In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how carrying the music of Christmas in your heart throughout the year and four steps for making Christmas last. Here are some excerpts:

Making Christmas Last

“…Let me give you four steps on how to make Christmas last…

  1. Remember God’s grace. Remind yourself all year how good God is to you – God knows me; God loves me; God forgives me; God wants to work in my life…
  2. Receive God’s gift. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior if you’ve never done that. Can you imagine getting a Christmas gift and never opening it?… Why would anyone turn Jesus down? Invite Him into your life right now…
  3. Reflect God’s glory… Let me just ask you this – what did you give Jesus for His birthday?… You can give Him your life, because He doesn’t have that unless you give it to Him. He gave His life for you; and the greatest gift you can give Him in gratitude for what He’s done…
  1. Rejoice in your eternal gain, because you know that your eternal destiny is secure. You know that if you were to die tonight, you would go straight to Heaven because you have seen your Savior and have put your trust in Him alone to take you to Paradise. You can say, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain!”

Is Christmas going to last for you? For most people it won’t. But if you will open your life to Christ, and remember His grace, receive His gift, reflect His glory, and rejoice in your gain, then you can make your life a per­petual song of praise to your Savior!!”


Making Christmas Last. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

December 29, 1991

Psalm 40:3

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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