The Great Joy of Christmas Pastor Billy Robertson 23 December 2018
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Ah, Christmas!  In today\'s culture it is a time for family, for buying things, for celebrating a season that is supposed to herald peace and joy.  So many, though, find themselves up Ah, Christmas!  In today\'s culture, it is a time for family, for buying things, for celebrating a season that is supposed to herald peace and joy.  So many, though, find themselves up to their ears in debt by January, and many are beset by a lingering feeling of disappointment or even depression ~ a kind of emptiness that all the music and window shopping is supposed to cover over or even fill in. The real joy of Christmas is more than gifts and meals and lights and time off of work, fancy clothes and well-lit trees, and all the bright decorations…  It is the gift of God\'s mercy and grace through the person of our Savior, Jesus Christ!   This kind of joy has nothing to do with stuff and lights and anything else that takes its worth from the temporal world.  The Joy of Christmas is the abiding joy of knowing that things are right between you and God.  It is a contentment based in the hope, not the if but the when of God\'s love and promises.  It is the eternal foundation of truth in Jesus the Christ, and that good news is that we are not shackled to the earth and its ups and downs, its artificial lights and its often empty promises...   The Good News heralded by the angels to the shepherds on that probably cold, maybe early spring night was of the anticipated Messiah, the heavenly King Who would fulfill all the promises of the sages and bring God\'s people back into right relationship with Him.  Christmas, the celebration of the coming of the Savior!  Christmas, the fulfillment of prophecy and one more step towards the final coming of the King of All Creation!  Access Pastor Billy\'s sermon notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qn3Q5N6-dRXK1FIXAnDE2yrxK3RPAnCd0Pjq2Y1lqFE/edit?usp=sharing     Watch his sermon at https://youtu.be/bWHOMjqbP0U   To find all sorts of resources, visit our website at https://www.covenantbiblefellowship.com/  \r\nCopyright 2018    All Rights Reserved  \r\n

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