Contributed on Dec 6, 2009
The Green decorations of Christmas speak of the promise of life in a season of barren trees and gloomy skies. The birth of Christ also speaks of that promise.
OPEN: Someone has developed a personality test based on how you decorate for Christmas: • If you have nothing but multicolored lights on your tree – you’re an extrovert. • If you only use white lights – you’re the type who asks his guests to remove their shoes at the front door. • But if you use ...read more
Contributed on Dec 13, 2009
What happens when Christmas doesn’t go according to plan? How do we handle it when circumstances rob us of the joy of the season? How do we respond to a "blue Christmas?"
OPEN: John Simmons tells about a grade school class that was putting on a Christmas play which included the story of Mary and Joseph coming to the inn. In that class was one little boy who wanted so very much to be Joseph. But when the parts were handed out, his biggest rival was given that part, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2009
What was the most valuable gift that was given in the story of the wise men? And what can we learn from the gifts that were given?
(This sermon was preached following a Christmas cantata, and time constraints forced us to sing only one congregational Christmas song. To compensate for this, I included 3 Christmas carols/hymns in the sermon). OPEN: Someone sent an e-mail that made a list of Christmas Signs they’d seen in ...read more
Contributed on Dec 25, 2009
Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist) declared certain prophecies about the coming Messiah and how He would fulfill the dream of a "white Christmas" for Israel. What were these prophecies, and how did Jesus fulfill them?
OPEN: (I began the sermon by leading the congregation in singing “White Christmas”) I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas ...read more