A Time for Celebration (1 of 3) by Fred Lowery

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A Time for Celebration (1 of 3)
Series: Christmas Is
Dr. Fred Lowery
Luke 2:10; Luke 2:19; Matthew 12:52; Luke 1:46-47; Luke 2:13-14; Hebrews 13:5-6; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:31

Thank you Lauren and choir and band for this wonderful Christmas music this morning. Wonderful Christmas music, Amen? And we'll have music, a lot of music the next two Sundays so be here and bring your friends as we celebrate Christmas. Today we are talking about Christmas is a time of celebration. In a little Sunday School class of first graders a teacher asked who gave the decree that all the world would be taxed and a little boy said the Democrats. A church sign said Merry Christmas to our Christian friends. Happy Hanukah to our Jewish friends and to our atheist friends, good luck. A lady was asked what her expectations were for this Christmas. She said I expect to be visited by a happy bearded fellow with a large bag on his shoulders. That would be my son coming home from college with his dirty laundry. A lot of you can identify with that. But Christmas is not a time of consumerism which is what we try to make it be but Christmas is about Christ. And Christ is about love and peace and joy. My friend Rick Warren did a survey of his own asking shoppers about what were they celebrating at Christmas time. Listen to the response. I'm celebrating I made it through another year. Another person, I'm celebrating being home with my family. Another, I got a Christmas bonus. My son is home from Iraq. I'm celebrating Obama got elected. I'm celebrating I finished my shopping. I'm not celebrating anything I'm just trying to survive.

Now those were the answers people gave. Real answers from real people about what they were celebrating at Christmas time. you say well that's the world out there. We're not surprised by that, that's the people on the street. And I thought the same thing so I just asked myself what about church Christmas parties? What about, isn't it strange to have a birthday party for someone and yet the someone who's birthday it is, is not even mentioned throughout the entire party. And yet I have an idea that, that happens often. That we get together and we have fun and we participate in the fun things about Christmas, and games and exchanging presents, all the consumerism part of it but do we forget or ignore Jesus Christ and He's the one that Christmas is all about. He is the reason for the season. Do we fail to honor Him? You know one Christmas I had a picture in my Bible from our past Christmas and you could see part of the Christmas tree and the Christmas decorations and then you could see our family gathered around a birthday cake with the candles and the adults on the outer edge and the kids all right around the cake looking down almost touching the cake. And that picture was in my Bible and I showed it to several people, at church. And here is the response I got. They would look at that and they would say oh, what a ...

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