I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Matthew 1:18-25

*****This post is the written version of my sermon at First Boynton Church on Christmas Eve. The style may be a little different since it is for a verbal presentation rather than a written one.*****

The title of this sermon may be quite strange for a sermon in South Florida. It is “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”.

The Idol of Self

1 Thessalonians 1:9

selfModern man often laughs at the folly of people who fashion images of worship that represent some element of the natural world. The images may be of some animal with desirous characteristics or of items related to earth or space. Think trees or stars for the latter category. These images become idols when worshipped.

The Converting Power of the Public Reading of Scripture

ryle bannerAlmost every Lord’s Day, I have the privilege of reading a text of Scripture to the congregation at First Boynton Church. It is a joy beyond measure to give voice to the very Word of the Lord.

In my other teachings and preaching, my words are not infallible. I pray that they be true to the Scriptures and that the Spirit of God would use them to bring life and instruction. But when I simply read the text, these words are mighty and powerful. They are completely trustworthy.

In light of this, I read with interest an article related to the conversion of J.C. Ryle. Ryle, the 19th century bishop of Liverpool, was used mightily by the Lord through his preaching and writing.