In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:24, Luke 23:31, Acts 5:30, 10:39, 13:29, Galatians 3:13, John 9:5
The first real Christmas tree was found in Jerusalem, 2,000 years ago, in the shape of a cross. In fact, it is amazing when you think about it how Jesus Christ was related to wood all of his life. When He was born, He was laid in a wooden manger. He grew up as a carpenter, working with wood to make a living. When He died, He died on a wooden cross that amazingly the Bible refers to as a tree. In this message Dr. Merritt exposes the biblical story of a very real and stark "Christmas tree"--arguably the most important tree of all time.
"You can never understand the importance of the birth of Jesus until you understand the significance of the death of Jesus. The clearest statement concerning the purpose of the death of Jesus Christ, found in the New Testament, is found in this statement: 'He bore our sins in His body on the cross.'" --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: Christmas, December, holiday, Jesus, birth, cross, crucifixion, tree, Christbaum, Martin Luther, wood, life, salvation, Gospel, God
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.