We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources. These resources are available for preachers and Bible teachers to use in touching a lost world with the timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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God's Christmas Tree

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Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:24, Luke 23:31, Acts 5:30, 10:39, 13:29, Galatians 3:13, John 9:5

The first real Christmas tree was found in Jerusalem, 2,000 years ago, in the shape of a cross. In fact, it is amazing when you think about it how Jesus Christ was related to wood all of his life. When He was born, He was laid in a wooden manger. He grew up as a carpenter, working with wood to make a living. When He died, He died on a wooden cross that amazingly the Bible refers to as a tree. In this message Dr. Merritt exposes the biblical story of a very real and stark "Christmas tree"--arguably the most important tree of all time.

"You can never understand the importance of the birth of Jesus until you understand the significance of the death of Jesus. The clearest statement concerning the purpose of the death of Jesus Christ, found in the New Testament, is found in this statement: 'He bore our sins in His body on the cross.'" --Dr. Merritt

Keywords: Christmas, December, holiday, Jesus, birth, cross, crucifixion, tree, Christbaum, Martin Luther, wood, life, salvation, Gospel, God

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