LOVE TOUCHES

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LOVE HEARS

LOVE HEARS Watch and listen here > http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/119055182 “Perhaps the greatest way we can love is to REALLY listen. Love listens.” At one time, people heard God primarily OUTWARDLY. Your own ears will hear him.
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LOVE HEARS

LOVE SEES

The 1st of a brand new series about LOVING people in PRACTICAL ways. You can WATCH HERE > http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/118413013 LOVE SEES LOVE SEES A NEED But when He {Jesus} saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because […]

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LOVE TOUCHES

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“We are the hands and feet of Christ. When I touch others, I bring the love of Christ to them in a practical way.”

JESUS TOUCHED MANY PEOPLE IN MANY UNIQUE WAYS.

PAY ATTENTION TO PEOPLE ALL AROUND WH0 NEED CHRIST’S TOUCH.

Mark 5:25-34 (NLT)
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.

PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THAT THE TOUCH OF CHRIST IS REAL. THEY MAY TOUCH ME TO FEEL HIM.

27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd…

WHEN SOMEONE REACHES OUT TO ME. I MAY BE THEIR BEST HOPE AND ANSWER TO PRAYER.
…27(b) and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

TOUCHING OTHERS FOR CHRIST TRANSFERS POWER THROUGH US.

30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.

GOD CAN USE ME TO LOVE THEM…JUST LIKE JESUS.

34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Romans 12:4-6 (NLT)
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

So What?devotions-wh-dec-27 > LOVE DOES SO LOVE TOUCHES.

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LOVE HEARS

LOVE HEARS

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“Perhaps the greatest way we can love is to REALLY listen. Love listens.”

HEAR

At one time, people heard God primarily OUTWARDLY.

Your own ears will hear him.
 Right behind you a voice will say, 
“This is the way you should go,”
 whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)

God calls us clearly now from the INSIDE. If we listen and follow, he saves us and keeps us secure.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep… 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me…16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd…. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.” John 10:11-30 (NLT)

When I hear our loving God, the more I UNDERSTAND how to love.

22 For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. 23 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” 24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. Mark 4:22-24 (NLT)

When I hear His call to love, I must RESPOND.

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17(NLT)

For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you.
 On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT)

That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts. Hebrews 3:7-8 (NLT)

When I ASK Him for what He WANTS me to have, He GIVES it to me.

13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:13-15 (NLT)

When I hear Him, I want OTHERS to hear Him and TELL others about Him.

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14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 (NLT)

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So What? Love HEARS so love DOES.

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LOVE SEES

The 1st of a brand new series about LOVING people in PRACTICAL ways. You can WATCH HERE > http://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/118413013

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LOVE SEES

LOVE SEES A NEED

But when He {Jesus} saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)

LOVE SEES FROM A DISTANCE

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke15:20 (NLT)

LOVE SEES A NEED AND MEETS IT UP CLOSE

14Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18 “Bring them here,” he said. Matthew 14:14-18 (NLT)

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LOVE SEES PEOPLE IN STORMS

46 After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. 47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them… Mark 6:46-48 (NLT)

LOVE SEES THROUGH HYPOCRISY

{taxes}15 Should we pay them, or shouldn’t we?” Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, “Why are you trying to trap me?” Mark 12:15 (NLT)

LOVE LOOKS AND LOVES EVEN WHEN MOTIVES ARE MIXED.
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Mark 17:17-21 (NLT)

SO WHAT? LOVE SEES SO LOVE DOES
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HIGH DEFINITION FORGIVENESS

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HIGH DEFINITION FORGIVENESSS

“Forgiveness is like a two-sided coin. I NEED it and I NEED TO GIVE IT.”

12 …and forgive us our sins,
 as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. 14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:12-15 (NLT)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)

ACKNOWLEDGE THE HURT

BLEED THE BITTERNESS

o CALL IT OUT
o WRITE IT OUT
o TALK IT OUT

COMMIT TO CONNECT

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DO THE WORK- Step 1- 1 to 1. Step 2- 2-3 to 1. Step 3- Make it biblically public.

15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
Matthew 18:15-17 (NLT)
The Example: Joseph
19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. 21 No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them. Genesis 50:19-21(NLT)

The Bottom Line- FORGIVENESS IS HARD WORK AND WORTH IT. COMMIT TO FORGIVE AND THEN DO IT.

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HIGH DEFINITION LIVING

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“God defines successful HIGH DEFINITION LIVING differently.” Pastor Ray

HIGH DEFINITION LIVING…

1. …begins with personal obedience. MY obedience affects the obedience of others.

1 Now the Lord said to Samuel…Go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.” 1 Samuel 16:1 (NLT)

2. …Is an inside job.

6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”….10 In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11a Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” … 1 Samuel 16:6, 10 (NLT)

3…realizes that God sees and seeks the overlooked.
11b… “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” 1 Samuel 16: 11b-12 (NLT)

4. …sets us apart to do what God wants.
13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16: 13 (NLT)

5. …will be challenged.

8 Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! 9 If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! 10 I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” 11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken. 12c… Jesse was an old man at that time, and he had eight sons. 13 Jesse’s three oldest sons—Eliab, Abinadab, and Shimea—had already joined Saul’s army to fight the Philistines. 14 David was the youngest son. David’s three oldest brothers stayed with Saul’s army… I Samuel 17: 8-14 (NLT)

6. …does the little things to get ready for bigger things

…15b but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem.16 For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army. 1 Samuel 17:15-16 (NLT)

7. …sees and seizes opportunities for God’s glory

…25 The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!” 26 David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”…32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”1 Samuel 17: 25-26, 32 (NLT)

8. …prepares daily not just one day.

34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”
1 Samuel 17:34-36 (NLT)
9. …uses personal weapons not just those adopted from others.

38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (NLT)

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10. … wins in the end because God was in the win from the beginning.…48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 1 Samuel 17:48-50 (NLT)

The Bottom Line- SMALL is the new BIG. Do the small things well daily for High Definition Living.

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HIGH DEFINITION FINANCING!

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HD FINANCING

“High definition financing begins with GIVING.”

God LOVED. “…God is love.” 1 John 4:8b
God MADE.

….EVERYTHING. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis. 1:1

…MAN AND WOMAN. So God created human beings in his own image.
 In the image of God he created them;
 male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

God gave THE WORLD to the man and the woman and to us as their descendants.

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Genesis 1:28

They took even more than God gave them….and took and took and took.

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful…she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. Genesis 3:6-7

God gave a way back to right relationship with Him in Christ.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

God established a way back for us- the path of giving

o Give yourself- first we give ourselves. We believe. We receive.
o Give your time and talents to Him.
o Give your treasure to Him.

Giving Changes

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
 The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1

“One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. Leviticus 27:30

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse… If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” Malachi 3:10

Is that just an Old Testament thing? What does Jesus say about tithing?
… you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. Matthew 23:23 (NLT)

So What? > Accept The Tithing Challenge to live a life of high definition financing.

But what if I just can NOT give 10%?
o Pick a Percentage
o Give it first as a Priority
o Make it Progressive

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HIGH DEFINITION BEGINNINGS

Here is the worship service for our January 4th message from our new series, HD LIFE for the NEW YEAR!

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“The 3 things necessary for a successful life are to remember the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future. “ Dr. Eddie Stepp, GWU

Look Back- Remember The Past

1When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. 3 Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. 5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. 8 So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. Joshua 4:1-8 (NLT)

Look Up- Celebrate The Present

14 “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15 (NASB)

Look Forward- Anticipate The Future

1 After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, …the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— 4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea[a] in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. 6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:1-9 (NLT)

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“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey

So What? I live in the way I look. I resolve to look to God in 2015.

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12 Days of Christmas Meaning

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Used this in a worship service. many asked for it so here you go.

by the way, the COST of all these presents in 2014 dollars would be $26,673 dollars. It would take TRUE LOVE and a THICK WALLET to pay for all of that stuff!

See article below from the Washington Post >http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/25/the-real-cost-of-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-27673/
12 Days Explained

1- The Single Partridge in a pear tree was symbolic of Jesus Christ…shelter wings

2- The 2 Turtledoves were symbolic of the Old and New Testaments

3- The 3 French Hens were symbolic of the Greatest 3 virtues- faith, hope, and love

4- The 4 Calling Birds were symbolic of Gospel Writers,- Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

5- The 5 GOLDEN RINGS were the first 5 books of the Bible- Pentateuch
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

6- The 6 Geese A’ Laying are the first 6 days of creation when God made sustainable earth. 12 Days12 Days 3

7- The 7 Swans A’ Swimming signified the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

1} prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, 7) compassion

8- The 8 Maids A-Milking
are the 8 Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

9-The 9 Ladies dancing are the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit- 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

10- The 10 Lords A-leaping
are the 10 commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God’s name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

11-The 11 Pipers Piping
are the 11 Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James.

12- The 12 Drummers Drumming
are the 12 points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into[the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy only Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

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Did You Know? Christmas…

Did You Know?

As we enjoy Christmas, I often think about what they thought about on the first Christmas. Here, with a little helpful inspiration from Mark Lowry are what Im thinking this Christmas.

Mary Did your Know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?


Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.



Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am. -MARK LOWRY

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I’ve added these thoughts BELOW.

Joseph did you know that the baby boy would be just like His Father
Joseph did you know that God’s baby boy would stifle Satan’s ardor

Did you know that this baby boy would see His mission through
And that the child that you lived to to rescue would die to rescue you

Joseph, did you now that God’s baby boy would give life to a dead man
Joseph, did you know that God’s baby boy would have nails pierce through His hands

Did you know that God’s baby boy made all of earthly sod
And that the hands that grasp your fingers are the very hands of God

Joseph, did you know that your baby boy would one day save all nations
Did you know that every tribe and tongue were all to him worth saving

Oh, Joseph did you know that the love of God was deep and wide and grand
And that when He did His Father’s business, the doors of hell would slam
Oh, Joseph did you know?

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Brother, did you know that this baby boy would take you to His Father
Sister, did you know that God’s baby boy would give you Heaven’s armor

Did you know that God’s baby boy has come to BE the Truth
And that the child that she delivered would deliver you too

Believer, did you know that God’s baby boy will turn your “Can’t” to His “Can”
Believer do you know that God’s baby boy would be your one biggest Fan

Did you know that this baby boy would give you Heaven’s Nod
And when you show love to one another, you’re loving Father God

Brother do you know that this Baby boy will one day rule all nations
Sister, do you know that this Baby boy hears your call for salvation

Did you know that God’s baby boy is Heaven’s Perfect Man
And that One Who has redeemed you is the Great I Am! -Pastor Ray

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COME TRIUMPHANTLY

COME TRIUMPHANTLY!

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“CHRISTMAS is the ONLY place in History where birth led to death and then ultimate triumph in resurrection.” Pastor Ray

“Our problem is we want to win without losing anything.” Pastor Ray

God’s mission in Christ was INCREDIBLE and TRIUMPHANT > “Jesus…WILL SAVE His people from their sins.”

2 People…2 Responses…1 Result- VICTORY!

JOSEPH ACCEPTED His Part In God’s Mission QUIETLY.

Matthew 1:20-24 (NLT)20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means ‘God is with us.’” 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.

Matthew 2:13-14 (NLT)
13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother…

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*NOTE- Joseph NEVER says a word in scripture. He just obeys and does what he is told.

MARY ACCEPTED Her Part In God’s Mission EXPRESSIVELY

Luke 1: 31-33, 34,38 (NLT)
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”…

34Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”…

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”…

46 Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. 50 He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. 51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. 52 He has brought down princes from their throne and exalted the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. 54 He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. 55 For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

*NOTE- Mary sayd little else in Scripture except for the trip to Jerusalem when Jesus was 12 (Luke 2) and in the miracle of turning water into wine (John 2)

BOTH Did What They Were Called To Do.

Luke 2:4-7(NLT)
4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

TRIUMPH comes when we do God’s next thing necessary to WIN.

TRIUMPHANT 2

When we do what God calls us to do next, the win comes in the end.

THE BOTTOM LINE > I will Accept the Victor and get the Victory. I will do my part and come Triumphantly!

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