by Kerry Shook

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Fruitcake (3 of 3)
Series: Decommercialized
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Luke 2:10-14 (NIV)


• Romans 5:3-4 (TLB)


• James 4:1-3 (NIV)


How many of you have already received one of these this Christmas Season? A fruitcake. How many of you have one of these in your pantry from Christmas' past? The ghost of Christmas past is the fruitcake. The fruitcake is definitely the most ridiculed desert in America today. I think it all started on Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Every year he would say he believed there was only one fruitcake in the world just past from family to family to family. But let me give you some fruitcake facts because I know you are so excited about that. The fruitcake was first invented in Roman times. The oldest reference is to a fruitcake that was made of pomegranate seeds, raisins and pine nuts. Then in the early 18th century the fruitcake was actually outlawed all throughout Europe. It was considered too sinfully rich, completely banned. The fruitcake was banned. I wish it was that way today. There was a custom in England years ago where an unmarried wedding guest would take a slice of fruitcake and place it under the pillow at night and it supposedly enabled them to dream about who their future mate would be. I don't know if that would work or not, but Chuck Swindoll tells about something that really did work. He said there was a recently married woman in his church who had been single for years and she said, "Pastor, I just want you to know that for a year I've been praying for my future husband and God just led me to him and here's what I did. Every night I would hang a pair of men's pants beside my bed and I would pray this prayer. Oh dear God, please hear my prayer and answer if you can. I've hung a pair of trousers here. Please fill them with a man." God came through. Chuck Swindoll told that story to his church and they all laughed like you did except for one teenage boy on the front row who was dead serious. He had a serious look on his face and then later that week Swindoll got a letter from that boy's mom saying, "I'm not sure whether I should be concerned or not, but my son has hung up a bikini by his bed." I'm not sure that will work guys. You may not get one of these this Christmas, but you will have to deal with what I call fruitcake people this Christmas season. Fruitcake people are those people that annoy us, that irritate us, that frustrate us. They are hard to get along with. I looked up the ingredients to the fruitcake and it says this. It's a mixture of fruit and nuts with just enough batter to hold it all together. How many of you know someone just like that?
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