A Kiss In The Dark

**Stand ready ... the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect** (Matthew 24:44).
Scripture

Matthew 24:44
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalms 122:1-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

Sermon Week/Year

First Sunday of Advent,
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Sermon Topic

Expectation,

About this time of year in 1997, Washington Post journalist, Laura Britt, wrote a column entitled, “Christmas Blues.” In it, she tells of a telephone call she received from a woman who said that the Christmas Season was “Just the very worst time … there are more suicides … more people are institutionalized.”

“Think of it,” wrote Ms. Britt,

We live in a peaceful nation in a largely prosperous time, but few of us seem truly happy. Secure behind locked doors, linked by faxes, pagers and cellular phones, connected by E-mail, some of us have never felt more scared or alone.

How do we reconcile Christmas tidings of comfort and joy with the hatreds and horrors presented us by…

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