Easter Production

One week before Easter join us for our NEW 2019 EASTER PRODUCTION, The life of Jesus is portrayed through song – dance – drama in this power filled production. You will sense at times that you are right there as the Savior touches people with His love and power, finally, giving His life for us. It doesn’t end at the cross… there’s so much more, most importantly His triumphant resurrection from the dead. Don’t miss this fabulous holiday production.
 
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If you’re like me, you might be thinking there must be more to Easter than bunnies, baskets and jellybeans. Well, there is more… Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – HE IS ALIVE – What does all that mean? Come find out! I think you’ll love the casual, welcoming atmosphere and the friendly people you’ll meet. There’s something fun for your kids too.
 
The most important event in human history is about to be celebrated – the RESURRECTION OF JESUS
invite a friend to share the Easter Season with you!
Celebrate The Easter Season at Living Water Church
New 2019 Easter Production Friday, April 12th  @7:30pm
Sunday, April 14th  @3:00pm
Good Friday Service – April 19th @7:00pm
Easter Sunday Morning Services – April 21st @8:45am & 10:15am

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LivingWaterEaster

 
 
If you’re like me, you might be thinking there must be more to Easter than bunnies, baskets and jellybeans. Well, there is more… Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – HE IS ALIVE – What does all that mean? Come find out! I think you’ll love the casual, welcoming atmosphere and the friendly people you’ll meet. There’s something fun for your kids too.
 
 
The Easter Season at Living Water Church will be a great time to refresh and renew your faith – join us for these great events and don’t forget to invite your family and friends too!
 
The most important event in human history is about to be celebrated – the RESURRECTION OF JESUS
invite a friend to share the Easter Season with you!
Celebrate The Easter Season at Living Water Church All New 2019 Easter Production Friday, April 12th  @7:30pm
Sunday, April 14th  @3:00pm
Good Friday Service – April 19th @7:00pm
Easter Sunday Morning Services – April 21st @8:45am & 10:15am

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The Life Of Jesus

The Life Of Jesus
2019 Easter Season
Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Over the next three weeks we’ll be looking at the Life of Jesus   We’ll start with some of the prophecies concerning His birth along with some of the events surrounding His birth.   Next we’ll take a brief look at His life and ministry up to the last week of His life on earth.   On Easter weekend we’ll look at the final days of His life concluded with the miraculous resurrection.   After Easter we’ll look at the events leading to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost along with looking at the early church.
 
To begin with the birth of Jesus would be missing His eternal Deity so let’s take a look at that for a moment.
 
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…
 
Notice the word US – who’s the US that’s being referred to here?
 
We know from verse One that the Holy Spirit was part of that US
 
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 
Interestingly in verse one the Hebrew word for God is Elohiym which means the Supreme God and Elohiym is a plural word.
 
So it’s understandable that with God and the Spirit plural is covered – but, is there more? Yes, there is.
 
Take a look at John’s Gospel…
 
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
 
 
 
 
Who or what is the Word referred to here?
 
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
We see that the life of Jesus really goes back to the beginning of everything but on Earth we mark His life at His birth.
 
His birth is described as miraculous, most especially because He was actually born of a virgin, that’s a miracle.
 
But there’s more to the miraculous birth of Jesus, and it’s found in the prophecies about him and His birth.
 
Here are two notable prophecies.
 
Michah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
 
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
 
These prophecies were fulfilled and recorded in these Bible passages.
 
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”   Matthew 1:22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”   Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…
 
 
There were several other prophecies from several different people from about 500 to 1000 years before the birth of Jesus.
 
Here are six more prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.
 
1 – The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David. Jeremiah 23:5 600B.C.
Jesus … the son of David …” Luke 3:23, 31 – 4 B.C.
 
2 – The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:13 – 487 B.C.   They gave him (Judas) thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 – 30 A.D.
 
3 – The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced. Psalm 22:16 – 1000 B.C.
They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there-Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.” Luke 23:33 – 30 A.D.
 
4 – People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing. Psalm 22:18 – 1000 B.C.
The soldiers … took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’ ” John 19:23-24 – 30 A.D.
 
5 – The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 – 500 B.C.
They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and seHim on them Matthew 21:7 – 30 A.D.
 
6 – A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah. Malachi 3:1 – 500 B.C.
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.” John 1:26 – 27 A.D.
 
 
Professor of mathematics Peter Stoner gave 600 students a math probability problem that would determine the odds for one person fulfilling eight specific prophecies. First the students calculated the odds of one person fulfilling all the conditions of one specific prophecy, such as being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. Then the students did their best to estimate the odds for all of the eight prophecies combined. The students calculated that the odds against one person fulfilling all eight prophecies are astronomical-one in ten to the 21st power. To illustrate that number, Stoner gave the following example: “First, blanket the entire Earth land mass with silver dollars 120 feet high. Second, specially mark one of those dollars and randomly bury it. Third, ask a person to travel the Earth and select the marked dollar, while blindfolded, from the trillions of other dollars.”¹
 
Stoner’s work was reviewed by the American Scientific Association, which stated, “The mathematical analysis … is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound, and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way.

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Uncluttered – Make Room For God

Uncluttered – Make Room For God
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
 
Sometimes our lives are packed with so much stuff to carry or to do that life becomes overweight. It becomes time to prioritize what’s important and necessary for me.
 
Our life can be packed with good stuff and bad stuff. I have to decide the value of the stuff and if I’m expecting God to ADD something of value into my life there needs to be room for it otherwise I can’t fit it. And it’s better to be prepared beforehand for what God is going to do.
 
Here’s The Secret To Success
 
Proverbs 3:6 (Living Bible) In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
 
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
Bitterness – anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly
 
Rage – violent uncontrollable anger.
 
Anger – a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility
 
Slander – a false and malicious spoken statement that causes harm
 
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
 
Romans 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 
If your life is cluttered with stuff that hinders your walk with God make the decision to get rid of it so you can grow in the Grace of God.
 
It Takes DISCIPLINE. It takes DEVELOPPING GOOD HABITS
 
1 Timothy 4:7b (LB) “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”
 
1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB) Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit.
 
Hebrews 12:1b (NLT) Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress.
 
In scuba diving weights are useful underwater – On land they hold you back
 
Give God FIRST Things
 
Give God The First THOUGHTS Of Each Day
 
Psalms 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
 
Mark 1:35 Very early the next morning, Jesus got up and went to a place where he could be alone and pray.
 
Give God The First DAY Of Each Week
 
The purpose of the Sabbath is – To Rest – To Connect With God & His People
 
Exodus 20:8 Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. 9 You have six days when you can do your work, 10 but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God.
 
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
 
Give God Some Quality Time Every Week – You Can Do It
 
Proverbs 10:27 (Living Bible) Reverence for the Lord adds hours to each day.

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Just Passing Through

Just Passing Through

Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
This weekend we’re talking about how life can be very difficult and we can feel like all hope is lost. But we find comfort in Psalm 23 when it talks about the valley of the shadow of death…stay tuned.
 
 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me   The word SHADOW seems to have such an OMINOUS tone about it doesn’t it?   It’s kind of a shadowy word, isn’t it?     This is what it means – a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface:

  • A shadow is partial or complete darkness.

Here’s some things we say about shadows   A stranger slowly approached from the shadows.   A Doctor says I don’t like that I see shadows on your lungs in this X-Ray.   In the 1930’s the shadow of war fell across Europe

It describes inferiority or obscurity – he lived in the shadow of his brother all of his life.
 
Someone who’s been very sick for a long time is described as a shadow of his former self.
 
You feel frightened walking down a dark street because you think someone’s shadowing you.
 
You describe a timid person as someone who’s afraid of their own shadow.
 
All right, it’s not always bad – it can represent a faithful attendant – her little dog was like a faithful shadow, always following her – then she tripped over it and broke her leg.
 
The Psalmist uses the term the valley as the shadow of death.
 
What we have to remember is this – Shadows are NOT the real thing.
 
In today’s verse there’s a very important point for us to see and this is it We walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, we don’t DIE there, we walk through.
 
In the summertime the shepherd will bring his sheep to higher ground for grazing.
 
As the weather changes he’ll move to the higher elevations where the winter snows have melted and the pastures are green and lush.
 
In order to get to the mountaintop they have to pass through the valleys where there can be dark shadows and streams that can be overflowing because of the melting snow above.
 
The streams and rivers can be a source of refreshing water but they can also be a dangerous thing because of the swift running water, the sheep can be easily swept away and drown.   But the shepherd is always with the sheep, always watching for danger.
 
The sheep says that he will fear no evil because the shepherd is with him. Isn’t it a comfort to have someone near you in a dark time?   As one shepherd said:
  • Every mountain has its valleys. The sides of the valley are scarred by deep ravines and gulches and draws. And the best route to the top is always through these valleys. Any sheepman familiar with the high country knows this. He leads his flock gently, but persistently up the paths that wind through the dark valley.

You can’t get to the mountaintop without passing through the valley.   Also, you can’t get back to the ranch from the mountaintop without passing through the valley again.   You may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death and be feeling like all hope is lost but it’s not. You’re just passing through.   Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.   To the Chief Musician with my stringed instruments – that indicates praising God   2Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—   2Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.   Tell these momentary light afflictions work for you.


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How To Be Led

HOW TO BE Led By The Holy Spirit
 
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
 
 
Being led by the Holy Spirit – it’s not as complicated as we make it out to be.
 
 
Believers ARE led by the Holy Spirit.
 
Romans 8:14 those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
 
 
Look at these three ways of being led by the Holy Spirit
 
 
1 – The Word – our roadmap
 
 
2 – The conscience – our compass
 
 
3 – The Holy Spirit – our guide
 
 
When you read, study and meditate on the written word you’ll develop an understanding of the principles and the ways of God. Then your mind will be renewed and your sensitivity to the Lord’s Leading will increase.
 
 
The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit because they are spiritually discerned.
 
 
1 Corinthians 2:14   The Holy Spirit will NEVER lead you in a direction contrary to the written word
 
 
Give yourself to INSTRUCTION
 
 
Participate in Bible Studies –   God sets teachers on the body – take advantage of that.
 
 
Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
 
 
 
When you read and study the bible meditate on what you’ve read and pray as you meditate.
 
 
 
This is where praying in the spirit is so powerful.
 
 
 
As you pray in the Spirit the Lord will impress on your spirit what His will is.
 
 
Romans 8:26 the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
 
 
Apply to your life what you’ve learned and been impressed with. Now you can begin to walk in the things the Holy Spirit is impressing on you and you will be walking in the will of God.
 
 
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh or sinful nature, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
 
 
Spiritual people desire the things of the Spirit
 
Proverbs 3:6 In ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him and He will direct your paths.
 
 
Renew your mind
 
 
To be led by God’s Spirit you can’t follow a culture that doesn’t follow God
 
 
Exodus 23:2 Don’t follow the crowd in doing wrong…
 
 
 
Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right
 

Just because it’s LEGAL doesn’t mean it’s MORAL     Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.


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Praying in the Spirit

Praying In The Spirit

Sunday, January 20, 2019– Pastor George M. Dupree
 
The doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a BIBLE Doctrine.
 
We should receive and enjoy every GIFT God has given us.
 
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…
 
Jesus is the One Who BAPTIZES Us In The Holy Spirit
 
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you in water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire.
 
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a GIFT from God.
 
Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
 
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God for every believer
 
Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
 
Acts 2:39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.
 
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit will empower you tell others about this new life
 
Acts 4:33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
 
Praying in the Spirit brings refreshing
 
Isaiah 28:11–12 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”.
 
When you pray in tongues, you pray directly to God from your spirit. This is your own personal prayer language in which you can pray and communicate with God.
 
1Corinthians 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. Prayer In
 
The Spirit Releases Worship Sometimes when we worship we go to the limits of our self and we express deeper worship by worshipping from our Spirit. When you pray in tongues, you magnify and praise God from your spirit.
 
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God When you pray in tongues, you pray Spirit-directed prayers.
 
The Holy Spirit directs your prayers according to the perfect will of God.
 
Romans 8:26–27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
 
When you pray in tongues, you are edified and strengthened.
 
1Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…
 
Jude 20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
 
Paul knew the value of speaking in tongues, and he was thankful to be prolific (productive, fruitful) in his speaking with tongues
 
1Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all If the great apostle Paul knew the need of speaking with tongues how much more should we.
 
 
1Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
 
 
Pray in your prayer language everyday.

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The Holy Spirit In Your Life

The Holy Spirit In Your Life

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree

The Holy Spirit Is For EVERY BELIEVER

  • Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The Holy Spirit gives you the Power To OVERCOME

  • 1 John 4:4 … you belong to God and have overcome and the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
  • Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?

The Holy Spirit gives you the Power To KNOW

  • John 16:13 Jesus said, ‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.
  • John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said.

What does the Holy Spirit want to do in our lives?   The Holy Spirit CONVICTS us of sin

  • John 16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:

The Holy Spirit will bring conviction to us when we are about to do wrong or after we have done wrong, then we are supposed to act on it. The Holy Spirit Does Not Condemn Us – He Convicts Us   The Holy Spirit GUIDES us in TRUTH

  • John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.

The Holy Spirit Guides us through His Word, through other Godly people.   The Holy Spirit TEACHES us truth He is the Spirit of Truth – John 14:17

  • John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

To be taught you need to be TEACHABLE and HUMBLE.   King David wasn’t a perfect man but he had a heart after God. He knew that he needed God to TEACH him because he didn’t know it all.   Psalms 27:11 Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the path of honesty   Psalms 86:11 Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.   In conclusion … welcome the Holy Spirit into your life to bring about the change that only He can bring.

 

You’re NATURAL The Holy Spirit is SUPERNATURAL


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Church News 1/11/2019

Prayer Meeting Tonight – 1/11/19 at 7PM
2 Services On Sunday – 1/13/19 8:45 & 10:15
Sharing 2019 VISION – Sunday, February 3rd at 6PM

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Songs of the Season NOW

LET HEAVEN & NATURE & PEOPLE SING!

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Luke 2:14    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!

Luke 2:15   When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.


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