by Ernest Easley

How to Have Christmas Cheer for the Year
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 23:1-11
December 21, 2008

2008 has been the year of our getting back to the basics as Christians and as a Church. And the book God's given us to help us get there is the book of Acts. And believe it or not ... next Sunday we plan to conclude our study of the book of Acts.
And then beginning Sunday .. January 4th ... in all three of our worship venues .. we're going to spend the month in God's word learning How to have a Year without Fear. So weather you attend this service or the contemporary service in the Multi-Purpose Building or the Brazilian service in the evening .. we're all preaching the same text and subject through January learning as a church about having A Year without Fear. You will not want to miss a single Sunday in January!
Now take God's Word and join me in the 23rd chapter of Acts where we're learning today How to have Christmas Cheer for the Year. Yes ... it is possible to have Christmas Cheer all the year!
Now I can hear somebody say, "What do mean 'Christmas Cheer for the Year?' How can that be possible with all my trials and troubles! Not to mention my financial woes! I doubt that Christmas Cheer is possible for the day much less for the year."
Well from this 23rd chapter of Acts .. we're going to read today in verse 11 that " ... the Lord stood by him and said, 'Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified to Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."
".. the Lord stood by him and said, 'Be of good cheer .." Underscore those words: "Be of good cheer." It's what Jesus said to the disciples who were in the middle of a storm in Matthew 14.27, "Be of good cheer. It is I, do not be afraid."
It's what Jesus said to His disciples in John 16.33, "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
It's what Jesus said to the paralytic he healed in Matthew 9.2, "Son ...

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