The Call Of Christmas (1 of 3) by Jerry Watts

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The Call Of Christmas (1 of 3)
Series: Christmas in Real Life
Jerry Watts
Matthew 2:1-12

INTRO: "Telephones have changed our lives forever.
• In the small town we lived in the volunteer fire department's telephone was answered by the policeman who was on duty who would in turn sound the fire whistle to rally the volunteers to duty. One Saturday morning my father, the town Chief of Police, had just come on duty when the fire department phone rang. He picked up the phone and said "Fire Department." A voice on the other end of the line frantically said, "Send the fire truck!" Then the caller immediately slammed the phone down. My dad stood stunned, not knowing what to do. In a few minutes the phone rang again. Quickly he picked it up and said again, "Fire Department!" Again the voice cried, "Send the fire truck!" Again the caller immediately hung up. Realizing that someone's house was possibly at stake, he rushed outside and scanned the sky to see if he could see smoke and therefore send the fire trucks in that direction. While outside he also devised a plan as to how to keep the caller from hanging up so quickly if she called back. Sure enough the phone rang again and he went running inside. Picking up the phone he said, "Where's the fire?" And the lady on the other end screamed, "In the kitchen," and slammed the phone down again."
• There are many different types of calls and calls can be serious or funny. Several years ago, we were at a Christmas show at the MS Gulf Coast Coliseum and heard this announcement, "Jimmy Smith, If You WANT to leave with those you came with, meet your party at.." That was a call someone didn't want to miss.
• There are other types of calls. Military draft is a type of call, 911 is a type of call, and a call to restore phone or electrical service is a call. The list goes on and on.
• The greatest call of all is the call from God. Abraham, Moses, and Paul experienced firsthand, life changing, and highly ...

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