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Joy and Generosity (Matthew 2:1-12)

Brandon Hembree, November 27, 2016
Part of the Christmas Stories series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

You will experience joy when you are generous, and when you are joyful you will be generous.

Tags: Christmas, generosity, greed, Jesus' birth, joy, wise men

Matthew 2:1-12

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. (KJV)

About Brandon Hembree: Pastor Brandon was born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from a small Christian college in Clinton, MS in 2007 with a degree in political science and communication. After spending a year in law school, he surrendered to God’s call to be a pastor. Brandon has served vocationally in ministry since he was 18 years old, in which he served as a youth minister. He moved to Northern VA to answer the call as a youth pastor in May 2009 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manassas. After fulfilling many different roles throughout his time there as teaching pastor and providing leadership to many different ministries, he once again was challenged by The Lord and his local church to start a new church so that new people could be reached. On the same day, December 18, 2011, Brandon married his wife, Ellen, and they were commissioned to the mission field of Fairfax, VA. The heartbeat of Brandon’s ministry is having a front row seat to life change by proclaiming The Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is actively engaged in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Cutting EDGE Ministries, a non-profit in NOVA focused on bringing The Gospel to public high schools. He is a baseball enthusiast and coffee-addict.
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