We have just entered the “holiday” season.

 The period of time between November 25th – January 3rd is a time when Americans truly shine at their very best!

 You know the season I am talking about??

 This is the CONSUMPTION season.

 This year on “Black Friday” Americans spent over 10 BILLION dollars at our retailers.

QVC sales were up 60% from last year – over 32 Million bucks in one day

 Ebay was up 205 from last year

 How many of you heard the old standard..”Anyone want more turkey, ham, pie”  on thanksgiving?

 I was sure wishing that the Aggies had 11 more points!

 Yes , this is a time when America really shows its true self!  And the Battle cry is MORE!

 Sandy Duncan said, “We’ve been raised to compete, to want more! More! More! It’s a way of life. It’s about greed.”

 More rebates!  More sales!  More food!  More time off!  More football!  More – MORE – MORE!!!

 Donald Trump teaches us that “The point is that you can’t be too greedy.” 

 Yes, this is the time of year when we show our greed and our gluttony while we spend our gold…or our Gold Cards!

 People were camped out for THREE Days in the Valley to get a few MORE dollars off a TV or Video game..or some other ESSENTIAL need.

 People fought and argued over microwaves and toys in the aisle of American stores.

 Gimme MORE!

 All of this greed and gluttony is openly displayed for all the world to see….many are openly proud of their desire to spend more on their decorations, meals and gifts.

 Consumerism – Commercialism gone BESERK!

 And all of this greed and gluttony is so warmly embraced and encouraged in a time when we are SUPPOSED to be celebrating Thankfulness and the greatest gift ever given – The Gift of God to His fallen creation of His Son and the salvation He was born to die for!

 I think the great philosopher Little Richard had it exactly right when he said “Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.”

 Cyclist Lance Armstrong said, The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.

 I encourage you to make this holiday season different.

 Show the world that we can be better than the stereotypical greedy American.

 Lets show them our good side!

 Do you want MORE of something this year?  Here is a suggestion:

2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” ESV

 1.      Get more Jesus

    1. a.      Worship more
    2. b.      Learn more
    3. 2.      Get more like Jesus
      1. a.      Give more
      2. b.      Care more
      3. c.       Love more
      4. 3.      Give more glory to Jesus
        1. a.      Live for Him and not you
        2. b.      Live for others and not yourselves

 These three will be our themes for our Christmas Season Message Series.  But I hope you will take this season seriously and begin making them the theme of your life.