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Bethlehem - Where God Meets Your Deepest Need (2 of 3)
Series: Location, Location, Location - The Key Places in the Birth of the King
If you have your Bibles, please turn to Luke chapter 2.
It was in 1865 that the very famous author and pastor and hymn-writer, Philip Brooks, went to the Holy Land. And he was in Jerusalem, and he traveled by horseback on Christmas Eve to the little town called Bethlehem, in 1865. And he gathered with other Christians at the Church of the Nativity, which is the traditional site of where Christ was born. And they had singing and worship for hours and hours and hours. It was a very moving experience. Some time later, he wrote a song based on that time there in Bethlehem, the song that we sing today, O, little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.
We're in a series called ''Location, Location, Location.'' We're looking at the specific locations involved in the Christmas story and the message that God has tucked away in those locations.
Now last week we talked about Nazareth. Nazareth was the place of Jesus' conception. Mary, a virgin, the power of the Most High came upon her and Jesus was conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, miraculous birth. And today, we want to look at the little town of Bethlehem, the place where Jesus was actually born. God has a special message today as we have our Gift of Commitment Sunday, a message that has already spoken to my heart, and I pray that it would speak to your heart. And I do pray that at the close every person would search their heart to make a decision to go to that next level with the Lord. Luke chapter 2, I'll begin reading in verse 1. It says, ''Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of all the inhabited earth (all the Roman Empire). This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.'' Literally, what that should say is this is the census tak ...
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