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Was the Grinch a Christian? Exposing the Real Grumps of Christmas

One of my favorite holiday movies is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, especially the new Jim Carrey version. Dr. Seuss invented a character that became so wildly popular, he's now a cliche (i.e. "Don't be such a grinch!"). Anyone who puts a damper on the holidays falls into the grinch category. As a Pastor, I'm immersed (often beyond my own comfort level) in what I've come to think of as the Christian subculture. This is the realm in which Christian believers live. We have …

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The Light of the Knowledge of God

This article is based on a message from Matthew 2:1-12 from a series on the light of Christmas. I'm beginning to preach a series of Christmas-oriented messages at Bethel on the theme of Light. It will consist of three messages... The Light of the Knowledge of God. God wants for us to know Him, so He has revealed enough light that we might pursue a knowledge of Him. The Light of the Glory of God. The shepherds beheld a myriad of angels and the glory of God and I think …

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Christmas Sermon Series: GOOD TIMES

Note: Yes! Feel free to use anything you find here. Permission granted! These are tough times in many respects, but for the believer, they are also really good times in terms of some of the great opportunities God has brought our way. With our entering the holiday season, approaching the celebration of the birth of Christ, I wanted to present the really good news of Christmas in the midst of a world of scrooges. While most people are saying "Bah! Humbug!," Christians ought …

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Prepare for History’s Greatest News

Christmas Sermon Series: God’s Christmas Messages to You, Part 4 Based on Luke 2:8-20 This is the fourth and final message in a series of Christmas messages based on the angelic appearances of the first Christmas. We’ve learned with Zechariah and Elizabeth to “prepare for the miraculous.” We’ve learned with Mary to “prepare to be God’s instrument.” We’ve learned with Joseph to “prepare to meet the Savior.” Today, we learn with the shepherds to “prepare for history’s …

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Sermon Brief: Prepare to Be God’s Instrument

God’s Message to Mary: Prepare to Be God’s Instrument Sermon Series: God's Christmas Messages to You Based on Luke 1:26-38, 46-56 A couple of years ago I attended a men’s retreat in Richwoods, Missouri and decided to go horseback riding. I got on a horse that had a mind of its own (and it was my first time). I did okay and got control of the animal but it kept jerking its head downward. Once, going up a steep, rocky path, the horse jerked the reigns right out of my hand …

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