Archive for December, 2011

2011: Top Ten

By : December 30, 2011

Today’s post looks back at the year 2011 here at Nativity, an amazing year of grace and favor from God. Here are my top ten favorite things (in no particular order). 1. “Catholic Atheist” My favorite message series of the year was, far and away, “Catholic Atheist.”  Inspired by Pastor Craig Grochel’s book, “Christian Atheist” […]

Christmas Eve 2011: The Numbers Tell the Story

By : December 29, 2011

He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased. Psalm 107 We make no apologies, numbers are important to us. Every number is a person, a life, a soul.  So we keep count. That’s what God wants; in fact a whole book of the Bible is called “Numbers” and guess what it’s about…counting the people (as […]

Christmas Eve: Here’s what You Can Do

By : December 21, 2011

There is no doubt about it. Our Christmas services are my favorite of the whole year and this year is no different. I’m so looking forward to celebrating this extraordinary evening with all of you. I’m also incredibly thankful to the hundreds of volunteers who sacrificially serve and even take vacation time in an effort […]

6800 Seats

By : December 18, 2011

This week our staff was discussing the difficulty of keeping the focus of Christmas on Christ.  Brian Crook, our missions director, was remembering a couple of Christmases ago his 7 year old cousin creating a scene because he didn’t get the gift he wanted.  His mother tried to console him with pious platitude about the […]

Simply Joy

By : December 11, 2011

Remember Charlie Brown’s wistful lament? “I think there must be something wrong with me Linus, Christmas is coming but I’m not happy, I don’t feel the way I’m suppose to feel.” Maybe you’re not feeling the joy either this holiday, and you’re asking yourself, “What’s wrong with me?”  But its not just you, there’s something […]

Christmas in a Manger

By : December 2, 2011

“This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2.12 For a lot of people, Christmas comes down to Christmas Eve, and Christmas Eve comes down to getting it over with, starting with Church.  As a result, the vast majority of people try […]