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Long Ago

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Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets  at different times and in different ways. Hebrews 1:1

How many times have you started an opinion, thought or conversation with "Long ago..." We do so desiring to be well intended.  We think we are being a help, because we have so much to share with others because "long ago" an event happened in my life. We have bruises to share, hurts to learn from, and experiences that reminded us that we should have listened to the wisdom of someone else when we were younger.  

This difficult, often challenging book of Hebrews starts with..."Long ago."  The opening lines of Hebrews places a theological bow around the beginning writings in Genesis and prophecies of the Old Testament to the arrival of the Messiah in John 1 and the announcement of Emmanuel "God with us"

This Christmas it is necessary to remember that "when the time came to completion, God sent His Son" (Galatians 4:4).  The "time" that came was put into motion "long ago" It was done with you and I in mind. It was done for my salvation and your salvation.  It was done so that we could cry out "Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6). It was done because God had a grand plan for all of creation.  God's plan included the loving gift of His son given freely for anyone to believe and in turn receive eternal life (John 3:16).  That is the gift of Christmas that began "long ago!"

Merry Christmas! Pastor Jeff

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What Role Would You Play?

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What Role Would You Play?
What role would you be willing to play in the Christmas pageant next year?

As a lady would you be willing to take on the role of Mary? You know be a young pregnant teenage girl that was going to be used in a significant way.  Men, do you see yourself playing the role of Joesph? Traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem by foot with a young pregnant lady riding on the back of a donkey.

How about the role of the shepherds? Bringing all the animals to the area just to witness the King. Or maybe one of the 3 wisemen.  Taking a two year journey following a star just to grab a glimpse of history. 

How about Herod, you know saying one thing and doing another? King Herod came to reign following Alexander the Great, he was one that sought the government title of king of the Jews. In doing so he promised peace to the Jews and protection. Caesar's council approved his persuasion, hence sending him from Rome to Jerusalem as the king of the Jews. He was smart, calculated, and self-serving.

Honestly Herod intentions really was not much different than ours when push comes to shove. He said that he would go to the site and Worship "The King" but really he wanted to make sure that he was going to be able to hold on to what was his.  His job, his role, his title as king of the Jews.

Herod was so focused on his own self appointment that he did not, nor did he want to, make room for the Christ child.  Again I ask; How many times have you said "I have no room...?"
Pastor Jeff
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