While reading the 
Christmas Story
in Luke
did you notice.....?
 
This King of ours had anything but a royal birth, as we know it.  Did you notice this Holy King of ours didn't come to earth as a mighty, majestic King who would be intimidating and untouchable? Are you awestruck of HIS innocence, His willingness to be born in poverty and simply normal as could be?  From the very beginning He came as a Savior we can easily relate to and understand, not one who is distant or on a lofty throne.
 
What does all of this really mean? 

Jesus wasn't above simple circumstances.

This means we do not have to have prestigious job titles or well-stocked bank accounts or fame to be used by God or to have a relationship with the KING.
 
Did you notice, God's glory is worthy of our praise, even when we feel afraid?
Notice verse 9  says, "they were terrified."  Remember you see the word "RAISE" in the word Praise.  For me, this is a reminder that when I praise God even when I am terrified, He will raise me above my circumstances.
 
 
Did you notice this story provides us with a foundational truth? When the Lord makes a promise, we can trust He will keep it.
The shepherds were informed that the baby had been born, notice verse 15: "when the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'" Let us be as those shepherds.  When we hear a word from God let's immediately act upon it, never hesitating or questioning what the angel of the Lord had said.  Remember as we face 2016, we have Scripture as tangible documentation of the Lord's promises and truths, and we should act on them without questioning His faithfulness and trustworthiness.
 
Did you notice words from and about the Lord are to be treasured? When the shepherds visited Mary and Joseph and the baby in the manger, verses 17 and 18 say, "they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them." I can't even imagine what the shepherds' stories must have been after seeing the angels in all the glory of the Lord out in the fields, but I know it must have been powerful and beautiful!
Verse 19 says, "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Verse 51 later says, "His mother treasured all these things in her heart," after Jesus was found in the temple learning from the teachers. The things Mary heard about her son and the things she saw Him doing were beautiful treasures to her, and they should be for us as well. The stories we have in Scripture tell us about who Jesus is and what He did on this earth, and we should hold them dear in our hearts.
 

We are so fortunate to have Bible Study as a pillar, a foundational truth.  Take advantage of our W.E.B.S classes.  Learn to separate Biblical truth from fiction and tradition. 


Keep Your Eyes On The SON,
DR. Larry Green


 
"Should Christians Today Give A First Fruits Offering?"


I'd like to share some highlights from an article I was reading. Take time to digest it, pray, and then commit to giving your

First Fruits in the Old Testament

INTRODUCTION

The Bible is replete with virtually inexhaustible provisions for Man's comfort here on earth and in eternity. The oldest singular limitation is Man's refusal to simply obey the WORD of GOD. 3 John 2 for instance reaffirmed God's persistent intention and plan for man: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperity. However, God not wanting to appear to man as a Dictator, grants man the freewill to enjoy virtually endless benefits ONLY on the condition of total obedience, to the giver of these benefits - The Almighty GOD. Read the entire article on our website here. It will bless you!



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Christmas IQ Quiz

By: Dr. Ray Pritchard Author, Speaker, President of Keep Believing Ministries
 
So many times it is difficult for us to separate tradition from what is actually in the Bible. Take this Bible challenge and see if I am right.  Let me give you a heads up; it's not easy!
 
 
1. Joseph was originally from... (Luke 2:3)
    A. Bethlehem
    B. Nazareth
    C. Hebron
    D. Jerusalem 
    E. None of the above
 
2. What does the Bible say that the innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph? (Luke 2:7)
    A. "There is no room in the inn."
    B. "I have a stable you can use."
    C. "Come back later and I should have some vacancies."
    D. Both A and B
    E. None of the above
 
3. A manger is a...
    A. Stable for domestic animals
    B. Wooden hay storage bin
    C. Feeding trough
    D. Barn
 
4. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus' birth?
    A. Cows, sheep, goats
    B. Cows, donkeys, goats
    C. Sheep and goats only
    D. Miscellaneous barnyard animals
    E. None of the above
 
5. Who saw the star in the east?
    A. Shepherds
    B. Mary and Joseph
    C. Three kings
    D. Both A and C
    E. None of the above
 
6. According to the Bible, how did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem?
    A. Camel
    B. Donkey
    C. Walked
    D. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
    E. Horse-drawn chariot
    F. Who knows?
 
7. How many angels spoke to the shepherds? (Luke 2:10)
    A. One
    B. Three
    C. Multitude
    D. None of the above
 
8. What did the angels say/sing? (Luke 2:14)
    A. "Glory to God in the highest, etc."
    B. "Alleluia"
    C. "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given"
    D. "Joy the world, the Lord is come"
    E. "Glory to the newborn King"
 
9. What is a heavenly host?
    A. The angel at the gate of heaven
    B. The angel who serves refreshments in heaven
    C. An angel choir
    D. An angel army
    E. None of the above
 
10. There was snow that first Christmas...
    A. Only in Bethlehem
    B. All over Israel
    C. Nowhere in Israel
    D. Somewhere in Israel
 
11. What is frankincense?
    A. A precious metal
    B. A precious fabric
    C. A precious perfume
    D. None of the above
 
12. In Matthew, what does "wise men" or "Magi" refer to?
    A. Men of the educated class
    B. Eastern kings
    C. Men who studied the stars
    D. Sages
 
13. What is myrrh?
    A. Middle Eastern money
    B. A drink
    C. An easily shaped metal
    D. A spice used for burying people
    E. None of the above
 
14. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
   A. 3
   B. 6
   C. 9
   D. 12
   E. We don't know.

15. Where did the wise men find Jesus? (Matthew 2:11)
    A. In a manger
    B. In a stable
    C. In Nazareth
    D. In Saudi Arabia
    E. In a house
    F. None of the above
 
16. When the wise men found Jesus he was... (Matthew 2:11)
    A. A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes
    B. A young child
    C. A boy in the temple
    D. A grown man
 
17. The "star in the east" that the wise men followed... (Matthew 2:9)
    A. Stayed in the same place their entire journey
    B. Disappeared and reappeared
    C. Moved ahead of them and stopped over the place where Jesus was
    D. Was just a mirage
    E. None of the above
 
18. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem... (Matthew 2:2)
    A. To inform Herod about Jesus
    B. To find out where Jesus was
    C. To ask about the star
    D. To buy presents
    E. None of the above
 
19. Where do we find the Christmas story?
    A. Matthew
    B. Mark
    C. Luke
    D. John
    E. All of the above
    F. Only A and B
    G. Only A and C
    H. Only A, B and C
 
20. When Joseph found Mary was pregnant, what happened?
    A. They got married
    B. Joseph wanted to break the engagement
    C. Mary left town for three months
    D. A and B
    E. B and C
 
21. Who told (made) Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem? (Luke 2:1-5)
    A. The angel chorus
    B. Mary's mother
    C. Herod
    D. The shepherds
    E. Caesar Augustus

Share your answers with Sis. Shanice Maxwell and receive a prize for your passing score on Sunday 1/10/16!


Commit This Year To:

1. Forgetting your Failures
2. Giving Up Your Grudges
3. Restoring Your Relationships

And Watch How God Moves In Your Life!


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