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Dec 20, 2010

2010-12-19-1030 Pastor Loran Livingston is the speaker this morning December 19th, 2010 in the 10:30 service.

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-7; II Peter 1:19

Topic: Focus


- Book: “Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes” by Kenneth Bailey
- Who was Herod? A vile man, mixed up (Arab, Jew, Greek, Roman) but hated everyone not Roman
- Who were the wise men? Wealthy from Arabia. Arab believers. Hundreds or more traveled together. East means “the rising”
- Shepherds were poor Jews who came from fields to worship Jesus.
- God had a plan... wise men watching for the signs... headed for Bethlehem when everything lined up... arrived first in Jerusalem
- Herod gathered chief priests & scribes... sent wise men to find Jesus.
- Sometimes we lose sight of the star... end up in the wrong place
- People get more interested in church organization/politics than a relationship with Jesus