Movin’ Together: Faith Over Fear
On this special Christmas Movin’ Together broadcast pastor and author Rhonda Spencer joins Home Page Vice President Sara Vogt to discuss the following scriptures describing the birth of Jesus found in Luke 2:8-12.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
After Sara and Rhonda read the Christmas story, they then discussed the importance of the shepherds listening to the report of God and going to tell others about the birth of the Savior. The news of Jesus’s birth was a joyful proclamation of God’s love for us. The shepherds walked in their faith to share about the baby born in a manger.
At this time in the happenings of our world, we all need to hear about the good news of God’s love for us.
Pastor Rhonda talked about how our trust in God gives us the strength to face our days with faith, not fear. When we surrender our life to God through Christ, He will direct our paths, and we will have a Savior and a Shepherd who cares for His sheep.
As Psalm 23 tells us, The Lord is my shepherd, and I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Rhonda and Sara also encouraged us all to invite family, friends and neighbors to our Christmas services.
A partial listing of Christmas Eve services being held locally this weekend are as follows: His Tabernacle in Horseheads and Mansfield, First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro, all beginning at 6:00 PM and Church of the New Covenant service begins at 5:00 PM. Wellsboro Bible Church has two Christmas Eve services at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
To watch the broadcast from 2019 where Pastor Rhonda tells of her journey believing God for her healing through stage four cancer please click on the link below.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Videography: Ethan Chabala
Video Editing: Ethan Chabala
Writing: Sara Vogt
Anchor: Sara Vogt
Guest(s): Rhonda Spencer
Produced by Vogt Media
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