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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Dec 9, 2018

Matthew 2:1-23 & 11:11-15
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

There is no such thing as a sentimental Christmas. The coming of God comes to us with love that puts on display the violent hearts of men. God coming to us is as an unwanted foreigner. God coming to us is as ticking time bomb putting on display the desires of the flesh and the kingdoms we build. It is not an easy passage to preach through, but we cannot get to the Christ-child without coming to the reality of our own lack of peace. We will light the candle of peace and learn to "wait in a violent world" like men and women who belong to Christ. Join us as we look at the often overlooked Christmas passage of the Slaughtering of the Innocents and grow in peace.