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Ken Green - January 8, 2017

Ask for Directions

We see the Magi, in a sense, “going without knowing.” God provided the star to lead them. They know for whom they are looking (“the one born king of the Jews”). And they are wise to ask for directions. God’s word provides the map: “In Bethlehem in Judea.” Bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the Magi are led by God every step of the way. Yet, perhaps the greater gift is that they are led to Jesus, the Messiah, the One they have come to worship. Do you know anyone who is looking for the gifts that only Jesus can bring? Ask God for directions, seeking Him in His word, and He will lead you to be an instrument of His peace and hope.

Scripture References: Matthew 2:1-12

From Series: "How to Change the World"

When Jesus came to our world, he never intended to leave it unchanged. His was a mission to change everything: to give the fullest, most authentic demonstration of God’s love; to conquer sin and its deathly effects; to heal, restore, and bring life and light. Jesus’ work continues today—and He uses His people as His instruments to bring change to this world. (Certainly, it is not we ourselves who have power to change the world, but, empowered by God’s Spirit at work through His Word and Sacraments, we are transformed and empowered for Him to work through us.) Our Epiphany sermon series gives focus to how God is using us as His conduits to change the world.

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