I started our Christmas series at Faith Bible Church yesterday with a sermon on Isaiah 9:6,7 and Isaiah 7:14, two splendid passages which are a part of the revelations showing that the Advent of Messiah had been promised centuries before Jesus Christ. It was an exciting study for when these detailed prophecies concerning Jesus' Incarnation, His character, and His mission are carefully unpacked, the significance is both rich and astonishing.
We then followed up our Christmas kickoff last night at the church with a special party where I spoke on "Making the Most of Christmas," sharing ideas about how we can enrich the holiday season for ourselves and our families AND how we can use the season as an open door for making Christ's Name known in our communities. We took a Christmas pop quiz; we handed out copies of our latest "Making the Most of Christmas" packets; and we talked around the tables enjoying each others' company and the Christmas cookies that Claire and Kathy Deever had made.
It was a very pleasant couple of hours with about 20 people from the church in attendance.
We have made available for friends and Vital Signs Ministries supporters these "Making the Most of Christmas" packets in 1996 and again in 2001. This version contains some of the same stuff but it has grown to over 50 pages of poems, devotions, suggestions for Christmas reading and movies, suggestions for service projects and more. If you'd like one, just let us know.