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Best Christmas Ever…?: Keep Watching
November 26, 2017

Best Christmas Ever…?: Keep Watching

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Best Christmas Ever…?

We begin a new sermon series as we celebrate the Christmas season.  The sermon series is “The Best Christmas Ever…?” What will make this Christmas the “best Christmas” for you?  Will more gifts?  More expensive gifts?  More time to spend with family?  The list could be really long!  Jesus came in a humble stable in Bethlehem to transform the existence of the human race from conflict and confusion to communion and celebration!  Yet, people struggle to believe that God has given them a sign of God’s love.  In the sermon, “Keep Watching,” we turn to Isaiah 7:4-14.  King Ahaz is ruling in Jerusalem, but two others have formed an alliance and are plotting his overthrow.  These kings want to replace Ahaz with someone who will do their bidding! God sends Isaiah to tell Ahaz not to worry but to believe!  What about us?  Don’t we go through this season with worry and fear, rather than hope and faith?  Come this week to hear how God can give you a sign of eternal hope!  Isaiah 7:4-14: Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood– because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. 5 Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, 6 “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” 7 Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘It will not take place, it will not happen, 8 for the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people. 9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'” 10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.” 13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  (NIV)

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