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As a CRC pastor for 30 years, I've learned that congregations love to hear the Christmas story as it is found in Matthew and Luke during the Advent season. This means that preachers must be creative in preaching the familiar Christmas story in fresh ways. This book attempts to be a handbook for preachers as they face Advent year after year.

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah combines thematic commentary on the birth stories of Matthew and Luke with preaching and teaching ideas. Biblical themes flowing through each birth narrative, set forth by the Gospel writers themselves, inspire fresh sermon series ideas for the Advent season. Over thirty sermon series ideas include “In the Shadow of Herod,” “Advent at Risk: Women in Jesus’ Genealogy,” “Covenants for Christmas,” “Luke’s Symphony,” “Angels in Advent: Don’t Be Afraid.” Engage with The Birth of Jesus the Messiah as a fresh starting point and annual resource for planning your Advent and Christmas preaching. 

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah is available online at WestBow Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. More about the book can be found on the website:

Rev. Edward C. Visser, Webster NY CRC

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