by Kerry Shook

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Stolen Christmas (2 of 3)
Series: Restoring Christmas
Pastor Kerry Shook

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Stolen Christmas (2 of 3)
Series: Restoring Christmas
Pastor Kerry Shook

• John 10:10 (NIV)

The Thief Tries to...

• Steal the simplicity of Christmas

• 2 Cor. 11:3 (NKJV)

• Luke 2:7 (NKJV)

• Steal the generosity of Christmas

• Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

• Steal the blessings of Christmas


Have you lost your joy? Have you lost your peace of mind and heart? Have you lost your strength and your courage? You need to know that you really haven't lost it. It has been stolen from you. There's a thief that wants to steal the things that are most valuable to you.

The great news is that you can reclaim your stolen joy, your stolen passion, all of the things that you've lost are right there for you to take hold of.

This is an actual article that appeared in the Desert Valley Times in Mesquite, Nevada, that huge newspaper. It says "The baby Jesus figurine stolen from Ace Hardware's nativity scene on Christmas night last year has been restored and returned. We have a Christmas miracle on our hands said Nick Janik, manager of the hardware store, who found the lost figurine Sunday morning. The figurine was left in a wheelbarrow in front of the store in the middle of the night with no clue as to where it had been for the past year. It had no signs of damage or neglect. Baby Jesus is in as good of condition as when he left said Janik. Last year a cloud was cast on the season as on Christmas night the baby figurine disappeared. The larger figurines are screwed down and Ace owner, Todd Levett, would come by each evening to put the baby inside, but he thought it would be safe left out on Christmas. The figurine was last seen in the manger at 7:30 that evening. Now the store put out an appeal for the missing baby Jesus, even offering a reward, but got no responses. Janik said he has no idea of where the figurine has been for the year or why it was returned. I'm hoping someone found God he said, but maybe a parent was cleaning out a kids room and found it and returned it" and that's probably what happened, but the good news is in Mesquite, Nevada, at the Ace Hardware Christmas has been restored this year. We can celebrate. Yes. You don't seem that excited. We're in this series that we're calling restoring Christmas and more importantly in the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, I believe Christmas is going to restore you because that's what Christmas is all about. Now, I'm not too worried about some prankster stealing a baby Jesus figurine because that's not going to steal Christmas away, but there is a politically correct crowd that's trying to steal away Christmas from the public life and now we're not supposed to call it a Christmas tree any more.
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