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The Gift of Faithfulness

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12/18/11

How should we respond to the One who has given so much for us, and to us?  Today as we look at the life of a woman who welcomed Jesus to this earth 2000 years ago, her response reveals to us the perfect gift to give Jesus.  Her name is Anna.

If there is one word that could describe Anna’s life, it is the word faithful.  From her life, we discover that the perfect gift to give Jesus, is the Gift of Faithfulness.  It is easy to be dedicated at doing something for a short time, it is easy to be excited at the beginning of thing, but it takes great devotion to stay committed and fervent over the long haul - that’s faithfulness.

Will you give to Jesus the gift of faithfulness - faithfulness in integrity, faithfulness in ministry, and faithfulness in spirituality?

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The Gift of Obedience

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12/11/11

When Joseph first heard the news of Mary’s pregnancy, he struggled with the decision of what to do.  As a righteous man, he must have prayed for God’s guidance, because he wanted to do the right thing.  In his mind, he came to the conclusion that he would quietly divorce her.  He would show her mercy. However, God had other plans, and that night Joseph received his own angelic appearance in a dream, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Now Joseph has another decision to make: will he obey God or will he follow his own decision. The gift that Joseph gave that first Christmas is the gift of obedience. It is the gift that God desires from each of us. Joseph obeyed in taking Mary as his wife. Joseph obeyed in naming the child Jesus. Joseph later obeyed another angelic visitation in taking his family to Egypt for the safety of the child (Mt 2:13). Joseph obeyed in raising Jesus as his son every day.

As we look at the story of Joseph, it teaches us several vital truths of the obedience that God desires from us.

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12/3/11

The Christmas season is here, and everyone is making their list and checking it twice, racking their minds and running from store to store in pursuit of the perfect gift for each person.  Gift giving and Christmas have become synonymous, and it should be no surprise, as the practice of Christmas gift giving actually started 2000 years ago. The first Christmas gift ever, was given by God himself. The Scripture says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).

The question that I want us to ask this morning is: after He has given us so much, what do we give Him in return. What is our gift to Him?  What is the gift that He would desire from us?  What is the gift that would most please Him?

In this Christmas series, we are going to be looking at the story of several people in Scripture and the gifts that they gave to Jesus at His birth. Today we are going to look at the story of Mary, a woman who offered to Jesus the gift of Her life.

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