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Posted by Dr. Scott Solberg on Nov 28, 2018

Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Christmas

I RECENTLY READ “THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY” on how Ted Geisel (a.k.a., Dr. Seuss) chose to conclude his Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Read the article here.

While Geisel confessed that this was the easiest book he had ever written, he also acknowledged that it took three months to write the now famous ending to the story. While he explored many different religious choices to end this story, the ending he chose was anything but religious.

Dan Olson writes, “Geisel didn’t want a star coming down from the sky, so he had it come from the hearts of the people of Who-ville.” Seuss also wrote all the song lyrics, like “Welcome Christmas”—where the meaning of Christmas is all about the self in community: Christmas Day will always be / just as long as we have we!”

So what is the moral of the story? “The REAL meaning of Christmas is inside us. God is not involved. We are saved by WE.”

So how can you keep the Grinch from stealing Christmas? Make sure God is involved in your Christmas! Make sure WORSHIP is an important part of your Advent Season.

Sundays of Advent: Advent Season begins on Sunday, December 2. The theme of Advent this year is “Behold, the Servant!” Join us as we discover what Isaiah teaches us about Jesus the “coming servant.”

Advent Devotional: A weekly Advent Devotional will be provided for you and your family to use at home during this Advent Season. Use it to keep your focus on Jesus throughout the week during this Advent Season. Click here to view the devotional. You can also get a hard copy in the literature racks in the foyers.

The Pulse Reflection: In The Pulse each week there will be a brief Advent video on four key words of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. These are the very things Jesus offers us.

Special Services:

Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th, 7:00 pm - Christmas Night of Worship

Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Services, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm