By Res Spears Message delivered December 30, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church We have been talking for the past month of Sundays about Advent, the season of waiting. And all of that waiting culminated with Christmas, which, of course, marks the birth of our Savior. To review for a moment, Advent pictures the long age during which Israel awaited the fulfillment of God’s promise for a redeemer. You might recall that the four outer candles here represent the four centuries of God’s silence between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Jesus. God had been revealing Himself to His … Continue reading Live in Expectation
By Res Spears Message delivered December 24, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church 1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in … Continue reading Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men
By Res Spears Message delivered December 23, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church Scientists tell us that the sense of smell may be the sense with the most direct connection to memories. Perhaps there is some smell that brings back a rush of memories of your childhood. Cookies baking in the oven. Playdough. Vicks Vapo-Rub perhaps. For me, it’s the smell of a campfire. We used to go camping a lot when I was growing up, and the smell of a campfire brings back memories of those good times, and it always reminds me of my father. I bring this … Continue reading Special Gifts for a Special Child
By Res Spears Message delivered December 16, 2018 at Liberty Spring Christian Church Many of you know that I had a career as a journalist before entering the ministry. I’ll pause here for everyone to say, “Boooo.” I spent most of the past 33 years in the newspaper business, and I was editor of the Suffolk News-Herald for eight years before leaving to focus my attention and energies on seminary and ministry. I loved that job. In fact, I always figured I would work at that desk right up to my last day – hopefully hanging on until after our … Continue reading Be Informed
What seems most surprising, in retrospect, is just how much like any other day that Christmas Eve must have seemed. Pressed against the very hinge of history – that moment when the King of Heaven would burst into the world as a helpless human infant – nearly the entire rest of humanity was going about its business, just as it had the day before and as it expected to do the very next day. In Bethlehem and throughout the cities under the control of Caesar Augustus, the people were returning to their homes to be counted in the census. … Continue reading Another day, just like all the others?