Luke 2

Where is the peace?

  • Christ did not come for peace but with a sword
  • Lk 12 Christ came to bring division to the world not peace
  • Nation against nation and border walls
  • Revelation 6:4 angel takes peace from the earth
  • Bad place to live based on absence of peace: Chicago, New York, Raleigh, Durham
  • Has mayhem broken loose in your life, like in the movie The Purge
  • Colossians 1:20 made thru blood cross
  • Peace returns to you… negativity comes from within… if you want peace look within
  • Deal with negativity by doing good
  • Can any good thing come out of Durham?
  • Faith made the woman with the issue of blood made whole and she was told to go in peace
  • Faith in God gives peace
  • By his stripes we are healed and fever broken, blood pressure lowered
  • Faith that things are alright even with the bad report from the doctor
  • Simian belief in the word of God allowed him to have peace until he saw the Messiah born
  • Faith and Word of God are two ways to have peace on earth
  • John 14:27 let not your heart be troubled or afraid
  • Peace even in death
  • Try Jesus and he will give peace
  • Tribulation in the world but in Christ there is peace

Joseph Did You Know

Matthew 1:18-25

Life can be full of surprises, unexpected
Bad examples

  • Pregnancy
  • Laid off
  • Bad marriage
  • Fail your grade
  • Did reach your goals in life a want that is not attained

Good examples

  • Intellect at genius level
  • Get a raise or promotion
  • Musical talent

Joseph Espoused to Mary

  • Mama’s baby daddy’s maybe
  • Caught off guard or blindsided and now staring you in the face
  • Joseph wanted to privately put Mary away when he found she was pregnant and he was not the baby’s father
  • Trust God and what he tells you
  • God spoke to Joseph in a dream
  • Don’t wrestle with what is right – Joseph followed God’s instructions
  • Mary was upright and that helped Joseph because he could see, confirm that she was good and worth it
  • Joseph believed Mary carried the Messiah and covered her and the baby in the womb
  • Joseph listened to the angel and took his family to Egypt
  • Joseph what it meant to be a father by his actions to provide, cover, protect his family
  • All of us can be used by God for something
  • You, like Joseph, have an important role
  • Do you know how important your role is
  • You don’t have to follow God’s word but Joseph did
  • You are not alone when God asks you to do something
  • God is with us
  • The part you play is fulfillment of prophecy… do you know? Do you know what you don’t know
  • Are you willing to be obedient to the those things you now know