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The Blues of Ingratitude (3 of 3)
Series: Blue Christmas: Breaking Through the Seasonal Blues
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Luke 17:11-13 (NIV)
• Luke 17:14 (NLT)
• Luke 17:15-19 (NIV)
THREE STEPS TO A GRATEFUL HEART
1. When I Get Imperfect Gifts Develop An Attitude of Gratitude
• Phil. 4:12 (NLT)
2. When I'm Anxious Make The Choice To Rejoice
• Luke 2:10,11 (LB)
3. When I'm Blessed Make Generosity My Philosophy
I love to sit down with my family and watch Frosty the Snowman. I love it when Jimmy Durante sings Frosty the Snowman. I catch myself many times watching these Christmas classics with my kids and all of a sudden I look around and no one is in the room but me and I'm watching the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with Burl Ives, that's the only one I'll watch. One of my favorite Christmas cartoons has to be Charlie Brown's Christmas. I love that as he gets that little tree and gets called blockhead a number of times. But, in Charlie Brown's Christmas they actually read the Christmas Story from Luke, Chapter 2, way before the era of political correctness. But, probably my favorite Christmas cartoon of all time is the Dr. Seuss classic, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. That's why today, as we conclude our series that we have been in the last several weeks on how to break through the holiday blues, I'm going to talk about a grinch that's stealing Christmas from the hearts of so many people today. It's the grinch of ingratitude. I would say it's the number one reason why we experience stress during the Christmas season, this grinch of ingratitude. I want us to look at a miracle performed by the Christ of Christmas. It's really the story of ten desperate men who came to Christ for healing. So, if you will take out your outlines from your program the verses are listed there. Luke 17 is our passage for today. "Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, 'Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" These ten men had one thing in common. They all had leprosy. Leprosy was the most dreaded disease of that day. It always started out with blotches on your skin and the blotches would turn into lumps and the lumps would grow so large that the person would be disfigured beyond recognition. Then the next stage, their fingers and toes would literally fall off. That's not a pretty sight. It would end in coma and death. Just a terrible disease. In Jesus' day the first sign of leprosy was always a death sentence because if you had leprosy you'd be cast outside of your city, you had to leave your home, your family and your friends.