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The Promise of Christmas

December 20th, 2008 Posted in holidays, sermons

Hey everyone!

Merry Christmas to all of you. It’s getting really close now.

Of course, a lot of retailers are concerned about their sales being down, because we are just not shopping to the extent that we did in the past. With many people cutting back this year on purchases this year because of the economy, retailers may feel this will be a dreary Christmas.

But I suggest that this could be a greater and more blessed Christmas than you have ever experienced. After all, what is the primary message of Christmas? The essential message of Christmas is that God came to us.

As the Scripture says, “You shall call his name Immanuel,” which, of course, means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14).

I suggest to you that this could be the most blessed Christmas of your life. Beginning with the absence of the things that have needlessly cluttered it before, combined with the presence of the One we are celebrating.

This Sunday at Harvest.

I will be talking about that and a lot more this Sunday at Harvest in our three morning services. My message title will be “The Promise of Christmas.” I hope you will join us live or watch the webcast live or archived.

Crystal Lewis was going to sing,but got stranded in a snowstorm due to weather!

(God bless you Crystal,thanks for trying!)

But our fantastic worship team will more then rise to the occasion!

Christmas articles

I have an article posted at WorldNetDaily on the topic of Christmas. Click here to check it out. Also, here is a link to my weekend devotion, which also has a Christmas theme.

You might want to check these out.

New Christmas cartoon coming!

I just drew a special cartoon for all of you this Christmas! It will be posted here on Monday. Hope you like it.

14 Responses to “The Promise of Christmas”

  1. Sylvia says:

    Greg and family,

    I have been meaning to e-mail to say that I am sorry to hear about your son. I will continue praying and that God will bless your ministry. My son is preaching, close to two years now, and I am so proud and relieved at the same time. God has answered my prayers. God bless you and your family.

    Sylvia

  2. Di says:

    Pastor Greg,

    I loved this message when you preached it on Sunday. It was wonderful and so comforting and grounding. Thank you!

    I continue to pray for you and your family!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Pastor Greg,

    I praise God for you! It’s true during this time of year that we forget that Jesus is the real reason for the season. I’m praying for the non-believers to receive the gift that was given. I’m also hoping they don’t miss Christmas this year!

    Praying that you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

    Rested In Him

  4. Linda says:

    I like your drawing. You don’t look like Santa, except that you are very giving.

    Our family decided only to give one gift each to one another. Well, at first, my husband said no gifts, and I was ok with that, then I found out that he was shopping for my daughter and me. Then I knew I was not going to leave him without a gift, so he will be getting one too. Even if it’s just a homemade coupon book, with little pages he can use from time to time.

    Jesus is the main focus in our family and He is why we celebrate. I lost my Mom on the 6th of this month. I know she is with the Lord, but I will miss her. But I am glad and know that she was blessed to know Him. Our family knows she will have the best Christmas ever.

  5. Kay Ellen says:

    Hi Greg!

    Love the drawings you did on your blog and your message on Sunday morning.

    Being an interior designer, this is my busy time of the year, decorating clients homes. Thank you for reminding us all what the true meaning of Christmas is!

    Blessing to you and continued prayer for you and your family.

    Kay Hammar

  6. Roger says:

    The Day 7 Christmas Special was awesome. Christian Christmas Rock Opera at its best! Those kids can really put on a show. Kudos to the worship team!

    Pastor Steve was on fire! God bless Steve and lets pray for his wife’s comfort and quick recovery during her recent illness. They are such awesome servants of the Lord.

  7. EasySEO says:

    Hey, I just did find your blog. Good stuff! Don’t have time now to read through all the topics, but I will come back later to read more.

  8. Laura says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,

    My husband and I just finished reading your book Lost Boy and we both really enjoyed it. I met you a long time ago (Lake Powell ’96). My parents are friends with good friends of yours. I myself was a prodigal and am now walking strong with Jesus (my husband too).

    Anyway, our hearts go out to you during this season, we are praying for you and your family. My father-in-law died suddenly 20 months ago and the Lord has taken us through so faithfully. Nothing like losing a child, but truly we pray that the God of all comfort would comfort you and yours” (Romans 8:28)

    In Him,
    Laura

  9. Anonymous says:

    Greg, we love you so much and will be praying for you and your family this season. I cannot wait for the new cartoon.

  10. Doug says:

    Hey Pastor,

    This is unrelated but I thought you might like this. The other day my wife said to me, why do you keep saying, “you know,” when I am talking. I thought that’s funny, I didn’t notice it until she said something to me. I thought and thought about it and couldn’t figure it out until Monday morning when your program came on 106.9 The Light in N.C. Then I knew where I picked it up from! You sir. You even inspire my style of speaking. Now I have caught her doing it too! Love you, brother! I praise Almighty God For you! To Him be the glory both now and forever.

    P.S. Used to live in P.B. Miss the surf, rip it up for me dude!!

  11. Patty says:

    Dear Pastor,

    A co-worker and his girlfriend came to church this morning. Thanks for a great message and I know they were very pleased with the service. He has his church and she has her church and they are starting a new life together soon and maybe they are called to be here with us. No matter though, they love Jesus and He will put them where He wants them.

    We missed not seeing Crystal Lewis but maybe that will happen another time.
    See you Christmas Eve. Have a Very Merry Christmas!
    In Jesus.

  12. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Pastor Greg, for always reminding us the real meaning of Christmas with your special messages. I can’t wait to see your Christmas cartoon.

    God Bless you and your family, and Merry Christmas.
    Deb Long

  13. Joe says:

    Can’t wait for the new cartoon, Greg!

  14. ryan says:

    So true, pastor greg, commercialism always distracts us from what Christmas is all about. I always thought these were excuses. The Easter Bunny is an excuse from man to clutter our heads with eggs and take our focus off of the Lord and His resurection. Christmas is man’s excuse to not celebrate the Lord’s conception, filling our heads with sugar plum fairies and ol’ St. Nick. Instead of Jesus, it’s Santa who brings good cheer, peace, joy, and gifts. The only thing man thought was good about the arrival of Christ in His birth story were the gifts.

    It is better to give than to recieve, and this is the time to spend with our families, rejoicing and remembering why Christ came into this world, and what He did for us all on the cross, and what God has done for me and us all!

    Thank you, Pastor Greg, for being a part of my life through your ministry. I was a prodigal, but now I’m home. I’m back at Calvary Chapel in Fresno, following the Word of God under Pastor Bruce Mumper.

    I can’t wait for the Lord’s return. God bless you and your family.

    Ryan Macias

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