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'Twas the Day After Christmas - Luke 2:17-20 - Dec 26, 1999 - 98

Our text tells us how to celebrate Christmas. In its most literal sense, this passage describes the various responses of people to the birth of Christ. In his sermon on this passage, Charles Spurgeon points out that certain activities fit certain periods of the year. In our own culture Christmas mea ... More

A Savior is Born - Luke 2:11 - Dec 21, 2003 - 198

Recently I received an e-mail from a man who attended “Two from Galilee,” the Christmas program presented by our music ministry several weeks ago. He wrote to say how much he enjoyed it, and then added this sentence: “God is just in the amazement business.” That Sunday— ... More

When Was Jesus Born? - Dec 5, 2007

Let me begin by saying right up front that no one knows exactly when Jesus was born because the Bible does not clearly answer this question. That doesn’t mean the question is unimportant, only that it is not essential to our Christian faith. As we approach Christmas this year, it is good to re ... More

Can You Hear the Angels Singing? Christmas and the "Other World" - Luke 2:8-14 - Dec 14, 2003 - 197

"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good ne ... More

Eighth Day Savior - Luke 2:21 - Dec 26, 2004 - 80

"On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived” (Luke 2:21).Today we’re going to explore a forgotten corner of the Christmas story. If you doubt that it is forgotten, consider this: Whenever church ... More

Christmas Joy - Luke 2:8-11 - Dec 21, 1997 - 93

If there is a single word that describes what Christmas is all about, it’s the little word “joy.” Several of our favorite carols mention it: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come,” “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,” “Shepherds, why this ju ... More

The Cradle And The Cross: Simeon's Song - Luke 2:25-35 - Dec 22, 1991 - 712

It’s a good question, isn’t it? If Jesus were born today, would it be any different than it was 2,000 years ago? We like to think the answer is yes, that we would be ready, that we wouldn’t make the mistake of turning the Son of God away. There would be room in our inn, we confi ... More

Lessons from the Manger - Luke 2:12 - Dec 13, 2006 - 83

“Christmas is full of surprises.” Somewhere in my reading this week I ran across that sentence. While I am sure it is true, it doesn’t always seem true. Christmas poses a yearly challenge to those of us who have heard the story since we were children. After you have attended 20 or ... More

The Impossible Dream: The Angels' Song - Luke 2:14 - Dec 8, 1991 - 713

It was 3 A.M. and as the fleet moved through the darkness of the Pacific Ocean men on every ship began to stir. This was the hour, this was the moment of truth. The waiting was over. The battle was about to begin. From headquarters came the signal-"Climb Mount Nataka.” That meant the atta ... More

I'll Be Home For Christmas - Luke 2:1-7 - Dec 20, 1992 - 91

It had been a long, hard day on the road, and the two travelers were exhausted. It was a long trip no matter when you traveled, but this time of year the roads were so clogged that it took even longer.Three days had passed since they left Nazareth. Two more days and they would be in Bethlehem. Wh ... More

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned at Christmas - Nov 30, 2003

EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW, I LEARNED AT CHRISTMAS by Ray Pritchard Several months ago Lou Diaz of Wheaton Evangelical Free Church suggested to me the idea of preaching on “Christmas and the Christian Worldview.” Because the coming of Christ changed history–literally, from B.C. to A ... More

No Crib for a Bed: The God of Every Circumstance - Galatians 4:4 - Dec 7, 2003 - 199

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7 KJV). While doing some preparation for this message, I ran across a sermon title that stuck in my mind. Someone preached ... More

Three Questions for Christmas - Revelation 1:5 - Dec 8, 2010 - 1268

“Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5). You never know how a baby will turn out. I feel like more of an expert on this subject than I was a year ago. Over Thanksgiving our new grandson Knox came ... More

Behind The Scenes At Christmastime: Zechariah's Song - Luke 1:67-80 - Dec 1, 1991 - 710

This year the title of our Christmas series is “The Songs of Christmas.” The theme is appropriate because it is a time for music and especially a time for singing. In the next few weeks we’ll be enjoying an extra helping of holiday music here at Calvary. Next Sunday we have the ... More

The Winds Of War - Matthew 24:6 - Aug 6, 2006 - 142

(Date: January 20, 1991)What a week it’s been for all of us! This has been one of those rare moments when time, which had been rolling smoothly along, suddenly came to a total halt. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?It was late Wednesday afternoon and I was rushing home so ... More

Further Thoughts on "The Passion of the Christ" - Mar 2, 2004

Here are some answers to questions raised by the movie: ... More

The First Christmas Miracle - John 15:22; Galatians 4:4 - Dec 19, 1999 - 77

"If I had not come” (John 15:22).“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law” (Galatians 4:4). In the first verse, which is really just a fragment of a verse, Jesus invites us to consider a possibility. What if he had not come to earth? What ... More

The First Christmas Miracle - John 15:22; Galatians 4:4 - Dec 13, 2006 - 84

“If I had not come” (John 15:22).“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law” (Galatians 4:4). In the first verse, which is really just a fragment of a verse, Jesus invites us to consider a possibility. What if he had not come to earth ... More

Out of Egypt - Dec 5, 2007

Sometimes you’re reading along when suddenly a phrase pops out and you say, “Whoa! Where did that come from?” That happened to me this week as I was reading the Biblical Illustrator in preparation for this message. I ran across a statement by W. P. Balfern regarding my text, which ... More

Overcoming Loneliness - Isaiah 7:14 & Matthew 1:22-23 - Dec 22, 2002 - 707

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to ... More

Who is That Baby? - Hebrews 1:1-3 - Dec 13, 2006 - 86

We live in a day when Christmas has become a controversial holiday. If you doubt that statement, just try putting up a manger scene on public property. Or try saying “Merry Christmas” instead of the ubiquitous “Happy Holidays.” Sometimes it seems as if there are more lawsuits ... More

Led by the Spirit into the Wilderness - Luke 4:1-14 - May 22, 2005 - 201

This is the second message in our new series on the Holy Spirit. Last Sunday we talked about John 3:8 and how the Holy Spirit is the wind—invisible, unpredictable, uncontrollable. He comes and goes as he wishes; no one can control his movements. He alone can give life to the spiritually dead. ... More

Donahue and Jesus - Dec 22, 2002

DONAHUE AND JESUS by Ray Pritchard On MSNBC last Tuesday night, Phil Donahue hosted a raucous discussion on the topic: “Is the highway to heaven only open to the Christians? Some say only faith in Jesus will earn you a place beyond the pearly gates. So what about Jews, Muslims, and followers of ... More

It's Okay to Say "Merry Christmas" - Dec 19, 2004

It’s Okay to Say “Merry Christmas” by Ray Pritchard A man came into church last Sunday and said, “Merry Christmas.” Then he looked at me and said, “I guess it’s still all right to say that here.” His comment reflects the growing frustration many Christians ... More

Journey to Bethlehem - Dec 19, 2010

For the last several years Moody Radio in Chicago has asked me to do a series of “word pictures” describing the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Nancy Turner, host of This is the Day on WMBI-FM, introduces me and then lets me tell the story in several short segments interspersed wi ... More

Postcards From the Edge: Why I Believe in Angels and Demons - Various - Nov 19, 1995 - 796

Angels are in. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, “after a hiatus of almost 300 years and much skepticism, angels are making a comeback.” A recent survey confirmed this fact: 58% of Americans in households making over $50,000 believe in angels, as do 55% of college graduates, 5 ... More

Lessons From the Master Teacher - Luke 6:40 - Sep 24, 1995 - 438

Teachers deserve special honor because they help shape the next generation. By their words and by their deeds, teachers mold the leaders of tomorrow. Henry Brooks Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.”This week I tried to name all of my hom ... More

God Is So Good! - Psalm 107:1 - Apr 20, 1997 - 474

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” 1 Chronicles 16:34a “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 Let’s begin with a definition, ... More

Nitty-Gritty Faith - Hebrews 11 - Dec 3, 1989 - 487

It is a pleasure to salute our young people today. They are the future of this church. And it is a pleasure to have our teenagers share in the morning service. In case you didn’t know, Bruce Smith made the announcements, Elizabeth Morris read the Scripture, and Tom Krumsieg led in prayer. A ... More

Equal But Not Identical: Men And Women In The Local Church - Jul 21, 1991

In this day of social upheaval, many traditional views held by the Christian church are being questioned. Not the least important of these is the issue of women in ministry. During the past several decades, the feminist movement has had significant impact on the church; this impact is such that the ... More

Christmas Tears - Matthew 2:16-18 - Dec 14, 1997 - 87

"The rulers of this world are seldom friendly to the cause of God.” J. C. RyleLast night the contemporary Christian musician Michael Card performed a Christmas concert at Wheaton College. As part of the build-up to the concert, the Chicago Tribune carried a brief article on Friday that be ... More

What God Wants For Christmas - Micah 6:6-8 - Dec 15, 1996 - 88

There are only ten days left until Christmas. Have you done your shopping yet? Be careful, because there are some crazy people out there. Have you heard about this new doll called Tickle Me, Elmo? Every year there seems to be one new item that everyone has to have. A few years ago it was Cabbage ... More

Four Women in Jesus' Family Tree - Matthew 1:1-16 - Dec 20, 1992 - 90

You might call this text “The forgotten chapter of the Christmas story.” It is a genealogy—a list of names, most of them unpronounceable. Because of that, this is a portion of Scripture that we tend to overlook. We don’t know what to do with it. It’s not often read ... More

Follow the Christmas Star - Matthew 2:7-12 - Dec 23, 2001 - 95

This isn’t exactly the sermon I planned to preach on the Sunday before Christmas, but I don’t suppose that will surprise anyone since Christmas itself comes as a relief at the end of a year that has not been what we thought it would be. If one searches for glimmers of light on the horizo ... More


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