Jesus Without Tinsel

I found this morning’s sermon difficult to preach.  I much prefer to “traditional” nativity story.  Everyone is groomed, clean and well fed.  There is no conflict and no sorrow.  Joy fills the earth and it has forever remained that way.

As much as I would like for the story to be like that, it’s just not the world we live in.  Neither was it the world Jesus was born into and grew up in.  A realistic view of the nativity might not produce the warm feelings of a sentimental Christmas movie, but it does provide strength and encouragement to face the present and move into the future.

A couple of people requested a copy of the Eugene Peterson story I read this morning.  For a pdf file click this link:  Christmas Shame.

All of my children, their spouses as well as  both my granddaughters were with us at church today.  We are blessed in many ways.  Our prayer is that you will experience the true joy of Jesus coming into our world of sin and shame this season.  May he bless you as you continue to seek him.  Merry Christmas!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


One Response to “Jesus Without Tinsel”

  1. avatar Lisa says:

    We visited last Sunday. I wanted to show family the video on the origin of “Joy to the World.” Is there a link you can send?

    Thank you,

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