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  • Christmas Advent

    Contributed by Bruce Shields on Nov 12, 2004
    based on 34 ratings
     | 3,269 views

    This outline gives an example for holding the Advent lightnig ni your church over the course of 4 weeks with the lighting of the 5th candle on your Christmas eve service.

    Christmas 2005 Advent Advent is Latin for Arrival. This refers to the arrival of our Lord and Savior. The advent wreath represents God’s unending love for us, and the holly branches represent our everlasting life with Jesus Christ. We light one candle, reading the Advent passage for that ...read more

  • An Adult Christmas: Advent #3

    Contributed by Steven Simala Grant on May 11, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,553 views

    I wonder if we can reclaim Christmas from the children. Can we have an adult Christmas?

    An Adult Christmas: Advent #3 Dec 10, 2005 Matt 1:18-25; 2:13-14, 19-23 Intro: I wonder if we can reclaim Christmas. Of course we need to reclaim Christmas from the crass secularism and commercialism that substitutes “happy holidays” for “merry Christmas”, and that makes gathering around ...read more

  • The Sign Of Immanuel

    Contributed by David Ward on Dec 10, 2004
    based on 38 ratings
     | 5,180 views

    The first message in a Christmas/Advent series from Isaiah

    “The Sign of Immanuel” Isaiah 7:1-16 INTRODUCTION: Remember the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou?" Three convicts on the lam have holed up in a barn to spend the night, only to awake to find the barn surrounded by police, with guns drawn, demanding their surrender. One of the three helpfully ...read more

  • A Dream Come True

    Contributed by Dan Erickson on Nov 22, 2000
    based on 324 ratings
     | 18,595 views

    Like Simeon we need to realize that if all we had was Jesus Christ, that would be enough; with Jesus, our life is complete and we can be content.

    Children often dream about things they would like to do in the future. I suspect traveling in space as an astronaut, playing football in the NFL, making the Olympic figure skating team, or driving a $100,000 sports car are some of the more popular ones. When I was growing up, I dreamed of being the ...read more

  • A House Is Not A Home

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 3, 2001
    based on 381 ratings
     | 37,468 views

    Christ comes to dwell in our messy, imperfect homes, just as they are, to build love, not a museum-like perfection.

    A house is not a home. A house is not a home. A house is a house, and it may be lovely to look at and fine to visit, but a house, by itself, is not a home. What is the difference? Let me tell you a tale of two houses. These are the best of houses, these are the worst of houses. See if you ...read more

  • What Should Christmas Look Like?

    Contributed by John Kah on Dec 6, 2001
    based on 186 ratings
     | 5,379 views

    Many pressures vie to shape our celebration of Christmas. The most popular forces that shape our impresion of Christmas always leave us with the feeling that "it’s not enough". To find the true view of what Christmas should look like you must go over to

    "What Should Christmas Look Like?" Luke 2:15-20 A mother and father went Christmas shopping one Saturday afternoon with their seven-year-old daughter. The Little girl was so thrilled and enthusiastic about the season. But her parents were just the opposite- - they were so grumpy, so tense and ...read more

  • Great Expectations Series

    Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Dec 6, 2001
    based on 219 ratings
     | 58,465 views

    The unusual titles of Jesus show us that we can count on him to live up to expectations.

    Sermons for Christmas December 7, 1997 INTRODUCTION Every once in a while in the world of Chicago area high school boy’s basketball, a player will emerge with incredible talent and skill. He and his team become the focus of a great deal of media attention. He will become one of the most ...read more

  • The Word Made Flesh

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 2, 2001
    based on 676 ratings
     | 64,880 views

    God’s coming to earth in person: 1. Reveals the heart of God. 2. Reveals the need of people. 3. Reveals the mystery of God’s plan.

    There is an amazing piece of art done by a Korean artist named Elder Rhee which is unique. It took him two years to complete the scroll. The artist meticulously drew the picture by hand with a very fine tipped pen. It is not a painting, but a picture created by writing thousands of words with ...read more

  • The Love Of Christmas

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Dec 2, 2001
    based on 376 ratings
     | 30,747 views

    Christmas revealed to us God’s desire to have fellowship with man and His desire to meet us at our point of need.

    John began his Gospel quite differently from the rest of the Gospel writers. The rest started with the historical accounts of the events that took place. · Matthew and Luke talked about circumstances leading to Jesus’ birth. · Mark started off with Jesus entering into ministry, writing about ...read more

  • Making Room

    Contributed by Paul Newell on Dec 8, 2001
    based on 173 ratings
     | 9,772 views

    This is the second in an Advent Series. This message deals with those who neglected to notice Mary & Joseph in the inn. Thoughts for the direction of this sermon were greatly influenced by a John MacArthur message "The People Who Missed Christmas".

    Making Room…Luke 2:1-7 Intro: (Read Text) He gets a pretty bum rap for someone we actually don’t even know exists. The Bible doesn’t mention him (or if he existed). Tradition talks a great deal about the fellow – but it’s still all tradition and folk-lore to be historically honest: that “poor ...read more

  • Why Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem, The House Of Bread

    Contributed by Brian Atwood on Nov 28, 2001
    based on 455 ratings
     | 50,939 views

    The spiritual significance of the tiny town of Christ’s birth.

    Five or six miles southwest of Jerusalem lay the tiny town of Bethlehem in the Judean hills. It was here that man’s eyes first saw God in the flesh. Why this place and not another of so many other possibilities? Of course it was the home of Joseph and Mary’s ancestors - the city of David. ...read more

  • The Most Important Decoration Of Them All

    Contributed by Don Schultz on Dec 5, 2001
    based on 395 ratings
     | 13,788 views

    Let’s decorate our hearts and lives with real and true repentance this Advent season.

    Matthew 3:1-12: The Most Important Decoration of them All. This past week, it didn’t feel like December – the temperature almost reached 70 degrees on Wednesday! Quite a change from last year at this time! But if you have any doubt that it really is December, then go to the mall, and you’ll ...read more

  • The Song Of Mary

    Contributed by Kristopher Morris on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 93 ratings
     | 8,736 views

    Mary sang a song of praise in response to God’s promise of a Savior. We too can sing because of what He has done for us.

    Magnificat Luke 1:46-56 December 17, 2003 You can really tell that Christmas is right around the corner!! Those tell-tale signs of Christmas aren’t too hard to find. The Christmas tree lots have sprung up in many places around town, and many of them have already sold off the majority of ...read more

  • "Christmas Surprises"

    Contributed by Ray Scott on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 91 ratings
     | 6,531 views

    This brief message was used after our Sunday Morning Christmas Cantata ... to wrap up the Christmas story ... and prepare hearts so there will be no SURPRISES when we must face Jesus.

    “Christmas Surprise” INTRODUCTION: Christmas is full of surprises! Gifts are tightly wrapped in multi-colored paper, so you don’t know what’s inside until you open them (UNLESS, you peeked!). We get “surprise gifts” … o Like that tie that you’ll never wear. o Like the underwear you got ...read more

  • "Bethlehem"

    Contributed by Ray Scott on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 115 ratings
     | 21,910 views

    This Christmas message explores the little town of Bethlehem ... how God had prepared Bethlehem for 1700 years for the birth of His Son, Jesus.

    “Bethlehem” INTRODUCTION: We think of Bethlehem ONLY as the birthplace of Jesus. Some might even realize that King David was born there. BUT … Bethlehem is mentioned 53 times in Scripture. There are actually 2 BETHLEHEM’s mentioned in the Bible: o NORTH – in Galilee – only 7 miles from ...read more