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  • Christmas 2010Open The Presence

  • Extreme Makeovers

  • Christmas Story: Angel to young woman: "Child!"

    Joseph- "Say what?!?"

    Bethlehem, born in a cave

  • Christmas Story: Herod- "Kill the children!"

    Egypt, then back to Nazareth

  • So What?

  • Christ's Mission: PeaceDo not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord

  • Christ's Mission: PeaceThis will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests"- Lk 2:10-14

  • Christ's Mission: Peace"Peace on earth, goodwill towards men"

    ?

  • Christ's Mission: Peace"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace... I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother'" - Matthew 10:34-35

  • Christ's Mission: PeaceWhat does that mean?

  • Christ's Mission: PeaceChrist has not promised:

    Peace of circumstances

    ButPeace of heart and mind

  • Christ's Mission: PeaceIf my peace is circumstance-based, I've set myself up as a slave to my surroundings

    If my peace is Christ-based, I've anchored my hope to something that never changes

  • "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraidI have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world- John 14:27, 16:33

  • Christ's Mission: Peacerighteousness and peace kiss each other- Psalm 85:10

  • Christ's Mission: Peace Christ is my righteousness

    Peace is a function of walking in Christ

  • Christ's Mission: PeaceGlory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests

    Who is it available to?

    Who experiences it?

  • Christ's Mission: Peace

    Anger and the Flu

  • Christ's Mission: PeacePeace:

    The right meds Comfort food Music Movies, Books, Media, Sports Relationships

  • Christ's Mission: Peace The right meds Comfort food Music Movies, Books, Media, Sports Relationships

    None of these deal with the inner struggle

  • Christ's Mission: PeacePeace:

    The right meds Comfort food Music Movies, Books, Media, Sports Relationships Jesus

  • Christ's Mission: PeacePeace:

    "on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests"

  • Christ's Mission: PeacePeace= birthright

    Do I have it?

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityThe angel answered (to Mary), "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God- Luke 1:35

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityA virgin will become pregnant?

    "the power of the Most High will overshadow you"

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityProblem: 700 year-old prophecy says the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem

    Micah 5:2

    80 miles away

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityIn those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world-Luke 2:1

    What a coincidence!

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityProphecy:

    Messiah had to be of the line of David

    Bethlehem= City of David

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityProphecy:

    Called out of Egypt- Hosea 11:1

    Herod's persecution

  • Christ's Arrival: Authority"Dear eight pound, six ounce, newborn baby Jesus"

  • Christ's Arrival: Authority"Dear eight pound, six ounce, newborn baby Jesus"

    God is absolute control at all times:

    Nothing escapes his grasp Nothing takes him by surprise

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthoritySo what?

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityFor nothing is impossible with God- Luke 1:37

    with God all things are possible- Matt 19:26

  • Christ's Arrival: AuthorityIn Christ:

    Addicts are set free Wife abusers become real men Racism is challenged and overcome Religion is finally killed Haters become lovers of people

  • Christ's Arrival: Authority

    If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation- 2 Cor. 5:17

    If Jesus stays in the manger, you and I stay unchanged and unable

  • Christ's Arrival: Authority

    "Is he safe?"

    "Of course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King"

  • Which Jesus do I want?

    The meek and mild baby who evokes feelings of sentiment

    Or the God-come-to-earth who orchestrates all events perfectly in keeping with his awesome Power

    Note: Only 1 changes lives

  • Christ's Arrival: Authority

    Don't leave Christ in the manger

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceThe Whole Message of Christmas:

    "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-- which means, "God with us"- Matthew 1:23

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceI tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you- John 16:7

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceIt is for your good that I am going away

    ?

  • Christ's Gift: Presence"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you" Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him- John 14:18, 23

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceBecause of Christmas, we get the fullness of God living in us

    The very presence of the Holy One, the Creator, our King

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceSo what?

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceI don't have to wait for church to worship, pray, have peace and God's power working through me

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceI don't have to wait for church to worship, pray, have peace and God's power working through me

    I don't have to play hypocrite with the errors of sacred space and sacred time

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceI have blood family I can be closer to than biological family

    I even have blood family I've never met- yet have immediate kinship with

  • Christ's Gift: PresenceI have blood family I can be closer to than biological family

    I even have blood family I've never met- yet have immediate kinship with

  • The Kiss