In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about what it takes to make Christmas special.  He looks at how different people responded during the first Christmas and what we can do ourselves to make the season special. Here are some excerpts:

Getting Ready

“…How is Christmas going to be different for you this year?…

“…How is Christmas going to be different spiritually? How do you really discover the true meaning of Christmas? Sometimes you think, “Well, this year is going to be the year that’s really special” Well, what makes it special?

Making Christmas Special

I’ll tell you what makes it special — the way you respond to Jesus Christ makes it special…”

“…Have you ever seen those catalogs that are put out for “the person who has everything?” What do you give Jesus for His birthday? Have you ever thought about that? What do you give the Person Who’s got everything? There are three things that Jesus does not have, and you can give them. to Him this Christmas.

  • You can give Him your time. He doesn’t have your time unless you give it to Him. So, won’t you say, “Lord, I’m going to make as much time as possible for You in my schedule each day, to get to know You better through Bible study and prayer, to witness for You as opportunity arises, and to live for You so that others may be drawn to You through me.”
  • You can give Him your talent to be used in any way He sees fit.
  • And you can give Him your treasures, just as the Wise Men did. “Lord, this is Yours. You gave it to me in the first place, and I gladly return to You that portion that costs me something.” Give Him your very best! As Paul so beautifully expressed it, “Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him” (Romans 12:1, Good News Bible)…”


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 1, 1991

Luke 2:10

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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