encounter christmas

Message Monday 12/17/18 – Encounter Christmas: Anna Encounters The Christ

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

When God, the Creator, entered into his creation as Immanuel, he entered into it fully. He experienced birth, life and death for us.
And he made sure that no one was left out of his story.
Gentiles, men and women have indispensable roles in God’s Story. We are all included by God and can know him intimately—just like Anna.  (more…)

Message Monday 12/10/18 – Encounter Christmas: Simeon Encounters The Christ

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

God’s messenger, the angel, told the terrified shepherds: “I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people.” We like Good News. So did they. A shepherd’s savior had been born!

But Good News does not always come without cost. This part of the Xmas Story tells how Mary, the mother of this Savior, receives a strange blessing which foretells the cost of this Good News.  (more…)

Message Monday 12/3/18 – Encounter Christmas: Shepherds Encounter The Christ

Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor

Somehow, in 1st century Palestine, shepherds had made their way onto the rabbis’ ever lengthening list of all the people God doesn’t like—right there along with tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, the disabled and deformed, barren women, Romans and Samaritans.

The big problem here was that the rabbis never thought to consult God about their list of all the people he didn’t like. Turns out they were wrong. They had invented a ‘god’ like themselves!  (more…)