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Godâ€™s Gifts at Christmas Part 2: Godâ€™s Gift Exchange . . . he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. Isaiah 61:3 (NLT) I. When we give God our WORRY, God gives us his PEACE â€œTherefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.â€ Matthew 6:34 (NIV) â€œCast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.â€ 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) â€œI am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isnâ€™t fragile like the peace the world gives. So donâ€™t be troubled or afraid.â€ John 14:27 (TLB) How? Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) II. When we give God our HURTS, God gives us his HEALING â€œFrom a sea of troubles I call out to You, Lord.â€ Psalm 130:1 (CEV) â€œHe has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.â€ Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV) â€œThe Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.â€ Nahum 1:7 (NIV) (Mary said) â€œHe cares for me, His humble servant.â€ Luke 1:48 (CEV) How? â€œPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.â€ 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV) III. When we give God our GRIEF, God gives us his JOY â€œYou have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.â€ Psalm 30:11 (NLT) â€œ. . . weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning..â€ Psalm 30:5 (NIV) â€œYou will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.â€ John 16:20b (NIV) How? â€œBut the angel said to them, â€˜Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.â€™â€ Luke 2:10-11 (NIV) â€œ. . . he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.â€ Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)
November 11, 2012 FOMO Series Isaiah 61 "Fear of Missing Out" Geoff Bradford Christ the King Presbyterian Church Raleigh, NC
Is it biblical to be uncommitted to the cause of liberty? Should the gospel bring liberty to a land? The Bible is not silent on the issue of the American Independence.
Pastor Jim continued from last Sunday. How can we combat fear? By moving the Word of God from information to revelation!
God has appointed Christ to provide freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Yet how many of us are stuck in addictions, habits, and sin?
What we bank on for the fulfillment of our heart is extremely important. Most things we place our hope in are susceptible to leaving us confused, alone, and hurt when they fall apart.
Jesus tells us we will always have the poor with us. There is literal poverty. And there is spiritual poverty. All of us face poverty of one kind or another.