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Sunday, 23 December 2018

'EMMANUEL'

By Rev. Brian Wilkie                    
Rev. Brian Wilkie

Pastor of St. Andrew's Christian Community
Rockland, Ontario

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PODCAST LINK to CFRA broadcast 
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018:
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Today, we want to give thanks to our Supporters, especially those who 
have been responding to our Christmas mail-out and appeal.
We're really thankful for the support, here at the year end, 
and if you haven't had a chance to donate to support our ministry, 
we hope you'll see it possible to do so in the next week or so.
Again, our THANKS!

Broadcast Title:
Emmanuel
 
Reference passage:  Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 1:18 Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this
  2. Matthew 1:19 Or was a righteous man and
  3. Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.
  4. Matthew 1:23 Isaiah 7:14
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Let's turn to God in Prayer:
 
Almighty God, we give you thanks that, because you live, we also live. And, we do not live alone, we live in your presence.
Because you have made a way to cleanse us of all sin, so that we can be a temple for the Almighty God, to you, we give thanks and praise, today and for evermore.
Help us to seek you, always, and by your grace, to always find you. Through Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Lord, Amen.

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Rev. Brian Wilkie
St. Andrew's Christian Community, Rockland, Ontario
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