Only God Is Good!!

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I find myself feeling down trodden this morning due to my in ability to get to church. I am searching for answers to why I feel that God is teaching me something in this forced be still mode. I went to church yesterday and had a wonderful worship experience. My finances seem to be what dictates my ability to serve God in a corporate nature. I looked at my countenance and said “Only God Is Good”. I said that because I didn’t like how I appeared to myself due to this matter and began to worship God for His goodness, for His giving, for His provisions, For His will and purpose for my life.

I am blessed with the God of the universe in-dwelling spirit and for that I have been thankful that I can’t beat God’s providence for my life nor His giving. The sovereign God knows what’s best for me and I say thanks that moments of despair don’t conquer me they renew me time and time again. If you are troubled about something today look to the Heaven’s and check your reflection to see if you can find God still in the mist of your trial.

JOHN 3:14-18
[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
[15] That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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Are you a Christian?

Do you like to give?

Giving is the attitude of God.

God is the generous Giver.

Let me share another text this morning,

not usually considered a “Christmas” passage.

Romans 8:31-34 (NLT)
“What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for He is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.”

Pete Richards was the loneliest man in town.
Pete owned and operated a gift shop.
It had come down to him from his grandfather.
The little front window was loaded with old-fashioned things:
bracelets and lockets worn in days before the Civil War;
gold rings and silver boxes;
images of jade and ivory,
porcelain figurines.

On Christmas Eve, a little girl was standing outside.
It appeared that she was looking for something very special.
Finally, she entered the store.
Behind the counter stood Pete,
a man in his 40’s
but with hair already turning gray.
“Mister, would you please let me look
at that string of blue beads in the window?”
Pete took the string of beads out of the window
and spread it out on the counter.
“They’re just perfect,” said the child.
“Will you wrap them up pretty for me, please?”

Pete asked, “Are you buying these for someone?”
“They’re for my big sister. She takes care of me.
This will be the first Christmas since Mother died.
I’ve been searching for the best Christmas present
for my sister.”

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Consider with me this morning God’s giving, and notice that:
Point #1
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
A.He gave His Son, Jesus.
He didn’t just give an angel,
not even the Archangel, Michael.
He gave the best He had to offer!

B. Aren’t you glad that God did not:
1.Cut corners, hold back, hesitate?
2.Consider our need too unimportant?
3.Consider the cost of his only Son too great?
4.Do what many of us would do and write off sinners as hopeless and not worth saving?

C.Now, when it comes to giving,
some are willing to give the cheapest,
the least demanding,
the insignificant.
But cost was no consideration to God!
Let’s get back to our story about Pete Richards!
Jean Grace wanted to buy the best gift for her big sister.
That blue bead necklace would be the perfect gift for her!
“How much money do you have?” asked Pete.
She took a small paper sack out of her coat pocket
and poured out a handful of pennies on the counter.
“I emptied my piggy bank,” she explained .

Pete Richards looked at her thoughtfully.
Then he carefully drew back the necklace.
The price tag was visible to him… but not to her.
How could he tell her that she didn’t have enough money?
“Just a minute,” he said and went to the back of the store.
Over his shoulder he called:
“What’s your name?”
“Jean Grace”, she replied

When Pete returned to where Jean Grace waited,
a package lay in his hand,
wrapped in red paper and tied with a green ribbon.

“There you are,” he said. “Don’t lose it.”
She smiled over her shoulder as she ran out the door.
Through the window Pete watched her go,
while sadness flooded his thoughts.
Something about Jean Grace and her string of beads
had stirred him to the depths of grief
that would not stay buried.

The child’s hair was wheat yellow, her eyes sea-blue!
Once upon a time, Pete had been in love with a girl.
That girl had hair of that same yellow
and with large eyes just as blue.
And that necklace would have been her Christmas present.

But there had come a snowy night—
a truck skidding on a slippery road—
and the life was crushed out of his dream.

Since then, Pete Richards had lived in isolation with his grief.
His world seemed forever empty.
The blue eyes of Jean Grace
jolted him into remembrance of what he had lost.

When the last customer had gone on Christmas Eve,
Pete sighed with relief.
It was over for another year.
But for Pete Richards the night was not quite over.

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[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Unless we just want to buy and get it over with,
we usually try to consider what would be
a fitting and appropriate gift for each recipient.
1.We consider the age of the recipient:
We wouldn’t give a shotgun to a 3 year old.

2.We consider the gender:
You wouldn’t give a pink frilly dress to Joe.

3.We consider the durability:
We don’t want something that breaks easily.

4.We consider the practicality:
Is it something you can use?
The stores are loaded with useless gifts!

We consider what is appropriate
and so does God!

He knew that what we needed was a Savior!
Not a good example…
Not a religious teacher…
Not a counselor – a Savior!
That’s appropriate to our need because:
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23 (NIV).

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NIV)

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6 (NIV).
None are so good they don’t need this gift
And none are so bad they can’t have it!
So the angels proclaimed: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (NIV).

What an appropriate gift!
Let’s return to our story about Pete Richards ob Christmas Eve:
Just as Pete was getting ready to close up the shop
the door opened and a young woman hurried in.
Her hair was golden yellow and her eyes were blue.

Without speaking, she drew from her purse
a package loosely unwrapped in its red paper
and a bow of green ribbon with it.
She opened the box
and place the string of blue beads on the counter.

“Did this come from your shop?” she asked.
Pete answered softly: “Yes, it did.”
“Are the stones real?”
“Yes. Not the finest quality–but real.”
“Can you remember who it was you sold them to?”
“She was a small girl.
Her name was Jean.
She bought them for her older sister’s Christmas present.”

“How much are they worth?”
“The price,” he told her,
“is always confidential between the seller
and the customer.”

“But Jean has never had more than a few pennies.
How could she pay for them?”

Pete answered the young woman’s question this way.
“She paid the biggest price anyone can ever pay,”
“She gave all she had.”

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Point #3
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God loves everyone!!
He wants everyone to accept His gift!
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to Me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, My faithful love promised to David.” Isaiah 55:1-3 (NIV).

“The angel reassured them. ’Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ’I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!’Luke 2:10 (NLT).

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NASB).

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV).

When God gives, He gives to all –
but not all receive the gift!
Some think they are good enough without a Savior.
They say: “I’m as good as that person, and better than most!

Some think they are too bad for a Savior!
They say: “I’ve sinned so much and been so rotten!
“Not even God can help me.”
Some don’t know that there is only One Savior!
They say: “Jesus can’t be the only way to get to heaven!
So they follow some other religious leader.

Some think they will receive the gift later –
They say: “I’ll become a Christian when it is more convenient.”
“I’ve got too many things I want to do now!”

Some think they are saved because they believe in God.
They say: “I believe there is a god! That’s all that matters!”

Some let other things be more important that God.
They say: “I don’t want to waste my time now in church!”
“I like to go fishing or hunting or shopping on Sunday!”
“I have to many things to do around the house on Sunday!”

Yet God still wants all to come to Jesus and to eternal life.

He still urges the negligent and careless:
“Seek the LORD while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near. Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the LORD that He may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7 (NLT).
So…what’s going to happen next to Pete Richards?

Let’s find out!

There was a silence that filled the little gift shop.

In some faraway church steeple, a bell began to ring.
The sound of the distant chiming,
the little package lying on the counter,
the question in the eyes of the young woman
and the strange feeling of renewal
struggling in the heart of the man!
It had all come to be…because of the life of a child.

“But why did you do it?”
He placed the gift in her hand.
“It’s Christmas Eve,” he said.
“And I have no one to give anything to.

Will you let me walk you home
and wish you a Merry Christmas at your door?”
The pretty young girl smiled and said “yes”.
And so, to the sound of many bells,
Pete Richards and a girl whose name he had yet to learn,
walked out into the beginning of Christmas…
that brings hope into the world for all of us.


How happy God is when someone receives His gift.
God is still the giver of every good and perfect gift.

He offered life in Jesus Christ.

Will you receive His gift?

Will you take what He offers?

Here’s how: believe that Jesus Christ is His Only Son!

Confess that belief!

Turn from sin!

Commit your way to Him from now on.

God still gives, who will receive?

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