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Dealing with Christmas III - "It's a Wonderful Life"

12/16/18

December 16, 2018 • Paul Barnard

Dealing with Christmas III Dealing with Christmas III “Its a Wonderful life” Into- Christmas origins, Pagan to Christian, Nativity myths, Myth #1-Christmas is the time of year we stop to focus on the birth of Christ Myth #2-Christmas is a time for parties and for family. Myth #3-Christ is the time of year we are generous. Truth- -Christmas represents why we are who we are. There is no season for that. It just is. -Christmas to new years change. -We stress about Christmas when it is a solitary event. Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with God. Joh 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. -He was God Joh 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. Joh 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. -God was coming to dispel darkness Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. Joh 1:7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. Joh 1:8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. -Man could not do this Joh 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. Joh 1:11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. Joh 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, Joh 1:13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. -God made Himself flesh to change the way we live and see life If you want to enjoy Christmas live it all year- Focus all year- Be generous all year Stop seeing Christmas as a season. its a lifestyle Conclusion: Are you new or old? Life Group Questions 1) Is Christmas just a season for you? Why or why not? 2) Why do we not live like it's Christmas all year long? 3) Is your relationship with God where it needs to be for you to live like it's Christmas every day? 4) How can you change your heart, mindset, and your actions to have Christmas in your heart every day?