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Merry Christmas


Matthew 6:5-15

Beginning Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, we come to You with praises in our hearts for all Your giving to us; You gave us life, You gave us breathe, You gave us everything we have now that pertains to good and holiness. Thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus, for sending Him to earth to die for our sins. Thank You Jesus for coming in the form a baby and then grow up to be a man of that would die for my sins, for the whole world’s sins. You are worthy to be praised!!! Your Kingdom has come to us all, Your will is been done in us lives right now. We are so thankful. Jesus, You taught Your disciples to pray, please continue to teach us through Your Holy Spirit the true meaning of Christmas this day and always. Give us this day the divine revelation of Jesus coming to earth and giving His life for us. Father God, You gave, Jesus gave, now help us to give from our hearts as You desire us to give, not with humanly intention, but with the love of God. This Christmas bless us to give just as You, the Godhead gave years ago. Thank You! Glory to God in the highest and good will toward all of us, in Jesus’ mighty Name. We as a community pray this prayer. AMEN.

Subject: “The Lord’s Prayer” (Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread)

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread The average well groomed, well-fed Christian congregation of the day will find it very difficult to seriously repeat the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Someone has defined the average church service in America today as a service in which a mild-mannered man gets up before a group of mild-mannered people and urges them to be more mild-mannered. What a sad commentary that is upon the church, if that be true! But it is very difficult for Americans, who go out to great supermarkets and push baskets through a maze of shelves groaning with all kinds of foodstuffs, to ask God for bread. God just does not seem to be in the colossal business of mass merchandising today. Why make fervent prayer to God for bread in this day of the welfare state, when we are looking to government instead of looking to God? This is a time when we are trying to detour around God in order to get our bread. We have come to a time when static is a menace. Rome, with her program of bread and circuses provided for the population, should be a danger signal before us in our day. What can follow in the wake of such a program but immorality and decay? In America at this hour, there is plenty; but this is the only nation where there is plenty, yes, even a surplus today. Over one-half of the world’s population went to bed last night with their hunger pains not fully satisfied. Famine stalks this world today in many parts—the third horseman of the Apocalypse is riding, even now, across the land. We are living on an earth that has the curse of sin upon it. From the day that Adam sinned, God said to him: In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread…. (Genesis 3:19) And from that day until the present hour, men have found no magic process of producing bread other than by hard work. We may have it easy now, but may I say that there is a day coming when men in this country will be able to pray this prayer with a great deal of anxiety, of seeking, asking, and knocking—“Give us this day our daily bread.” Now I want you to notice this petition for a moment. It is so simple, and yet it should come from our hearts with great enthusiasm. It speaks of our utter dependence upon God. Our bodily wants, our physical necessities, all come from Him, and He supplies them day by day. Israel gathered manna for the day; they gathered nothing for the morrow. They were not permitted to gather manna for the next week. This prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread,” gathers manna every day. It shows man that he lives from hand to mouth and that even his bodily necessities, his basic needs, come from God. Someone has said that bread is the staff of life, and how true that is! Let us consider man for just a moment and see why bread is so essential to him. As we know, on the physical side, man is made of dust. He was taken out of the dust. We forget that, but the psalmist says: For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:14) Oh, how often you and I forget that we are dust, and in our pride we forget our humble origin. There is a saying that “when dust gets stuck on itself, it’s mud,” and to such nothingness pride brings us. Now in the soil you will find that there are sixteen elements, and in the body of man 20 there are sixteen chemical elements. And real wheat bread and real cornbread have in them more of the sixteen elements than any other food that we eat today. Certainly bread is the staff of life, and when we pray; “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are asking God for those basic needs of our physical bodies, and it should teach us to depend upon God and rest upon Him. May I say that I do not think a Christian should be alarmed today because of what the economist is saying about diminishing resource. We are not looking to man to supply our needs; we are looking to God. We must learn to acknowledge God in all the affairs of our lives. A little poem that we teach our children expresses this well: Said the robin to the sparrow, “I should really like to know Why these anxious human beings Rush about and worry so!” Said the sparrow to the robin, “Friend, I think that it must be that they have no Heavenly Father Such as cares for you and me!” You and I need to remember what He has told us in His Word: When we put Him first, all these other things—these necessities—will be added unto us (see Matthew 6:33). There is another thing in this simple petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” God is the giver of everything. You will not find His cost on the loaf of bread that you buy—He is on the giving side. As you look at the loaf of bread on your table, let the thought be thankfully with you that the bread has come ultimately from the hand of God. Back of the loaf is the snowy flour; and back of the flour, the mill; and back of the mill is the wheat and the shower, the sun, and the Father’s will. Back of that loaf of bread is our generous Father, and we can say to Him, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Week # 9
Weekly Pattern: Provision
Prayers from the Bible:
Questions:

1). What is Christmas to you?
2). What is your most favorite Christmas carol?
3). How do you celebrate Christmas?
4). Why do you celebrate Christmas?
5). Why do you, if so, give gifts for Christmas?
6). Give us our daily bread, what do this means to you?
7). How big of a role does Jesus have in your thoughts at Christmas?
8). How have you seen God work through this past year?
9). Will you share Jesus this year with someone?
10). Should we be alarmed about today’s economy, explain?
11). What do Matthew 6:33 means to you?
12). What do Luke 6:38 says?

Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 17-18)
Weekly Song: (Matthew 26:30)

Weekly Praise: Glory to God in the Highest

Let’s Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:

Ending Prayer:


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Merry Christmas

This Week’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, we come to You with praises in our hearts for all Your giving to us; You gave us life, You gave us breathe, You gave us everything we have now that pertains to good and holiness. Thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus, for sending Him to earth to die for our sins. Thank You Jesus for coming in the form a baby and then grow up to be a man of that would die for my sins, for the whole world’s sins. You are worthy to be praised!!! Your Kingdom has come to us all, Your will is been done in us lives right now. We are so thankful. Jesus, You taught Your disciples to pray, please continue to teach us through Your Holy Spirit the true meaning of Christmas this day and always. Give us this day the divine revelation of Jesus coming to earth and giving His life for us. Father God, You gave, Jesus gave, now help us to give from our hearts as You desire us to give, not with humanly intention, but with the love of God. This Christmas bless us to give just as You, the Godhead gave years ago. Thank You! Glory to God in the highest and good will toward all of us, in Jesus’ mighty Name. We as a community pray this prayer. AMEN.


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Weekly Pattern: Provision:

God has provided for us by sending His son Jesus to die for us on the cross, amen. That is provision! It means to supply another person’s need as said in Philippians 4:19; “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”


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Prayers from the Bible: Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 20

It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.


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Answers/Questions:

1). What is Christmas to you?
Very good question, I think! Christmas is the baby Jesus to me. Christmas is why I am saved today and living unto the Lord. God sent His Son on Christmas, no matter what day or year it was, it happen and that is why it’s Christmas. Some Christian do not want to hear these words “Jesus is the reason for the season.” That is precious to me!
2). What is your most favorite Christmas carol?
Silent Night, but I love all of them that tell the story of the babe Jesus.
3). How do you celebrate Christmas?
Now days I work on Christmas, but I celebrate Christmas all year around because I seek the joy of God, and I give love to all I can through-out the year. But, family is precious to me and if they want to celebrate, then I will just to be with them. Most family work all year and can’t get off work until Christmas, so it’s a great time to set aside to be with family and give. I celebrate with family, we pray together first of all, eat a good dinner, give gifts, play games, watch a good Christian Christmas movie, and sleep, LOL.
4). Why do you celebrate Christmas?
My family did, so it was passed on to us as Christians who believe that Jesus was born through a virgin according to the Bible. They taught us the story and we taught our children about Christmas and been a Christian.
5). Why do you, if so, give gifts for Christmas?
The song, “Love lifted me” tells the story of giving to me. Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, Love lifted me. Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help Love lifted me; God gave His son! God gave His son! God gave His son! When nothing else could help, God gave His Son, God gave His Son, When nothing else could help, God gave His Son; Son gave His life!, Son gave His life! When nothing else could help, Son gave His life; Son gave His life! Son gave His life! When nothing else could help, Son gave His life! It’s all about GIVING!!!”
6). Give us our daily bread, what do this means to you?
Just as said in the answer of question five; it is all about GIVING!!!
7). How big of a role does Jesus have in your thoughts at Christmas?
It’s the most important thing to me concerning Christmas. It’s about Jesus!
8). How have you seen God work through this past year?
I was praying the other day and it came to me to praise God for His provision He has provided for me through this year; I have seen God work miracles this year concerning my person life. I am so grateful!!
9). Will you share Jesus this year with someone?
I have and it felt so good to me!! I will continue so it can bring glory to the Father in Heaven.
10). Should we be alarmed about today’s economy, explain?
I like what this lesson tells us “May I say that I do not think a Christian should be alarmed today because of what the economist is saying about diminishing resource. We are not looking to man to supply our needs; we are looking to God.” He makes the provision for us!
11). What do Matthew 6:33 means to you?
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. God will provide for us as the Scripture says, and we must seek Him and His righteousness. It remind me of “Emmanuel” God is with us to provide for us.
12). What do Luke 6:38 says?
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” We must remember God gave His Son!!


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Weekly Song: (Matthew 26:30) Away in a Manager

Away in a manger no crib for a bed the little lord Jesus laid down his sweet head the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing the baby awakes But little lord Jesus no crying he makes. I love you lord Jesus; look down from the sky and stay by my side until morning is nigh. Be near me Lord Jesus I ask you to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.


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Weekly Praise: Glory to God in the highest

Praise You, Jesus, You are the Wonderful Counselor. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Light of the World. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Living Word. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Redeemer. Praise You Father for giving Your Son, Praise You Jesus for giving Your life. Glory to God in the highest!

Let’s Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:

Name Jehovah-Elo-Him

God “Creator, Mighty and Strong” (Genesis 17:7; Jeremiah 31:33) – the plural form of Eloah, which accommodates the doctrine of the Trinity. From the Bible’s first sentence, the superlative nature of God’s power is evident as God (Elohim) speaks the world into existence (Genesis 1:1).


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A Christmas Devotional:

Jesus’ Birth—The Big Picture
Key Passage: Luke 2:8-18
Supporting Scriptures: Micah 5:2 | John 3:16
Summary:
When you think of Christmas, what thoughts come to mind?
Do you immediately focus on shopping, gifts, entertaining, and cooking, or do you remember that Jesus’ birth is the main event? Even if your initial thoughts are about that first Christmas, you could miss some of life’s most important lessons if you don’t move beyond the manger, shepherds, and wise men to the big picture.
Sermon Points:
As we look beyond the basics, the Christmas story will teach us the following principles:
What appears to be an insignificant event can have eternal consequences:
In itself, the birth of a baby was not that special. Many babies were born at that same time in the land of Israel. Even the fact that Jesus was born in a stable wasn’t that extraordinary. Babies have always arrived at inconvenient times and in strange places. Mary and Joseph weren’t exceptional people, either. They were just two of many people at that time in history.
In those days, Caesar was considered the most important person in the world, not an unknown Jewish couple with a newborn baby in Bethlehem. Yet in that stable the most significant event in human history took place. This tiny baby was God in human flesh who would later die on a cross for the sins of mankind, be resurrected, and ascend to heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand. Yet most of the world was unaware of the wonder and eternal ramifications of Jesus’ birth.
We shouldn’t always judge a situation by appearance. Sometimes what seems insignificant in our lives is very important in God’s eyes. He works through all kinds of circumstances to accomplish His will, and each one plays an important role, whether we realize it or not.
Sometimes God uses the ungodly to accomplish His divine purpose:
And that’s exactly what He did during that first Christmas. As emperor, Caesar had total authority to make laws that affected the Roman world. When he made a decree that a census be taken of all the known world, it required that everyone register in his own town. Joseph had to travel with Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem because he was from the family of David.
Seven hundred years before this event, the prophet Micah had predicted that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The Lord used a pagan emperor to fulfill this prophecy. Caesar’s objective was to impose a tax on the empire, but God’s goal was to transport Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of the Messiah as prophesied in the Scripture.
Oftentimes God does His greatest work through unlikely people:
Those who knew Mary probably never would have guessed that she would give birth to the Messiah. She and Joseph were ordinary people. It’s likely no one thought of them as great instruments of God, but they were the ones He chose to work through to bring His Son into the world.
The Lord accomplishes His plans in His way using whomever He chooses. And it may not fit with our perception of how He ought to carry out His will. That’s why we should never think that the Lord can’t use us. Our goal should be to make ourselves available, as Mary did, for whatever He may ask of us.
A person’s value is not determined by his or her surroundings:
Although Jesus was God’s Son, He was born in a humble setting—a stable, complete with all the smells and sounds of animals. His bed was a manger, and He was wrapped in swaddling clothes. A stranger who walked into that stable could not have recognized the significance of this baby based on the environment.
We can’t determine someone’s value in God’s eyes by his or her origin or status. Nor should we underestimate what the Lord will do in our lives if we’re obedient to Him. What truly matters is not our status in the world but our relationship with Christ. There are many Christians who will be honored by God in heaven even though they were never recognized as great on earth.
God often makes His greatest revelations to people who have a low position in life:
Jesus’ birth was a private event for his parents, Mary and Joseph. But in a field not far away, God chose to announce the birth of His Son to a group of lowly shepherds (Luke 2:8-20). In a divine revelation, “an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened” (v. 9). After hearing the message and seeing a multitude of angels praising God, the shepherds left immediately and hurried to find the baby.
This was the long-awaited Messiah, and many people at that time were expecting Him to come, but the shepherds were the only ones to hear of His arrival. Why would God choose to reveal this marvelous truth to some of the most inconsequential people in society? Perhaps it was because they were young and willing to believe the message. Furthermore they were eager to find the baby and had the courage to let others know what they’d seen and heard. Although the people who heard their report wondered at the news, there is no record of any of them going out to see Jesus.
Are we like the shepherds—eager to let others know about Jesus? Christmas provides many opportunities to share what He has done in our lives. We can tell them that Christmas is the celebration of our Savior. The trees remind us of the cross on which He died so we could be forgiven. The lights point to the Light of the world who came that dark night. And the Christmas gifts remind us of God’s awesome, eternal gift of His Son.
There is so much more to Christmas than many people think about. Not only can we learn valuable lessons by looking beyond the basics to the big picture, but we have also been given the responsibility to follow the shepherds’ example. Once they saw the baby in the stable, it’s certain their lives were never the same again. They had to tell everyone about Jesus, and so should we.


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Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 17-18)

I have read my reading assignment for this week; good reading about the Apostle Paul missionary journey from Thessalonica to Corinth; This was the end of his second missionary journey, and the start of the third missionary journey.


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Sharing From the Heart at Christmas:

We must be careful in judging others concerning Christmas time or the celebration of Christmas. Let’s not get caught up in this, because it will bring division in the church/believers/God’s people as a whole. We don’t celebrate the day, but what happen at that time in history for our sake. It is too precious that is why the enemy bring confusion so we want come together as the Bride of Christ. He died for us let’s not take away from showing Him we appreciate what He did. Let’ put aside the confusion and celebrate Him every day even on 12/25; it shows our love for Him and the time it happen. AMEN.


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Ending Prayer:

Father God, as this New Year comes in help us to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Holy Spirit, help us to remember years passed that God gave us so much, God provided so much for us, Jesus did so much for us, and the You, Holy Spirit kept us. We are so grateful. My God and my Father, forgive us for complaining about anything. Grumbling comes as naturally to us as weeds to a garden. Help us, Lord, to replace grumbling with gratitude. Help us say, thank You, Lord, for the sun, moon, and stars; for the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which You give. This New Year help us to say, thank You, Lord, for the little blessings of the day. Thank You, Lord, for the greater blessings of life, for every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places through Christ. Lord, thank You for all You do for us; we pray this in the precious name of Jesus. AMEN.


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