PROCLAIM 2 by Dr. Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson, NC PROCLAIM 2 Introduction: Have you ever felt isolated? I’m not talking about just lonely but stranded alone. I’m reminded of the movie “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks who plays a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island when his plane crashed in the South Pacific. At... Continue Reading →
There are many things that God commands us to do that we can do with a joyful and a willing heart. For example: studying his word, loving our family and children, and using our gifts in his service. But then, there are things that He commands us to do that are not as fun and exciting. They are uncomfortable. They push us past our limits. Sometimes, they are downright unbearable. How do we obey God even when it is uncomfortable?
A WONDERFUL LIFE by Dr. Abidan Paul Shah (Published in the newspaper Daily Dispatch, Henderson on December 18, 2021) “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?” Clarence to George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” In our home, it is... Continue Reading →
This weekend, we are taking a look at the events that have unfolded after the Fall. We know that God promised a Savior in Genesis and that He would crush the head of the Enemy. How did Christ’s birth fulfill all of this? How did the cross destroy the work of the Enemy? This weekend’s message is titled “THE CURE.”
This weekend, we are moving forward in our study of Genesis and what went wrong. The consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience have been felt for thousands of years. It is into this damaged world that God sent Jesus to fix what had been broken. The title of this weekend’s message is “FIRST GOSPEL: THE DAMAGE.”
UNCOMFORTABLE OBEDIENCE (2020) by Dr. Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson (A Christmas Eve Message, Christmas 2020) Introduction: Once again, we want to welcome you to our Christmas Eve Service. For the past 2 Christmas Eves, we have been talking about “Uncomfortable Obedience.” There are many things that God commands us to do that we can do... Continue Reading →
UNCOMFORTABLE OBEDIENCE (2019) by Dr. Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson (A Christmas Eve Message, Christmas 2019) Introduction: Once again, we want to welcome you to our Christmas Eve Service. For the next few minutes, I want to talk to you about “Uncomfortable Obedience.” There are many things that God commands us to do that we can do... Continue Reading →
This weekend, we will take a look at how Jesus’ birth was perceived by the religious leaders of His day. They were used to being in power and navigating the political climate of that day for their benefit. However, the coming of Jesus radically changed their way of life. The title of this weekend’s message is “GREATER THAN RELIGION.”
This weekend, we will focus on the impacts of Jesus’ birth on the regional ruler, King Herod. Many of us are familiar with his name, but we will see how exactly his life and his position was impacted by the birth of the Messiah. The title of this weekend’s message is “GREATER THAN RULERS.”
This weekend, we are beginning a brand new series focused on Christmas, titled “GREATER.” Through this series, we will focus on the society and political structure during the time of Jesus’ birth. Even though times change, people, situations, and politics remain the same. In this first message, we will take a look at the Roman Empire and how it was affected by Jesus’ birth. The title of this weekend’s message is “GREATER THAN ROME.”
How should we as Christians celebrate Christmas? With so many things like lights, Christmas trees, presents, and more, it’s difficult to discern the meaning of it all. This weekend, we will take a look at some of these traditions, some myths surrounding Christmas, and we will uncover the true meaning of the season. The title of this weekend’s message is “CHRISTMAS MYTHBUSTERS.”
UNCOMFORTABLE OBEDIENCE by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson (A Christmas Eve Message, Christmas 2018) Introduction: Thank you once again for being here this evening. For the next few minutes, I want to talk to you about “Uncomfortable Obedience.” There are many things that God commands us to do that we can do with a joyful and a... Continue Reading →
OUR UNIVERSAL KING by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson Introduction: One of my favorite Disney movies is Robinhood, the animated version. Of course, you have familiar characters like Robinhood, Little John, and the Sheriff of Nottingham but one of the funniest characters is “Prince John.” He is the “Phony King of England” who hates Robinhood for... Continue Reading →
OUR HUMBLE KING by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson Introduction: Any Jungle Book fans here? Who was King Louie? He was the self-proclaimed king of all the monkeys in Jungle Book. What was his greatest wish? He wanted to be a man and stroll right into town. What did he need to make that happen? He needed... Continue Reading →
n this episode, the Clearview Church staff sit down to talk about Christmas traditions and the true meaning behind all of our Christmas traditions. If you have any topics you’d like us to discuss, be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In this episode, the Clearview Church staff sit down to talk about our 2018 community Christmas concert titled “A King Is Born,” and also the importance of celebrating Christmas as a Church. If you have any topics you’d like us to discuss, be sure to email us at email@example.com!
This year, we are starting a series called “ROYAL” to help us understand not only what Christmas is all about, but the deep theology behind the kingship of Jesus. There is so much in Scripture that points to Christ as the one true King. This series will help us understand the prophecies that heralded Jesus as the promised King as well as keeping our minds focused on Him as we head toward December 25.
One of my pet peeves is reading or listening to claims that many of our Christmas traditions are just pagan rituals that should be abandoned. Here are some facts on a few of them:
In this message, we will be focusing on the location of Jesus’ birth. In his account of the birth of Jesus, Matthew quotes a prophecy written by Micah pertaining to Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah. This had powerful implications for the people during Micah’s day, those that Matthew was writing to, and for us as well.
This is the third message in our series, focusing on the manner of Jesus’ birth. Many people today will claim to be Christians, but denounce the virginal conception. This is critical to our faith, though, as it not only proves Jesus is the Son of God but that He is the One promised from the Old Testament. It sets Him apart from any other religion or deity that promises salvation.