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Passion for Flourishing

Passion for Flourishing

Series: Advent 2016Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” —Ebenezer Scrooge
“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” ―Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob.  For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor — spending and being spent — to enrich their fellow men, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others — and not just their own friends — in whatever way there seems need. There are not as many who show this spirit as there should be. If God in