Today we received the local paper, the Northern News, and just now I am looking at page 13 and there it says, “Do you have a good story to share? Call us on (Phone number)”. O, how I like questions like that! The print is a little bit small and that’s why I overlooked that note, when I began to prepare this message for Christmas 2009. But I am glad, that I noticed it and yes, I have a good story to share. Just wait!
On the previous page I read, “We are always on the lookout for news stories.” The phone number again and also the email.
That is really good news for me. I like that very much!
But what the editor says on page 6 is tremendously encouraging: “YOUR NEWS COUNTS”. (email again!) Yes, I know, that my news counts. I am really glad to hear that. My NEWS comes from the Bible, the Word of the Living God. It comes from the New Testament, from the Gospel of Luke, Luke chapter 2:1-20:
SERMON OUTLINE TOPICAL NT (N.I.V.)
“For I resolved to know
nothing while I was with you
except Jesus Christ and him
First Corinthians 2:2
“I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS…”
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks.
A. AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO THEM,
1. and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
2. and they were terrified.
B. BUT THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM,
1.’Do not be afraid.
2. I bring you GOOD NEWS
a. of great joy
b. that will be for ALL people.
3. Today in the town of David a SAVIOUR has been born to you;
a. he is Christ
b. the Lord.
4. This will be a sign to you:
a. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
b. and lying in a manger.’
End: Verses 13+14
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising Go and saying,…..”