When the Stone Was Rolled Away (an object lesson using a stone)
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Our lives are a little like candles. We're ready to shine brightly, but we need to have someone light us up with power and strength. And that's what Jesus does when He comes into our lives. This children's sermon uses a candle to encourage children to shine brightly for Jesus.
The philosopher Hannah Arendt represents the thinking of many people when she claims that "hyprocrisy is the vice of vices" and that hypocrites are "rotten to the core."
Emmanuel. God is with us. We must decide for ourselves if it is true. The grounds on which to dismiss it are not hard to find. Christmas is commercialism. It is a pain in the neck. It is sentimentality. It is wishful thinking. With its account of the shepherds, the star, the three wise men...
According to this sermon, there is something about the past that attracts each one of us, a deep longing to return to a better time. No wonder that Christmas and Advent seem so marvelous to us. We are getting ready for the One who brings a new world. We are preparing for the One who recreates the old Paradise for all of us. When He is finished, when He is done with us, He has created in us a new innocence, a new peace, a new harmony.
The Christian life is a song of thanksgiving, a glad and joyous hymn of praise to God. This Thankgiving sermon examines the call, the cause and the characteristics of our thankfulness.
This children's sermon uses a Christmas decoration to focus on the angel messengers who brought good news that first Christmas. One night long ago a group of shepherds were sitting out in the fields taking care of their sheep, when all at once a whole choir of angels were right there singing.