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Spurgeon: Santa or Scrooge? And 5 Thoughts for Your Christmas Day

December 25, 2017

It’s true. Charles Spurgeon had a love/hate relationship with Christmas. In seventeenth-century England, Christmas was often associated with moral laxity and splurging. The Puritans resisted the Roman Catholic flavor of the festivities, and so did Spurgeon. Like his predecessors, the preacher often played the Scrooge and humbugged the holiday. “Certainly we do not believe in the …

The First Christmas Carol

December 20, 1857

The First Christmas Carol   "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."—Luke 2:14        It is supersticious to worship angels; it is but proper to love them. Although it would be a high sin, and an act of misdemeanor against the Sovereign Court of Heaven to pay the slightest adoration to …

Luke:2:14

Merry Christmas from C. H. Spurgeon

December 21, 2018

“Jesus – man, yet God; Jesus – allied to us in ties of blood – oh! here is a reason for holy mirth! Here is Christmas all year round.”   Charles Spurgeon loved Christmas, in fact, he once said, “I like Christmas; I wish it came six times a year.” He liked the generosity of “those who …

Sermon of the Week: No. 109, “Going Home – Christmas Sermon”

December 24, 2018

“Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” – Mark 5:19   Truth be told, the story of the Gerasene Demoniac makes for an unusual Christmas sermon. Nonetheless, Charles Spurgeon found that the text hit the mark on December 21st, 1856.   In his …

Why Spurgeon Loved the Incarnation

December 22, 2020

Charles Spurgeon used to tell a tale about an old church buried deep in the ground. He wrote: “at Raleigh, they say, the old church bells still ring at Christmas time, deep, deep, in the earth; and that it was a Christmas morning custom for the people to go out into the valley, and put …

Going Home – A Christmas Sermon

December 21, 1856

Going Home—A Christmas Sermon   "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."—Mark 5:19        The case of the man here referred to is a very extraordinary one: it occupies a place among the memorabilia of Christ's life, perhaps as high as …

Mark:5:19

Holy Work for Christmas

December 24, 1865

Holy Work for Christmas   “And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, …

Luke:2:17-20

What did Charles Spurgeon Preach at Christmas?

December 16, 2019

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.  -- Proverbs 15:15   On December 25, 1852, the 18 year old Charles Spurgeon preached a Christmas sermon at Waterbeach Baptist Church that he titled, “The Merry Hearted Man.” We know this because he kept his notes …

The Incarnation and Birth of Christ

December 23, 1855

The Incarnation and Birth of Christ   "But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."—Micah 5:2.        This is the season of the year when, …

Micah:5:2

The Great Birthday

December 24, 1876

The Great Birthday   “The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”— Luke ii. 10.   THERE is no reason upon earth beyond that of ecclesiastical custom why the 25th of December should be regarded as the birthday of our Lord and Saviour Jesus …

Luke:2:10