Contributed on Dec 4, 2011
This year, Christmas will fall on Sunday. This year people will be faced with a decision of whether Sunday worship will be a matter of "convenience" or "cost." What can we learn form the ministry of John the Baptist that will help us to make the right dec
Several years back a life-style management consultant surveyed about 1000 people about how they prepared for Christmas. What he found was this: · The average person spent up to an hour and 10 minutes a day during the last week of December bickering over holiday related plans such as what parties ...read more
Contributed on Dec 12, 2011
God lit up the night with angels to celebrate Christ’s birthday. We can light up the world when we do the same... but are we wired to do that? (Uses a famous sycronized home light display as the opening and closing of the sermon).
Open with youtube video of Christmas lights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F44d2IzCrKo (beautiful synchronized Christmas light display featuring “Carol of the bells”) APPLY: The light show you just saw was put together by the Holdmans of Pleasant Grove, Utah. For the past few years 1000s of ...read more
Contributed on Dec 19, 2011
Can you name the top two Christmas lighted "tree toppers?" Do you know why they grace most Christmas Trees? And do you know the kind of light that Jesus prefers?
OPEN: In many homes across the US, and around the world various families have set up Christmas trees. And these trees have all kinds of lights and ornaments on them But there is one decoration that stands out from the rest, because it sits on top of the tree, all by itself. It’s called a tree ...read more
Contributed on Dec 25, 2011
We tend to take Christmas lights for granted. They're so common and so much a part of Christmas that we don't often give them much thought. But how tragic if we neglect the most important light of the season.
OPEN: We tend to take Christmas lights for granted. We see them on Christmas trees, and on bushes and buildings throughout the city. They’re in practically every store and mall, and sometimes we’ve seen them in synchronized musical displays on homes. So, we tend to take Christmas ...read more
Contributed on Jan 2, 2012
Jesus said we should be "the light of the World." But just how and why should we shine that light?
I asked the congregation: “How many of you have already taken down your Christmas lights?” (This was 7 days after Christmas Day, and about a 1/3 raised their hands) “Well, how many of you will take down your decorations NEXT week? (a few more raised their hands). How many of you ...read more