Great Things Have Small Beginnings (The Christmas Show) – Hour 1

How did Jesus Christ, Steve Jobs and Sam Adams start something big? Learn how great things always have small beginnings.


DOES GOD REALLY WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH ME? DOES GOD REALLY CARE?  With all the things that are happening in the world today am I a concern to God?

FACT: Gallup / Forbes – “70% of your employees hate their jobs.” – Forbes – Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2011/11/11/your-emotionally-disconnected-employees/#7dedb00342d5

FACT:  “If current trends continue, nearly two-thirds of marriages will never involve a divorce, according to data from Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist.” – Psychology Today – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single/201702/what-is-the-divorce-rate-really

FACT: “8 out of 10 businesses fail and 90% of startups fail.” – Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilpatel/2015/01/16/90-of-startups-will-fail-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-10/#68704d566679

Scripture – MATTHEW 1:18-21 “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

  • Can you imagine what people would say to you if you told them that you were “pregnant through the Holy Spirit?”
  • Can you imagine what it must have felt like to find out that your wife is pregnant and it’s not from you?
  • Can you imagine here response is that she was “pregnant through the Holy Spirit?”

19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

  • Can you blame Joseph for wanting to get a divorce?

 

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”

SCRIPTURE – MATTHEW 1: 22 “So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Scripture – LUKE 2 “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

FUN FACT – Now according to Google Maps it would take you 2 hours and 11 minutes with “usual traffic.” – https://www.google.com/maps/dir/nazareth/Bethlehem/@32.2067688,34.679425,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x151c4e7cf16c0fff:0xd2385b30c1275dd6!2m2!1d35.303546!2d32.699635!1m5!1m1!1s0x1502d865aec80d67:0xf5c4213de4baf1f8!2m2!1d35.2024425!2d31.7053821

  • ANECDOTE – Think of the inconvenience of this Journey!  No car, no handheld devices, no XM radio, just a man and his pregnant wife.  If you asked how long until we get there – the answer would be about 8 days!
  • ANECDOTE – Think of the Inconvenience of stepping down from the heavens and the right hand of the Father to be born into a world that is broken – that is sacrifice or an inconvenience!
  • Sacrifice is the only real proof of love!

1968 – FUN FACT – Age 13 – Steve Jobs cold called Bill Hewlett of Hewlett Packard out of the phone book and scored a summer job working in the HP factory.

1972 – FUN FACT – Age 17 – Steve Jobs and Wozniak create an illegal technology that allows you to make calls for free called the “blue box” and they attempted to sell them.

1974 – FUN FACT – Age 19 – Steve landed a job working as a video game maker for Atari.

1976 – FUN FACT – Age 21 – Steve and Wozniak create a computer that hooks up to a TV monitor so that average people can use it. They show it at the Homebrew Computer Club.

1976 – FUN FACT – Age 21 – Steve Jobs and Wozniak begin assembling the Apple I computers out of the Jobses’ garage and they begin to sell them to computer nerds. They sold 50 to the “Byte Shop.”

1977 – FUN FACT – Age 22 – Steve lands an angel investment from Mike Markkula after cold calling every investor in Silicon Valley and being rejected multiple times. Apple decides to hire Mike Scott as the CEO and Woz is forced to quit his job at Hewlett Packard and to join Apple full time.

It took Steve Jobs and Wozniak 5 years of working together to turn their business into a full-time job.

That is 60 months = 1,825 Days of Grinding

The Revolutionary war was started by just a few men in Boston who were tired of being over tax and under appreciated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sons_of_Liberty

Sam Adams was born in 1722.

As a struggling business man, In 1768 at the of 46 he decided to organize a plan to stand up against the taxation without representation of England by painting red marks on the doors of all of the business owners that were sympathizers to England, thus organizing a massive boycott.

He then wrote the Massachusetts Circular Letter calling for colonial non-cooperation  which prompted the occupation of Boston by British soldiers.

This eventually resulted in the Boston Massacre of 1770 and the Revolutionary War.

Thus resulting in the famous Sam Adams Boston Lager Holiday Blend.

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