Faith Presbyterian Church

Rediscover the Joy of Christmas! - Luke 1:39-55

Series The Truth of Advent (Part2) - In the first sermon in this Advent series we discovered that Christ came into the world not only to die for our sins, but also to free us from "the power of canceled sin." To dramatize this message, we looked at a clip from a recent presentation of Charles Dickens' beloved classic, "A Christmas Carol," in which Ebenezer Scrooge's deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, makes a night time appearance to Scrooge and warns Scrooge that he must make changes in his life to avoid the painful eternal consequences of his life choices. During this second sermon we see and hear the "Spirit of Christmas Past" remind Scrooge that Scrooge knew the joy of Christmas in his youth. Tragically, Scrooge gave up that joy for the love of material gain and greed. Pastor Terry tells you that God wants you to understand the gift of his Son, Jesus, as God's power to make changes in your life that will enable you to experience the real joy of Christmas as your normal every day experience. The teen Mary, mother of Jesus, God's Savior for the world, shows us how courage is the way to joy. Rediscover the joy of Christmas by facing something painful in your life that can be changed and by seeking God's help in assisting you to act courageously so that it may be transformed, healed and given new life.
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