In the Christmas movie Elf the title character discovers he was a human baby raised by elves. He travels back to New York City to find his bio-dad, in the process learns, and teaches others about caring. Will Ferrell describes his journey by saying, "I passed through the seven levels of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 24, 2009
GOD WITH US
Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the Moravians, was converted in an art gallery in Dusseldorf while contemplating a painting of Christ on the cross which had the inscription, "I did this for thee. What hast thou done for me?" This picture had been painted by an artist three hundred
Contributed by Tom Papez on Jul 27, 2009
A FAMOUS BIRTH
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie for some reason are the most important couple in USA (I don’t really know if that is true, but it just seems like it because every time I go past a grocery store aisle, I see their picture.) Did you hear the news? They had a baby...again! And how do they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 19, 2009
"WE BRING YOU US!"
Michael Sattler tells the story of Christmas 1930. His wife had just passed away the month before, and he was lonely and heartsick. But mostly, he worried about the type of Christmas his girls would have.
When Christmas morning came, they opened their presents with unusual
In the mystery of his becoming man, Christ showed us what humanity was meant to become. He showed us the transcendent dignity and destiny of each human person as a child of God.
-- Archbishop Jose Gomez on
Contributed by David Tack on Sep 19, 2010
This is the time of year we need to stress our Savior. So don’t stress over commercialism, but stress the Savior! Remember, to give to those who are less fortunate, following the lead of our
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 30, 2010
Quote: Andrew Murray:
"Jesus Christ was born twice.
The birth at Bethlehem was a birth into a life of weakness.
The second time he was born from the grave – the first born
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 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
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2009
To again quote Charles Spurgeon:
"It is joy to all nations that Christ is born, the Prince of Peace, the King who rules in righteousness...Beloved, the greatest joy is to those who know Christ as a Saviour...The further you submit yourself to Christ the Lord, the more completely you know Him,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
"MESSIAH" FED THE HUNGRY
When Handel wrote "Messiah" he had gone from riches to rags. For 30 years he had entertained Lords and Ladies with his operas. But those days seemed long past. Creditors were at his door. He was depressed. He could not sleep and he was plagued by rheumatism. He feared he
Contributed by Harold Miller on Dec 15, 2000
A pastor was preparing a Christmas message and fell asleep in his study at the church. He dreamed that he was in a world into which Jesus had never come. He walked out on the streets, but no church spires pointed to heaven. He was summoned by a weeping child to visit her dying mother, but on
A little girl was pushing the limits of her mother’s very last nerve. Mom was nearing the end of a hectic season of cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping and church stuff. She was also nearing the breaking point with her little pre-schooler.
Finally the little girl was bathed and ready for
Contributed by Bill Sullivan on Dec 7, 2000
Singer Michael Card wrote a song called The Promise, and he wrote a little Christmas devotional on this theme:
Christianity is founded on a promise. Faith involves waiting on a promise. Our hope is based on a promise.
Promises are made with words. … .that part of myself that
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Nov 18, 2000
A small boy was writing a letter to God about the Christmas presents he badly wanted. "I’ve been good for six months now," he wrote. But after a moment’s reflection he crossed out "six months" and wrote "three". After a pause that was crossed out and he put "two weeks". There was another pause
Contributed by Danny Pinksen on Jun 28, 2001
A missionary had arrived in a small Chinese town. After she arrived, she soon noticed that a gang of bandits had just destroyed the little town and everything in it. Then a native Christian, showed the missionary the ruins of his home; a burnt roof and structure, and furniture, all turned to ashes.
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Oct 10, 2001
A preacher’s family had started putting up a nativity scene in their front yard. All of them were carrying out the little statues to put in the nativity scene. Finally everything was in place - Mary & Joseph & the manger & the baby, & angels & shepherds & all the barnyard animals.
Contributed by Steve Malone on Nov 13, 2001
YOU KNOW CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE WHEN:
10) There are more pine needles on your carpet than on your tree
9) The credit card is smoked along with the turkey and ham.
8) It’s A Wonderful Life has been shown for the 13th time
7) A trip to the mall and back is more challenging then the Indy
Contributed by Scott Hippler on Dec 3, 2001
I can remember one late winter’s day when I was about 7, my grandmother had taken a cousin and me to the grocery store. When the shopping was done and the brown paper sacks were in the car, we headed home. On the way, grandma had to stop off at another
store for a few minutes, so my cousin and I
Contributed by David Dewitt on Dec 4, 2001
PRAISE HIM IN MY HEART
Praise God for Christmas.
Praise Him for the incarnation,
for the word made flesh.
I will not sing of shepherds
watching flocks on frosty nights,
or angel choristers.
I will not sing of a stable bare in Bethlehem,
or lowing oxen,
wise men trailing star with
Contributed by David Dewitt on Dec 4, 2001
DEAREST JESUS, HOLY CHILD
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient