Contributed on Dec 7, 2001
Responses are required to the message God gives us. This is #1 in a series of Responses to the Message of Christmas. Mary’s response is analyzed.
INTRO: 1. This is the first in a series entitled "responses to the Message of Christmas" in which we examine the resonse of key characters in the Christmas story. 2. Today we will consider Mary... a. a young virgin b. approximately 12-13 yrs old c. engaged to be married d. life ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2001
#2 in series: Responses to the Message of Christmas. Focuses on Joseph and his response to the unusual news of the birth of Jesus.
Intro: In Joseph, we see some admirable responses to the news of Jesus’ future arrival. Let us examine these responses: I. CONFUSION A. "Is Mary being honest with me?" B. "How shall I handle this" C. "What are the facts??" II. COMPASSION A. "to avoid public shame, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 19, 2001
#3 in Series: Responses to the Message of Christmas. Focuses on Shepherds’ response (which should also be our response)
Intro: The shepherds, considered the lowest of the low in the societal structure of that day, were blessed one dark night to receive the message of Christmas: "unto YOU is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOR who is Christ the Lord." How they responded to this message of good ...read more