The Christmas story lives on in you!

This is the last program in our Christmas story presentation. We’ve seen that God chose people who were, young, old, lowly, elite, and even peculiar, to play the roles. The common thread was that they were willing and ready. The beauty of the Christmas story is not just that Jesus CAME to earth, but WHY He came. Listen and hear more…

The Christmas Story

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas Story these past few programs and that you’ve taken time to read it for yourself. On our last program, Barbara Sandbek told of the events that led up to the birth of Christ and described the surroundings in which the Savior of the world was born. Today, she will talk about the support players, and continue with the reading of the Christmas story.

What did Mary know?

On our last program, Barbara Sandbek began a series on the Christmas Story. She talked about some of the players and their roles. We learned that God’s ways are not our ways and that He chooses people to do His work, based on Godly character, rather than on outward appearance or status in life. Today, Barbara will continue with the other players, and begin the reading of the Christmas story.

The season to be busy?

HO HO HO 'Tis the season to be jolly! From the day after Thanksgiving, until the 25th of December, everybody is HAPPY. We hear Christmas music, shop 'til we drop, go to parties and attend performances. Then on the 26th of December, it's ALL OVER. We're left with un-decorating, bills, extra pounds, and even illness because we ate and partied too much. All this for one day! Christmas should really be in our hearts, EVERY day of the year! So...how can we prevent ourselves from being caught up in all of this? By focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek is going to do just that. She'll begin a series on the Christmas Story, and bring out some interesting points you may not have considered. So prepare to be blessed - and don't miss a single broadcast as she unfolds the event with a Christmas song...

How to succeed - forgive

On our Grace Notes program today, Barbara Sandbek will tell us the story of a successful Biblical character, Joseph, who vividly demonstrated how important forgiveness is in achieving success. But before she does, let’s join with her in worship and adoration of the Lord our God.

Thine is the GLORY forever

The phrase ‘the Glory of God’ represents many things – the essential quality of God’s character, His righteousness, and His presence. In fact, someone once described it as ‘all his attributes summed up into one and then raised to the nth power’. His Glory is also His worthiness. Everything about Him testifies that He is worthy to receive praise, honor, and respect. When we ascribe Glory to God it is a form of affirmation, praise, and thanksgiving.

Deliver us from evil

A temptation from God is ‘a trial or proving of man’s integrity or virtue, which aims at an ultimate spiritual good’. A temptation from satan is ‘an enticement to sin or do evil’. In THIS phrase, it is important to note that the line, ‘deliver us from evil’ is translated in the NIV this way…deliver us from The Evil One. With this in mind, let’s join our host, Barbara Sandbek as we study this request further.

Forgive us our debtors as we forgive our debtors

The Jews in Jesus’ day were a people very subject to revenge and were hardly brought to forgive any injuries done to them. Perhaps this is why Jesus made it a point to command that they forgive others AND tell them what the consequences would be if they didn’t. In discussing this, we need to be careful not to conclude that our forgiving of others causes God to forgive us, or to compare our forgiving to God’s. With this in mind, let’s begin our study.

Give us this day our daily bread - continued

On our last program, we began a review of the petitioning section of the prayer, with the phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread”, and concentrated on the word, ‘Give’. On our program today, we’ll complete our study of the entire phrase. We pray these messages will serve to enhance your prayer time as you seek to follow Jesus’ example.

Give us this day our daily bread

Though we are assured of God’s provision through this promise, we must still ask for what we need. So, after considering the things of God's glory, kingdom, and will, we are to pray for the four areas of personal need; bread for our body and soul, forgiveness which should produce a forgiving spirit in us, not being led into temptation, and deliverance from evil. On our program today, we’ll concentrate on the first need defined in the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread’. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye, so stay tuned.

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