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Epic Announcement

Angels announced Jesus' arrival. They have a critical role in the epic of salvation. Angels guarded Eden, fought for Israel, interceded for prayers, ministered to Jesus, and served as oracles. They converged at the birth of Christ and will return when he comes again. This sermon looks at the epic of salvation, power of story, and role of the angels, to help us consider adding our voice to the epic. We praise and proclaim.

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Poetic Awaiting

Three poets--Mary, Zechariah, Simeon--inform our understanding of Christmas and how they waited for God's promises to become realized. Sadly, we are not a poetic people, so we gloss over these beautiful voices in the Christmas story and neuter ours. We need to become more poetic.

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Shape: Wisdom's Creative Glory

It's hard to create anything from scratch. Almost everything we shape comes from something else. How glorious is God's work of creation, making everything from nothing. Proverbs 8 celebrates the creative wisdom of God, looking at the priority, power, and playfulness of Lady Wisdom. This sermon will encourage the listener to consider one's origin story, celebrate God's creative glory, and go out and play.

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Sex (Proverbs 5)

Christians are accused of being old-fashioned and prudish as it relates to their sexual ethic. But they know something popular culture hides from us: casual sex ruins us. Casual sex is like a trip to Long John Silver's -- it gratifies a craving, but leaves us guilty as we walk out the door. Sociologists have discovered the ruinous effects of the aggressive sex life of young women, who sound like the foreign woman described in Proverbs 5 & 7. The alternative for casual sex is covenant sex -- the intimate and sacrificial love of husband and wife. God created sex as a gift in its proper context. Unfortunately, we live in a sex-crazed culture, where we treat physical intimacy like a commodity or right. It's neither. Keep your pants on Christians.

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Source (Proverbs 4:23-27)

A changed life starts with the heart. Unfortunately, we live in a world obsessed with materialism. Our diets and wardrobes, our sex life and sleep patters, our wealth building and homemaking, all focus on the external world. God wants our hearts. We must guard them. And when the Proverbs speak about the heart, it doesn't default to gooey romanticism, like our culture, but to the core of our being. The heart is the source of our thoughts, choices, emotions, and spiritual commitments. Thus, to guard our hearts we must take great pains to avoid what will corrupt it and embrace the God who will redeem it.

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