“HAVE YOU LOST THE WONDER OF IT ALL”

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:18, “And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”

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“GO TELL THE WORLD”

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:17, “And when they (the shepherds) had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”

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“DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION”

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:14, “…The heavenly host praise God saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
The angels UNDERSTOOD the connection.
They UNDERSTOOD that the birth of God’s son brought glory to the Father.
They UNDERSTOOD it fulfilled the prophecy of the genealogy from Abraham to David and from David to Joseph, to the birth of Jesus, the virgin born Son of god.
The lineage was never broken. The bloodline was never severed. That is a miracle in itself. Satan did everything he could to break the lineage, but he failed.
They UNDERSTOOD that the Christ and He alone could bring peace to this earth and good will to men.
They UNDERSTOOD that the babe in the manger was the answer to all of man’s woes.
They UNDERSGTOOD that the HOPE of the world lied in the arms of the virgin Mary that Christmas night.
Do you UNDERSTAND that PEACE and GOOD WILL, will only come to those who understand and know the Savior, the Son of God.

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“A REASON TO PRAISE GOD”

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:13, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God.”

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COULD YOU IDENTIFY THE BABY, JESUS

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:12, “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

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“THE SAVIOR”

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

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THE WORLD HAS “NO ROOM” FOR JESUS

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 2:7, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

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GIFTS GOD GIVES TO THOSE WHO TRUST HIM

SCRIPTURE:
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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GIFTS THAT DO NOT SATISFY

SCRIPTURE:
Titus 2:11-23, 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
 
PLEASURES – RICHES???
“The days of pleasure or the amassing of wealth are but vain attempts to escape from the persistent ache of emptiness within a person. But, that person does not know how to escape that ache, so he/she drowns that ache with more pleasure and more attempts to find that love, peace, joy.
…The millionaire that it seems has it all, is usually a lonely man and the comedian who seems so funny, is often more unhappy than his audience.”
Attaining worldly success will always fails to produce satisfaction. Whehter you are rich or not, there is only one way to find total satisfaction. Look at this example of Henry Martyn, a distinguished scholar, as an example success.
 
Henry Martyn,
Henry Martyn, a Cambridge University student, was honored at only 20 years of age for his achievements in mathematics. In fact, he was given the highest recognition possible in that field. And yet he felt an emptiness inside. He said that instead of finding fulfillment in his achievements, he had “only grasped a shadow.”
After evaluating his life’s goals, Martyn sailed to India as a missionary at the age of 24. When he arrived, he prayed, “Lord, let me burn out for You.” In the next 7 years, he translated the New Testament into three difficult Eastern languages. These notable achievements were certainly not passing “shadows.” Then, he died at the age of 31.

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THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR “ALL” TO GOD

SCRIPTURE:
ROMANS 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
 
C.T. STUDD
C. T. Studd was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was born rich. One day, he found Jesus Christ as his Savior and committed his life to being a missionary to Africa and China for the Lord.
When his father died, he was left a fortune. C. T. felt he could not trust God as he should if he was wealthy, so he gave everything away, literary everything. He and his wife went to the mission field and there served the Lord until the day he went home to glory.
One of his daughters told of her father’s last hours. He lay on his cot, gazing around the little hut and at his few possessions. He said to his children, “I wish I had something to leave to each of you, but I gave it all to Jesus long ago.”
 
David Brainerd, Colonial Missionary
David Brainerd was an American colonial missionary to the Indians who died at the age of twenty-nine. His diary reveals a young man intensely committed to God.
Brainerd once said to Jonathan Edwards: “I do not go to heaven to be advanced but to give honor to God. It does not matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high seat or a low seat there…My heaven is to please God and glorify Him, and give all to Him, and to be wholly devoted to His glory.”
 
Consecration
“Will you please tell me in a word,” said a Christian woman to a minister, “what your idea of consecration is?”
Holding out a blank sheet of paper the pastor replied, “It is to sign your name at the bottom of this blank sheet, and to let God fill it in as He will.”

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