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Contact: Brian Larson, Christianity Today International, 630-260-6200

Carol Stream, Ill., Nov.17 /Christian Newswire/ --With the Advent and Christmas season just around the corner, this year's new holiday section at is helping inspire pastors to share the message of Christmas in a fresh way. In addition to sermon illustrations, dozens of sermon transcripts and outlines are available from today's top preachers such as Charles Swindoll, John Ortberg and Tim Keller.'s recent partnership with Worship House Media now offers downloadable Christmas videos, worship backdrops and other media that pastors can use to bring their messages to life.

"Be inspired for preaching during this Advent and Christmas season.'s busiest month is December because preachers are always looking for new, powerful ways to present the Christmas message. One of our main goals is to catalyze preachers' thinking with a wide selection of sermon ideas and illustrations," says Brian Larson, editor of From now until Christmas, the site will feature a new sermon each week on Advent and Christmas themes. Highlighted sermons this season include:

Joy and Thanksgiving
In order to experience true and lasting joy, we must cultivate thanksgiving.
By Mike Woodruff

Waiting for the Fullness of Time
Advent reminds us that God's plan always includes seasons of waiting.
By Mark Mitchell

How Outsiders Become Insiders
The Magi remind us of God's shocking offer of grace to spiritual outsiders.
By Matt Woodley

Christmas in the City of Jerusalem
The Christmas story reveals that people can still resist, ignore, or embrace Jesus.
By Dave Stone

The Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Christmas reminds us that Jesus provides the answers to all our fears.
By David Daniels

The Larger Christmas Story
The story of Christmas sweeps us into God's larger story to rescue his people.
By Mike Woodruff

Down Lower, Up Higher
For the sake of love, at Christmas Christ came down to us, dying on a cross and rising into glory.
By Lee Eclov

To get unlimited access to illustrations, sermon ideas, skill articles and more, pastors can try free for 30 days by clicking here.

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