Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 28, 2008
You may have chuckled when I started this sermon by talking about the importance of punctuation. But prudent punctuation is no joke. In Russia, a period actually saved a man's life. The Czar had condemned the man to death and sent this telegram to the jailer: PARDON
ADVENT Scripture Reading for December
December 1 - Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
December 2 - Mark 1:2-3
December 3 - Isaiah 11.1-2
December 4 - Isaiah 61.1-2
December 5 - Matthew 24:36-44
December 6 - Jeremiah 33:14-15
December 7 - Zechariah 6:12-13
Preparations - Bethlehem
December 8 - Micah
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Dec 3, 2007
Advent is about the coming of Christ. Coming in to your life so you can begin again and again. In order to symbolize as an act of worship, I want you to take the beach glass that you received early. Feel it. Feel it’s hardness. Feel it’s roughness. Let this be a symbol of your past. Your sins. Your
Contributed by John Weeks on Dec 9, 2006
The word Advent comes from the Latin word, “advenire”, conjugated as “adventus” which is a combination word of “ad” meaning, “to” or “toward” and “venire”, “come” which is conjugated as ventus, which means more specifically, “coming”. Combining them gets us literally, “toward the coming.” The
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Dec 31, 2012
"We can’t fathom the Second Advent of Jesus Christ, and we stammer when we try to
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 7, 2001
"When John F. Kennedy was President of the United States, Life magazine published photos of his children, John Jr. and Caroline, playing with their toys on the floor of the Oval Office. Those images captured the hearts of the American people like nothing before or since. Why? I think it’s
Contributed by Andrew Hamilton on Oct 25, 2002
Someone has said “The advent of the new age can be seen as a mixed blessing for Christians who are called to respond in faith to the presence of new religions towards the end of the 20th century. While the new age may be drawing away from traditional faith many dissatisfied individuals who have not
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Nov 29, 2002
THE JOURNEY FROM HEAVEN TO DUMP
Author and pastor Leith Anderson writes:
Several years ago I was visiting Manila and was taken, of all places, to the Manila garbage dump and saw something beyond belief. Tens of thousands of people make their homes on that dump site. They’ve constructed shacks
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 2, 2002
Jeff Calendar’s three year old daugh-
ter along with the rest of her family
was observed opening Christmas packages.
As is often the case, Jeff’s wife had
recycled some bows from previous times,
and their daughter grabbed one and then
placed it on top of her head. The old
tape left on it
Contributed by Kent Lenard on Dec 4, 2002
As a theologian said in 320, "We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the
Contributed by Mark Hensley on Dec 10, 2002
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas." Katherine hurried to the editor of the local
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 18, 2002
Preparing for large Christmas Eve family gathering, a mother had been giving out orders like a drill sergeant: "Pick up your things! Don’t get your clothes dirty! Put away those toys."
Well, her 4-year-old daughter had been underfoot all day, so she sent her to the next room to play with their
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Dec 19, 2002
Some years ago a Christmas card pictured a world into which You had not come. A minister fell asleep in his study on Christmas morn. In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but no little stockings hung by the chimney. No Christmas wreaths nor holly decorated the house. He walked
Contributed by Scott Bradford on Dec 27, 2002
During a Christmas pagent, one child had been forced to be in the program by his parents. The young teen continued to voice his concerns as they
practiced. He would mutter things like "How can people believe that Jesus is the Son of God?" and "just what makes everyone believe that this is the way
Whoever Takes the Son
Many years ago, there was a very wealthy man who shared a passion for art collecting with his son. They had priceless works adorning the walls of their family estate.
One day, the nation was at war and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks,
Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Dec 12, 2003
WHO CAME UP WITH THIS?
A woman was in the mall doing her Christmas shopping. She was tired of walking through every aisle of every store to find just the right present. She was stressed out by the mounting debt on her credit card. She was tired of fighting the crowds and standing in lines for
Contributed by Charles Tucker on Dec 16, 2003
With all the hustle and bustle, I thought we needed to be reminded why Christmas is a good idea. Without Christmas…
• The candied fruit market would completely collapse!
• Our boring, uneventful lives would have no stress at all!
• Eggnog would just be a slimy, high cholesterol beverage.
Contributed by Jim Kane on Jan 14, 2004
SWEET, SIMPLE SUBMISSION
Christin Ditchfield, in a recent issue of Focus on The Family magazine, writes that basically Mary took the news in stride.
“[She] didn’t demand a sign,” notes Ditchfield, “some sort of proof or additional confirmation. She voiced no complaint at the total disruption
Contributed by Jason Cole on Mar 2, 2004
Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited thought that he was their
Contributed by Joel Santos on Oct 8, 2004
Every year the whole world celebrates the Christmas season, the day when the savior of the world became flesh. The first century Christians does not celebrate Christmas in fact it is not the exact time when Jesus Christ was born, December 25 was the birth of the pagan god “Mitra” according to