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Willful Seasonal Amnesia

Don't leave baby Jesus in the manger.

Willful Seasonal Amnesia

It happens every year, football season begins, the weather starts to cool, and Thanksgiving comes and goes, then enters the sentimentalism and nostalgia of the Christmas season. By the middle of November I see "baby Jesus" everywhere—on cards, in stores, on the television. Many people love this about Christmastime, even themselves decorating their homes in "baby Jesus" décor. This is also the time of year that most preachers start preaching exclusively about "baby Jesus."

I'm reminded of a scene from the movie Talladega Nights. At the dinner table with his family, Ricky Bobby prays to "Lord, baby Jesus" and "tiny, infant Jesus" and "8 pound- 6 ounce- newborn infant Jesus." He can't even finish his prayer before his wife chimes in— "Hey, you know, sweetie, Jesus did grow up." Ricky responds, "I like the Christmas Jesus best and I'm saying grace. When you say grace you can say it to grown ...

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Alan Agema

December 07, 2015  11:47am

This article probably says what I have been saying and thinking for many years. We need to focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus more than His birth, Without His death for our sins we would not be saved and without His resurrection we would not be assured of His power over death and sin. While His miraculous birth is to be celebrated, let's not forget what His birth was to accomplish and the ultimate end reason for the season.

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JACK VAN DE HOEF

December 04, 2015  10:06am

Excellent reminder. Thank you.

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Rick Robart

December 03, 2015  12:19pm

Great article! My feelings exactly!

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Zack

November 30, 2015  9:25pm

A great reminder for preachers who are tempted to recycle old sermons this time of year.

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Greg Trull

November 30, 2015  1:15pm

Great reminder this time of year. It is not only seasonal amnesia, but seasonal rut as we preachers struggle to creatively use the same Christmas texts each year. Thanks Ryan for fresh suggestions!

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