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The Heart And Soul of Christmas

Christmas Jesus, Savior Incarnation

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Luke 2:12 ; John 1:14

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

I have many happy memories of taking my Mom to Manhattan at Christmas time to look at the department store windows.  I will never forget the windows one store had one year. The first window had a scroll which read, "The Smell of Christmas is in the Kitchen." The scene was an old-fashioned kitchen with a black stove and food cooking on it.

The second window was titled, "The Taste of Christmas is in the Dining Room." There was a long table laden with mouth-watering food.

The third window showed a beautiful tree decorated with ornaments and lights, little toys and popcorn strings. The scroll read, "The Color of Christmas is in the Tree."

The fourth window scroll said, "The Sound of Christmas is in the Carols." This scene was a group of animated figures singing Christmas carols.

Then came the store's main entrance. I noticed that, after passing those windows, most people went into the store to do Christmas shopping.  However, if you ignored the entrance and kept on going, you would have seen one more window. The scroll in this window proclaimed: "But the Heart and Soul of Christmas is Here!" In this window was a stable with shepherds, wise men, Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus lying in a manger. 

APPLICATION

A lot of people miss the true meaning of Christmas. They get so caught up in the shopping, the food, the decorations, and the gifts, that they fail to see the heart and soul of Christmas: The story of the babe in the manger, of God with us!

"And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger" (Luke 2:12). 

No Cheap Gifts For Christmas

Christmas Sacrifice Selfless

Source: "Peanuts" comic strip

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-11-15

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Mark 10:45

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

In an episode of the comic strip “Peanuts,” Charlie Brown cracks open his piggy bank. He says to Lucy, “Look, I’ve got $9.11 to spend on Christmas gifts.”  Lucy is not impressed as she says, “You can’t buy something for everyone with $9.11, Charlie Brown.” Charlie Brown says, “Oh yeah? Well I’m gonna try!” “Then” Lucy continues, “they’re sure gonna be cheap presents.”  Charlie  says with absolute conviction, “Nothing is cheap if it costs all that you have.”

APPLICATION

On the very first Christmas, God gave us all that He had: Himself, in the person of his Son, Jesus. Thirty-three years later Jesus would give us all that he had: his very life. Now it is our turn to give a gift to Jesus, and it should, likewise, cost all that you've got. 

Changed By The Arrival Of A Child

Christmas Incarnation Jesus, Savior

Source: The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: 1 John 4:19

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

In1868, Bret Harte wrote a short story called “The Luck of Roaring Camp.” It turned Mr. Harte into an internationally known writer. The story was written about a mining town in California called Roaring Camp. The only woman in the town was a Cherokee named Sal. She became pregnant but died while giving birth to a son. This left a baby in a town full of single men. Not just men, but rough, tough, rude, crude men of the WILD west. What are THEY going to do with a baby?

The child was thought to be a sign of good fortune so they gave him the name Thomas Luck. They put him in a dirty box, wrapped in dirty clothes. But that didn’t look right, so they ordered a rosewood cradle with satin sheets and a soft pillow. The best room they had was filthy, so these men got on their knees and cleaned the floors and the walls. Then they decided that if they were going to take care of a baby, they needed to start using soap. They needed to wash their hands and bath more often. And then they said, “Maybe we don’t need to be gambling so much. Maybe we don’t need to be fighting so much. Maybe we don’t need to be drinking so much. And as the story progresses, the entire town of Roaring Camp was transformed by the arrival of a single baby boy.

APPLICATION

Two thousand years ago, the entire world was transformed by the arrival of a baby boy, only this baby boy was the Son of God. And because of Jesus’ birth, everything is different!  He has made a whole new way of life possible. We can know salvation and peace and hope and love and joy through Him. Because He loves us, we can learn to love others by His example. 

"We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). 

The Unopened Gift

Abuse Christmas Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Don't Turn Your Back on the Manger

Spirituality Christmas Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-13

Scripture: Luke 2:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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No Peace on Earth for THIS Lady!

Christmas Salvation Peace

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2016-12-12

Scripture: Luke 2:14 ; Romans 5:1

Author: Rod Crowell
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Seeing the Big Picture

Christmas Worldview Incarnation

Contributed By: Shawn Nichols | Date Posted: 2016-12-04

Scripture: Luke 2:7

Author: Shawn Nichols / Illustration Exchange
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The Great Christmas Goat

Christmas Jesus' Love Self-image

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-03

Scripture: Romans 8:35 ; Ephesians 3:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Super Man Saves The Family House

Joy Salvation Christmas

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-12

Scripture: Luke 2:10

Author: RAY SANCHEZ / Illustration Exchange
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Gifts That Increase In Value

Christmas Value (True Worth) Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-26

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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