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I Wish You a ''Mary'' Christmas (1 of 3)
(Read Luke 1:26-38 NASB)
A. If you were in the vicinity of the Galleria on Friday, then I don't have to tell you that it was indeed one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It was the official kick-off to the Christmas shopping season and some retailers are counting on as much as 50% of their annual profits to be made in the next 23 days. It is the Christmas season or is it?
B. One of our men told men about an early morning run to Target on Friday where he witnessed two shoppers who were engaged in a rather intense DISCUSSION and at last count had chosen rolls of wrapping paper as their weapons of choice.
C. As we began a time of emphasis on Christmas, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas but I also want to wish you a ''Mary'' Christmas.
1. I wish it for you in the Biblical sense of the word: pray. It is expressed toward God, so it becomes more than just a passing 'Oh wouldn't that be nice.'' It's an actual expression of dependence on the Lord.
2. There was a time where I would have been very hesitant to have used this phrase or given this emphasis for fear of being misunderstood, but there is such a new wind of God's Spirit blowing today and many things are being redeemed, including a chance to take a fresh look at Mary.
CONSIDERING THE MARY MIRACLE
Mary Was A Virgin
The Word became flesh. And a virgin conceived. Miraculously, the seed of God entered the womb of a woman who had never been in sexual relationship with a man. Life was born in the dark pocket of her womb, which was still sealed off by her virginity. Light and life entered, and the darkness began to breathe with life.
I wish for you a 'Mary' Christmas, so that in the dark pockets in your own life, there would enter the seed of the Word of God- that Jesus would fill you, until you abound with His life.
The Latin word for ''word'' is very interesting. It's where we ...
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