Immanuel, God with Us

Dec 19, 2021 – Elisha Freeman   While the Christmas season is full of joy, there are many of us who find it to be a time of great struggle. The birth of Jesus is not full of angels singing, wise men searching and worshipping, or a husband and wife being full of faith. There is weeping, lament, hurt, darkness, and other unfortunate realities. What do we learn from this? What is God’s response and answer? These and more we will seek to study and allow the Bible to answer.

My Attitude…My Response

Dec 12, 2021 – Elisha Freeman  The Christmas holiday brings out various attitudes and response from people. For some, there is nothin but excitement, joy, and positivity. For others, there is nothing much to enjoy. For others, they are indifferent towards it all. If we combine Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, there are a variety of attitudes and responses to Jesus. This morning we are going to examine just one of these and how the attitude of one specific group is an attitude that we cannot afford to have when it comes to Jesus and His message.

What kind of King?

Dec 05, 2021 — Elisha Freeman  The wise men travel to Jerusalem searching for the ‘king of the Jews’. This description is powerful picture of the role of Jesus prior to His birth, at His birth, and for the rest of time. This description also begs the question, what kind of King is Jesus? This morning we will seek to answer this question and how we can follow in His footsteps.

 

The Secret to Contentment

Nov 21, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.” (Jeremiah Burroughs) In our final lesson in our series of “Thankfulness” we reach a familiar text this discusses contentment in circumstances. In our text, the Apostle Paul reveals the secret to remaining content no matter the situation. This morning we will examine this secret and apply its timeless principles to our life.

A People of Hope

Aug 22, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — It has a been a tough week. We have seen the heartbreaking images out of Afghanistan and Haiti, here at home our country finds itself with rising Covid cases. Many are angry , frustrated, disillusioned, disappointed, and discouraged. What is the response that we can give in the face of these things and what is the response that we can give to people around us? This morning we will turn to God and His word for our answer.

When God Restored Us

Jun 13, 2021 — Elisha Freeman – All things considered, the Raleigh Church of Christ is fully open. Several have worked hard in classrooms, studying for lessons, planning for evangelism, benevolence, and other great works. This morning we are going to take a brief look at Psalm 126 and reflect on God’s grace that has carried us through a great ordeal and made things possible for us to be here.

Risen Savior – Easter 2021

Apr 04, 2921 — Elisha Freeman — Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” ends with the author acknowledging the futility of the loss and the realization of hopelessness. Many of us know this feeling and reality very well as we battle hopelessness as a constant companion. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that while the believer battles hopelessness there is not such thing as having no hope. Easter is about the revival of hope.