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Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough

December 11, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Paul Thompson Series: Hope For Hope This Advent

Topic: Advent and Christmas Verse: Luke 2:8–2:20


The Gospel message is for ALL PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE, and AT ALL TIMES.

Why the shepherds?
* LOWEST standing in society
* Their word was not accepted in COURT.
* Longest period of purification before they could ENTER THE TEMPLE.


How God speaks to us:

Magi - THROUGH THE STARS
Religious leaders of Israel - THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES
Mary - THROUGH AN ANGEL
Joseph - THROUGH A DREAM
Shepherds - ANGELS AND A CHOIR


This announcement is for EVERYONE.
When we don’t share this GOOD NEWS with others, we NEGATE the Angel’s message.

THE FOUNDATION OF JOY

CHRISTIAN JOY
- results from our EMBRACING divinely revealed truth
- results from CONFIDENCE in our identity as GOD’s CHILDREN
- results from WITNESSING God’s majestic works
- results from SEEING the fulfillment of God’s promises
- results from POSSESSING things of INFINITE value because of our UNION with Christ
- is the COMPANION of Faith

“Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough” - Kay Warren

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