Great Sermon! I remember when I was lost and Christmas was less commercialized. It was a busy, crazy time....but Christmas eve was a reverent, set aside time still. The wraps, decorations, cards and all still had scripture...some even King James....and Messiah played with carols that were biblical with all the verses especially. It put a yearning in me later fulfilled in salvation. Some people are so hardened by the current wickedness, & their own ignorance & selectively edited & spun history...that they trample bruised reeds & hinder those coming in.
I used to use Christmas to witness, and mourned as they edited Christ & Bible out to Babylonian merchandising and pagan corruptions alone. It was a true loss for America.
Great Sermon! While I have mixed feeling about the tree I will ALWAYS appreciate Biblical fallacies being debunked by men of God who put in time in the trenches. I trust this lover of the Lord to celebrate Christmas in a God-honoring way. Thank you for the great post, Bro Greg.
Great Sermon! What is the greatest benefit of celebrating this set aside day called Christmas? If it makes us feel "fuzzy, warm, loving, etc.", where then is the Holy Spirit that convicts us of things eternal? Is the world better off or worse now that the pagan and the righteous celebrate together? Is the environment cleaner since natural filters, trees, are chopped down? Are waterways filled with more plastics? Will children look for the "New and Improved" version of what was discarded last year? Will I mourn over debt I incurred for this day because people I know expected me to show love, materially, while they rejected the love found in the Christ I wanted them to come to know? Will the rich get richer while the poor get poorer? Will our conversation be about the One whose birthday we claim to be celebrating? Well, 354 days will be left to reject the Son of God. And Matthew 28:28,29 can be laid aside while we wait for a tree that has no eyes, ears, feet, mouth, or hands to do what we are called to do daily.