"The first Christmas was pretty simple. It's okay if yours is too."
- Amy Weatherly
Love Your Neighbour As Yourself
Take Up Your Cross And Follow Me
Forgive 70 X 7
Whoever Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone
Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated
Love Your Enemies
Let Your Light Shine
Feed The Hungry
Don't Return Evil for Evil
Visit Those In Prison
Clothe The Naked
House The Homeless
Welcome The Foreigner
Care For The Sick
Love One Another As I Have Loved You
Take Heart, I Have Overcome The World
This evening I want to look at the very famous and familiar text "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". What we want to see is that this text is presenting to us a declaration of Santa Claus, and in this declaration there are three movements. There is: first of all, Preparation for the coming of Santa Claus; second of all, There is the coming of Santa Claus; and finally, The description of Santa Claus. So please, listen very carefully as I convey to you how the writer presents this declaration of Santa Claus to us.
'Twas the night before Christmas. Now look what the writer has said here. We are informed right at the very beginning that it was the night before Christmas-a very special holiday. You see, it will not do that this was the night before Thanksgiving, or the night before Dominion Day, or even the night before Mother's Day. No, this was the night before Christmas.
My dad gave 50 bucks to a guy who said he needed to buy medicine for his kids. I told my dad he was probably going to spend the money on alcohol or something, but my dad said that "whether he was lying or not says something about his character, but hearing someone in need and choosing not to help when I have the means to says something about mine."
I never forget that.
"Stop disliking people over what you've heard and be thankful God isn't disliking YOU over what He KNOWS."
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