The Dark Side of Christmas

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 2:13-18 Today David Bast’s message reflects concerns of the Christmas season. The holidays should be a happy season, right? It’s a time for family and friends, celebrations and joy, so what do you say when the sounds of the season include weeping for lost loved ones? The holidays should be a happy season, a time for family and friends, celebrating and joy. So what can we say to those for whom this season brings only a painful …

The Light of the Nations

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 2:1-11 Welcome to this special Christmas program. Today David Bast turns again to one of the best-loved stories, the story of the magi’s visit to Bethlehem. He brings into focus once more the true meaning of Christmas.     It’s Christmas again, and all over the world, hundreds of millions of people are doing exactly the same thing: celebrating the birth of the Christ-child. Amidst the splendor of stained glass and stone in a European cathedral, under …

Cultivating a Healthy Attitude

Rev. David Bast

READ : James 4:1-10, 13-17 Worldliness is an old-fashioned word but an ever-present problem for Christians. James helps us understand what it is and what we should do about it. Some years ago when I was visiting the city of Calcutta in India I went to a beautiful old church building that sits right in the heart of the city. It looked like a little piece of old England transplanted to West Bengal and in a sense it was. It …

Faith and Works

Rev. David Bast

READ : James 2:14-26 Perhaps James’ most famous statement and the one for which some have criticized him is this: “Faith without works is dead.” Let’s try to understand what he means.       I once read a great line by a biblical scholar who said that whenever a New Testament writer wanted to make a point about religion, he would write, “Look at Abraham.” That’s certainly true of two of the New Testament writers. However, when we look …

The Royal Law

Rev. David Bast

READ : James 2:1-13 Jesus once said that there are only two rules for living: love God and love your neighbor. His brother James especially drives home the second part of that royal law. Let’s start today with a hypothetical case. I want you to imagine that you’re sitting in your church on a Sunday morning when you notice two families who happen to be visiting come into the sanctuary. One of them catches your eye immediately. It’s a mom …