Who are You in the Christmas Story?

December 15, 2013 at 10:45 am Categories: Advent, Sermons

Date: December 15, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott

Text: Luke 1:1-7

 

Quotes

“The hardest part of being a single parent isn’t that nobody shares your burden. It’s that nobody shares your joy.”

– A wise single mom

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There are no giant sized people in the Advent story. Just ordinary sized people like you and me.

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This world has a way of making people of faith feel our insignificance to them.

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His Kingdom would grow like yeast, almost invisible, mostly imperceptible, permeating the world not trampling over it like a mighty army.

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One of the secrets of maturing faith is to trust is to trust God against all appearances in the moment, in the choices you have to make before you know the final outcome. Such faith is rooted not in appearances but in the character and nature of God.

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What ever you are going through, know this: God sees you. God notices you. And as with Simeon, he hasn’t forgotten what He has promised you.

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Practicing his presence: living as if He was really there in our everyday world and then discovering that He actually is.

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So never think you have to be somehow significant in order to be used significantly by God.

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The appearance of things in the current moment is not a measure of a person’s enduring value.

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The Caesars of this world do not set the rules for self acceptance and significance, but they will if we let them.

 

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