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Summary: UNWRAPPING THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS SHOULD LEAD US TO THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS CONTENTMENT.

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The Glory of Christmas Contentment

December 12, 2010

Phi 4:11-13

That we've unwrapped thus far.

* The Glory of Christmas is greater than anything we've ever imagined it to be.

* The Glory leads us to Jesus the Reflection of everything that God is and celebrates what he has done.

* The Reality of that Glory reveals that there was nothing more he could have done to demonstrate love.

* That truth leads us to the Glory of Christmas Contentment.

INTRODUCTION

Though Chirstmas should lead to contentment for many if is filled with stressors that often they rob us of some of that Holiday Spirit and Joy. For instance

Should the tree be real or fake?

Politically Correct Solution: Live tree, planted after use

Male Solution: Fake tree, discarded after use

Female Solution: Grow tree in house, adorned with fruits

Reality: Fake tree stays up until May, adorned with furballs

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

Politically Correct Solution: Gender-neutral angel; no submissive female stereotype

Male Solution: Beautiful Blonde Barbie-like Angel,

Female Solution: Angel beneath a beautiful star explaining the true meaning of Christmas

Reality: Whatever you can fits on top of the tree without tipping it over.

The Testy Tangle of Tinsel

Politically Correct Solution: Biodegradable stands of tinsel made from recycled materials

Male Solution: Six large clumps of tinsel on front of tree

Female Solution: Each icicle hangs like strand of spaghetti

Reality: More icicles on floor than on tree

What about gifts on Christmas morning?

Politically Correct Solution: Gifts given in your name to Charities.

Male Solution: Whatever was on the display closet to the door when you shopped on Christmas Eve.

Female Solution: Beautifully wrapped carefully picked out Christmas Gifts purchased on Sale

Reality: Doesn't matter it's going back on the 26th anyway

Okay maybe those are not the indicative of your struggle with Christmas. But if we are not careful, rather than discovering the Glory of Contentment, Christmas adds stress to our lives and for some ends in discontentment.

T.S. While it is not true that Suicides increase at Christmas, rather they increase throughout the winter season. The Christmas Holiday which should lead us to the Glory of Contentment remains for many an undiscovered truth.

UNWRAPPING THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS SHOULD LEAD US TO THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS CONTENTMENT.

Phil 4:11-13

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I. The Glory Christmas Contentment is a Secret

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.


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