Transformed Podcast #274: Jesus Came to Present Us With Hope! [Repost]


It’s Christmas – a time of hope!

In today’s episode from Christmas 2007, Pastor Matt draws our attention to the “coming” or “arrival” of Jesus. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Coming, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Coming.

Thus, Christmas is a time for celebrating our hope in Christ, the revelation that through Christ all of creation might be reconciled to God. Christmas reflects this emphasis on the Second Coming, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

Since hope comes from looking for Jesus’ soon return, Christmas is a great time to focus on His second coming.

Let me encourage you to open your Bible to James 5 and allow Pastor Matt to encourage your heart as he teaches the congregation in Palos Verdes, California to look forward to the soon return of Jesus Christ.

Music for this episode courtesy of the Saddleback Church: – “He Is Emmanuel” from “The Journey” Performed by Emily Gomez



Could you take just a moment and contact a friend and share the link to this message and encourage them to listen as well? Thank you!


With Christmas only a couple of months away we know you would like to get your shopping done early AND give a meaningful gift this year to the ones you love.

Dr. Smith has written two daily devotionals that cover every day of the coming year … allowing you to give the gift that keeps on giving God’s Word and His encouragement in the lives of your family and friends.

In His Presence is a detailed look at walking with God through life’s ups and downs. Built around the premise that God welcomes you into His presence with joy and pleasure, In His Presence helps you see that the life of abundance can only be enjoyed when we take everything to the Lord and walk every day at His right hand.

In His Image explores God’s great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection.

You can order your copy In His Image or In His Presence from Amazon at the Eagles In Leadership website by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side panel of the Eagles In Leadership website.

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