The Miracle of Christmas

Pastor Damian Teachings

“The Miracle of Christmas”  “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us.” (Luke 1:23) Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! I’m sure that is true for many of us for different reasons. However, there is one reason that it is indeed the MOST wonderful time! This is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah! The story of the birth of Jesus is all about miracles! The first is His miraculous birth. Prophesied by Isaiah, we are told that a virgin will conceive and bear a son. Jesus was born of a virgin by the power of the Most High God working through the Holy Spirit. There was no human male agency involved in this event! It was miraculous! This is so important because of what the scripture states as the Name of the One born of a virgin. Immanuel. His Name means, “God with us.” If there were any male human agency involved in Jesus’ birth, he wouldn’t be divine. Jesus IS God in human form. This brings us to another “miracle” of Christmas. That is, the fact …

Wounded No More

Pastor Damian Teachings

“Wounded No More”  “…in the midst of the throne…stood a lamb, as though it had been slain…”  (Rev. 5:6)  People are hurting. Our fast-paced, depersonalizing culture is smothering us with technology, and alienating us from each other and ourselves. We’re living separated lives; having casual relationships (some slightly shorter-lived than others) and becoming increasingly isolated from family, each other and God! When we’re hurting, where do we turn? Few may not be able to afford the “45 minute hour” in the counselor’s office; others may not want to share the hurt for fear it may “get out” and embarrass or humiliate us. Perhaps we don’t want to address it because it’s too painful to reopen a wound.   The Bible tells us that Jesus is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” (Heb. 4:15); that He came to “heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds.” (Mat. 4:18); and that He is the same, “yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8).  Jesus Christ is the Healer. In fact, there is a wonderful verse that IDENTIFIES us with Him in 1 John 3:2. It says, “Beloved, NOW are we the sons (and daughters) of God; but it doesn’t yet appear what we …

True Greatness

Pastor Damian Teachings

  “True Greatness”   …but whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant. (Matt. 20:26b)          We live in such a competitive culture. Our entertainment is filled with sports, reality shows, “Biggest Losers”, best Chefs, Survivors, and on and on… It’s part of our nature to be competitive. Where does that come from? I believe it comes from our natural desire to be first. That desire compels us to be competitive. And, it’s often expressed in our tendency to be comparative.   We’re constantly measuring ourselves against others, or others against ourselves. Because “I” want to be first, I scan the environment around me to compare how everyone else is doing. If they’re not doing so well, I feel pretty good about myself. If they’re all doing better, I either push harder to be better, or I give up and find another group to compare myself with.  The Bible describes this as “self-ish-ness; we’re self-centered. We constantly get fooled seeing the “grass” that always looks greener on the other side of the street and we’re often dissatisfied with how it’s going with us. Why? Perhaps it’s the way we were raised; or the way we’re …