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Whatever Happened to Christmas?
Galatians 4:4-6
Skip Heitzig

Galatians 4 (NKJV™)
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Whatever Happened to Christmas?

In the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, we will discover why this event is so special and why it should be specially celebrated. We'll differentiate between tradition and truth, between the historical and hoopla, between fantasy and reality. As our studies move closer to Christmas Day we'll move closer to God's plan for the world and find out how He would have us celebrate this greatest of holidays.

In this series, "Whatever Happened to Christmas?" by pastor Skip Heitzig, we are discovering why Christmas is so special and why it is important to celebrate its true meaning. There is a clear difference between Christmas traditions and the truth, between the historical and the hoopla, and between fantasy and reality. Through this series we'll determine the distinguishing truth behind this special celebration. Discover what God's plan is for the world and find out how He would have us celebrate the greatest of all the holidays!



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I. It Came With Precision "fullness of time"
    A. Fullness of Time Religiously
    B. Fullness of Time Culturally
    C. Fullness of Time Politically
    D. Fullness of Time Prophetically

II. It Concerns a Person “God sent forth His Son”
    A. Representation
    B. Incarnation

III. It Contains a Purpose “to redeem…that we might receive adoption”
    A. Redemption
    B. Adoption


PONDERING THE PRINCIPLES

1. Smile a lot this Christmas Season—you’ve got every reason to be joyful—your Savior came right on time and saved you right on time and will return right on time!

2. Since the purpose of God’s plan was so you could know the Father intimately, to what extent has His plan been fulfilled in your life today?

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12/9/2007
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The Ultimate Ultrasound
Isaiah 7:10-16
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Over-the-counter home pregnancy tests can reveal pregnancy with reasonable accuracy nowadays, but the definitive method is ultrasound - the use of high energy sound waves that create echoes of soft tissues. But God sounded forth the ultimate "sonogram" through the prophet Isaiah who predicted the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Let's consider his words today.
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12/16/2007
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Bah, Humbug! Those Who Missed Christmas
Matthew 2:1-23; Luke 2:1-52
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Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly curmudgeon in Charles Dickens's 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol, popularized this negative sentiment about Christmas. Humbug is an old English word meaning "nonsense." He didn't have room for Christmas in his life. He's not alone. When Jesus was born there were some who missed the significance of that monumental event and they missed it for different reasons. Let's meet them this morning and see what made them miss Christmas.
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12/23/2007
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Simeon Says...
Luke 2:25-35
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Far from the silly children's game "Simon Says", the old man Simeon had some pretty weighty things to say. What he spoke in the Temple after the birth of Jesus is still profound and very practical. Let's take a fresh look at what this godly senior citizen had to say to his generation. What Simeon says has deeper significance than what Simon says.
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