No Normal Love

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Gus Davies

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Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: 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 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, 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”(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.

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Thanksgiving 2020 will be remembered for a number of different reasons, but should that really be the case?  

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

  • Did you know that in every in-person worship service since restarting, we have had first-time visitors.  
  • Did you know that since we restarted in-person worship our weekly averages are 5,445 on-line worshipers and 759 worshiping in-person.
  • Did you know that 8,052 is the number of additional worship service views that occur during each week.

"...God isn't asking you to be thankful. He's asking you to give thanks. There's a big difference. One response involves emotions, the other your choices, your decisions about a situation, your intent, your step of faith." —Joni Eareckson Tada

  • Did you know during our fiscal year which started July 1, 2020 through November 24, 2020 tithes and offerings total $2,816,406. For the same period last year they were $3,207,233. Yes, that is a 12.18% decline, but we rejoice and wisely utilize every dollar God provides.  
  • Did you know that since October 1, that shortfall is only 7.11%. We are so humbled and thankful for how God uses each of you to provide for the many ministries, programs, outreaches, and serving opportunities available through Northland Church.
  • Did you know that you have given $37,797 to our COVID-19 Benevolence Fund, enabling us to meet needs right here in our community.  

“A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.” —Billy Graham

God bless you Northland Family, as we join together Engaging people to be Fully Alive in Jesus.

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No Normal Love


Below are the questions from the Advent Study Week 1. For the full advent study download it here >
Read together Matthew 1:18-25.

1. What action did he take as a result of God’s personal message?

2. Describe the unusual circumstances you have experienced this year. Who has helped you this year remember God’s faithfulness?

3. What does Joseph’s willingness to risk his own reputation tell you about his love for Mary?

4. About his character?

5. About his faith and his love for God?

6. How might the story have been different for Joseph if he had not been willing to obey?

7. Consider the last time you felt God pushing you out of your comfort zone, or when you had to risk your reputation for another person. What was He asking of you, and what was your response? 

8. What action might you take based on what God is telling you today? How could He change your life if you were willing to obey?

9. How might the unexpected turns and twists of life this year be setting you up to make a very meaningful and unique contribution to the Kingdom?

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