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What We Need For Christmas: A Home

December 10, 2017 Speaker: Jeff Walser Series: What we need for Christmas

Topic: Biblical Passage: Luke 2:8–2:20

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days

When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days

When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out

Stressed Out

Words and Music by Tyler Joseph


I'll be home for Christmas

You can count on me

Please have snow and mistletoe

And presents 'neath the tree

Christmas eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

I'll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

by Kim Gannon, Music by Walter Kent


Somewhere in my memory

Christmas joys all around me

Living in my memory

All of the music, all of the magic

All of the family, home here with me

Somewhere in My Memory

by John Williams 

"When once again Christmas comes and we hear the familiar carols and sing the Christmas hymns, something happens to us, and a special kind of warmth slowly encircles us. The hardest heart is softened. We recall our own childhood. We feel again how we then felt, especially if we were separated from a mother. A kind of homesickness comes over us for past times, distant places, and yes, a blessed longing for a world without violence or hardness of heart. But there is something more—a longing for the safe lodging of the everlasting Father. And that leads our thoughts to the curse of homelessness which hangs heavily over the world. In every land, the endless wandering without purpose or destination.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Hebrews 11:9-10

What We Need For Christmas:

  • A King
  • A Home
  • A Hope
  • A Savior


“Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” - Augustine, Confessions (Book 1)

Isaiah 40:3-5

Jeremiah 31:7-9

Isaiah 60:1-4

Isaiah 7:14

John 1:14

Luke 2:14

The way to peace with God is to recognize that there has been a conflict. One way to do that is to say: “Not only have I done bad things, but even the good things I have done have been done to be my own savior, to assert my independence from my Creator and Redeemer. So I need to be saved by sheer grace, because even the right things I do have been done for the wrong reasons. I need to rest wholly on Jesus’ saving work on my behalf.” When you say that, you have finally admitted the full extent of your resistance to the Lord’s sovereignty. You have confessed that you can’t save yourself. You rest in what the Lord Jesus Christ has done, and you run away from your old way of living. That is making peace with God. - Tim Keller, Hidden Christmas


Hark! the herald angels sing,

"Glory to the newborn King!"

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

by Charles Wesley

Isaiah 9:6

Luke 1:78:79

1 Peter 2:9-10

“We have selected from the Christmas story only the pleasant bits, forgetting the awesome nature of an event in which the God of the universe, its Creator and Sustainer, draws near to this little planet, and now speaks to us. The coming of God is not only a message of joy, but also fearful news for anyone who has a conscience. It is only by facing up to the fearfulness of the event that we can begin to understand the incomparable blessing. God comes into the midst of evil and death, to judge the evil in the world—and in us. And while he judges us, he loves us, he purifies us, he saves us, and he comes to us with gifts of grace and love. He makes us happy as only children know. He is, and always will be now, with us in our sin, in our suffering, and at our death. We are no longer alone. God is with us and we are no longer homeless. A piece of the eternal home is grafted into us.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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