by Ernest Easley

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The Similarities of our Births (2 of 2)
Matthew 1.20
December 10, 2006
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

Now with only 15 days to Christmas .. join me once again in Matthew 1. Someone has said that Christmas is a race to see which gives out first: your money or your feet. I hope that you won't fall into the Christmas trap: buying things people don't need with money you don't have to impress people you don't like.
Haven't you enjoyed our Men's Quartet and Redeemed tonight? You know that Redeemed has just released their new CD and is available. They would make a great stocking stuffer and besides that .. every penny goes toward our World Mission Offering.
And speaking of our World Mission Offering .. it's not too late for you to be a part of this great effort in reaching our world for Christ! You have until the end of the month before we send it off! I'll be announcing the total give so far .. at the end of tonight's worship.
Now last Sunday night .. we considered several similarities between the physical birth of Jesus and the spiritual birth of saints. Remember that the Christmas story is about the Savior where the Christian story is about Salvation. The Christmas story concerns the Son's birth whereas the Christian story concerns the Spiritual birth.
Now in considering the similarities of our births .. we saw last time that .
(1) Both Births were the Work of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit touched Mary's womb resulting in the birth of the savior. The Holy Spirit touched our hearts drawing us to God resulting in our spiritual birth.
(2) Both Births were the Result of a Miracle.
His virgin birth and our spiritual birth were both miracles of God!
(3)Both Births added a New Dimension to Life.
When Jesus was born .. God received the nature of man; when we were born again of the Spirit, we received God's nature. At His birth, He received a nature like ours. At our Spiritual birth, we received a nature like His. J ...

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