CHRISTMAS 1979 (2 OF 2)

by Kerry Shook

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Christmas 1979 (2 of 2)
Series: Christmas Past
Kerry Shook

This sermon includes the sermon outline and the full sermon transcript. Below you will see a preview of the outline and a portion of the full sermon.

• Luke 2:8-11 (NIV)


• Luke 2:15 (NIV)

Breakthrough: Joy

• Luke 2:10 (NIV)


Breakthrough: Peace

• Luke 2:14 (TEV)


"Music playing"

It was the Christmas season 1979. Hot Wheels were still hot. Big Wheels were still big and anything and everything Star Wars was ruling the toy wars and Wonder Woman action figure dolls were a big hit with the girls and some of the boys. High tech Christmas gifts were also popular in 1979. The Walkman came out and it was amazing because you could actually put a cassette tape in a big case clipped to your belt connected to some enormous earphones which really meant we no longer had to carry around our boom box so it was a great thing. Video games were entering a new era with the Atari 2600 which actually came with a game cartridge, Combat, which meant we no longer had to just play the game Pong. Some of you remember Pong, the first video game that came out in the 70s. Two paddles and one ball. Beep, beep, beep, beep. It provided us hours of endless entertainment. Some of the best music of 1979 was still coming out of Motown and Led Zepplin made sure that rock was still on a roll but I have to say that disco unfortunately still wasn't dead. One of the big hits of 1979 was a song we still can't get out of our heads. Do you remember this song?

"Music playing - YMCA"

That's all I can take. Some of you remember 1979 far too well. We are in a series I'm calling Christmas past as we are going back in time to learn some timeless truths about Christmas's in the past so that we can experience Christmas to the full in the present. Last week we looked at Christmas 1968. Today we are looking at Christmas 1979. Now a lot has changed in 30 years, but in a way nothing has changed. The 70s were troubled times. The one word I would use to describe the late 70s is the word crisis. I remember one crisis after another. I mean, there was the economic crisis and there was a lot of trouble in the economy in the late 70s. Some of you may remember that unemployment was higher than it is today but inflation was double digits, 13.3% and it was really hard to secure a loan because the interest rates were sky high. There was an economic crisis in the late 70s and then there was an energy crisis. The Arab oil embargo forced gasoline to be rationed creating long lines at the gas pumps and then there was an international crisis. The Iranian hostage crisis where over 3000 Iranian students charged the American Embassy in Tehran holding 66 Americans hostage. There was just one crisis after another in 1979. The number one song of 1979 expressed the frustration and powerlessness people felt under the weight of all the bad news.
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