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In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God

John 1:1-18
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalms 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

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Christmas Day, B

Way back in Eighteen-Twenty-Seven, an American Bishop made the following complaint:

ìThe devil has stolen Christmas from us. The devil has stolen the day of our spiritual redemption, and converted it into a day of worldly festivities.î

If he thought that was the case in Eighteen-Twenty-Seven, he should see us now.

December becomes an absolutely chaotic month for many of us, perhaps most of us. With all the credit-carding, frenzied shopping and over-indulging, very soon some of us will have become utterly exhausted from what our chaotic approach to Christmas has done to us, physically and emotionally.

There is a ìPeanutsî comic strip in which little Lucy and Charlie Brown are contemplating the coming of Christmas. Lucy opens her Bible…

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