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Advent Conspiracy: Love All

Jesus came to earth to love all.


Every Christmas there is that one toy that everyone wants and that creates all sorts of craziness.

In 1983 it was the Cabbage Patch Doll! The infamous 1983 Cabbage Patch smackdown in Pennsylvania culminated with a store manager warding off crazed parents with an aluminum baseball bat. To date it’s sold over 100 million dolls.

The next huge Christmas toy was Tickle Me Elmo in 1996. In Canada, a Walmart clerk almost met his doom when three hundred customers stampeded at the sight of the Elmo he held. The clerk suffered a broken rib and a concussion.

Here are a few other examples:

  • Xbox 360 (2005))
  • Zhu Zhu Pet (2009)
  • Frozen Dolls (2014) Hatchimals (2016)
  • L.O.L Surprise! (2017)

Some of this makes us disgusted at the consumerism and loss of perspective for some people. But this toy craze shows how much parents love their children and are willing to do almost anything to show them that love.

In this Advent series we are trying to get back to the basics and remind ourselves why we celebrate Christmas. We were reminded to “Worship Fully.” The truth is we all worship something. Christmas is first and foremost about bowing down to Christ the King and giving him our worship, attention, and focus.

We then encouraged everyone to “Spend Less.” Consumerism that leads to debt is one of the great enemies at Christmas. 25% of us will go into debt over Christmas partly because we are not content with all that we have.

We want to spend less, so that we can “Give More.” We looked at the Doctrine of the Incarnation. The truth of God coming in the flesh to be with us. God gave us his presence, we ought to give our presence to others as well. It was a challenge to give more time.

Today, we will consider ...

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Rob Hall is the Lead Pastor at New North Church, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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