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The Christian life involves not just believing something about Christ but also believing something about us.  We must believe that we are indeed part of Christ’s new creation.  Our faith in Christ must include believing that we are exactly what the Bible says we are.  Our personal self-image should be primarily positive.  This does not mean feeling good about ourselves on the basis of our own achievements or virtuous behavior.  This would be sinful pride.  The Christian self-image means looking at ones self in the light of God’s gracious work of forgiveness and renewal.

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Go, tell it on the mountain

Over the hills and everywhere

Go, tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born

Merry Christmas!

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“The Cleansing Gift of Christ” – has been given to us because we cannot wash away our own sins, we need His help.  (Ephesians 2:8-10) “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

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John's message was, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"  The King would soon appear, but He could not and would not reign over people who clung to their sins.  They must change directions, must confess and forsake their sins.  God was calling them from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of heaven.

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No gift is acceptable to God if the giver is harboring unresolved anger (Matthew 5:21-26).  The giver, knowing someone is holding unresolved anger, has the "Ability" to give a "Response" to that person by seeking them out and reconciling their differences.

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When you pray, about your giving to the Church, does God prompt your heart?  Are you sensitive to His prompts?  Every now and then God allows you to see that you have a greater ability.  God may challenge your heart with a prompt to give an amount that will cause your faith muscle to be strained.  Remember the impoverished Macedonian Christians did not have much financial ability to give.  But their faith ability carried them through in giving a powerful gift to the famine-ravaged Judeans.  (Hebrews 11:6) “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

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Jesus was teaching the people about the hypocrisy of the scribes.  He described them as lusting for recognition, seeking the best positions, stealing from the helpless, yet making a pretense of being religious (Mark 12: 38-40).  Sitting in the women's court where the offering receptacles were located (2Kings 12:9), Jesus used one woman as an example.  The comparison is spectacular.

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When my giving impacts my lifestyle it gets my heart’s attention.  And when my giving gets my hearts attention it will get God’s attention too. Singing a worship song is not necessarily worship, and neither is writing a check.  But when the heart engages in a meaningful way through a praise song or a hymn, it becomes more than just singing.  Friends when the heart engages through a gift that matters, it becomes more than just writing a check.  What about you?  Do your gifts engage your heart in worship?  Do your gifts influence your lifestyle?

  

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 - “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”  (3:12-13)…  Your time is precious and belongs only to you.  Everyday you make choices about how you are going to spend your time.  Learning to spend it wisely is an important part of controlling your thoughts.  (Leaf, 2009)

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The highs & lows, the ups & downs of life associated with being the people of God is something that we all accept as a part of living in a fallen world.  But what happens when you've just experienced a colossal achievement and then no sooner than you can celebrate you encounter a bizarre defeat?  And to futher complicate matters it's all your fault or not necessarily your fault directly but someone else's fault who you're in relationship with.  What is God telling us in such circumstances?  Pastor Daryl brings us the answers in this sermon.

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