Elaine has been fasting from the internet, so I am posting this for her. It is exciting to see what God is doing in her durring her fast. Stay tuned for renewed blogging zeal when she returns. Here is an excerpt from a sermon she gave telling about her decision:

I did not fully realize what was going on, but God guided me to the realization that for the past 3 years I have slowly grown more addicted to the internet. Last fall, I heard about a place for people to go to recover from addiction to the internet and computer. I chuckled at the thought. I knew there could be addiction to anything, but at that time, I didn’t really take it seriously.

It started out as a coping mechanism for depressed feelings. While I was on the internet, I could forget everything I was feeling about myself. It has recently been total isolation of myself from my life and family.

My in-laws expressed concern in September and I didn’t believe that it was so bad. I fought against the idea that I was allowing it to control me. At Christmas, we talked about it again. Chris knew the truth, but was patiently waiting for the Holy Spirit to bring me to place where I could accept it. He stood up for me with his parents because I had been trying to control my internet use while I was there.

Since then, God has been showing me how much I was letting it control me. Finally, about 2 weeks ago, God convinced me to fast the computer for a day. One day without any computer at all. I felt like I had lost my lifeblood. It was a ridiculous feeling. I knew it wasn’t right to feel that way about a silly computer. Computers are good tools, but bad constant companions.

I was missing so much by retreating into my computer. That day of fasting was enlightening. I was so much more aware of my surrounding and my family. I laughed, really laughed like I hadn’t in a very long time. I enjoyed my children. I saw them. I saw that they needed me. They needed a mom not a person attached to a computer called mom who didn’t do much mothering at all.

That night I made the decision to wait until 8 pm the next day to get on the computer and internet. I decided to do that from that point on. I would not use it while the kids were around. That went well for a few days, but still I was trying to control myself and not letting God control me. That first night that I went back to using the internet at night, the kids were not going to sleep when they should have been and I got very angry with them. It was an irrational anger. That made me realize that I was like a drug addict who needed her fix. My drug of choice is the internet I suppose, which is no better. Exodus 20:3 says, “”You shall have no other gods before me.” I was upset that the kids had dared to interrupt my time with my computer. I disgusted myself with that realization!

I have asked forgiveness, but I must give my computer and it use to God. I must let God control me instead. That is a daily battle.

Right now I am again fasting (and I only tell you this because it is so appropriate to the sermon). I feel I need to see what life can be life without an addiction. After that, I will lay down some ground rules for the computer and try to use it mostly for work. I have a battle ahead of me, but I am no longer hiding from God, but with Him. He is now my hiding place. The computer was not doing a good job of helping me cope because it is not meant to do that. God is.

God can free each of us from the sins that control us. None of us are exempt from the temptation to sin. We are sinful beings who can only be clean through God’s forgiveness. Take the time before communion to examine yourself through God’s eyes, he’ll help you see what needs to be forgiven and changed. He’ll even help you change it. If you would like prayer, please let us pray for you, either while communion is being served or later whenever you are ready. I covet your prayers as I wage war on my addiction.

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This is my sermon for this coming Sunday. Tell me what you think!

Date preached: 5/25/08, Sebewaing

RCL After Epiphany 8A

Text: Matthew 6:24-34

Subject: Why is God telling us not worry?

Complement: Because we have Him to trust in the lean times.

Exegetical Idea: If they serve God, He will provide for the Israelites – They need not worry.

Homiletic Idea: If we serve God, He will provide for us so we needn’t worry either.

Purpose: Hearers will ask God to be their Lord and provide their needs.

Type: Deductive, Expository

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

That poem, by Robert Frost, has always been a favorite of mine. The yellow wood reminds me of northern Michigan where I lived when I was young. And the constant decision of which way to go both on a walk and in my life has been beautifully detailed in this poem by Robert Frost. I always imagine myself gazing at the two roads deciding if I will take the less traveled, maybe even more difficult way or the easier way that most take. I have always likened them to the narrow and wide paths that we choose between in our life. I have chosen the narrow path to God rather than the wide path to wealth, power and destruction.

That is what our passage of scripture speaks of this week, too.

“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God AND wealth.” Matthew 6:24 NIV

Here, Jesus breaks down our choices into two paths. There is the path serving God and the path serving wealth. (more…)

So, Chris and I did our Lent sermon for Easter morning. It fit perfect. I don’t think I did as well this time. I was SO nervous. Maybe even more than last time. But, I insisted on a video if I was going to do it again, just for you , my loyal readers! It’s more audio than video because we just have the iSight in Chris’ mac. But, you can see a little bit and hear all of it.  Enjoy!

Well, writing my sermon as if I were writing a blog post seems to have worked well. I was able to more easily change things up and add stuff that I hadn’t typed. Usually I am to scared to stray off my notes or manuscript at all. So, thanks again to Jerrell Jobe for the great suggestion. I wish I had it on video so that I could compare the new way with the old way, but I don’t. I hope everyone’s Sunday was great!

Here is my sermon in blog format. Let’s see how this works. Thanks, Jerrell Jobe for the idea. He just suggested I try writing my sermon as if I were writing a blog post so that it would be easier for me to preach it without reading it and so it will sound more like me. Does that make sense? Thank you, also to PS (a.k.a. purple) for her sermon that I so enjoyed reading. I took some of her ideas and integrated them into my sermon. Also, thanks to St. Inuksuk for the bone idea. Lastly, thanks to Gino and 10b travelling on Flickr for use of their photos. Well, I will preach it tomorrow, so I will let you know if the knew format helps with the preaching. It was fun to write this way.

Today I want to talk to you about God life-giving breath. But first I have talk to you about dry bones. Ezekiel has a vision that is recorded in Ezekiel 37. Verses 1-6 say:

“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.'”

The Lord took Ezekiel to a valley of bones. Some commentators believe that this was the same valley that Ezekiel was commissioned at in chapter 3. That would make this vision seem very real to Ezekiel. Maybe God wanted him to know what an important real message this was.

The Lord led him around the valley. Ezekiel could have just glanced around and saw what he needed to see: a valley of dry bones, but God wanted him to feel full weight of the vision of bones. Ezekiel saw that there were many (probably thousands) of bones. Which meant that there were many people represented by the bones, perhaps an entire nation. He also saw that the bones were very dry. There was nothing left on them. These bones were dead. They were without hope.

Otis enjoying a ham bone by Gino on FlickrMost of us here have eaten ham. It is Pastor Chris and I’s favorite meat. He makes the world’s best double glazed honey ham. When we get done eating our ham, there is still meat on the bone, the bone is a dark color and there is still marrow and fat attached. These bones were clean and dry. These were more like a ham bone after you’ve given it to your dog and he has picked it clean, after it is has been bleached white with age and exposure.

The word “dry,” in the Old Testament, referred to raisins (dried out, shriveled), hungry people (dry, empty stomachs), chaff (the dry outer hull of wheat) and trees (especially in the desert climate they are in need of life-giving water).

I’ve been waiting a long time for love by 10b travelling on FlickrThe Lord asked Ezekiel a question. Can these bones live? Ezekiel answers well. He could have said no, but that wouldn’t have given God credit for all He can do. Ezekiel was probably thinking, “Well, they are pretty dead. It’s not likely.” But he realized that God was powerful enough that He probably could do it. So, he answers, “O Lord God, you know.” It was a safe answer, but it also shows that he knew God was powerful.

The Lord then tells him to prophesy to the bones. Now that is a strange thing to do. Ezekiel probably thought, “God, why are you making me do this? You could do it. What do you need me for?” That’s what I would have thought. Who wants to talk to dry bones? I’d be afraid someone was hiding behind some rocks watching and they would start laughing. But Ezekiel is obedient and prophesied saying:

“Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel did what he was told. I wonder what he thought would happen. It’s easy to be cynical and not expect anything. Especially since Ezekiel had prophesied many times before for God and he had always had to speak words of death, destruction and exile. Sometimes, as a pastor, I wonder if what I preach will stir anyone to action. I expect that while he did what God asked of him, Ezekiel felt the same way and didn’t really expect anything to happen. They were dry bones after all. You can’t get any worse audience than that! I think that might be worse than having no audience at all.

But, he says, “suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.” They were being resurrected! What an amazing moment that must have been! I know that when I see something happening in our church, like being asked to start a Sunday evening Bible study, I get excited. This rattling noise was like the sound of battle or an earthquake or of God’s impressive glory. The same word is used in chapter 3 when God lifts Ezekiel up and takes him where he is to prophesy. Ezekiel knew that the sound he heard was God behind him. Though he hadn’t seen it, he had heard God’s glory. So then, he looks at the bones and sees that they have muscle and flesh and skin. But, he notes that there is still no breath in them.

So God tells Ezekiel to prophesy again. Ezekiel prophesies saying,

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.”

“Breath,” in Hebrew is the same word that is also used for spirit and wind. The way God tells him to say it emphasizes the determined will of God to “cause (the breath/Spirit/life) to enter their bodies. Isn’t that powerful? They needed God’s Spirit, his life-giving breath.

And what happens? The once dry bones are now alive and breathing. Verse ten says that they “stood on their feet, a vast multitude.” Wow. In Hebrew, the verse uses the equivalent of two verys in other words, a very, very large group. An exceedingly large multitude of people.

So, what did this vision mean? Well, God tells us very clearly what it means. Sometimes, he’s not so clear as this instance. In verses 11-14, God says:

“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.'”

At the time of Ezekiel, the Israelites were far from their home, having been taken captive by Babylon. They were suffering physically as well as spiritually. This was all brought on by their own sin and God was working to bring them back to Him through these trials. But they wondered what had happened to God. They felt alone and didn’t know who they were. The Israelites felt hopeless. They felt like dried up bones, dead.

Ezekiel is to prophesy once again, but to his own people. This message was to give them hope and bring them back to God. Here God is promising them that he will resurrect them; bring them back to life and their home. He is foretelling his action so that they will now it was His doing when it happens. Through their political and physical restoration, He will restore them spiritually. He will breathe His life back into them. And this will start by breathing hope into them with the message Ezekiel will prophesy.

Not too many of the Israelites listened to him until some years later when Cyrus the Great of Babylon allowed displaced people to return home in 538 B.C.

Now that we understand the message and the meaning of the message for the Israelites, what is the meaning to us? There are all kinds of things that cause us to feel spiritually dried up. What have you let come between you and God? What fears and anxieties keep you from living the resurrected life? In John 11:25, Jesus, just before breathing life back into Lazarus, tells Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.” God can breathe new life into you today.

So let go of whatever is keeping you from living the resurrected life. Maybe it’s concern over your finances or who the next president will be. Maybe you have medical issues or a relationship that isn’t healthy like it should be. Maybe you fear the violence in the world or are addicted to something that keeps you from God. Maybe you feel alone, you wonder if there really is a God. You wonder if God does actually care about you. Whatever is making you feel dry and dead, give it to God. He will breathe new life into you. He will bring restoration to your soul. He loves you deeply, more than we can even comprehend. He only longs to bring you back to a healthy life in Him. All you need to do is accept the gift of life he offers and give your problems and questions to Him. Don’t let your problems drag you into the grave any longer.

Well, this morning went pretty well. Princess did the announcements for me, so I wasn’t completely a one-woman show. I need more practice running the service. Maybe I should tell Hubby that. Oh, wait, I think I just did! The worst part was worship. I just don’t know what to do up there. I feel awkward. I know it would make most sense to just worship, but then I get some words wrong and get embarrassed. I need to work on that, too, I guess. Someone told me I have a beautiful voice. Many people have said that, actually, but I never believe them. I suppose that they can tell better than I can, but my voice isn’t consistent. I could use some voice lessons, then I would probably feel comfortable singing. I always tell people I don’t sing, but it’s just because of all that. Overall, a very good service. And I was pleased with the sermon. I anointed two people with oil. It may seem strange, but that may have been my first time. I even felt comfortable praying in front of everyone today. God definitely gave me extra courage and strength today. I think it may have helped to know that Chris wasn’t there to help, so I had no choice but to do it. And if I was going to do it, I was going to do it my very best. God was definitely using me, I couldn’t have done it without Him. Thanks, God! And thanks to all who wrote encouraging words and sent a hilarious song to me last night. You all cheered my lonesome heart, greatly.

Well, tonight I still have a Bible study to do, but then the rest of the week will be just doing my best to keep a happy household while Hubby is gone. We’ve been playing Scrabulous on Facebook more often since he’s been gone. It’s been fun. I look forward to the rest of the week. Now, I’m off to feed some friends’ cats. They are visiting family and we (me and the kids) have charge of their cats.

Any comments on my sermon would be greatly appreciated. My normal “editor” is out of town. I have no idea if I’ll get talk to him at all in the next week. 😦 I sure do hope so, but even if I do get to talk to him, it won’t be about my sermon! I’m sorry it’s so hard to read. My outline just isn’t blog friendly.
Jesus came to save us all!
· Date preached: 1/6/08, Sebewaing
· RCL Epiphany 1A
· Text: Matthew 2:1-12 & Ephesians 3:4-12
· Subject: What is the significance of the Wise Men visiting baby Jesus?
· Complement: God was revealing His son to the nations.
· Exegetical Idea: Jesus came to save everyone.
· Homiletic Idea: Jesus came to save everyone.
· Purpose: Hearers will be reminded of Jesus’ saving grace meant for each of us and our neighbors.
· Type: Deductive, Expository

Songs:
o Ancient of Days
o We Want to See Jesus Lifted High
o Send the Light
o Shine, Jesus, Shine
o Shine on Us

Prayer
We Three Kings
Offering
Announcements

Read Matthew 2:1-12

I. Epiphany
A. Today’s scripture passage is summed up in this one word.
1 Epiphany is an “ah ha!” moment
2 It’s suddenly being shown something that makes everything else clear.
3 This was Epiphany for everyone.
4 This was God revealing Christ to the nations!
B. God revealed himself, through Christ, to the world.
1 He did this by bring more light into the world
a.) “A bright light shown”
i. star!
ii. Brighter than the rest
* I have here a Moravian star
* Called because created by Moravians originating in the 1830’s at the Moravian School in Niesky, Germany,
* most probably as a geometry lesson or project
* The Moravian or Advent Star recalls the Creator, Who said “Let the light shine in the darkness”
* it also recalls the messianic promise of God to Moses that “A Star shall arise out of Jacob”
* the Advent Star reminds us of the star followed by the 3 Wisemen
* and the Advent Star reminds us of the Risen Christ Who said “I am the bright and Morning Star”
* The many points point to the many nations in the world.
* Now the Star is widely accepted throughout Germany as an Advent and Christmas symbol.
b.) Jesus was a bright light to the world
i. He was a gift
ii. He was salvation
iii. He was for everyone

II. God’s Gift
A. God gave the gift of salvation through his only son.
1 The Jews knew through the prophets that a king was to come from Bethlehem.
a.) Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Eph’ra·thah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
b.) They expected a ruler to come from Bethlehem that would rise up and secure their future as a sovereign nation.
c.) They expected freedom from their rulers.
B. Still, the gift was unexpected
1 They got more than a king
a.) God gave them a savior.
b.) Jesus was not going to save them from their rulers, but rather save them from their own sin and the bondage that they had created for themselves in their numerous laws.
2 The gift wasn’t just for the Jews.
a.) Jesus came to save everyone, not just the Jews.
i. Ephesians 3:5-9
ii. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
b.) The Jews could not comprehend that. They still don’t.
i. Matthew Henry writes, “Those who live at the greatest distance from the means of grace often use most diligence, and learn to know the most of Christ and his salvation.”
ii. While the Jews felt they were close to God and knew Him well, the Wise Men were at a great distance from God.
iii. The Jewish shepherds came, but the wise men made a much bigger sacrifice of time and energy to come.
c.) The Wise Men signify every person who ever has lived and ever will live.
i. Salvation was meant for all of us
ii. Regardless of who we are or what we’ve done.
iii. That means that salvation is also for every person we know. We must spread that great news!

III. Let’s take a closer look at the Wise Men.
A. Gentiles (not Jews)
1 God makes it clear in the Bible that the Jews were his blessed people.
2 The Gentiles were anyone else on the planet that wasn’t a blessed Jew.
B. Magi
1 May have been successors
a.) of the wise men
b.) that Daniel was chief over in Daniel chapter 2.
2 May have been of the Median tribe,
a.) a priestly tribe of the Zoroastrian
b.) from the Persia area, now east asia.
c.) They median tribe primarily studied astrology
i. At that time astrology was considered a science, yet God still warns against it several times in the Bible:
* Deut. 18:9-14 – When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.
Isaiah 47:13-14 – All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by.
This is a challenge
God is saying here that this things cannot save anyone.
ii. Yet, if the wise men WERE astrologists, God obviously still used them, as we shall see.
iii. He is not in any way condoning the practice by using these men.
iv. Yet, if they were successors of those that Daniel was over, they could have known about just that one star through what Daniel told them.
3 Either way, they were learned men
a.) They studied books,
b.) prophecies and
c.) possibly the stars
C. The wise men did several things that we should also do.
1 Humbled themselves
a.) You may have noticed that people did not humble themselves to Jews very often.
i. Most of the time, Jews were slaves or people to put up with
ii. In general, they did not deserve any honor.
b.) Yet, as soon as the wise men saw the star, they started their journey in search of a Jewish king in order to worship him.
2 They diligently sought him out.
a.) I always wondered why the wise men stopped and asked Herod where the king was if they were being guided by the star.
i. After a closer inspection of these verses, it would seem (and most of the research I did agreed with this) that the star appeared in the sky when Jesus was born, but then was not there while they were traveling.
ii. They stopped to ask directions because they needed the information that the Jews had about the birthplace.
b.) They did not give up when the star disappeared.
i. In fact, the journey took them about 2 years!
ii. It would have been easy to give up, but they did not.
3 When the Wise Men left Herod, the star shone again and they rejoiced.
a.) Vs. 9 says “…and lo, the star, which they saw in the east went before them…”
b.) They rejoiced because they saw that God was guiding them.
c.) They knew they were going the right way.
d.) They knew they were close to meeting the new king.
4 The wise men disregarded the poor conditions that they found the king in.
a.) Jesus was most likely living in a small upper guest chamber.
i. Basically a room,
ii. like they had wanted when they first arrived in Bethlehem.
b.) They were not bothered by where the king lived because they knew he was king even if no one else believed yet.
5 The Wise Men worshipped Jesus
a.) They “fell down”
b.) They humbled themselves completely
c.) They gave Jesus great gifts worthy of a king.
i. Gold was known as a gift given to kings.
ii. Frankincense is used as an incense.
* Frankincense was frequently given to priests as a gift.
iii. Myrrh is also used for incense, but can also be dissolved in liquid to become a mild anesthetic.
* It was also used as perfume.
* It’s most common use was for embalming.
* It was given as a gift to prophets.
iv. As you can see, they gave gifts that were meaningful and useful.
* Jesus is our king, our high priest and the greatest prophet.
* The myrrh may also have been foretelling Jesus’ death on the cross.
* These would have also been provision from God for Mary, Joseph and Jesus’ escape to Egypt in the verses right after what I read.
last week FIL used the term providence and I wasn’t sure of it’s meaning
It means “care or preparation in advance; foresight.” These gifts show God’s providence in Jesus’ life and death.
v. These are all great gifts, but the wise men gave Jesus another gift – the gift of their hearts and lives.
* In humbling themselves, giving gifts and paying homage to Jesus, the wise men were giving themselves to Him.
* This is shown as they leave.
6 The wise men obeyed God
a.) God told them, in a dream, not to return to Herod
b.) He also told them to go home another way.
c.) We do not hear what happens to them after that, but I believe that is because they got away safely because they listened to God and obeyed Him. Their part in Jesus’ life was over, but ours isn’t.

IV. So, I ask you now,
A. Have you humbled yourself before Jesus, lately?
1 Most of us here have given our lives to God some time ago.
2 That doesn’t mean that we are done with our job.
3 There are still many people around us that need to know what we know.
B. Have you diligently sought God out?
1 Have you stopped to pray and ask God what you can do?
2 Have you talked to Him about what is happening in your life?
C. Have you rejoiced and praised God lately?
1 It’s easy to go through life only thinking about the bad things that are happening around us.
2 But what about the simple stuff? I thank God for my family, my friends, all of you.
3 I also thank Him for even simpler things like the grass, trees, flowers in bloom and, even snow as if falls so prettily to the ground.
D. Have you looked past the conditions others are in to let them know about Jesus?
1 This is hard for most people.
2 Most of us have at least one type of person that is really hard to be friendly towards.
3 But Jesus was friendly towards everyone. God loves everyone. In order to be truly Christ-like Christians, we must love everyone regardless of their situations or attitudes. We must rely on God to work through our best and be a glowing light in this dark world.
4 Jesus came to bring us all together and into his saving grace.
a.) Another interesting thing I read while preparing my sermon was that the star that guided the wise men was most likely the conjunction of several heavenly bodies.
i. It was most likely Jupiter, the constellation Aries and possibly other constellations lining up that caused the bright light in the sky.
ii. God used his creation to guide the wise men
iii. He also brought his creation together just as Jesus was going to do.
E. We must worship God with our whole selves, as the wise men did, if we are going to really be a light in the dark.
F. We must also obey God, to the best of our ability, to be that light.
1 When we feel led, by that still small voice, to help someone or even just to talk to someone, we must do it. You may be just the thing they need that day.
2 And if you here God speak in a loud, clear voice. You better get a move on! Whatever He’s asking of you must be important!

Let’s pray:

Songs
o O Come All Ye Faithful