: Food Nation Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/10/2016 Every Body Matters: Chin-Up Living Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/03/2016 Christmas Is: Hope Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    12/27/2015 Christmas Is: Presence Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    12/20/2015 Christmas Is: Peace Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    12/13/2015 Sent: Share Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    12/06/2015 Sent: Invite Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/29/2015 Sent: Connect Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/22/2015 Sent: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/15/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Unfair Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    11/08/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Unruly Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/01/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Intimate Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/25/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Uncontrollable Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/18/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Slow Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/11/2015 Your God Is Too Small: Unbounded Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/04/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: Brand New World Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    09/27/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: Pay it Forward Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/20/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: The Gift of Forgiveness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/13/2015 The Gift of Forgiveness: Looking for an "Undo" Button Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/06/2015 Be Great: Cultivating a Humble Heart Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/30/2015 Be Great: The Comparison Trap Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/23/2015 Be Great: Celebration on the Lawn Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    08/16/2015 Be Great: Humility and Holiness Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/09/2015 Be Great: The Problem of Pride Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    08/02/2015 Be Great: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/26/2015 This is My Story: Les Aylesworth Les Aylesworth Listen Watch  
    07/19/2015 This is My Story: Pastor Bill Sprouse Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    07/12/2015 This is My Story: Brian Alden Brian Alden Listen Watch  
    07/05/2015 This is My Story: Mary Beth Vasicko Mary Beth Vasicko Listen Watch  
    06/28/2015 Love Does: Love Keeps Quiet Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    06/21/2015 Love Does: Love Pursues Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/14/2015 Love Does: Love Sacrifices Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/07/2015 Love Does: Love Obeys Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/31/2015 Love Does: Introduction Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    05/24/2015 Why?: Why Union Center? Blake Shipp Listen Watch  
    05/17/2015 Why?: Why Study? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/10/2015 Why?: Why Serve? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/03/2015 Why?: Why Give? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/26/2015 Why?: Why Pray? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/19/2015 Why?: Why Worship? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/05/2015 Fear Less: No Fear in Death Blake Shipp     Guide
    03/29/2015 Fear Less: No Fear in Weakness Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    03/22/2015 Fear Less: No Fear in Life Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/15/2015 Staying in Love: Mind the Gap Joshua Nickels Listen Watch  
    03/08/2015 Staying in Love: Clean House Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/01/2015 Staying in Love: Happily Ever After Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/22/2015 Staying in Love: King of the Hill Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/15/2015 Staying in Love: More than a Feeling Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/08/2015 Staying in Love: Together Forever Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/01/2015 Amazing Grace: A Life Sustained by Grace Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/25/2015 Amazing Grace: A Life Transformed by Grace Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/18/2015 Amazing Grace: A Table Set by Grace Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/11/2015 Amazing Grace: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/04/2015 Hope Lives: Hope for Real Life Jim Brenon Listen Watch  
    12/28/2014 Hope Lives: Hope for Shattered Lives Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    12/21/2014 Hope Lives: Hope for a Broken World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    12/14/2014 Hope Lives: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    12/07/2014 Hooked: Homecoming Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/30/2014 Hooked: Journey Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    11/23/2014 Hooked: Trapped Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/16/2014 Hooked: Hooked Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    11/09/2014 Me / We: We Reveal Joshua Nickels Listen Watch  
    11/02/2014 Me / We: We Love Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/26/2014 Me / We: We Listen Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/19/2014 Me / We: We Pray Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/12/2014 Me / We: We Share Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    10/05/2014 Me / We: We Connect Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/28/2014 Jesus Says: "Use Power to Save" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/21/2014 Jesus Says: "It Isn't About the Rules" Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    09/14/2014 Jesus Says: "You Must Be Sick" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    09/07/2014 Jesus Says: "Follow Me" Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/31/2014 Be Good: Love Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/17/2014 Be Good: Hope Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/10/2014 Be Good: Faith Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    08/03/2014 Be Good: After You Believe Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    07/27/2014 Pursuit of Peace: Blessed are the Peacemakers Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    07/20/2014 Pursuit of Peace: Peaceful Reunions Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    07/13/2014 Pursuit of Peace: Released From Revenge Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    07/06/2014 Pursuit of Peace: It Is Finished Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    06/29/2014 Pursuit of Peace: One for All, and All for One Bill Sprouse Listen Watch  
    06/22/2014 The Space Between: Finite Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/15/2014 The Space Between: Driven Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/08/2014 The Space Between: Limited Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    06/01/2014 418: (Why) Not Today Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/25/2014 418: Just the Way it is Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/18/2014 418: God's Story. My Story. Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/11/2014 418: The Hole in our Gospel Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    05/04/2014 Brand New Day: No Regrets in the Present Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/27/2014 Brand New Day: No Fear of the Future Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/20/2014 Brand New Day: No Ghosts of the Past Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/13/2014 What Lies Beneath: The Monster that Challenged the World Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    04/06/2014 What Lies Beneath: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/30/2014 What Lies Beneath: The Blob Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/23/2014 What Lies Beneath: The House on Haunted Hill Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/16/2014 What Lies Beneath: Introduction Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/09/2014 Great Expectations: I do...alone Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    03/02/2014 Great Expectations: Please, please men Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/23/2014 Great Expectations: My way...or the highway Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    02/16/2014 Great Expectations: Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places Bill Sprouse Listen Watch Guide
    02/09/2014 Great Expectations: Tug-of-War Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    02/02/2014 Great Expectations: Resetting Expectations Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/26/2014 Balanced: Greenbacks and Ham, Sam I Am Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/19/2014 Balanced: Use it or Lose it Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/12/2014 Balanced: Priceless? Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide
    01/05/2014 Balanced Blake Shipp Listen Watch Guide