Sermon: “Making Room For Jesus”

SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:1-7 (Key Verse #7)

– As Shared by Pastor Don Schink, (C) 2003

PURPOSE: To stress the importance of making room for Jesus in the stables of our hearts.


(READ LUKE 2:1-7)

ILLUS: Have you ever been traveling late at night and, upon finally deciding to turn in, found the motels had turned on their “No Vacancy” signs? “No Vacancy” signs have been an all too familiar part of my traveling routine in my earlier years. I would drive into the night, trying to make as much time as I could. I often set mileage goals and would keep going until I would reach the goals. Then, feeling that my day’s travel had been an accomplishment, I could turn in for a good night’s sleep. So, many a night, I have personally encountered all too many “No Vacancy” signs.
Little did that innkeeper, nearly 2,000 years ago, realize that he had turned away the world’s most distinguishing couple, missing out on the honor of being the place of history’s most important event, – the birth of Christ!
In reality, though, it was really OK. The innkeeper didn’t have the slightest idea as to how important that couple was. He had no computer reservation system, as they do today, by which he could have held a space for them. It was a “first-come, first-save” basis. The inn was full. So Joseph and Mary simply had to move on – to a stable. That’s OK. You see, it was all a part of God’s plan. He was completely with them. He had it all worked out. Many things happen that we don’t understand. Often, God is simply trying to get our attention so that He can work out His best for whatever it is. In today’s Scripture, it was God the Father’s will that:




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A President Trump (GOP) Would Not Leave Iraq But Would “Take Their Oil”

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Well, early this morning, Gov. George W. Bush’s 9 year war ended literally with the pullout of the last 500 US troops from Iraq. Many Republicans did not want us to leave. But, we had no legal means to stay. Republicans and Democrats had made a legal agreement which determined how the war in Iraq would end. A “President Donald J. Trump,” still would not have left Iraq without ‘taking their oil.”  Also, the cost of our involvement in the Libyan conflict would have been “to take their oil.”  Donald, it’s all about money, huh? Screw our role as global defender of democracy and fairness in international politics!  Although you have no chance of ever becoming our president, you threaten that you might run as an “independent.” DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND PRECIOUS MONEY!  Let us remind ourselves about the true character of one, Donald J. Trump with your own words in this video:

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God’s Plan to Redeem Man from Sin

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President Obama, God Bless Your Soul For Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Being the First Black American President and Being a “Warrior for the Middle-Class” 1

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President Barack Obama, in a rare discussion about his religious beliefs, described himself on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 as a “Christian by choice” who arrived at his faith in adulthood because “the precepts of Jesus Christ” helped him envision the kind of life he wanted to lead.

Obama talked about his beliefs when he was asked, “Why are you a Christian.”question was posed by a woman at a backyard conversation in ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., part of a series of meetings Obama is holding to talk informally with Americans.

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Barack, after your mission for God is finished, may He bless you with salvation.




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Newt Has Peaked

Get ready for a train wreck out of Iowa. The Daily Beast‘s Mark McKinnon and George Caudill say Newt Gingrich is starting to lose steam, Ron Paul is surging, and it’s showtime for Jon Huntsman. Iowa won’t be the crystal ball that predicts the clear winner of the GOP presidential nominee—rather, the verdict is likely to be muddled coming out of the nation’s first caucuses, and could even result in a five-way tie.


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Penn State Witness Mike McQueary’s Testimony: “Some Kind Of Intercourse Was Going On”

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary testified this morning that he had not used the specific words “sodomy,” “rape,” or “anal sex” when he first told Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and then-vice president Gary Schultz what he had seen Jerry Sandusky doing to a boy in the football showers on March 1, 2002. But at today’s preliminary hearing on the charges against Curley and Schultz, according to an account of McQueary’s testimony written by Sara Ganim of the Patriot-Newsof Harrisburg, McQueary made it clear he had told those officials that what he saw was “severe”:

“I would have said that Jerry was in there in very close proximity to a boy with his arms wrapped around him. I said I heard slapping sounds. I described it was extremely sexual and that some kind of intercourse was going on. … There’s no question in my mind that I conveyed to them that I saw Jerry in the showers and that it was severe acts and that it was wrong and over the line.”

McQueary’s previous testimony to the grand jury investigating Sandusky led to the charges against Curley and Schultz, for perjury and failure to report abuse. McQueary’s testimony this morning seemed consistent with what he had told the grand jury, based on the summary of the grand jury’s findings that has been made public.

According to Twitter accounts of McQueary’s testimony from this morning provided by the Patriot-News, McQueary said that he had gone to the Lasch Football Building that night to pick up a pair of sneakers and a football game film from his locker. While there, he heard a “rhythmic slapping sound” and saw in a mirror Jerry Sandusky in the shower with a boy who appeared to be 10 or 12 years old. He believed Sandusky was “molesting the boy”:

“I stepped back, didn’t want to see it anymore to be frank with you. I closed my locker door,” McQueary said.

McQueary then decided to move toward shower and look in before leaving. Jerry and the boy were apart.

“They both turned so their bodies were facing me. They were four or five feet apart,” McQueary said.

“I know they saw me. They looked directly in my eyes,” McQueary said.

“Seeing that they were separated, I thought it was best to leave locker room. Frankly you can’t describe what I thought or was feeling.”

McQueary said he didn’t say anything to Sandusky or the boy. Didn’t intervene. Decided to go to his office in building.

McQueary: “I called my father,” upon going to office.

McQueary on why he called dad: “I really didn’t know what to do.”

Told him what he saw, said “what i saw was wrong.” Said he needed advice. Father told him to come home right away.

McQueary called Paterno next morning between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Said: “Coach, I need to talk to you.”

McQueary: “(Paterno) said ‘if it’s about a job, don’t bother, I don’t have one for you.’ McQueary tells him it’s not.

“The rough positioning I would have described, but not in very much detail,” McQueary said of what he told Paterno at his house.

Never said the words “anal intercourse” to Paterno “out of respect,” McQueary said.

McQueary: Paterno needed to know since he was the head coach.

McQueary said Paterno told him: “Sorry you had to see that. You did the right thing.”

Sometime after that, McQuery testified, Curley called him and he met with Curley and Schultz. He told them that “what I had seen was extremely sexual, extremely wrong,” and they told him they would investigate. Later, they told him that they had reported the incident to The Second Mile and that Sandusky had been told to stay away from the football facility, though McQueary said Sandusky showed up later anyway. McQueary testified that the officials had told him not to discuss the incident.

In the cross-examination by Curley’s attorney, Caroline Roberto, the judge would not allow questioning about a conversation McQueary reportedly had with Dr. Jonathan Dranov, his father’s best friend, at his father’s house after he left the football building. Pressed as to why he didn’t use the term “anal sodomy” when relating the incident to Paterno, McQueary said, “Ma’am, you don’t go to Coach Paterno and go in great detail about sexual acts,” adding, “I would not have used the words ‘anal intercourse.’ I said ‘extremely sexual act.'”

Under questioning from Tom Farrell, Schultz’s attorney, McQueary said he believed what he had seen to be a crime. Questioned further about the details, McQueary said that boy was not bent over, and he had not seen Sandusky with an erection. Asked why he did not report the incident to police, McQueary said, “Because it was delicate in nature.” McQueary said he left the boy alone with Sandusky because he was sure the sexual assault was over. By meeting with Curley and Schultz, McQueary said, he felt he had gone to the police, since Schultz’s oversight included the campus police. McQueary said he “without a doubt” tried to avoid Sandusky after the incident. He also said Curley and Schultz gave him no indication they had discussed the matter with police officials.

Mike McQueary told Joe Paterno he saw something ‘extremely sexual’ between Jerry Sandusky, young boy [PennLive]
Mike McQueary’s testimony at Tim Curley, Gary Schultz preliminary hearing – Twitter timeline [PennLive]