Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Looking for Hope this Christmas?

December 16th, 2014 No comments

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Christmas, like a priceless diamond, reveals God’s glory through many life-changing messages. As  pastors, we can preach on the birth of Jesus all our lives and never get to the bottom of both the mystery and magnificence of the Messiah.

But I do believe Christmas screams something to us that is very important – something right at the core of what it means to be “God.”

In Luke’s gospel we read of the stunning announcement from a heavenly messenger to an awestruck teenage girl – “You will become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS!” (1:31)

The angel proceeds to share the unparalleled destiny of this anticipated offspring. Mary is speechless. She wonders, “How can this be?” After all, she is a virgin and virgins do not have babies, let alone Messiah babies named Jesus!

What God was declaring had never been done before among human beings. In was not only highly improbable; it was outright impossible!
But the angel was not finished preaching. He was just getting warmed up! What he shares next is the most radical revelation of the entire meaning of Christmas!

“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” (1:37, Amplified)

Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with GOD!

Virgins having babies…

Sinners being restored into intimacy with God…

Broken hearts being healed…

The sky is the limit…because nothing is impossible with God.

Have you grown cynical?

Do you feel like some things are beyond God’s ability to transform?

Are there areas where you’ve given up or simply lost hope?

Well here’s the best news of all – Merry Christmas! With God nothing is impossible!

Take your self-imposed limitations off of what you believe He can do.

Remember – God can do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think! Let’s receive this amazing gift and trust Him with fresh faith!

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Follow the Star (3)

December 16th, 2011 No comments

How do we become shining stars in a crooked and perverse generation? We must become…

#3 Stars of One Purpose

Verse 9 also tells us: “It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.”

This star stopped at Jesus. The star which God used was a star that stopped at Jesus! When it came to the place where Jesus lay, it stood still. It became fixed and immovable.

Have you stopped at Jesus?

We need to live in such a way that people know where to find us. I’m done searching. I’ve found Him. The quest is over. As for me and my house, we are going to spend our lives with Christ!

You see, Jesus is the beginning and the END. He’s the place where you put a big PERIOD. It stops with Him.

He is the first and the LAST. He’s the place of new birth and new beginnings, and He’s the final place of rest. When I find Him, I am HOME.

He is where I discover who I really am. He is my identity, my security, and my life. All of my dreams, desires, joys and desires find their satisfaction in HIM.

This is why we can join the psalmist in declaring, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
Psalm 57:7

The apostle Paul exhorted us to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58)

During this Christmas holiday season, make sure your feet are planted firmly on the reason for the season, JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR.

Follow the Star (2)

December 14th, 2011 3 comments

How do we become shining stars in a crooked and perverse generation? We must become…

#2 Stars of One Pursuit

The Bible tells us in verse 9: “And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem.”

This star pursued Jesus. It was not a static signpost only pointing the way.

We pursue that which we are passionate about. We pursue what we prize.

Our love for Jesus is authenticated by the passion of the pursuit. Does our profession match our pursuit?

Do we love in words only or is our love revealed by how we pursue Jesus with our lives.

You see, it is a natural, normal thing for the creature to want to have relationship with the Creator who gave it existence. I want to know and enjoy the one who gave me life! The Bible says that we are to be imitators of God just like little children seek to emulate their earthly fathers. I want to know Christ and I want to be like Him.

We can also see that this star not only pursued Christ but it also led others to Him. In like fashion, our lives should lead others to Jesus. We should be like Andrew, who “found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” And he brought him to Jesus.” (John 1:41)

If your family, friends, and relatives follow you will they end up at Christ?

During this Christmas holiday season, renew your single-minded pursuit of Christ and your commitment to bring others with you.