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November 29, 2009 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God is with us.
Focus Passage: Isaiah 7:14
Pastor Clifford S. Stewart of Louisville, Kentucky, sent his parents a microwave oven one Christmas. Here's how he recalls the experience: "They were excited that now they, too, could be a part of the instant generation. When Dad unpacked the microwave and plugged it in, literally within seconds, the microwave transformed two smiles into frown! Even after reading the directions, they couldn't make it work. "Two days later, my mother was playing bridge with a friend and confessed her inability to get that microwave oven even to boil water. 'To get this darn thing to work,' she exclaimed, 'I really don't need better directions; I just needed my son to come along with the gift!'" When God gave the gift of salvation, he didn't send a booklet of complicated instructions for us to figure out; he sent his Son.
I. GOD with us
a. Genesis 1:26-27 NASB Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; (27) God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
b. John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
II. God WITH us
a. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
b. Matthew 28:20 NASB and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
c. Hebrews 13:5 for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"
III. God with US
a. Psalms 8:3-4 NASB When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; (4) What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
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