Christmas Sermons
1. Blood In Bethlehem <> William Willimon
2. The Weight of The World <> Thomas Tewell
3. God's Troublesome Timing <> John Maxwell
4. God's Eye View Of Christmas <> Leigh Anderson
5. Wise Men (Magi) <> John MacArthur
6. Understanding Christmas <> Donald Hubbard - 2 Sermons (GREAT)
7. Those Who Care <> Donald Hubbard
8. Christ and Christmas <>W. A. Criswell
9. What The Shepherds Seen <> David Seamands
10. Through Mary's Eyes <> Unknown ** (GREAT)
11. Christmas Time <> Stuart Briscoe
12. Christmas Message <> Steve Mathewson
13. Baby Book <> Jerry Vines
14. The Shepherds <> Jerry Vines
15. Sweetest Christmas <> Jerry Vines
16. White Christmas <> Jerry Vines
17. Wise Men <> Jerry Vines
18. Lord Of Christmas <> George Gardiner
19. Wonderful Child <> James Merrit <> Commercial Version
20. Three Pillars <> Ravi Zacharisas
21. Heavenly Host <> Donald Hubbard
22. Four Radio Sermons <> John R. Rice
23. Christmas with Joseph <> Dr. Bob Kelley
24. Tiding Of Great Joy <> Dr. Bob Kelley
25. Dreaming of a Right Christmas <> Dr. Bob Kelley

Thanksgiving
1. Lessons From The Lepers - Charles Allen
2. Reasons For Thankfulness - Chuck Swindoll

Easter
1. Miracle Of Easter <> Donald Hubbard
2. Empty Tomb <> James Kennedy
3. Did Jesus Rise Bodily <> Jerry Vines -9/5/1982
4. Were You There <> Peter Marshall -

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The Christmas Star

The stars that appear in the sky today are the same ones that were there two thousand years ago. Was there a nova at the time of Jesus' birth? The exact time of His birth is not known, but astronomers cannot place a new star appearance anywhere near the possible time. Could it have been a shooting star? Again, the astronomers say it was not likely. A meteor lasts only a few seconds or minutes at best. The wise men followed the star for weeks looking for Jesus. We can rule out comets as well. They can be seen by the naked eye for a week or months. But modern astronomers know which comets were close enough to earth hundreds and thousands of years ago and there was no comet visible to humans around the time of Christ's birth.

Some star gazers suggest that if we move the birth of Jesus to the springtime of 6 B.C., we can attribute the star to the time the planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were close together in the heavens. They formed a triangle in the group of stars known as Pisces.

The wise men, themselves, were astrologers and studied the stars and planets and knew, according to Jewish rabbis, of the triangle and that it had appeared before the birth of Moses. Perhaps they interpreted it as a sign of a great event in the land of the Jewish people. This may have been the star of Bethlehem. Pisces became the special constellation of the Hebrew people.

Still, many people prefer to believe that the strange star did appear, and that it was simply a miracle and throughout the world today, the Christian holiday has usually begun with the appearance of the first star of Christmas Eve.

The Festival of the Star is held in Poland. Right after the Christmas Eve meal, the village priest, acts as the "Star Man" and tests the children's knowledge of religion. In Alaska, boys and girls carry a star shaped figure from house to house and sing carols in hopes of receiving treats. In Hungary a star-shaped pattern is carved in a half of an apple and is suppose to bring good luck.

In general, the Christmas star symbolizes high hopes and high ideals - hope for good fortune, hope for reaching above oneself. For all human beings, regardless of religion, stars have special meaning for all share the heavens, no matter what barriers keep them apart on earth.



The Christmas Tree
For families in North America, Germany and other parts of Europe, the Christmas tree is the symbol of the Christmas season. Other evergreens have been a part of mid-winter festivals long before Christ. They played a symbolic part because they stayed green and alive when other plants appeared dead and bare. They represented everlasting life and hope for the return of spring. Primitive European tribes hung evergreens above their doors to offer the wandering winter spirits shelter within their homes in hopes of receiving good fortune and good health in return. The Romans decorated their homes with the greens at the Festival of Saturnalia and at the Kalends of January, their New Year. They exchanged evergreen branches with friends as a sign of good luck. The Druids viewed evergreens as sacred, a symbol of life itself.

When Christmas came about, we incorporated, rather than dismissed, many of these practices as Christmas customs. Of course, this was done only if these activities and items were consider harmless and availed themselves to a Christian interpretation.

The use of evergreens was and is most widespread in England and Germany. We can trace it back at least 500 years ago when religious meaning began to be associated with these plants.

Christmas Giving.

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