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Summary: This message is a topical message to encourage us to become more available for God's services unto others. And when we make ourselves available, we will be amazed of the wondrous things that God can do with very little from us. I'm Available To You.

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WHAT IS YOUR CHRISTMAS SONG?

(Luke 1:39-80)

There are many songs sang approaching Christ-mass, the celebration of our Lord's arrival unto the earth. Some Christmas songs are secular and simply reflect the happiness of the season. (ex. Jingle Bells). Some Christmas songs are thematic and communicate giving (ex. On the first day of Christmas). But yet some Christmas songs declare the wondrous birth of our Jesus in a manger (Silent Night). Just as many sing songs of the season, the spirit, and of coming of our Lord, back during the first century, the Jews who were direct witness of Jesus' coming, sang Christmas songs which were prophetic to their participation, Christmas songs which were joyous regarding their experiences, and other sang Christmas songs which were testimony of the Messiah coming. In St. Luke 1:39-45, when Elizabeth (Mary's aunt) discovered that Jesus coming, the miraculous baby (John) jumped in her womb... and she sang a song. In St. Luke 1:46-55, when Mary perceived that the baby in her womb was in fact the Messiah, she sang a song. And, In St. Luke 1:67-80, when God opened Zechariah's mouth so that he could tell his testimony, he sang a song. The question that we are moved to answer this morning in the Advent of Christ is... "What is your Christmas song?".

Welp, my Christmas song is ....

"I'm Available to You"

When many of us approach Christmas, there are many who either focus on receiving, or giving only to their family and close friends, or co-workers, or one's immediate circle. But when Jesus, or Emmanuel, or "God with Us" came unto the earth, He came not only for those of his family, community, or culture, but He came as a gift to those who were estranged from the the goodness of God. In our scriptures, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, as well as, Zechariah all made themselves available to God, for the gifts which God had for the world. And in this Christmas season, God desires for us to make ourselves "available" to use us for the betterment of those who are in physical, emotional, and especially spiritual need. This message is a topical message to encourage us to become more available for God's services unto others. And when we make ourselves available, we will be amazed with the wondrous things that God can do with very little from us. What is your song? My song is "I'm Available To You".

Reflection:

This song was originated by Carlis Moody Jr., in 1987-88, during his recovery after he experienced an emergency operation for a fatal heart condition. Since it’s recording by singer, Brunson Milton and the Thompson Community Choir, many believers look to this song as a source of sincere resolve. Likewise, numerous authors quote this song-title’s namesake (“Lord I’m Available to You”) verbatim, as a literary resolution in the midst of confusion, feelings of loss, wilderness experiences, wit’s end, or near emotional suicide. Contemporary author, April Sherrill, included an exact quote in her book titled “Life’s Resolutions”, when she discussed the topic of the loss of strength:


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