12-20-09 Advent Conspiracy
The highlight of the holiday season for me so far has been the story of a 12 year old boy named Bay. He received a 50 dollar gift from his grandpa for Christmas. As he listened to this series entitled Advent Conspiracy, Bay decided to make a difference with this gift rather than get himself a present. Paging through a World Vision Magazine, Bay decided to give his entire gift to help girls and women exit the Asian sex trade. This morning in church I interviewed Bay onstage. He was articulate, so mature, with a deep conviction his gift could make an impact. After he told his story to the church, I wept,people cried, and the church gave him a standing ovation. Christmas can still change the world!!!
Some of you asked if you could see the Scriptures I used in my message. You will find them below. The power of Christmas came not in pomp and grandeur, but in humility...the humble experienced the savior at Christmas. And yes, He is still changing the world, one heart at a time.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land
You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.
The humble will see their God at work and be glad.Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.
The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust.
The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this:“I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken!“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.
Those who are left will be the lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
1 Peter 5:6
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.