Contributed by Mark A. Barber on Nov 22, 2019
O Lord, we remember you, O Lamb of God
Born this day to take away the sin of the world;
O Word become flesh,
Who came down to share our humanity;
You alone are worthy.
Help us remember You not only with our lips,
But with our hearts as well;
Help our lives proclaim Your truth.
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 Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
Christmas eve, 1953
New Zealand’s worst railway disaster occurred on Christmas Eve, 1953. The Wellington-Auckland night express plunged into the flooded Whangaehu River just west of Tangiwai, near Waiouru. Of the 285 people on board, 151 were killed. The tragedy left a nation in mourning and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 11, 2007
"Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart ...
Contributed by Fred Sigle on Dec 19, 2007
It was Christmas eve, 1914. All was quiet on France’s western front, from the English Channel to the Swiss Alps. TRENCHES came within 50 miles of Paris. The war was only 5 months old then, but already 800,000 men and women had DIED or been WOUNDED. Every soldier wondered whether or not
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 17, 2002
Preparing for large Christmas Eve family gathering, a mother had been giving out orders like a drill sergeant: "Pick up your things! Don’t get your clothes dirty! Put away those toys."
Well, her 4-year-old daughter had been underfoot all day, so she sent her to the next room to play with their
Contributed by Warren Lamb on Nov 11, 2006
It was Christmas Eve, 1910. General William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army in London, England was near the end of his life. His health was poor, and he was going to be unable to attend the Army’s annual convention. Booth had become an invalid, and his eyesight was failing him. No one knew
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Dec 14, 2008
HOW TO GET KICKED OUT OF CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Christmas Eve 1990. I came this close to being physically thrown out of church.
We were new to town and we heard that a certain church in town had a fantastic Christmas Eve service. So, we went with some friends, about ten of us total, to this
Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 17, 2011
THE CHRISTMAS SCOUT
In spite of the fun and laughter, 13 yr. old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true, he had received all the presents he wanted, and he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes but Frank was not happy.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 17, 2007
Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates. “In honor of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.” The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on.
Contributed by John Shearhart on Jun 25, 2006
“[In 1914 on Christmas eve during World War I, there was a unique] truce when, for a few hours, enemies behaved like brothers…The war was only five months old and already over 800,000 men had been wounded or lost their lives. Every soldier wondered whether Christmas Day would bring another round of
THE FOURTH GIFT OF THE MAGI
David Dewitt states, "Though there are still many questions about the Magi that may be left unanswered, we can determine that they brought a fourth gift that is often forgotten by many. After they laid their treasures down before Mary and Joseph, they worshipped Jesus.
Contributed by Jim Kane on Jan 12, 2007
‘A group of first graders decided that they were going to produce their very own Christmas program and so they produced their own updated nativity story.
All the major characters were there – Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men from afar… but where was Mary?
Shortly after the production began,
BORN IN A BARN
Have you ever heard it said to you: "Were you born in a barn?" Or maybe this variation -- "You weren't born in a barn -- shut the door!" I tell ya what; I use to hear that said a lot growing up -- either referring to that I had left the door open, or that my room was becoming
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 17, 2006
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 gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.
Tonight I will sing praise
Contributed by Ralph Andrus on Dec 26, 2005
- The first ever vocal radio broadcast on December 24, 1906
- Consisted of a reading from Luke chapter two.
- A Canadian engineer and inventor, Reginald Fessenden - 1866-1932
- The eldest son of an Anglican minister growing up near Niagra Falls
On Christmas Eve, 1906, from his workshop in Chestnut
Contributed by Danny Janes on Dec 6, 2012
One of the most enjoyable jobs I ever had before entering the ministry was when I worked for Sears as a salesman in the Men’s Department. I worked there while I was in high school, and part of the time while I was in college. And always the most memorable night of the year to be scheduled to work
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 28, 2008
THE FRANTIC SIDE OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas Eve was a hectic day. Father was worried with bundles and burdens. Mother's nerves reached the breaking point more than once. The little girl seemed to be in the way wherever she went. Finally, she was hustled up to bed. As she knelt to pray, the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 7, 2011
THE FIRST RADIO BROADCAST
Allow me to start our time by reading you a nifty story. It is called, "The First Radio Broadcast." For their entire careers, wireless operators onboard US Navy and merchant ships had only heard Morse code coming through their headphones. However, a few days before