This weekend, while Matt and I, our kids, and a team from C3 are still in Israel, PJ Preston, our minister over our Student Ministry and Next Steps spoke a powerful message reminding us that God does “whatever it takes” to pursue us and get us where He needs us!
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“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:1-7 NIV)
1. God can TAKE a FRUSTRATING situation and give you FAVOR!
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12 NIV)
2. God can TAKE something that seems MEANINGLESS and give you a MESSAGE!
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1, 2 NIV)
3. God can TAKE a DISTRACTION and use it to point you toward your DESTINY!
This weekend’s worship set included…
Our God – Chris Tomlin
O, Come Let Us Adore Him
Great, Great God – Gateway Worship
Nothing Is Impossible – Hillsong