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Christmas through the Eyes of a Child- Wonder and Awe

Our 2011 Advent sermon series is entitled Christmas through the Eyes of a Child. We’re rereading the familiar Christmas story and rediscovering for ourselves the excitement and awe that children experience at Christmastime.

It might surprise you to know that what produced wonder and awe in the first persons to hear the Christmas story was not the virgin birth of Christ. It was something else.

To find out more, listen to my sermon from this past Sunday, “Wonder and Awe.”

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At about minute 28 of my sermon, I show a video that went viral a couple of months ago…

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If the Starbucks Loses Its Coffee-ness…

On the last two Mondays that I’ve stopped by the Ashland Starbucks, they’ve been out of coffee. Their “coffee machine” is broken.

Starbucks without coffee is like a gas station without gas, a grocery store without groceries, (add your own obvious comparison here). What’s the point?

There’s a lesson here.

In Matthew 5v13, Jesus says, “’You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.'”

If the Starbucks loses its coffee-ness, it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

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