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 stra ...

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