The Way in the Manger

December 18, 2018

The Way in The Manger

TEXT: Luke 2:11-14 (KJV)

Luke 2:11-14
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

In our world today, we find so many people that seem to be confused about what happens after this life. Some believe that there is no after-life, some believe in many different and various versions of after-life. Then, once you categorize all those variations - you have to look at what happens in this life to get them from here to their eternity. Eternal destinations are almost always shaped by what happens in this life - in almost every variation of belief.

If you ask the average “Christian” how to get to heaven - you will get many different answers. Today I want to declare to you that there are not MANY WAYS to get to heaven, or have eternal life with God - THERE IS ONLY ONE! - THE WAY in the manger!

Emanuel God with us is now God IN us through the Holy Spirit!

John 14:6 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

THE WAY in the manger!

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In God We Trust - “Overbooked”

December 2, 2018

We live in a culture that views dependence as weakness, yet we are called to be 100% dependent on God. Being dependent on God will keep us from feeling the need to overbook ourselves.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

So how do we TRUST IN THE LORD? (1st Part of the verse)
 
TRUST GOD’S WORD
 (John 17:17)
 
TRUST GOD’S WAYS
(Jer. 1:5)
 
TRUST GOD IN OTHERS
 
 
Now let’s discuss how to: LEAN NOT TO OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING!
 
 
DO NOT TRUST YOURSELF
 
His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9)
 
In ALL YOUR WAYS….ACKNOWLEDGE HIM..
 
Acknowledge JESUS in every step you take.
 
 
The third command of these verses is really about applying the first two to every step we take along the journey we call life.

 

This attitude is explained in James 4:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.  (James 4:13-15)
 
HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH
 
As Joseph said to his brothers at the end of his life about their decision to sell him as a slave to Egypt:
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20)
 
Similarly, as another famous Bible verse puts like this:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV)
 
 
God will re-straighten (direct) your path. You can get back into the center of God’s will. And amazingly when you do so, God can even apply the mistakes and sins of your past… to be part of His purpose for you and the world around you that He wants to influence through you.
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God Can Do Everything - Missionary Bobby Lewis

November 26, 2018

Powerful Message and Testimony from Missionary Bobby Lewis (Germany) about the fact that God can do Everything - Text: Job 42:2. You will be inspired and uplifted by this message! We are anticipating greater things than we have ever seen - because God can do everything!

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Release Your Worry - Overbooked

November 18, 2018

Releasing Worry is a major need in our society today.

The key is not to be naive and think that you will never have things that cause you to worry…

It’s what you do with worry that will make the difference in your life!

Don’t let the worries of life get your mind off of God. Instead, look to your heavenly father for provision, striving first to please him before anything else.

Text: Matthew 6:25-34 (NASB)

The problem of life is to change worry into
thinking and anxiety into creative action."
Harold B. Walker, from Think or Worry?

If something is wrong, fix it if you can.
But train yourself not to worry:
Worry never fixes anything."
Ernest Hemingway

1. Worrying won’t fix Anything.

Matthew 6:27-29
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. (NLT)

2. Worrying is bad for your health!

Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. (NLT)

3. Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God.

Matthew 6:30
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (NLT)

Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

4. Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction.

Matthew 6:25
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (NLT)

Matthew 6:31-33
So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NLT)

1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

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How Do I Love? - Neighbors Week 2

November 11, 2018

Elder Dummitt Speaks about How We Love Each Other.

Text: Galatians 5:16-25

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Are You Too Busy? - Overbooked

November 11, 2018

Text: Psalm 90
In comparison to God, our lives are nothing. Yet, we often live like we’re God, cramming our schedules as if everything depends on us. Trust God enough to take a break.

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