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Leaning Into an Unknown Future -- Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Advent reminds us of the power in Jesus’ words to his disciples.
A voice crying in the wilderness -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
We begin Advent at a time in our own history in which we are living in fear.
The God who keeps promises -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- David Coffin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Both my congregation and local community are exhausted with the past political campaign season of at
A man for one season -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In 1967, the Academy Award for Best Picture was awarded to A Man for All
Hearing the message -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
There are many ways of sending messages these days: Western Union, singing telegrams, snail-mail, ai
Preparing the way -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
The theme of this day is obvious: Preparation!
On the Way -- Malachi 3:14, Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
On the Wayby Ross Marrs
Rejoicing -- Psalm 126, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Sometimes one can listen to the Christian community as it conducts its life, witness and worsh

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Leaning Into an Unknown Future -- Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Advent reminds us of the power in Jesus’ words to his disciples.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Memories -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
I thank my God every time I remember you. (v. 3)
Puzzle pieces -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a puzzle with me today.
God's not done with us yet -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! Have any of you ever put together a jigsaw
Waiting and growing -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning! Who can tell me the meaning of the word

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A Great Partnership -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: salt and pepper shakers

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Advent 2 -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2009
... because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.

Drama

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Whose Work Is It? -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Pamela Urfer -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Cast: Two women, EUODIA and SYNTYCHE, and one man, CLEMENTLength:10 minutes

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2018) -- Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Baruch 5:1-9For they went out from you on foot,
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2015) -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Malachi 3:1-4
Sermon Illustratins for Advent 2 (2012) -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Malachi 3:1-4
Advent is a time of waiting, longing, expecting, hoping... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Advent is a time of waiting, longing, expecting, hoping.
I like the way Paul begins all his epistles with a compliment... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Bob Ove -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
I always like the way Paul begins all his epistles with a compliment.
In 1955, when Walt Disney... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In 1955, when Walt Disney launched his Disneyland theme park, the section called
Undertaking a major writing project... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Undertaking a major writing project can be daunting. Eviatar Zerubavel, a sociology
Harold and Betty had supported... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Harold and Betty had supported missionaries for over thirty years, ever since there were
The Pilgrims and Indians couldn't... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The Pilgrims and Indians couldn't have guessed what they started. They could neither
Niagara Falls is a most... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Niagara Falls is a most popular and beautiful spot to visit.
Few things are as powerful... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Few things are as powerful as the power of recollection.
Reluctantly the young man went... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Reluctantly the young man went to the worship service. Jim was all alone in a new town.
Many will remember the adages... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Many will remember the adages from Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac: "Haste makes w
Giang A Ca, a North... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Giang A Ca, a North Vietnam Hmong tribesman, was sentenced to three years imprisonment (1997).
Paul's prayer for his beloved... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Paul's prayer for his beloved Philippian Church that has literally been faithful in good days and ba
When I was a teenager... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
When I was a teenager I attended an ecumenical gathering called an Ashram.
Mr. Starr was the high... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Mr. Starr was the high school journalism teacher.
God is faithful to complete... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
God is faithful to complete the good work he began in you.
In 1939, a German professor... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
In 1939, a German professor left Union Seminary in New York to return to war-torn Germany.
Americans live life on the... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Americans live life on the run. A cartoon shows the picture of a frustrated young man.

The Immediate Word

Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri

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Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2018) -- Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Baruch 5:1-9For they went out from you on foot,
Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

Prayer

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Malachi 3:1-4, Psalm 126, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Second Sunday Of Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Second Sunday In Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Malachi 3:1-4 (C)
Advent 2 -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Jesus -- The Leader Of Our Team -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
One day a young girl came home from school in tears because she had only been given a small part in
Advent: A Wider Context -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- John T. Ball -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The congregation at the Macedonian city of Philippi was the first church established by Paul in Euro
Burden Or Blessing? -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Robert S. Crilley -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
There is an ancient Chinese parable that goes like this:
Divide And Destroy -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
One day at a city gate two women were arguing over a baby.
When Remembering Is More Than Reminiscence -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- J. Will Ormond -- 1999
The setting and shape of this sermon are obvious.

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The Importance Of Preparation -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Now that most of the population of the UK, even in rural areas like this, have access to pri

Stories

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Shining in the Darkness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Contents “Shining in the Darkness” by Peter Andrew Smith
Who Can Stand? -- Luke 3:1-6, Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 -- Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Contents "Who Can Stand?" by Frank Ramirez
The Mother Lode -- Luke 3:1-6, Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Contents"The Mother Lode" by Frank Ramirez
Good Work -- Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Contents StoryShare Archives A Story to Live By: "Good Work"
Prepare The Way -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Sil Galvan, Sandra Herrmann, Charles Cammarata, David O. Bales, Pamela Tinnin, Stan Duncan -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
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Cheerleading At Christmas -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Cheerleading is big -- especially in Texas and Oklahoma.
And You Shall Have A Baby -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Constance Berg -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
It was their first year in seminary. They were eager; they were anxious.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Advent 2 -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The truth, Dumbledore sighed. It is a beautiful and terrible thing and
Second Sunday In Advent -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- 2006
Second Sunday In AdventFor Philippians 1:3-11
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Philippians 1:3-11Theme: Blessed Be The Lord!
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Thomas Willadsen
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For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
  • Second Thoughts: Letting the Sucker Do Its Work by Bethany Peerbolte — The line of Jesse is not dead. It has just enough energy to send up one more change for survival.

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Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

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Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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