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Summary: And on the way home Jana said, with great satisfaction "I had the main part in the play!" "You did?"wondering why she thought that. "Yes," she said, "'cause I showed everybody how to find Jesus!" Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to be remembered.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there were three readings assigned for this day: Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11 and Luke 3:1-6

Having overnight guests.... Requires much preparation: ....clean, .....dust ...... vacuum....new sheets on the beds,.....fresh towels in the bathroom.... shopping for food, .....preparing the food, ....the list goes on ....and on....and on.

And my wife Lee will tell you .... her list.... is far longer .....than mine. Did I just hear an Amen.

Beloved ....Advent also ....is a time.... for preparation..... for being .....prepared.

We will see our Lord ....either through His second Advent.... or by leaving this side of eternity...through death.

Are you prepared ... are you prepared .....to meet the Messiah?

John the Baptizer ...was sent ...to prepare the way of the Lord..... to prepare the people ....for the coming ....of the Messiah.

He called the people ......to repent.

He called the people ....to prepare themselves .....to be prepared for ....the coming of the Messiah.

Yet.....How were they to prepare .....themselves?

John shares .....the way ....to prepare .....for the coming of the Messiah.

First (1 Finger) We are called to confess our sin to God.

Hear again .... our Gospel text this day: BIBLE "He (John)... went into all the region around the Jordan, ....proclaiming a baptism of.....repentance .....for ....the forgiveness of sins...." END Luke 3:3

Beloved ....confessing ...admitting that we are a sinner ....is at the heart ....of repentance.

We are called.... to repent....we are called .....to confess our sins. (Pause)

Four pastors met .....for a friendly gathering.

During the conversation .....one pastor said:

"Our people come to us... and pour out their hearts, .......and confess their sins..... and their needs.

"Confession ....is good for the soul..... Let us do the same .....with each other. "

One confessed .....he had a gambling problem ....and would sneak off to a casino ....when he was out of town.

The second confessed ....his struggle... with lust.

The third one confessed ........to materialism.

When it came to the fourth Pastor,.... he remained silent.

The others pressed him:... Finally he answered, "It is gossiping .........and I can't wait ....to get out of here....to tell someone" (Long Pause)

Beloved.....From time to time, ....we need to be reminded ....of our sinfulness.

We try to live good, and honest lives......yet we all are sinners.... All have sinned ....and fall short of .....the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Sin is a lot like.... the kudzu vine....a vine that is destroying many of the forests .....in the south.

You cannot destroy it .....by cutting back the growth....you must dig it up......and destroy ....the root.

As long as any part of the root of the kudzu ....remains in the ground, .......it can sprout.... new growth.

Beloved ....you can remove acts of sin from your life.

But nothing eternally will change ....until you address ......the root of sin ....in your life. (Pause)

Susanna Wesley ....told her young son, John,..... Whenever you judge the lawfulness.... or the unlawfulness ....of pleasure, ...then use this simple rule:


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