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Summary: We can hear God’s love over the worlds noise this month. Part 1 of 3 in "It’s beginning to Sound a lot like Christmas" series.

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It’s Beginning to Sound A Lot Like Christmas Series

"A Mother’s Lullaby and A Noisy Inn" Part 1 of 3

December 2, 2001 FBC, Chester, IllinoisMike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

1 Maria was had turned 90 and decided to do her Christmas gift giving in a little bit different fashion.

A She would send her Xmas cards early and put a check in each one so the her family/friends could pick out their own gift and enjoy it. (Plus Maria didn’t have to get out and shop)

a She wrote several $20 checks, filled out her cards and at the bottom of each card she wrote, "Buy your own Gift!"

b She hurried to get the cards out and she finally sent out the last one.

*After the hustle/bustle of the holidays were over, she was cleaning off her desk and was shocked to fined a stack a checks.

B In the rushed season, she had forgotten to put the checks in the cards.

a All they got was a card that said, "Buy Your Own Gift!"

b It’s easy to make "oversights" this time of year.

2 We’ll begin looking at "It’s beginning to Sound a lot like Christmas"

*A Soldiers yell and a babies cry...in coming weeks.

*Today, "A mother’s lullaby and a Noisy Inn"

A Luke 2:1-7

LK 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. [2] (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) [3] And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. [5] He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. [6] While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, [7] and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

a The people in the noisy inn could have heard the sound of God’s love. (ETS)

b We can hear God love over the worlds noise this month. (ESS)

B I hope you’ll listen for God in the coming weeks. (Objective)

a How’s your hearing? (Probing Question)

b Let’s listen at sounds at the first Christmas can tell us about how o hear God’s love today.

(Transitional Sentence)

I The sound the inn tells us that there is a love in the world that’s overlooked

A There was a motel full of bitter people who ignored God’s love.

a The people (in the inn) were in Jerusalem to register for a census...yes. Why? To register to pay Roman taxes!

*These were oppressed people, discouraged people, depressed people...

*There were probably a lot of harsh words about Rome, government, unfair taxes,....

"Who likes to pay taxes?"

b And then along comes Mary.

*Mary is ten months pregnant...waddling to the door....nobody notices.

*How many pregnant women do you suppose where in the motel that night?

*Nobody offers their room, assistance....nothing.

*In a few hours, in a manger 30 foot away from the noisy inn, Jesus the light of the World, is born and Mary gently sings a lullaby....and the noisy world never notices.


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