How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2 of 4)
Series: Christmas At The Movies
Jeff Strite
Matthew 2:1-20

OPEN: (I sat on a stool on stage, reading the following from "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." I taped my sermon into the pages of the book and used the book as both prop and way to hide my sermon notes).

Every Who down in Who-ville liked a Christmas a lot…
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT!

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes
He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath
Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath.

"And they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer
"Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming
"I MUST find some way to stop Christmas coming!"
Hmmm… it seems like a Christmas has always had that kind of effect on some people. In our present age, Christmas is so disliked by some people that groups like the ACLU have threatened people with lawsuits if there's even a mention of Christ in the season of Christmas.

ILLUS Not so long ago, Broward County (Florida) told the Calvary Chapel there that they could not include the words: "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" in their Christmas display. So the church filed a suit in the U.S. District Court claiming they had the right to display the words.
Judge William Zloch agreed with their "free speech" argument and allowed them to keep the words in their d ...

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