Lessons Learned at Christmas
Luke 2:7; James 4:14
Many of us here this morning lived through the bull market of the eighties. However, we also witnessed the Dot.Com bust along with the demise of the C E O's and wealthy lawyers. We are now suffering the repercussions of decades of greed. We have gone from a time of greed to a time of need.
C. S. Studd was a missionary to China and Africa. He penned this familiar line: Only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.
P. H. Harding took that line and wrote this poem: Two little lines I heard one day. Traveling along life's busy way; bringing conviction to my heart, and from my mind would not depart; only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one, soon will its fleeting hours be done; then in that day my Lord to meet, and stand before his judgment seat.
There is more to the poem. You may google it to read it. Just one life, that's all we have. So to live life at its fullest we need to learn a few lessons.
1. MARY TEACHES US TO TRUST GOD FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE.
God said to Jeremiah ''Before I formed you in the womb I j=knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.''
Jeremiah wanted to argue with God a little bit about that. He felt inadequate for the task. However, God did the impossible in his life.
If the people had been given a vote in that day on whom the Mother of the Messiah would be, I can assure you that they would not have chosen Mary. She was not of the elite class.
1. Identify what seems to be impossible in your life.
Most of you know that I am from Route 1, Dumas, MS By the way, Dumas is the center of the universe. If you look up on a sunny day at noon, the sun will be right in the middle.
I never dreamed when God called me to preach that I would complete 50 years of ministry in ten different churches, and 3 years in full-time evange ...
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