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The trap of Christmas. Ecclesiastes 3. you and I have been discipled by our culture in discontentment. What is the Mt. Everest of Holidays? Christmas. Core scheme of Christmas. “Your life Stinks; Merry Christmas!!. Gifts Decorations Family Songs Movies

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the trap of christmas

The trap of Christmas

Ecclesiastes 3

core scheme of christmas
Core scheme of Christmas
  • “Your life Stinks; Merry Christmas!!
slide5

Gifts

  • Decorations
  • Family
  • Songs
  • Movies
    • Enjoy it, but don’t get caught up in the lie that will leave you frustrated and disappointed
gen 1 26 27
Gen. 1:26-27
  • 26 Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
  • 27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.
ecclesiastes 3 11
Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
slide8

…he has put eternity into man's heart…

  • We all have that Gap of Eternity
high watermarks
High Watermarks
  • House
  • Car
  • Relationship/marriage
  • Children
  • Job/promotion
  • They Never Last
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What is temporary cannot fill the gap of Eternity.

  • Culture says:
    • “You want to be satisfied? This is what you need.”
it works because
It works because
  • We have the hole of eternity in our hearts
  • We believe there’s more
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When we covet we say to God

    • “You don’t love me. You don’t provide for me. You don’t care for me like you do these other people.”
c s lewis quote
C.S. Lewis quote
  • “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world”
advent
Advent
  • Means “coming”
  • Season of waiting, expecting, and hoping.
  • Helps us prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas, and also the second coming of Christ.
good news of great joy
Good News of Great Joy
  • Advent devotional book by John Piper
  • Free online daily devotional from Dec. 1st to Christmas
conclussion
Conclussion
  • 1. Meditate on the fact that we need a Savior
  • 2. Engage in sober self examination
  • 3. Build God-Centered anticipation and expectancy and excitement in your home
  • 4. Be in the scriptures