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FutureHope Isaiah 9:2-7

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Special Installment: Christmas Eve

In a land of deep darkness, the light of Christ gives us reason for hope.

At a Glance

There are plenty of reasons to feel as though we are a "people sitting in darkness." Climate change. A nuclear North Korea. Cyber-attacks. Global terrorism. Personal insecurity about relationships, jobs, health, retirement and so on. But there are rays of light. Everywhere we look, people (including children) are lighting a candle to illuminate the darkness. We turn then to a Child who is the "Light of the World."


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," December 24, 2004, at HomileticsOnline.com.


Christmas Eve is one of the darkest days of the year.

Today, we have experienced only nine hours and 26 minutes of daylight, which leaves us with more than 14 hours of darkness.

The world around us seems dark as well. We've got climate change. A nuclear North Korea. Cyber-attacks. Global terrorism. Personal insecurity about relationships, jobs, health and retirement. We're living in a world that...













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