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A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It MattersA Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters
Verlyn D. Verbrugge
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Christmas is a time for peace on earth, a time for favorite carols, family dinners, and familiar traditions. It's about a beautiful story of a lovely babe in the manger. Or is it?

A Not-So-Silent Night is a revolutionary book thatreveals the darker side of Christmas, a side that exposes pain, humiliation, fear, and danger. Though we usually choose to ignore them, these elements-in their cultural and historical context-reveal the true meaning of Christmas where the shadow of the cross is inseparable from the manger. Author Verlyn Verbrugge maintains that until we see the dark side of Christmas, until we shed tears with Mary and Joseph, until we experience the fear that war is on the horizon, we will never truly understand the awesomeness of what happened in that little town of Bethlehem.

Timely and provocative, A Not-So-Silent Night is perfect for pastors looking for a new approach to their traditional Christmas sermons and for anyone who wants to get past holiday commercialization and get back to the reason for the season. Paperback.
     


 
Sermons for Advent & ChristmasSermons for Advent & Christmas
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Looking for preaching inspiration during your most hectic season? Turn to this thought-provoking collection of 21 seasonal sermons and series ideas! Messages such as "The Postures of Advent," "A Time to Ponder," "It's a Boy!" and "The True Light Shines" will enrich you and your congregation during Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Includes a companion CD-ROM. Approx. 170 pages, softcover.
     

 
They Came Together In BethlehemThey Came Together In Bethlehem
Thomas Pilgrim
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This book provides a complete worship resource for busy pastors... Sermons for Advent, Christmas Eve, and the Sunday after Christmas, Advent candle readings with scripture verses, Pastoral prayers, and children's object lessons. Dramatic monologues which can be presented by the pastor or a lay person Assign the materials...schedule the sermon titles...then relax and enjoy the season with your family as you employ these inspiring materials in your congregation.
     

 
Sermons for Holidays, Holy Days and Special OccasionsSermons for Holidays, Holy Days and Special Occasions
Bennie Triplett
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The Rev. Bennie S. Triplett, a popular speaker, author, award-winning songwriter, radio and television personality, and ordained Church of God minister, combined his considerable talents to create this valuable sourcebook. These thirteen sermons offer creative ideas for adding spiritual emphasis to special days on the Christian calendar and annual U.S. holidays.
Each sermon is outlined with an introduction, related Scripture, conclusion, and prayer.

     

 
Advent and Christmas with the SaintsAdvent and Christmas with the Saints
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Advent and Christmas with the Saints offers spiritual sustenance from those holy men and women whom we honor because of their close spiritual relationship with God. Readers walk day-by-day with the saints, recalling the Scriptures they read, meditating on the thoughts they had, praying as they might have prayed, and talking openly with God. Christians looking for a way to re-spiritualize their Christmas practices, prayer groups, small-faith communities, Bible study classes, teachers, clergy, and religious will cherish this guide to refocusing on the "reason for the season," the birth of the Messiah.
     

 
The Beginning, The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ SeriesThe Beginning, The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ Series
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The best place to start learning about Jesus Christ is at the beginning. In THE BEGINNING you will meet the men who wrote the gospels and learn about Jesus' ancestors. You will see how God set the stage for the coming of the long awaited Messiah. Important events covered in this study include; the angels proclamation of Jesus' birth to Mary and Joseph, Jesus' birth and flight to Egypt, Jesus' baptism and temptation, and the beginning of Jesus' public ministry.
     

 
Christmas from the Back SideChristmas from the Back Side
J. Ellsworth Kalas
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The incarnation, God with us, has reconfigured all human history. Kalas's famed "back side" approach---starting from some unusual angle or a minor character's viewpoint---puts our staid, comfortable lifestyles in jeopardy in "The Scandal of Christmas," "Christmas and the Impossible Dream," and more. 88 pages, softcover. Abingdon.
     

 
Something Is About To Happen: Sermons for Advent and ChristmasSomething Is About To Happen: Sermons for Advent and Christmas
Thomas G. Long
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this series of model sermons for Advent Christmas includes such topics as John the Baptist's preaching in the wilderness, the Word make flesh, and a sound and light show on the mountaintop.

     

 
The Origins of ChristmasThe Origins of Christmas
Joseph F. Kelly
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When was Christmas first celebrated? How was the date December 25 decided upon? How did "magi from the East" turn into three kings riding camels? Who was the real St. Nicholas? "Packs a lot of interesting information into a small book. A pleasure to read,"---Catholic Books Review. 145 pages, softcover. Liturgical Press.
     

 
Sermon Outlines on Advent and ChristmasSermon Outlines on Advent and Christmas
Gene Williams
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Sermons for the busy pastor needing a place to start in sermon preparation or additional thoughts to add substance to Sunday's message. Each book in the series provides 25 to 30 outlines. While these fully-developed outlines are designed to be used in series preaching, most can be adapted for stand-alone sermons. Every sermon outline is directed to the needs of today's congregants-to challenge, inspire, and motivate to service for Christ and His Kingdom. As the pastor develops these outlines through further research and personal illustrations, the resulting sermons will become effective channels for spiritual life and growth.
     

 
Don't Forget The Child: Sermons for Advent and ChristmasDon't Forget The Child: Sermons for Advent and Christmas
Alex A. Gondola Jr.
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Alex Gondola says that in our modern culture we sometimes "experience Christmas at its worst: overcommercialized, expensive, exhausting, nearly devoid of spiritual significance." In this collection of twenty cogent and inspiring sermons for Advent and Christmas, he reminds us of the key to putting the season in its proper perspective - "Don't forget the child!' For it is only when we are drawn nearer to the child of Bethlehem, celebrating the simple beauties of the stable, that we can escape from the rush of the season into the divine light of saving grace heralded by the birth of God's Son. This volume is an exceptional source of inspiration for sermon preparation, but it's also excellant for personal devotions exploring the meaning of Advent and Christmas. It's a great Christmas gift!
     

 
A Christmas Quartet: Poetic Reflections on the NativityA Christmas Quartet: Poetic Reflections on the Nativity
William G. Carter

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An outstanding writer and preacher shares with readers a different approach to the season: four verse sermons on characters from the Christmas narrative (Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men), each accompanied by a chapter providing relevant background material on the featured character. It's an intriguing combination that lends itself equally well to preaching or to Bible studies - for example, you can build a four-week Advent program around the poems. And there are four suggested orders of service provided that emphasize the message of the sermons. In a "lessons and carols" format, they're perfect for Christmas Eve - but they also work well for Advent gatherings or potluck dinners. You'll find a variety of ways to use these creative and thoughtful meditations that portray familiar characters in a fresh, new way.
     

 
Waiting for the Wonder: Voices of AdventWaiting for the Wonder: Voices of Advent
Katerina Katsarka Whitley
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Imagine the hushed excitement and the vivid anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve. How much more intense that anticipation must have been for those who waited for the wonder of the very first Christmas. From the ancient prophets to the three kings, from the angel Gabriel to the stalwart Joseph, Katarina Katsarka Whitley imagines their astonishment and joy at the events unfolding around them.

In her inimitable style, Whitley places herself in the hearts and minds of the biblical characters-both real and imagined-who played a part in the Christmas narrative. She weaves stories, solidly based in Scripture, at once compelling and thought-provoking. The voices of her characters lead us closer to the Christ Child and deepen the meaning of the season of Advent for twenty-first century readers.
     


 
A God For This World (Gospel, Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, B)A God For This World (Gospel, Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, B)
Maurice A. Fetty
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With his usual flair and fascinating anecdotes, Fetty presents 16 Gospel-based sermons for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons. Unforgettable in their power and witness, these messages hold the listener's attention from beginning to end.

Maurice A. Fetty is senior minister of the Congregational Church of Manhasset (United Church of Christ) in Manhasset, New York. He has earned degrees at Minnesota Bible College, Christian Theological Seminary,Union Theological Seminary, and Butler University.
     

 
The Advent Instructor: Reflections on Christmas SymbolismThe Advent Instructor: Reflections on Christmas Symbolism
Kenneth A. Mortonson
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The Advent/Christmas season is full of symbols that inspire and instruct us in our understanding of the Christian faith. The information in this book will be especially welcomed by families for nightly stories around the dinner table. It will also be useful for children's sermons.
     

 
Shining Through The Darkness Sermons For The Winter SeasonShining Through The Darkness Sermons For The Winter Season
Michael D. Wuchter
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With their recurrent themes of "waiting" and "traveling on a journey," these 12 imaginative messages are especially appropriate for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons -- yet their ecumenically oriented expressions of Christian faith, hope, and love also make them relevant for any time of the year. Wuchter's keen eye for the telling detail and his ability to connect scripture with familiar things in our lives make Shining Through the Darkness compelling reading for anyone who wants a deeper appreciation of God's grace and the Gospel of Christ.
     

 
God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of ChristmasGod With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas
Greg Pennoyer, Gregory Wolfe
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A verbal/visual extravaganza! Thought-provoking meditations for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany have been taken from today's finest literary and spiritual voices (e.g., Kathleen Norris, Eugene Peterson, Emilie Griffin, Scott Cairns, Richard John Neuhaus, Luci Shaw). Color illustrations throughout. 192 pages, hardcover. Paraclete.
     

 
The Christ of ChristmasThe Christ of Christmas
James Montgomery Boice
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The Christmas story evokes many touching images. Halos, fresh hay, shepherds carrying new lambs and young motherhood in blue homespun. It's enough to bring tears to the eyes of Christmastime churchgoers. But the Christmas story is more than sentimental - it is powerful. It deals with real people, it involves pain and it is one of the most strikingly unusual stories in all of history. Above all, its main emphasis is not on the infancy of Jesus but on the deity of Jesus - and why that deity took the form of an infant. It's a story that still has deep meaning today. Paperback.
     

 
Songs of the Nativity: Selected Sermons on Luke 1 and 2Songs of the Nativity: Selected Sermons on Luke 1 and 2
John Calvin
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Luke's Gospel is notable for its distinctive songs, strikingly reminiscent of the Psalms. Preached in Geneva between October 1559 and March 1560, Calvin's sermons on the nativity story from Luke 1 & 2 are the fruit of almost twenty-five years of gospel ministry. Here we see Calvin the faithful pastor - expounding upon the text and applying it with passion and vigour to his congregation by means of persuasion, exhortation, admonition and rebuke.
     

 
Joy to the World: Inspirational Christmas Messages from America's PreachersJoy to the World: Inspirational Christmas Messages from America's Preachers
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To celebrate Advent and the Nativity, here are actual sermons delivered by outstanding voices of the contemporary pulpit: Campolo on "The Fullness of Christ Revealed"; Henry Mitchell on "A View from the Bottom"; Gardner Taylor on "Christmas! So What?"; Melvin Banks on "Keeping Christ Central to Christmas." 400 pages, hardcover. Atria.
     

 
The King Has Come: The Real Message of ChristmasThe King Has Come: The Real Message of Christmas
James Montgomery Boice
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When the Messiah was born to a poor couple in a cave, with shepherds as visitors, it wasn't the lavish celebration many expected! Journey through Boice's collection of Christmas sermons on "The Prophecies," "The Announcement," "The Birth," and "Coming to Jesus" that offer a fresh perspective on God's extraordinary relevance for today. Studies range over the whole Bible, focusing on Matthew and Luke's gospel accounts. Each chapter concludes with a personal challenge. Trade paperback.
     

 
Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the IncarnationAccompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation
Luci Shaw
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From the time she was a child in Toronto, celebrated poet Luci Shaw has sent Advent greetings to her friends and family with a carefully crafted original poem. What began as a simple childhood exercise has now become a beloved annual tradition. Though a number of these poems have appeared elsewhere, Accompanied by Angels gathers all of them for the first time into a collection for all readers for any season of the year.

Beginning with the joy, terror, and wonder of the annunciation, Shaw leads the reader on a poetic journey through the birth, life, and death of Jesus the Christ, culminating in the joyous and unexpected wonder of his resurrection. Her subjects run from the mundane to the sublime, from birds in flight and waiting old men to fiery angels and storm-ravaged ridges.
     

 

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