The Big Christmas Question
Date: December 7, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott
– “I know what I really want for Christmas: I want my childhood back” – Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
– “We were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” – Galatians 4:3b-4
– The peace offered by the Prince of Peace is a state of heart and soul and spirit that is at rest even in the midst of unrest… calm even in the midst of the storm.
– “Toska is a word that describes great spiritual anguish, often without an identifiable cause…It is like a dull ache of the soul, a despairing longing without being sure what it is we long for, a restless kind of yearning.” -Vladimir Nabokov (1899 – 1977)
– “Peace is the proper ordering of the relation between a right understanding of ourselves as to who we really are and right understanding of God as to who He really is.” -Karl Barth (1886 – 1968)
– “God gave us Christmas not on the basis of our merit, but on the basis of pure grace: giving us what we do not deserve. Christmas is the very essence of grace.” -Ellsworth Kalas
– “When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?” What will matter then will be people
– Don’t use another person’s life as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled longings.