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There are so many distractions that the heart of our faith often gets forgotten. So here are two simple reminders of the core of our faith — one from Scripture and one artistically done to affirm that Scripture. I hope they bless you as they have blessed me this morning
Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I preached to you when we first met. It’s the essential message that you have taken to heart, the central story you now base your life on; and through this gospel, you are liberated—unless, of course, your faith has come to nothing. For I passed down to you the crux of it all which I had also received from others, that the Anointed One, the Liberating King, died for our sins and was buried and raised from the dead on the third day. All this happened to fulfill the Scriptures; it was the perfect climax to God’s covenant story. Afterward He appeared alive to Cephas (you may know him as Simon Peter), then to the rest of the twelve. If that were not amazing enough, on one occasion, He appeared to more than 500 believers at one time. Many of those brothers and sisters are still around to tell the story, though some have fallen asleep in Jesus.
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So maybe this message is for you?
Maybe you are on the fence?
Maybe you have doubts?
Maybe you are not sure?
So here are some things to consider:
Growing up, going to several well known churches, I never heard the story of Jesus’ birth preached except once. Our line was that we were not sure when Jesus was born and it surely wasn’t in December so we wouldn’t exalt one day above another. I appreciate the sentiment, but I missed hearing one of the most important truths of human history — God entered our world as a baby named Jesus.
The one exception to that huge preaching caveat was that one year Mid McKnight preached about Jesus’ birth and we as a church did Christmas in July — went to the rest homes with gifts, sang all the Christmas carols, and all sorts of cool stuff like that.
Over the 35 years, I never missed an opportunity to share the story of Jesus’ birth — the coming of Immanuel, the incarnation of heaven’s glory in the womb of a young woman from Nazareth. So today, maybe to brighten your day or to just give you a touch of grace or to share a simple reminder or to simply tell the story one more time, I want to share with you James Taylor’s sweet, but powerful, version of “Go Tell it on the Mountain” — don’t miss the words to the verses because they’re true and powerful. Also take time to read the story that follows the vid — what a simple telling of such an awe-inspiring, mysterious, and wondrous truth.
We can have Christmas today, in the heat of August, and be refreshed by heaven’s grace if we invite the Christ child in!
The Story of Jesus’ Birth from The Voice, Matthew 1:18-25
18 So here, finally, is the story of the birth of Jesus the Anointed (it is quite a remarkable story):
Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, son of David. They hadn’t married. And yet, some time well before their wedding date, Mary learned that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, because he was kind and upstanding and honorable, wanted to spare Mary shame. He did not wish to cause her more embarrassment than necessary.
20 Now when Joseph had decided to act on his instincts, a messenger of the Lord came to him in a dream.
Messenger of the Lord: Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to wed Mary and bring her into your home and family as your wife. She did not sneak off and sleep with someone else—rather, she conceived the baby she now carries through the miraculous wonderworking of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will have a son, and you will name Him Jesus, which means “the Lord saves,” because this Jesus is the person who will save all of His people from sin.
22 Years and years ago, Isaiah, a prophet of Israel, foretold the story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus:
23 A virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be Immanuel (which is a Hebrew name that means “God with us”).
24 Joseph woke up from his dream and did exactly what the messenger had told him to do: he married Mary and brought her into his home as his wife 25 (though he did not consummate their marriage until after her son was born). And when the baby was born, Joseph named Him Jesus, Savior.
No matter whether you are young or old, being a dad has its blessings and challenges. But most of all, it has its rewards. So this weekend dad, no sermons on how to improve or make you feel guilty, but just a simple “Thank you!” and a prayer that you know you are loved and blessed and one of the first touches of God in your children’s lives.
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I think I needed to see this vid today and be reminded of Who I work for and why I do what I do and how important it is not to waste the opportunities that God gives me to live for Him, enjoy the life and people He has placed in my life, and to value what is important and not sweat the other stuff.
Make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed (Romans 13:11-12 MSG).
From Triumphal Entry to the Cross, from the Cross to the Empty Tomb, we have a tough and wonderful journey this next week. And there is one focus, one goal, one reality, that carries us through and helps us see what we need to see, feel what we need to feel, know what we need to know, and believe what we need to believe:
Keepin’ our Eyes on the Christ!
Peter sinking like a rock after doing the impossible reminds us this important truth. And even in those moments when we fail, when we sink, we can still cry out, and the mighty hand of God that sustained Israel through all their troubles and was stretched out to receive the nails intended for us will reach down and save us, too!
It’s a hard week to Resurrection, but Jesus bids us to walk with Him through storm and find his arms outstretched to show His love and receive us when we keep our eyes fixed on Him!