The Gifts of Christmas

Gratitude

Original Date: 
Sunday, December 28, 2014

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Gifts of Christmas: Gratitude

The Worst Thing
What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you?

Have you:
lost a loved-one (a parent, a spouse, a child?)
fought a debilitating, painful illness
experienced a crushing divorce
been fired from a job?

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you?

Servanthood

Original Date: 
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Philippians 2:2-8 The Gifts of Christmas: Servanthood

Follow the Leader
I have an older brother. Ben is two years older than me. And as we were growing up, we spent a lot of time playing in the “forest.”

It’s actually one of my earliest memories. I must have been 3 or 4. Ben came in from playing outside and he said to me: “Russell, there’s a forest out there!”

Generosity

Original Date: 
Sunday, December 14, 2014

2 Corinthians 8:9 The Gifts of Christmas: Generosity

Lessons from the Vegetable Guy
Leadership Magazine carried a story about 4 young men, Bible College students, who were renting a house together. One Saturday morning someone knocked on their door. When they opened it, there stood this bedraggled-looking old man. His eyes were kind of marbled, and he had a silvery stub of whiskers on his face.

Compassion

Original Date: 
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Psalm 103:8-13 The Gifts of Christmas: Compassion

Misha’s Story
In 1994 two Americans were invited to go to Russia to teach morals and ethics (based on Biblical principles) in various public places. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, fire and police departments, and a large orphanage.

Hope

Original Date: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Isaiah 9:1-7 The Gifts of Christmas: Hope

Dark Times
The news isn’t very good right now.

On Monday night a grand jury in Ferguson, MO declined to press charges against a police officer in the shooting of a young black man. Protests, which have been taking place off and on since the shooting in August, quickly became violent. Over 20 fires were set, dozens of people were arrested, and the tension continues up to today. Protests around the country have made it clear that racial issues persist in America.