The four dreams of Joseph

From Matthew 1 & 2

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.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” …When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

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When they (the Magi) had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

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After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there.

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Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth.  So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he (the savior) would be called a Nazarene.

Read Matthew 1 and 2

 

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Epiphany ~ Worship the Messiah

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth ~ Isaiah 49:6b

Wise men giving gifts to the new born king Matthew 2:11Matthew chapter 2  tells about the coming of the Magi (wise men).  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  The Magi saw Jesus’ star rise in the east and came to the capital city, Jerusalem, where they expected to find the newborn king of the Jews, but more than that, they planned to worship this unique king. 

When asked, the priests told King Herod that the Messiah (Savior) was to be born in Bethlehem. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”  So Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem. He told them that he, too, wanted to worship this new king, Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him”, but secretly he planned to kill the baby Jesus.

Matthew says that the Magi went to Bethlehem, led by the star, to the house where Mary and Joseph resided with Jesus. After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  But having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. But, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”   So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary during the night and fled to Egypt, where they stayed until the death of Herod.

The coming of the Magi meant that people who were not Jews learned of Jesus’ birth and came to worship him. That is why Epiphany (which means “to reveal”)  is called the Christmas of the Gentiles (or non-Jews). Epiphany is a special time to remember that Jesus was born to save all people of every nation!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for fulfilling your plan of salvation ~ Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. ~ Isaiah 60:3

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New Year’s Day worship at 10:30

 On January 1st we will gather together to begin a new year.  

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Join us at 10:30 for worship, praise, and good news!

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.
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Psalm 42:8

(no services will be held on New Year’s Eve)

 

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Christmas at Living Hope

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when the time had fully come, God sent his Son…  Galatians 4:4a

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Celebrate the birth of God’s only Son, our Savior!

  • Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

 

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

…they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. – Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11a

Living Hope’s Christmas schedule:

  • Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Service: 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Service: 10:30 a.m
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“Give him the name Jesus”

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.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, [Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves] because he will save his people from their sins.”               ~ Matthew 1:20-21

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Naming a baby can be quite exciting. Some parents debate for months on what they will call their child. In an effort to find the perfect name, they may even consult books that are full of baby names or do an extensive online search. Parents are getting more creative all the time. Some parents pick a name to be different. Some pick a family name. Some pick biblical names.

God had a unique purpose in naming his Son. In giving him the name Jesus (the Lord saves), God was not trying to be trendy or creative. Rather, he was giving his one and only Son an important title and job description. You see, God had taken a look at his world and he didn’t like what he saw. He saw his perfect creation ruined by sin. He saw the entire human race terribly lost in sin and on the way to destruction and condemnation. As he looked from heaven at all of us, perhaps a few different names came to mind: sinners…unrighteous…wicked…evil.

As the holy God that he is, the Lord had every right to leave us lost in sin and to go his own way. But that’s not the kind of God we have! Instead, God in love sent his Son to be our Savior. Jesus lived up to his name. He came into this world and lived a perfect life in our place, earning the righteousness that we sorely lacked in our own lives. Then he went on to the cross and died an innocent death in our place, paying for all sins. Jesus saved us just like his name describes.

As a result of his work for us, we are saved from sin and death and hell. Our sins are forgiven. And now, through faith in Jesus, when God the Father looks from heaven and sees us, a few different names come to mind: saints…a chosen people…holy…righteous…children of God.

This Christmas—and always—thank God for the wonderful gift of his Son, Jesus, and learn to praise his name always. It is the only name by which we are saved.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, we are humbled by the tremendous gift of your Son, whose name is Jesus. Lead us to thank and praise and love him all the days of our lives. Amen.

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Children’s Christmas Program ~ Dec. 19th at 6:30 p.m.

cropped-cropped-summer-2012-064.jpg Living Hope’s & OPL’s Children’s Christmas Program

Wednesday, Dec. 19th at 6:30 pm

Please join us for a festive, heart-warming evening!

Jesus is the reason for the season!

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