Words from the Heart

Posted on 12/16/2018 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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JOY TO THE WORLD

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ
While fields and flood, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

He rules the world with truth and grace
and makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders of his love


ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Angels we have heard on high
sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains

Glo - - - - ria
In excelsis Deo!

Shepherds why this jubilee
why your joyous strains prolong
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heav'nly song

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord the new-born King

See him in a manger laid
whom the choirs of angels praise
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
while our hearts in love we raise


HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the new born king;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
join the triumph of the skies
With th'angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Lat in time behold him come
offspring of a virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the God head see
hail th'incarnate Deity
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by
born that we no more may die
Born to raise us from the earth
born to give us second birth
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"


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Father God, Thank You for bringing us to this place. We are here together to worship You, to hear Your voice, and to fellowship with other believers. I pray that all that is done here would bring You glory. I ask that this vessel...me...that I would bring You glory and that my words would be Your words. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

Please be seated.

Today, I stand before you to share some words. Some of these words will encourage you. Some will make you cry. Some will be thought provoking.
I want you to listen and to realize that these words may be the words coming from me, the Lord's vessel. Take them how you will.

Before I continue, make sure you are ready. Get a drink. Get a snack. Get comfortable. Maybe even get some tissue. Who knows. You might need them. Once you are ready, try to reduce all distractions. Now, I am not telling you to do all these things because it is me speaking and I want you to pay attention. I don't need that kind of stuff and I'm not that arrogant. I don't need you to pay me attention. I want you all to realize something. God has given me a purpose. I believe that He has given me these words to speak. I want you to listen to them. Do they apply to you? Just know...I am not only speaking to you, but to myself.

So here we go. Are you ready? Put your seatbelts on. It is going to be a bumpy ride.

These things I am going to say are not in any order. I just want to lay them out there and let you all see what God has been giving me.

When you ask God for something, do you actually ASK Him or do you DEMAND it of Him? Are you polite? Do you say please? Or do you say things like "Get your sorry butt down here, God" ? I hope you don't say it like that. To whom do you think you are talking?? God...the Creator of the WHOLE universe...has made it known that He listens to us. Who are we that we can talk to Him however we like? Sure, we are His children and sure we were made in His image...but let's not forget that He breathed life into dry bones. He spoke things into being. You should be in awe of Him, not demanding and all "brat child" if you know what I mean! He might put you in "time out" if you aren't careful!

So, we need to be careful how we talk to Him. We have to be careful the words we say. We can't say "Okay, God. This is how it is going to be! We are going to do it my way or no way.."and you get yourself into a frenzy.

Do you REALLY think God needs directions on how to do things?? "God, this is how I want you to heal so and so" "God, this is how this situation is going down" "God do this NOW!" "God Don't let this or that happen…" Because, somehow we have decided that GOD...THE GOD...the one that orchestrated so many things and planned out how to save the world in the end...He wrote such a beautiful story...somehow HE needs OUR help!

Where did we get that?!?! How could we think that? I don't get it. Really, I don't.

I mean, when I plan things for my life most the time...like 90% if I'm having a good...90% of it goes wrong...if I plan it. Now if I allow God to plan my day, hahahaha...amazing things start to happen. Something I think should have been a horrible situation...it comes out differently. There is hope. There is peace. How did that happen? Oh yeah...God...He was there.

There is this...idea...or whatever you want to call it that many believe. They believe that God is far away….up on His throne….watching over His subjects as ruler of all...and He never comes down….and never visits. He is so very very very far away. We can't reach Him. He doesn't care about us. Because if He cared...such and such wouldn't have happened….so and so wouldn't have gotten sick or they wouldn't have died...so He has to be far away. He has to be detached from us.

I believe...that many times the reason people think God is far away is because they don't want to think about if God is near, why did this or that happen. They don't want to see the darkness that is in our world. Sure, light and happy things and happy thoughts are here, but there is also sad and darkness. There is a balance if you will.

I believe God is nearer than we think He is. He is there trying to stop people from hurting each other. He allows things, but does not cause them. He gives choices.

In Joshua it says:

Joshua 24:15
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

We have to choose. God does not want puppets, but followers that have chosen to follow Him with all that we are. That is important. We need to do that for ourselves.

God does love us very much and He cares about us. If He didn't, He would not have sent Jesus to die for us. It would all be in vain.

Thousands of years ago, in a small village called Nazareth, there lived a virgin by the name of Mary. She was visited by an angel who told her some shocking news. From that day on, Mary's life changed.

There was Joseph's reaction and the future of her child to think about. How could this be? But Mary and Joseph were not alone.

The baby was born and placed in a manager. Angels announced his birth. A star shone in the sky.

And this little baby boy grew. He had a ministry for three years. He was arrested, beaten until He was unrecognizable, crucified, and buried in a tomb. Three days later, He rose from the dead.
All was done to fulfill prophecies of old. Now, tell me, does God love us? Does He not care for us? Oh He does love us. He does care for us.

Let us remember the words of John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

Let's also remember that God's timeline is not ours. We can not know His timeline. We can not dictate the events that happen on His timeline. We can not know when or if a certain event will occur. We must have faith. We must believe. We must trust in God. For with Him, all things were made, they move, and they have their being. He knows all. He sees all and His love endures forever.

My friends, God is not far away. He is very near. He loves you. He cares what happens to you. It is okay to ask Him for things. It is okay to cry. It is okay to be angry with Him. He can take it.
It is okay to not understand why things happen. Don't distance yourself from Him because your circumstances or whatever are not going the way you wish they would. God is not a wishing well. He is a giver of Life.

Likewise, we are His children, the apple of His eye. We make Him laugh and smile, the ones that bring joy to His heart. We are His!

Now, if you aren't His there is a simple thing to do. Ask Him to make you His. Ask Him to show you how to be His. He will help you.

The altar call is very simple...really...I think so. I want us to think about what was said. Have we ever demanded God to do something? Ask for forgiveness. Ask God to help you find anything that might need changed in your attitude towards God. He will help you find anything, if anything is there.

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May God Bless you this week. May He be ever near you. May His love overwhelm you. May His peace that passes all understanding flow in, around, and through you always.