The True Star of Christmas (1/8/17)

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In last year’s sermon series on Epiphany (entitled “Three Men and a Baby”),  Pastor Jim focused on the Wise Men and the Gifts. 

In this year’s Epiphany sermon, he focused on the star.  What was the star?  Was  it a natural occurrence or something else?  What does it mean for us today?

During the sermon, Pastor Jim referenced back to last year’s  series, so links to each of the three sermons are presented below:

Three Men and a Baby…

The first part of last year’s sermon focused on the gift of Gold:

What Gift Shall I Bring? (1/3/16)


The second part  looked at the gift of Frankincense:

God’s Bridge Over Troubled Water (1/10/16)


The third part wraps us the series by focusing on the gift of Myrrh:

The Surprise Gift (1/17/16)

In this year’s Epiphany sermon (given on January 8, 2017),  Pastor Jim moved away from the Wise Men and their gifts and looked at what they were looking at:  The Star!

The following recording is from the 11:00 service. Click on the play button, then scroll down to follow along…


Our scripture was from Matthew 2:1-12. Pastor Jim read from The Living Bible (the New Living Translation is shown below):

Matthew 2:1-12

2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,

2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.

4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.'”

7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.

8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.

10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!

11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.


The recording and write-up for this week’s  sermon are “under construction.”  But we thought we’d post the links to last year’s series to “whet your appetite.”  Please check back later and check out the sermon from January 8, 2017.  






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