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Stealing Christmas: Robbed by Unrest
December 9, 2018

Stealing Christmas: Robbed by Unrest

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Merry Christmas! In the second sermon of “Stealing Christmas,” we encounter robbery! In the sermon, “Robbed by Unrest” we begin to understand that inward peace can be very fragile and delicate. It can be taken from us by the “thieves” of peace. We turn to Luke 1:28-38 when Gabriel comes to Mary the mother of Jesus. She is probably around 15 years old, but she is already engaged to marry Joseph. When she hears the words of Gabriel, she experiences one of these thieves: being confused and perplexed. Yet, she manages to recover from this moment to find greater peace. We will experience things in this season that will threaten to take away our peace, but this young girl gives us great pointers to prevent our peace from being taken! As you prepare for worship, let the Prince of Peace reign in your heart! Luke 1:28-38: The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on 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. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail." 38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. (NIV)

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