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Matney Woodard

Christian Stories, Songs and Sermons

From an early age I remember learning cute children’s prayers to recite before going to sleep. It seemed comforting and a great bonding experience with my parents before bedtime. Looking back, I wonder how effective those prayers really were. Was I building faith? Or was I building doubt, fear, and unbelief into my life? The Word tells you that faith comes from hearing God’s Word. The reciprocal truth is that fear and unbelief comes from hearing the words of the enemy. What seems like a harmless bedtime ritual, may have serious consequences down the road.

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In Luke Chapter 1, an angel appeared to Mary, a virgin, and announced that she would be the mother of Jesus. After some clarifying banter, Mary declared, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) She recognized her role as a servant in God’s plan to send Jesus into the world. However, everything hinged on her believing God’s Word spoken by the angel. Mary was an excellent choice, because she confidently confessed faith in His Word. She is a wonderful example for all Believers on how to hear, believe, and act on God’s Word.

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This story is based on the angel's announcement to the shepherds of the birth of God's son, Jesus in Bethlehem. After the shepherds heard the good news, they immediately ran to see the Nativity for themselves.

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This story is based on the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary of the birth of God's son, Jesus. Mary, a simple virgin from Nazareth, had enough faith to trust God's Word and be the mother to the world's Savior.

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