We light this candle the Easter vigil service each year as a reminder that the light of Jesus has defeated the darkness of sin. Now if you notice, this candle isn't as tall as it was. What has happened to all that wax?
As the candle gives
*THEY WILL ONLY SEE THE LIGHT OF HOPE. (AUTHOR UNKNOWN)
HIS LIGHT AM I TO SHINE WHERE HE SHALL SAY;
AND LAMPS ARE NOT FOR SUNNY ROOMS NOR FOR THE LIGHT OF DAY.
BUT FOR THE DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH,
WHERE SHAME AND WRONG AND CRIMES GIVE BIRTH.
OR FOR THE MILKY TWILIGHT GRAY,
WHERE WANDERING SHEEP
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 27, 2008
You may have chuckled when I started this sermon by talking about the importance of punctuation. But prudent punctuation is no joke. In Russia, a period actually saved a man's life. The Czar had condemned the man to death and sent this telegram to the jailer: PARDON IMPOSSIBLE.
ADVENT Scripture Reading for December
December 1 - Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
December 2 - Mark 1:2-3
December 3 - Isaiah 11.1-2
December 4 - Isaiah 61.1-2
December 5 - Matthew 24:36-44
December 6 - Jeremiah 33:14-15
December 7 - Zechariah 6:12-13
Preparations - Bethlehem
December 8 - Micah
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Dec 23, 2008
LIGHTING CANDLES ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Every time on Christmas Eve that I light my candle, I catch myself staring into the flame – I can’t seem to help it. There, I hold one small ordinary candle with a small flickering light. In of itself, my little flame doesn’t cast much light, but I don’t know,
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Dec 2, 2007
Advent is about the coming of Christ. Coming in to your life so you can begin again and again. In order to symbolize as an act of worship, I want you to take the beach glass that you received early. Feel it. Feel it’s hardness. Feel it’s roughness. Let this be a symbol of your past. Your sins. Your
Contributed by Dru Ashwell on Dec 15, 2001
"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before
Contributed by Eric Peloquin on Nov 30, 2006
Latimer, who lit the evangelical candle in England, said 400 years ago to the bishops of England,
“I would ask you a strong question. Who is the most diligent prelate in all England, that passeth all the rest in doing his office?”
And he added, “I will tell you. It is the Devil. He ordereth his
Contributed by John Weeks on Dec 8, 2006
The word Advent comes from the Latin word, “advenire”, conjugated as “adventus” which is a combination word of “ad” meaning, “to” or “toward” and “venire”, “come” which is conjugated as ventus, which means more specifically, “coming”. Combining them gets us literally, “toward the coming.” The
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Dec 30, 2012
"We can’t fathom the Second Advent of Jesus Christ, and we stammer when we try to
Contributed by C Reola on Nov 25, 2006
I want to end with a candle illustration. I have here with me Junior and Senior candle prepare two candles, one long and one short...the long one is the junior candle and the short one is the senior candle. Who is Senior and who is Junior?
As I said earlier, life is short. We do not know when
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jul 9, 2005
Light a Candle! (07.12.05--Tomorrow--John 21:18-19)
You know what is the best thing about the future? The way things have been going lately I have no doubt. The best thing about tomorrow is that tomorrow only comes one day at a time.
We’ve all had times in our lives when what we feared the most
Contributed by Andrew Hamilton on Oct 24, 2002
Someone has said “The advent of the new age can be seen as a mixed blessing for Christians who are called to respond in faith to the presence of new religions towards the end of the 20th century. While the new age may be drawing away from traditional faith many dissatisfied individuals who have not
Whoever Takes the Son
Many years ago, there was a very wealthy man who shared a passion for art collecting with his son. They had priceless works adorning the walls of their family estate.
One day, the nation was at war and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks,
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Nov 6, 2001
ILL. One of my favorite Christmas stories is about the old shoe cobbler who dreamed one Christmas Eve that Jesus would come to visit him the next day. The dream was so real that he was convinced it would come true.
So the next morning he got up & went out & cut green boughs & decorated his
Contributed by Davon Huss on Nov 15, 2014
It seems like stores put out their Christmas merchandise earlier every year. Let’s start selling Christmas stuff in July, beat the holiday rush. Song by Brave Combo- The president was passing laws, Gave a call to Santa Claus He said, "get that toy machine on high. Economy is in a slump I know