Mon, 19 December 2011
*One surprise was that Bethleham was chosen as the place for Jesus to enter the world
*Then there was the surprise of Elizabeth's pregnancy at such an old age
*Today we consider Mary's surprise-- That God would choose a humble peasant teenager, who was unmarried, to give birth to the very Sn of God!
*This song is often called the "Magnificant", from the first words of Mary in the latin translation of the bible portion. Mary begins her song with the words
"My soul magnifies the Lord"
*God chose her because of His mercy
Mary magnifies the Lord and his mazing love
God magnifies us in his love
*Today the Lord extends his mercy to us. He came to us in person of his son to be born, to die on a cross, to rise again from the grave, and to give us victory over Satan, sin, and death.
We magnifiy God's amazing love
*But how do we magnifiy Him during this Christmas season?
*Like Mary, we praise and thank God in faith for providing for all our needs.
*Mary's son points us to God's goodness and love so that we are moved to thanksgiving
HOW DO WE MAGNIFIY GOD'S AMAZING LOVE?
*By telling others about Him
This is what Christmas is all about. It is about telling poeple of God's amazing love.
Mon, 12 December 2011
* The Bible
* Written over 1600 years
* Over 40 authors
* Three languages were used
* Sixty-six separte books
#1 He would have a forerunner or predecessor
#2 His virgin birth
#3 His name
#4 The town of His birth
#5 His lineage
#6 He would come out of Egypt
#7 There would be death of other children
#8 He would be called a Nazarene
#9 The wise men would seek Him
*The odd one man could fulfill just these nine of the three hundred prophesies is: 1038
(1 in 100 billion, billion, billion, billion)
Mon, 5 December 2011
*With God all things are possible
*Benedictus=Blessed Be the Lord
*The Lord made a promise to send a Savior-- He fulfilled it
*He established a covenant-- and maintained it
*God swore an oath-- He kept it
*In the coming of God's Son we celebrate the fulfillment of God's promise
*God made good on his word in coming to us!
*Divinity clothed itself in dust. God visited us!
*The Horn= symbol of victorous strength
*The Amazing Gift Comes to Shine into Our Darkness
*The Amazing Gift Comes to Guide our Feet
Mon, 5 December 2011
*the time to give thanks for divine favor and spiritual blesssings
*the time to give and extend into the lives of others
*The driving force should be for the lost
*Jesus will go to any length
*You are worth searching for
*Sin will leave you empty
*You CAN start over
*God is the God of grace