(Transcribed from actual tape) December 2, 1984 11:00 AM
I have my Bible open, if you'll open your Bible. Exodus, Chapter Number 12.
I'll read the first part of the 29th Verse. Exodus 12:29a.
Now it came about at midnigkt that the Lo,,Lu' 5,tLuck aU
the iiazt-botn in the tand o6 Egypt.
Let's pray together.
"Father, we're thankful for every blessing of life, especially for this sea-
son of the year. We think of children and family and gifts and food, a few
days off. Lord, there comes a tenderness, even in the heart of the coldest
one among us. An interest, a receptivity - for some, a new surge of faith-
fulness and a hunger to be in Thy house of worship. And we trust, Lord, You
have brought many here today by divine appointment. They did not know it
prior to entering this sanctuary, but they're beginning to feel that God
brought them to this place at this time to deliver to that heart or that mind
of that life, of that man or woman, that unique, personal message that they
desperately need. Oh, Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that
Thy word and Thy holy and divine message might not only be heard, but may it
be received and understood and incorporated into our lifestyles. For we make
this prayer in the strong, holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord.
"Now it came about at midnight." Did you get that phrase? At midnight.
This night ... this night, up unto the night that Jesus Christ was born in
Bethlehem that first Christmas, this night in Exodus was the most important
night in the history of mankind.
Darkness fell on Egypt. The Hebrews, when the sun went down, were a race
of slaves. When the sun came up the next morning, they were a nation on ...
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