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Summary: In forty brief words, Micah tells the story of a very special town. Though his words may be brief, they contain a wealth of spiritual truth. The Story Of Bethlehem is a special story that needs to be told and retold. Especially in these days.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service; there are four Scripture Readings before the Sermon. The Scripture Readings for this day were: Micah 5: 2-5; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10 and Luke 1:39-55. (This Message was reworked December 2015).

In 1865, ...... shortly after the Civil war,.... the Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts., .....was helping with a Christmas Eve service ...... in Bethlehem of Judea.

He later wrote about his feelings...... as he descended from Jerusalem into Bethlehem ..... riding a horse.

He said, ......"I remember standing in the old church in Bethlehem, ..... close to the spot where Jesus was born.

The whole church was singing hour after hour .... splendid hymns of praise ....to God, .... it was as if I could hear angelic voices....... telling each other of the Wonderful Night of ...... of our dear Savior's birth."

Two years later, ...... in 1867, ...... this Pastor,.... Phillip Brooks, ......... put his pen to paper and wrote a very special ...... and very biblical song ...... that we often hear .......during the Christmas Season.

He wrote these glorious words.....

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears ...of all the years ..... are met in thee...... tonight.

Those verses .... declare the heart .... of Christmas.

It is a time of celebration, .... a time of salvation .......and a time of ......contemplation. (Pause)

The prophet Micah put his pen to paper ...... and wrote about this little town ..... of Bethlehem.

In forty brief words, ...... Micah tells the story ..... of a very special town.

Though his words may be brief, ...... they contain a wealth ......of spiritual truth.

The Story Of Bethlehem ...... is a special story that needs to be told ..... and retold.

Especially in these trying times ..... in which we live.

We are living in a day .....when the real story of the birth of Jesus ..... is lost amid the trees, ......the decorations, ...... the shopping.

And The story of Christmas ..... is also a story of a little town ...... a town ......called Bethlehem.

And the Story Of Bethlehem ..... (Slow) Is The Story .....Of A Place.

When Micah writes of Bethlehem ..... he writes about a little town ...... that will produce ..... great things.

While Bethlehem may have been a tiny hamlet, ...... it had a colorful past ...... and brilliant future.

When we think of Bethlehem, ......we often Only remember ...... that it was the birthplace ..... of our Lord.

But, ..... within history..... this little town, ...... contains a wealth of ..... spiritual truth.

The town of Bethlehem ...... is only five miles south ...... of the great city ..... of Jerusalem.

Bethlehem ....is first mentioned...... outside of the Scriptures ...... in a historical letter ...... from one of the kings of Palestine ...... to an Egyptian Pharaoh ..... in 1250 BC.

This would have been during the time ..... of the Judges.


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