Contributed on Dec 11, 2001
The same angel gives the same basic message to Zechariah and Mary. Zechariah reacts with skepticism while Mary responds with calm acceptance. Why the difference?
OPEN: I recently ran across an article that gave some of the signs of the Christmas season: - A toy store advertised: “Ho, ho, ho spoken here.” - In a bridal boutique sign declared: “Marry Christmas.” - Outside a church – this proclamation: “The original Christmas Club.” - From a department ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2001
It went just like in the cantatas... except of a couple of small things. (Good physical illustration toward the end that can be used in almost any Christmas sermon)
OPEN: (I began the sermon by bringing out a gaily wrapped golf bag, complete with clubs & irons - I tried hard to make sure it was fairly obvious what was wrapped)Then I asked: “Does anybody know what’s in the package?” The audience seemed to enjoy the humor of the obvious. Then I gave this ...read more
Contributed on Dec 24, 2001
Christmas can be a very stressful time. But Simeon and Anna hold 3 secrets to getting hold of the peace and tranquility that Christmas is supposed to offer us.
AP story reported in the Indianapolis Star 12/25/99 Dateline LOS ANGELES – A shopping mall Santa Claus had a meltdown after refusing to cuddle a bawling toddler, calling the mother evil and ripping off his beard and costume in front of startled children. Kelly Fornatoro, 33, said she told ...read more