relates to the short prayer that you will say over the dead bird at Christmas Dinner
and you probably wouldn’t necessarily think of Amazing Grace as a Christmas
song but you can’t really celebrate the Christmas Story without seeing Grace
written all through it.
what we mean by the word “Grace”. Grace
is one of those words that can have a multitude of meanings? For example here are the definitions given by
Collins English Dictionary:
and beauty of movement, form, expression, or proportion
pleasing or charming quality
granting of a favour or the manifestation of goodwill, esp by a superior
sense of propriety and consideration for others
- affectation of manner (esp in the phrase airs and graces)
- the free and unmerited favour of God shown
- the divine assistance and power given to man
in spiritual rebirth and sanctification
- the condition of being favoured or sanctified
- an unmerited gift, favour, etc, granted by
short prayer recited before or after a meal to invoke a blessing upon the
food or give thanks for it
a melodic ornament or decoration
definitions of grace I like mine better.
“Justice is getting what you deserve, Mercy is getting less than you
deserve and Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.”
definition for thirty years it’s not original with me. It was over thirty years ago I heard a
preacher by the name of Stuart Briscoe for the first time and Stuart defined
Grace that way and I liked it. As a
matter of fact I loved the way that Stuart taught and that probably shaped me
as a young preacher.
first time I heard Stuart I was a staff pastor in NY, the next time I was
pastoring in Truro then we moved to Australia and had only been there a year or
so when Stuart came to town and I’ve heard him a couple of times since we’ve
been back in Halifax. I feel like Stuart and I are linked by Ruth 1:16 . . . “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn
back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people
will be my people, and your God will be my God.”
“Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is getting less then you
deserve and grace is getting what you don’t deserve.”
children never misbehave. So you will
have to imagine that one of your children had misbehaved, still a bit of a
stretch but work with me. Your child
has misbehaved and because it’s 2014 you can’t spank them so you banish them to
their room until they are 18. That is
justice, getting what they deserve. But
after an hour or so you start feeling sorry for them so you tell them it’s all
right they can come out now. That is
mercy getting less than what they deserve.
But then you say, “You know what, let’s go for an ice-cream.” That is grace, when they get what they don’t
of God. Trust me when I tell you that we
don’t want to get what we deserve.
21:15 Justice is a joy to the godly, but it
evildoer.” How do we measure evil and
good and bad? Do you have to be a Hitler
or Stalin, or a Bin Laden to be evil?
What about the fact that justice is a joy to the godly? How do we measure being godly? Do you have to be a Mother Theresa or Billy
Graham to be Godly?
against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever
since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through
everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal
power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
the next 22 verses he lists what these folks have been up to, it wasn’t just
“Big” sins, granted murder is there, we can understand that. But the list also includes things like: they
didn’t worship God, they traded the truth of God for a lie, and they were
backstabbers and didn’t keep their promises.
They were greedy, hated some people and Gossiped about others. And then after listing things which most of
us have to some degree or another participated in he ends by saying,
1:32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to
die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. And then in the next verse he says Romans 2:1 You may think you can condemn such
people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse!
2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you
believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation
is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about
it. Which is very similar to what Mark Twain said “Heaven
goes by favour (grace); if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog
would go in.”
2:8-9 That night there were shepherds staying
in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the
Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.
Grace, The Shepherds Wouldn’t Have Been Invited
one scene that seems to shout Christmas to us it would be the shepherds on the
hillside staring in wonder at an angel choir in the sky. And we all know the story and Christmas
wouldn’t be complete without the keepers of sheep pressed in tight to see the
one who would be called the Lamb of God.
were part of the chorus in the production of the first Christmas. When I was in high school our school was
known for the great musicals we put on.
And during my three years we performed The King and I, South Pacific and
the Music Man. And when they were
casting the musical they would cast the male lead and the female lead and then
the supporting roles. And all those
roles had names, and were highlighted in the program. And then they got to the bulk of the players
and they were called the Chorus. And
that’s where I ended up, in the chorus.
But you couldn’t have the musical without the chorus. If you just had the leads you wouldn’t have a
musical you would just have a small ensemble.
Mary and Joseph, the angel Gabriel and the baby Jesus. They get top billing. And then there were the supporting roles. The innkeeper, King Herod and the Wise
Men. They got second billing. And then you have the chorus. That would be the angels and the
shepherds. If you were doing up a
program from that first Christmas they would be listed in a group after all the
others in the play it would say “and the shepherds.”
were a vital part of the story.
were? And you are probably thinking
“Well that’s a no brainer Denn, they were shepherds.”
wearing a wool sweater and eating lamb chops.
And so because when we think of shepherds we immediately shift to the
Christmas story we have kind of romanticize who they were what they did. But really they were just guys who watched
sheep. Probably wasn’t an intensive
training program for the job and they probably weren’t anywhere near the top of
the economic heap. Nor would they have
been near the top of the social heap or even the religious heap.
great that even if the shepherds were inclined to be religious all of the rules
and regulations of Judaism, with the various hand washings and other parts of
the ceremonial law, were out of their reach, so they could never really be
“Good Jews.” It wasn’t that they were
hostile toward their religion it just didn’t matter because life had pushed it
aside. Their father’s had probably been
shepherds before them and this was the life they knew. If there was a word to describe them it “Apathetic”
And yet God reached out to them and invited them to be a part of his
was simply irrelevant in my life, I didn’t have anything against the church, it
just wasn’t a part of my life. And yet
God stepped and interrupted my life and invited me to join His story.
because it’s easier than not being here.
A spouse or a parent or a child has pressured you to be here, you’re not
hostile to the church but it’s just not where you are at right now. But God’s grace is being extended to you
2:1-2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea,
during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern
lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We
saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
The Magi Wouldn’t Have Been Invited
little about the Magi, but we do know that they were from the country of Persia
which is now Iran. And we know that the
Magi were originally from a tribe of Medes who tried to overthrow the King. When their little coup failed they put their
political aspirations behind them and chose safer work as holy men, priest and
teachers of Kings. It was from this
occupation that we discover that Magi is the root word of Magic. Now we don’t know why the sign came to these
men, maybe it was there for everyone but only these few choose to follow.
the reason, it was the Magi who followed the star to visit the Christ child,
and maybe it was simply to signify that Christianity would ultimately be for
the gentile as well as the Jew. Because even though Jesus came as the Jewish
Messiah we are told that there was this sense of expectancy over the entire
area of the world concerning the coming Messiah of the Jews. The belief was summed up by the Roman
Historian Suetonis when he wrote “There had spread over all the orient an old and established
belief, that it was fated at that time for men coming from Judea to rule the
to the announcement of the birth of Jesus for the Magi they were anticipating
their invitation. This was what they
were looking for, they were excited because they had been anticipating the
event. Maybe this is where you are at,
perhaps because of a life event you feel a need to connect with God
someone who is God aware and are actively trying to connect with their
creators. They are seekers. Perhaps it’s because a child was born or a
parent has died or maybe you just sense a deep yearning in your soul that can
only be filled with the eternal. And God
is still offering his Grace to seekers today we are told in Psalm 105:4 Search for the LORD and for his strength;
continually seek him. And God
promises us in Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you
will find me.
apathetic and the seekers who were invited to the party on that first Christmas
morning. Let’s go back to the scripture
we started with this morning. Matthew 2:1-2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea,
during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands
arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw
his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
Herod Wouldn’t Have Been Invited
received a lot of bad press through the years.
You ever get the feeling that sometimes we need to tear heroes and
historical figures down just on principal.
In Australia they talked about the “tall poppy syndrome” and that was
the desire to pull anyone down who had risen among the herd.
entirely bad either. After all he wasn’t
called Herod the Great for nothing.
Herod was half Jew and half Gentile.
He had curried favor with the Romans during the civil wars in Palestine
and kept the locals in line for the Romans.
population it endeared him to the Romans and if nothing else Herod knew which
side his bread was buttered on. In 47 BC
he was appointed Governor of Palestine and seven years later he was appointed
King by Octavian who you would know better as Caesar Augustus. Not even Provincial Governments can do patronage
like that, appointing somebody King.
kept peace in Palestine throughout his reign which was not idle task, he
rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem, built many great fortresses including the
mountain top fort of Masada. In the year
AD 12 he underwrote the cost of the Olympic Games in Greece and was named the
games “Perpetual President.” And he
wasn’t all bad, during the lean years he stopped collecting taxes, boy there’s
a suggestion, and in 24 BC he had his gold plates melted down to buy corn for
another don’t we. Herod’s problem was
that he kept killing people. Not just
anyone, just anyone he suspected might be a threat to his leadership. You see he was insanely suspicious and
paranoid and he was always afraid that people were trying to usurp him. Not that they weren’t. And the older he got the more suspicious he
got until someone even referred to him as a “Murderous Old Man”
with her mother Alexandra, his eldest son Antipater, his middle son Alexander
and his third son Aristobulus. Barlcay
tells us that Augustus, the Roman Emperor, had
said “It is safer to be Herod’s pig than Herod’s son.”
Which was a lot more poetic in the Greek where the word for Pig was Hus
and for Son was Huios
retired to Jerico and had some of the most notable and distinguished citizens
of Jerusalem arrested on trumped up charges.
On his orders they were slaughtered at the moment of his death. You see Herod knew how people felt about him
and he said that he was determined to have tears shed at his death. It worked.
who was crippled with hate and suspicion was told about the one who would
become King of the Jews. And by this he
was a little disturbed. The Bible says in Matthew 2:3 When Herod the
king heard this, he was troubled, “troubled” now there’s an understatement. Herod got
ugly. And when his plans to find the
child and do him in failed, he flipped. Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived
by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all
the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two
years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the
wise men. The only thing that saved Jesus was that an Angel visited Joseph in a
dream and told him in Matthew 2:13 Now when they
had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,
saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay
there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy
people wonder why genocide like this wouldn’t be mentioned in history. Well, remember that at the time Bethlehem
probably had a population of no more than 2000, less than half the population
of Kingswood. So we are probably talking
the death of 25 or 30 children tops. In
a time when murder and unrighteousness was so wide spread the only people who
would have been outraged at this tragedy would have been the parents.
represents all those who are hostile to the claims of Christ. God interrupted Herod’s hate filled life to
let him know that there was a new King in town.
And the implication was that Herod didn’t have to react to that news
bitterly, he lived in the Jewish culture and would have known the predictions
of a coming Messiah who would offer grace and salvation. And he could have welcomed and embraced the
Messiah, but he didn’t.
God still offer grace to those who are hostile to his claims and his Son? There is a story told in the book of Acts
about a man named Saul whose man goal in life seemed to be to eradicate the
early church. He was there when Stephen
the first Christian Martyr was killed, and we are told in Acts 8:1 Saul was one of
the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen. and
the next time we see Saul it is recorded in the next chapter Acts 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul
was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s
followers. Definitely hostile, and yet God reached down and through his
grace invited him to be a part of the Jesus story and we know him as the
Apostle Paul, probably Christianity’s greatest theologian and statesman who
introduced Christianity to Asia and Europe and wrote a good part of the New
Come Thou Fount and it was written by Robbie Robinson. When Robinson was invited to join the Jesus
story he was with a group of young men who had gone to heckle and throw stones
at Methodist preacher George Whitefield.
It took three more years before he accepted the invitation but he
started out hostile to the claims of Grace and Christ.
spouse a child who would have nothing to do with the Jesus story who is now a
part of it, all because of Amazing Grace.
reached out to each of these groups.
With the shepherds, the apathetic He made sure they would be comfortable
in approaching His Son, think about it?
Where was he born? In a stable,
had he been born in a nice home they would never have felt welcome, and yet God
reached out to those who didn’t even know they needed reaching out to.
were astronomers he set a star in the sky, relevant to them, but millions of
others saw the start but never saw the significance. And to Herod he sent the Magi, men who would
have been familiar with the Royal Courts of Persia and would have carried the influence
necessary to sway the King, imagine the shepherds trying to get in to see the
the Jesus story? And what will you do
with his offer of Grace this morning?
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.
Christmas”? Probably, if you google that
phrase you get almost 29,000,000 hits.
Everything ranging from albums of Christmas music to campaigns to
provide toys to underprivileged children, to children’s books, to more
inspirational plaques than you can count.
It was Norman Vincent Peale who wrote “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Potter type of magic, instead it is the soft fuzzy emotional type of magic that
is a feeling.
talking about miracles. And there are some folks who would like to take the
miracles out of Christmas, they would do away with the miraculous and instead
hand us an event that could happen without the hand of God being evident
throughout it. And if that is the case
then Christmas is just an event, hardly worth remembering let alone celebrating
2000 years later.
realities of miracles, after all it was Nancy Gibbs is
an editor and writer for Time magazine who summed it up when she wrote “For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary. For those
who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.”
would lose if we had a Christmas without miracles.
start at the beginning, but six months before the beginning where we read the
story of a couple named Zacharias and Elizabeth. What we know about this couple is that
Elizabeth was related to Mary the Mother of Christ and that Zacharias was a
priest and his wife was from a family of priests. And we
know that they were childless, not by choice but by chance, a tragedy for most
folks who it happened to but for a priest it was a double tragedy in that there
would be no son to carry on his priestly responsibilities.
older, again how old? We don’t know, old
enough to be mentioned, but perhaps because it was in relation to their child
bearing years maybe it was just relative, maybe they were old in their late
forties or early fifties. Not sure.
his priestly functions. By this time in
history there were more priests than there were jobs for priests, so they took
turns working in the temple, good work if you can find it. And Zechariah’s turn came up and he was
chosen to enter into the temple and offer the sacrifices and while he was in
there the strangest thing happened.
sacrifice, getting it ready to be offered, preparing his prayers and the
scriptures he would read as part of the ceremony and God interrupts him, with
spooked. After all he was supposed to be
alone in the altar area, there were no windows just lit by flickering torches,
maybe he’s whistling as he worked. And
all of a sudden he’s no longer alone. I
don’t think he was spooked because there was an angel there, I think he was
spooked because there was anyone there.
identifies himself as Gabriel, I know don’t get me started, tells Zechariah
that his and his wife’s prayers are going to be answered that they will be
parents and that their son will do great things for God.
bombshell, I mean good news, on Zechariah he gets this response; “What?” Actually that was a rough translation his
actually words were Luke 1:18 Zechariah said to the
angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is
also well along in years.”
that charitable, love how it is put in the King James Version Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I
am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. Guys just a hint, not sure that “well
stricken in years” is the most appropriate way to describe your wife’s age.
Zechariah and Elizabeth had prayed for a son, They had been praying so long it
had become rote and I don’t think they really expected it would be answered and
had never stopped to consider what would happen if it was answered, there would
be diapers to buy, a house to be baby proofed and they’d have to get a baby
seat for the camel.
caused babies and presumably they had been trying that particular technique
without success so the assumption would have to be that there would have to be
something miraculous about this.
been disbelief as much as curiosity that caused his reaction, he knew the other
way wasn’t working so what was going to change?
the story it would appear that Gabriel was a little sensitive about not being
believed because he responds by saying in Luke 1:19-20 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of
God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! But now, since you
didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the
child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”
if folks who don’t always believe the promises of God lost their voice? Yeah, preaching to a very quiet church.
story, Elizabeth conceives and they have a son they named John who we know as
John the Baptist. It was John who
preached repentance first and it was John who announced the ministry of Jesus.
birth, so if there were no miracles in the story of Jesus There Would Be No John to Announce Him But John’s wasn’t the only
miraculous conception in the Christmas Story.
The main event revolves around a miraculous conception. You know the story. Mary a young woman in a small town is engaged
to be married and before that happens an angel appears and tells her that she
is going to have a baby. Her first
response was probably “That’s cool, I’ve always wanted to be a mother.” And then he drops the bombshell and tells her
the time line, and her response is found in Luke
1:34-35 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this
happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will
be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
ingrained part of the Christmas story that it’s the only time little children
can use the word “Virgin” and not raise eyebrows. We sing about it, put in on Christmas Cards,
read it in the Christmas story do we actually believe it?
and preachers who don’t believe in the virgin birth? Seriously.
I’m not sure what they believe, we do know that Mary and Joseph were
engaged to be married and if that was the extent of the story then we’d have to
assume that perhaps they were engaged in a little more than wedding
preparation. They wouldn’t be the first couple or the last who’s first born was
a little premature. Or as my Daddy used
to tell me “The first one can come at any time the
next one takes nine months.”
But that wasn’t all of the story, when Mary breaks the news to Joseph he was
upset, because he knew that he wasn’t the father. So where does that leave us? Either Mary was a virgin, as she claimed, and
who should know better, or God’s son was conceived as the result of a betrayal. You see two thousand years ago in Jewish
culture the one year period before the marriage vows were actually taken was
called the betrothal and it was considered as binding as a marriage. Which is why when Joseph heard the news the
bible tells us in Matthew 1:19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and
did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement
quietly. The NIV is closer to the
meaning of the original when it says Matthew
1:19 Because Joseph her husband was a
righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind
to divorce her quietly.
miracles out of Christmas There Would be
No Extraordinary Birth And you might be thinking: so what? Well the prophecies concerning the coming
messiah stated that he would be born of a virgin. But more than that we are talking God coming
to earth. How should he come? The same way that you and me and Genghis Khan
and Adolph Hitler were conceived and born?
chose a sign, and he did, he stepped outside the boundary of natural laws
that say that in the act of conception a male and a female would each
contribute a cell which would become a new person. Instead God did what had never happened
before and has not happened since and that is he produced a child with only one
cell. You read in the papers about same
sex parents, don’t believe it can’t
happen. It takes ingredients from a boy
and a girl to make a baby.
part of the story involves the world’s second oldest profession, It wasn’t the
world’s oldest profession but it was close!
I mean you know what the world’s oldest profession is right? That’s right, farming. Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain the oldest
was a farmer, thus making that the world’s oldest profession. What were you thinking?
the younger brother was a shepherd making that the world’s second oldest
the story, the shepherds are in the field watching their sheep when suddenly an
angel appears with a message. “The Messiah is here!” and then that angel is
joined by a whole flock of angels who are proclaiming the goodness of God.
original language simply meant messenger now that doesn’t negate who appeared
to the Shepherds that first Christmas.
These weren’t just messengers, these were Heavenly messengers. Luke
tells us in Luke 2:13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies
of heaven—praising God. . .
tell us about Jesus, and if you did, cool.
But the majority of us do get a messenger with news about Jesus.
one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went
to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which
means “Christ”). Andrew heard
about Jesus from John and then Simon heard about Jesus from Andrew.
time? Who was your angel? My angel’s name was Reg, which is kind of a
strange name for an angel when you think about it, but it is what it is.
Christianity. I mean it does happen
sometimes, and when it does it makes a great story. For example, Billy Sunday was a professional
baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings and one Sunday afternoon in
1886 he and some of his fellow players had a few beers and were wandering
through the streets of Chicago where Sunday heard a street preaching team from
the Pacific Garden Mission.
went on to become the Billy Graham of his time, or more correctly Billy Graham
became the Billy Sunday of his time.
Over the course of his ministry Sunday preached to a 100 million people
and recorded over a million converts, and that was without television or the
friend, family or a co-worker who brings the message to us and invites us to
come. Paul spells it out for us in Romans
10:14 But how can they call on him to save them
unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never
heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
the Angels came and told the shepherds about Jesus. It takes a miracle to provide angels in a
field mesmerizing a group of shepherds You understand that without angels, the
shepherds would never have heard the story of the Messiah. Without Miracles There Would be no Shepherds to Welcome Him
probably even further than the story of Elizabeth and Zachariah. And it began in a country that was called
Persia then but now we call it Iran.
kneeling in adoration before the new born messiah. Across the desert sand they had come, mile
after mile and they weren’t a part of a flash mob, they didn’t hear about Jesus
via Facebook or Twitter they were following the promise of a distant star.
sea of sand to the little town of Bethlehem to worship at the cradle of Christ.
never told they were kings or that there were three of them. In the original language they are referred to
as Magi, and tradition tells us that they probably came from Persia.
which is probably why we always think there were three of them.
would have happened if it had of been three wise women instead right?
Would Have Asked Directions
Would Have Arrived On Time
Would Have Helped Deliver the Baby
Would Have Cleaned the Stable
Would Have Made a Casserole
in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over
the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with
joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they
bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave
him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
this time of year you will hear that the Magi never saw the new born Christ,
instead we are told that they arrived two years after Jesus was born. The rational?
They refer to where the Bible says that they went to the house where the
baby was so maybe a room opened in the inn the day after Jesus was born, the
scripture tell us that Jesus was born in a stable, they don’t tell us how long
he stayed in the stable. Imagine what
happened when the innkeeper’s wife discovered that he had put a pregnant woman
in the barn.
to make the trip, but if God could put a star in the sky to guide the wise men
he could have put it there so they arrived on time, that’s why we call them miracles.
the fact that Herod ordered the death of all male children under the age of
2. So what? The man was a kook. When he was on his death bed he ordered that
some of the most distinguished people in Jerusalem be arrested and killed at
the moment of his death so some tears would be shed. I want to know why Mary and Joseph and Jesus
would have hung around Bethlehem for two years after the census was finished,
inquiring minds want to know. Didn’t
Joseph have a carpenter shop to get back to?
and if we take the Miracles out of Christmas Then There Would be no Magi to Worship Him
the way it should have been.
to dwell amongst us. And how should that have happened? Should it have been an everyday event that no
one noticed? Or should there have been some element of wonder attached to
first Christmas because they can’t believe that things like that could happen
and perhaps that’s why the Bible says 1 Corinthians 1:18 I know
very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the
road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the
very power of God. Perhaps we
could change that just a bit to read 1 Corinthians 1:18 I know
very well how foolish the message of Christmas sounds to those who are on the
road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the
very power of God.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.