by Stan Coffey

If There Were No Christmas
Stan Coffey
Luke 2:10

I want to welcome all of our guests today. It's so good to have our guests with us. I want everyone, if you will, to take your outline. You'll find it in your bulletin. We'll look at the message for today. If you're a guest you'll also find, on the right hand side of your bulletin, a guest registration form. I'd like for you guests to take a moment and fill that out. I'd like to send you a copy of today's message on cassette tape just for visiting the service today, as a way of saying thank you, and you're appreciated and very special to us here at San Jacinto Baptist Church. So if you'll fill that out, at the end of the service we'll receive those in the offering plate. Thank you for coming. We have the scriptures and the outline in your bulletin.

You know, this is about the time in the Christmas celebration we begin to get a little bit weary. We've been to Christmas parties just about every night. There's still several Christmas activities to go to, but you know it would be a sad world if there were no Christmas. Today that's the subject of my message. Christmas was such a pivotal point in the history of the world. Christmas was such an important part of God's plan. I think even believers sometimes cannot appreciate how important Christmas is to us, and how important and vital it is that we really celebrate what Christmas means. I have the passage for you on your outline. I want you to look at it, Luke 2:10, as the angel comes to announce the first Christmas. We read it in God's word. ''The angel said unto them, 'Fear not. For behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ''Glory to God in ...

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