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3 Things You Can Give Jesus this Christmas

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The reason we celebrate Christmas is to remember our savior's birth. It's to celebrate Jesus' birthday. The question is, "What are we going to give Jesus for his birthday?" What do you give the God who has everything? Actually he doesn't have everything. There are three things he doesn't have unless we give them to him. WHAT SHOULD I GIVE TO JESUS? 1. I give Jesus my T...

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Why Do People Avoid God?

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I John 4:16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love. The most talked about attribute of God is probably the one that is most misunderstood. First, don't confuse this. It says, "God is love"; it doesn't say, "Love is God." There's a big difference. It's the same difference as saying, "My dog is a girl" or "My girl is a dog." God ...

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Mary's Song: Part 4: Your Destiny

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Last week, we began a blog series about a song that Jesus' mother, Mary, wrote in the book of Luke. In her song she explains 5 reasons why she accepted God's destiny for her life. Here are the last two reasons Mary gives as to why we should live for God and not ourselves. Because God Honors Humility It takes humility to say, "God, I'm going to go with your plan, not my ...

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Mary's Song: Part 3: God's Blessings

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Mary wrote a song in the book of Luke. In her song she explains 5 reasons why she accepted God's destiny for her life, even though it would bring her criticism. Here is her third reason: 3. Because it is the key to BLESSING. I want God's blessing on my life. I want God's blessing on your life. But the key to God's blessing is to go with his destiny for our life. God ...

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Mary's Song: Part 2: God Cares

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Yesterday we took a look at a song that Mary (Jesus' mother) wrote in the book of Luke. In the song, she gives us 5 reasons why she accepted God's destiny for her life. We can learn from her, as we have our own choice to either follow God's plan for our life or follow our own plan. We can either live for ourselves, or we can live to please God. If you missed the first par...

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Mary's Song: Part 1

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Luke 1:34-35 Mary asked the angel, "But how can this happen? I am a virgin." The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God." Why did God choose Mary over all the women on the planet? Why Mary? It wasn't because of her education. She had n...

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7 Steps to Less Conflict this Holiday Season

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How do you keep family dysfunction from ruining your Christmas season? What decisions can you make to bring peace into your holiday celebration this year? Matt. 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." 1. I MAKE THE FIRST MOVE We make the first move. We don't wait on somebody else. We take the initiative. God expects us to make the f...

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Contentment on Black Friday

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Today is Black Friday. A day centered around "getting" and "wanting." And,while there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of a good Amazon deal, today is an opportunity to look at our priorities. Today is a great day to take a look at and evaluate our level of contentment. The Bible tells us to be content with anything. A lot of people think contentment means having ha...

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Family Matters

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There are only two ways to get into a family. You can either be born into it, or you can be adopted into it. The Bible says God does both for you. It's called being born again, AND it's called being adopted into the family of God. God does them both. The significance of this metaphor in the Bible is that, in Roman law during the New Testament, you could actually disown a ...

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What to Do When You Don't Feel Thankful

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We are entering a season where we pause and give thanks. But, what if you don't feel thankful? What do you do during Thanksgiving if you are in a season of waiting? Waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. Waiting for a prayer to be answered. How can you be grateful in the middle of a delay? Here's the truth. You don't have to be grateful FOR all situations, but you can be ...

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