<![CDATA[Every Christmas we are reminded of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Often the scenes of the Nativity are serene and peaceful. There are the nativity pictures or portrayals of the baby in the manger while Mary and Joseph, along with shepherds and wisemen worshipping quietly while the baby sleeps. Even the sheep, the cattle, and the sheepdog are portrayed quietly looking on. I think that for many Christians who value a quiet and reflective kind of religious experience these scenes reinforce their somber liturgical expressions of worship. There's nothing wrong with that, and many people find such worship to be very meaningful and spiritually enriching. The problem for me, however, is that I didn't grow up Lutheran or Episcopalian. I grew up in a West Virginia backwoods, Pentecostal church where our worship was fast, our music was loud, where we danced in the Spirit, spoke in other tongues and ran the aisles. I grew up with people falling out in the Spirit, praying out loud in unison, and shouting out of our shoes. So the quiet, tranquil, peaceful, picture postcard Christmas scene left me wanting something more. Today I want to preach on the topic of a Pentecostal Christmas. ]]>
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