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Growing

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Luke 2:40-52 [i] Luke 2 gives the account of the childhood of Jesus.  Verse 21 starts with the account of His circumcision, and then the purification offering as required by the Law of Moses.  As an infant of only eight days old, Jesus was taken to the temple and dedicated to God as was required by the Law.  The offering would have been a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. While Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were in the temple, a man named Simeon prophesied over Jesus.  Simeon was full of the Holy Spirit, and the Lord had promised him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s anointed One.  Simeon said of Jesus: He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!  (Luke 2:32) Luke 2:33 says, “Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.” Everything about Jesus’ birth was unusual. Jesus’ birth was announced by angels to both Mary and Joseph.  Then on the night He was born, shepherds came in

The Birth of the Savior

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But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  (Luke 2:19, ESV) What moments and memories do you treasure? Perhaps you treasure memories of your wedding, the birth of your first child or your first day of school.  We keep pictures of some events to help us remember. We treasure some events recorded in the Bible.  Many of us have favorite Bible stories and/or characters that we go back to frequently.  We keep holidays to commemorate or remind us of certain of these events – kind of like keeping pictures on the wall.  Christmas and Easter are examples of what I am talking about. Christmas and Easter remind us we have much to celebrate. However, in addition to celebrating, we learn and remember much truth in the celebration of these holidays.  In fact, the Scriptures encourage us to fix our minds on things above.  (Colossians 3:2)  Philippians 4:8 tells us:  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what

Born of a Virgin

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The birth of every child is a miracle.  We understand much of the biology and the process by which children are conceived and grow in the mother’s womb, but this does not make it any less a miracle.  The first man, Adam, was not born but he was formed directly by the hand of God.  All of us have descended from Adam by the natural processes of biology.  There has been only one exception in all of history…the man Christ Jesus, the second Adam. Jesus Christ is the one exception in all of history.  God interrupted biology and natural processes and caused a baby to be born of a virgin.  Romans 5:12, 17 tell us why this was necessary. 12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world.  Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.  But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this o

The Turning Point of History

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Matthew 1:1-17 We live in uncertain times.  Protesters say, “Not my President!”  ISIS is waging a war of terror everywhere they can.  The world is in turmoil over the civil war in Syria.  Iran is testing missiles, and North Korea is developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.  The list can go on and on. History is working toward a conclusion.  Great hope and encouragement is available through an understanding of the point on which history turns.  It is all about Jesus.  Jesus said quite clearly, “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”  (Matthew 24:14) [i] History is about this “Good News.”  I want to look at how history centers on Christ so that we will never lose hope and our minds can be at peace in the Lord.  In John 14:27, Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart.” First, we find peace of mind in knowing that Jesus Christ is t