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Stealing Christmas: Held Hostage by Hate
December 23, 2018

Stealing Christmas: Held Hostage by Hate

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Stealing Christmas | Hatred and anger are a part of our everyday life. Even as we go through this Christmas season, we experience these things. This season should be focused upon God’s love coming to us in Jesus, instead we find ourselves frustrated, stressed, and angry. In our series “Stealing Christmas” we consider “Held Hostage by Hate.” The web of hatred and anger seems to have gained strength in our society and our world. How does God intend to break this web of hatred? How will we find a path to greater love? This week we return to Luke 1: 68-79 when Zachariah’s mouth is opened and he praised God and prophesied. The power of this prophecy is to help us understand God’s plan to cut through the web of hatred for all of humanity. As you read Luke 1:68-79 notice the words save, redeem, rescue and forgive. These four words sum up how God will end the reign of hatred and move us to God’s power of love! Luke 1:68-79 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us– 72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (NIV)

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