Tag Archives: Emmanuel

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Presents or Presence?

May we not lose sight of the fact that Christ’s presence not our presents is what Christmas is all about. He was God’s gift of love to us (John 3:16), Emmanuel, God with us! Some asked for Sunday’s message notes so I decided to make them available here. Simple thoughts brought to Open Door on Sunday morning December […]



In Matthew 1 the Holy Spirit tells us that Jesus would be Emmanuel, “God with us”. We know that the Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us from John chapter 1. We know from the gospels that Jesus was born, walked on this earth, did many miracles, preached and taught the Word, fulfilled the […]

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Sermon Series: God With Us

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. […]

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“Daddy, Help!”

After a wonderful visit with my family in western Pennsylvania over Thanksgiving, my family acquired the ever so exciting stomach bug. Late Saturday night it struck two of my girls simultaneously, as my wife and two other children were already dealing with it and trying to recover. Startled out of a half-asleep daze I heard […]

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