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Summary: God's Gift to Wonderful For Words! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 15

Ill: Which is best?

• Should the tree be real or artificial?

• Should tree lights twinkle or stay constant?

• Should the tree be topped with an angel or a star?

• Should you fling or hang tinsel?

• Cranberry sauce or horseradish with the turkey?

• Cream or custard on your Christmas pudding?

• Should you watch the Queens speech live or the highlights later on the news?

• Do you open gifts on Christmas morning or after Christmas dinner?

The tradition of gift-giving extends all the way back to the Wise-men;

• Who brought gifts to the Christ-child in the manger.

• We all know how they brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

• Well we all know that;

• But recently some children in a school play near London, got it slightly wrong!

Ill:

• During the play,,

• Three six-year-old boys acted out the role of the wise men.

• As they presented their gifts at the nativity scene,

• Each boy stepped forward and stated what they were offering to Christ.

• The first held out his arms and said, “Gold.”

• The second boy knelt down and said, “Myrrh.”

• The last boy obviously nervous and struggling to remember his lines,

• Stepped forward and declared, “Franki sent this”

That little boy may have got his gift for Jesus wrong,

• But kids are great at letting us know what they want;

• Ask them what they want and they will not have to hesitiate before answering!

Ill:

• Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents.

• At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers.

• The youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs,

• "I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE. I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO. I PRAY FOR A VCR"

• His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said,

• "Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn't deaf."

• To which the little brother replied,

• "No, but Gramma is!"

A boy who was making sure he got his perfect present:

• Sometimes we get presents that are actually better than we first thought,

• Like the boy who was bought a musical guitar.

Ill:

• When his uncle gave him the guitar, he was not too impressed,

• Yet the next time he saw him after the Xmas holidays he was full of enthusiasm.

“Thanks for the electric guitar you gave me for Christmas,

it's the best present I ever got."

• “That's great," said his uncle. "What made the difference, did you learn how to play it?"

• "Oh, I don't play it and that’s why it’s so great," replied the boy.

• The uncle puzzled asked him “What do you mean?”

• The boy answered:

"Well, My mom gives me a 50p not to play it during the daytime

and my dad gives me £1 a week not to play it at night”.

Well, this year, just like every year:

• Millions of people, both children and adults,

• Will open millions of gifts.

• Some won’t fit. Some will be the wrong style or colour.

• Many will end up returned to the shop and exchanged.

Christmas is a reminder:

• That there’s one gift that meets everyone’s need,

• One gift that will never wear out, never break or need repairing.

• A gift that is appropriate for a small child, or a teenager, or an adult, or a senior adult.

• Boy or girl, man or woman, it makes no difference.

• The gift we all need, the most valuable gift of all, is Jesus Christ!

• He is the REASON for this whole SEASON.

Reading: 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 15

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"

In 2 Corinthians chapter 9:

• The Apostle Paul has been writing about human gifts.

• The church in Corinth was collecting money to give to the poor Christians in Jerusalem.

• Then at the end of the chapter he shifts his attention from human gifts,

• To God’s gift – the gift of his son Jesus Christ.

• And he cannot find words to describe that.

• He simply says, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”.

FOUR THINGS REGARDING GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT:

(1). All human gifts can be measured - But not gods gift of jesus.

Gifts / Presents come in many sizes.

• Some come beautifully wrapped,

• While others may be presented in a box or even pulled out of a bag or pocket.

Ill:

• I am sure we have done it to others or had it done to us at some time,

• We find a huge parcel next to the tree and it has your name on it.

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