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Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 Sermon Highlights

Luke 2: 8-20 The ‘Christmas’ Story

Have you ever given a gift that was flat out refused or destroyed? They may not have liked or wanted it, but usually they say thanks and throw it in the closet or re-gift it. Right women? Men think they have the perfect gift and women think, ‘what was he thinking’. Right?

We have the greatest gift – ‘Good tidings of great joy’ – ‘Good News’ – Jesus Christ – Holy Spirit – Love – Grace – Peace – Rest – etc.

Yet we choose not to give it to people because ‘they won’t accept it’ or ‘they don’t deserve it’.

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

Romans 1:20  “Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse.”

His creativity shouts of His love and Power

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NLT)

It is the free gift of God, given to us to give to others, to ALL people – eternal life through/in/with Christ Jesus. We must receive Jesus

Once He is received we are to give Him to others. The more you give the more you get!

Keep your hands open – others need what you have – Love, Joy, Peace, Gentleness, Rest, Kindness……

The enemy wants to keep us to keep focused on good vs. evil rather on the Good News. We do not need to focus on whether people are good or evil, we need to focus on the Good Tidings of Great Joy – God is Good

Goodness of God leads people to repentance. What is the Goodness of God? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness. Those are the gifts we need to give people, ALL people.

God’s gift, Jesus Christ, was given to destroy works of the enemy, and He did – It is finished!

It is our responsibility to make sure the ‘Gift Goes On’

God has given us His gift by allowing us to know His love so that we can pass this love on to others. Pass His peace, rest, joy on to ALL people. Do not be afraid. Will some reject the gift? Maybe, but most times people welcome being accepted, loved.

Takes the good tidings of great joy to all people. Jesus is asking, ‘will you trust me and share the good news?’

The Gift Goes On

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