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Order of Service

Music……………………..Worship Team
He Shall Reign Forevermore
Welcome……………………….Bill Butler
Music……………………..Worship Team
Joy to the World
Here Comes Heaven
God of the Promise
Message………………Gilbert Thurston
Unexpected Guests
Offering & Announcements
Music……………………..Worship Team
He Shall Reign Forevermore
Dismissal……………………..Bill Butler

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Unexpected Guests - December 22, 2019

When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard about this, he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem.

-Matthew 2:1-3

What I saw in my vision hasn’t happened yet. But someday, a king of Israel will appear like a star.

-Numbers 24:17

Herod brought together the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”  They told him, “He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote,

‘Bethlehem in the land of Judea, you are very important among the towns of Judea. From your town will come a leader, who will be like a shepherd for my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were thrilled and excited to see the star.  When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him. Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.

-Matthew 2:4-12

1.  The is for all .

2.  God has control of the entire in order to accomplish His .

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1

3.  The of the world is .

4. Christianity is very .

5.  Jesus is God’s answer to senseless and in the world.

God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.

-Revelation 21:3-4

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1.     Have you ever gone on a foreign missions trip?  Why or why not?  If not, why is it important according to scripture that you do so ASAP?

2.     In what area of life do you need to relax and realize God is in control and trust Him and the process He has you in?

3.     How do you typically handle tough questions about your faith?  Ignore? Argue? Reason? Research and return? Other?

4.     What is your next step as a result of this message?