Fear and trust cannot live together. They’re like bad roommates.Continue reading
Jesus is either going to be absent, present, or central in your Christmas experience.
If Jesus is absent… you’ll look back and realize something is missing.
Jesus can’t be merely present, like an ingredient in a good recipe.
The story of redemption demands that Jesus be central to our experience this Christmas.
At Vortex Church we’re giving our families a three-day devotional to help them make Jesus central in their Christmas experience this year.
I hope you find it helpful for your family this Christmas as well.
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This is the audio from the sermon “Small Christmas” that I preached for Christmas at Friend Church this past Christmas (December 12, 2010).
HERE ARE THE NOTES:
1. Small people demonstrate God’s _________________
John 1:46 “Can anything good come from (Nazareth)?”
2. Small _________________ Demonstrates Big Devotion
1 Samuel 15:22 “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice.”
3. _________________ Small Demonstrates Big Faith
Luke 21:3-4 “”I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
+ Are you giving in the small?
+ Where is your devotion to God being demonstrated?
+ Is your smallness keeping you from experiencing Jesus or drawing you into Him?
The story of Christmas is a story of a BIG God using small acts of obedience to make a huge impact in the story of redemption He is writing in our world.. With Christmas we see that God is writing His story, and He invites us in to play a role. When we respond with small, simple obedience, God blesses the small and increases it.Continue reading
The story of Christmas is a story of a big God using people who came from small places. Small places aren’t where we always think of God coming from, but as you reencounter the story of Christmas, you see God coming to and through the small. The greatness of God is made evident through smallness, but the person and place don’t receive the glory.Continue reading
Christmas is a story of God doing big things through small people. I think there are lots of people who think God only uses big folks: those with big personalities, with big gifts, and big pocketbooks. As I read scripture I see a different pattern emerging: that God uses small people who trust in a big God. God uses small people because their smallness demonstrates His power.Continue reading