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~ C. H. Spurgeon

Bob Patton, M.D., D.D.

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How Can a Virgin Bear a Son?

Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Mary was chosen by God and blessed by Him

Mary was an extraordinary woman, worthy of our study and respect. I do not believe that Mary was the “mother of God,” nor born without sin, nor a perpetual virgin, nor taken to heaven without dying, nor that she can redeem us from our sins, because the Bible, God’s infallible word, does not teach these things. In fact, Mary needed a savior from sin, and praised the Lord for His provision: Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. But Mary was a unique woman, chosen by God for the virgin birth predicted 700 years earlier, when the prophet Isaiah wrote in chapter 7 verse 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Mary was specially chosen by God. Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Note that she was not favored ABOVE women, but AMONG women. We too can be blessed of the Lord when the Lord is with us, and indeed, when we receive Jesus Christ as savior, He is not only WITH us but also living IN us.

Mary was blessed. She had held herself pure as a virgin. Moreover, she willingly submitted to the Lord.

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“A dynamic praying church must be built from the inside out, employing all four levels of prayer: the secret closet, the family altar, small group praying and finally, the congregational setting.”
~ Developing your Secret Closet of Prayer, Richard Burr

Justin Taylor

December 24, 2015

Each Christmas we hear the words from Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Wait—“Everlasting Father”? Isn’t he the “child . . . born,” the “son . . . given”? Isn’t he the Son of Man and the Son of God? Isn’t it God the Father who is, well, God the Father?

My pastor at New Covenant Bible Church, David Sunday, preached on this a couple of weeks ago, and TGC has published an article-version at their site.

Here’s how he begins:

Few words in any language evoke the kind of feelings we have when we hear the word father. Some of us will feel a sense of loss this Christmas season, either because we had fathers who were wonderful but are no longer with us, or because we have unfulfilled longings for the kind of father we’ve never had.

How comforting, then, to read of the birth of a child whose name shall be called “Everlasting Father” (Isa. 9:6). Under his care, his protection, and his provision, we are safe and will be satisfied for all eternity.

Of all the names attributed to Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, Everlasting Father intrigues me the most because it’s the one I understand the least. How can Jesus the Messiah, the second person of the Godhead, be called Everlasting Father?

And here are three of his key points:

  1. Isaiah is not confusing Jesus the Messiah with the first person of the Trinity.
  2. Isaiah is highlighting the divine nature of the Messiah.
  3. Jesus the Messiah is the only one who can reveal God’s fatherly character to us, for he is one in nature and essence with the Father.

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“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers”

~ Acts 1.14

The Prayer Motivator

Andrew Murray said, “Our forgiving love toward men is the evidence of God’s forgiving love in us. It is a necessary condition of the prayer of faith.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 15:7 which says: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Leslie Ludy. She said, “It has been said by many great Christians that prayer is our secret weapon. If we desire to be free from every enemy stronghold over our lives and fully fortified to live the superhuman existences God intended us to live, then we must learn how to pray.”

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VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

 B5mfAHZCYAAUqSC(Voice of the Persecuted) Christmas messages, prayers and outpouring of Christian love for our persecuted brother, Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Iran for his faith in Christ. In the weeks to come, we will continue to post these beautiful messages and encourage others to join as we remember, uplift and share Christmas with Pastor Saeed and his family, our family in Christ.

To all of you sharing: Your loving words and prayers have deeply touched our hearts. They’re a radiant example of the true Christian meaning of brotherly love and being ‘one’ in the Body of Christ. Thank you, God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Reyna – Argentina
Dear Saeed,
Everyday you’re in my and my husband’s thoughts. You are that part of the body that Christ has called to be protected in His love. And even though the distance doesn’t allow me to say this face to face to encourage your heart, I take…

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“The prayer meeting is the pulse of the church.”
~ J. B. Johnston, The Prayer Meeting and Its History

“He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.”

~ William Law

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