Out of the Box: Best. Christmas. Ever (Week 3)

Guess what was the first toy ever advertised on TV? It was Mr. Potato Head! In 1949 a guy named George Lerner came up with the idea of sticking plastic body part pins into fruits and vegetables to make funny men. When I was about 5 or 6 I got my first Mr. Potato Head for Christmas. The original version came with a single set of hands, feet, and ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and eight felt pieces resembling facial hair. Back then you had to supply your own potato. Mr. P was a ton of fun but after a few weeks I managed to lose all but a handful of body parts. When all that’s left in your box are two noses, a hat, a pipe and a single set of eyes your creativity craters and boredom raises its ugly head.

Just as doing the same old thing the same old way makes Mr. Potato Head dull, it’s also a recipe for a giant Yuletide yawn. Over the years, doing Christmas the same old way can suck the wow and wonder right out of the season! But does it have to be like that? Is there a way to make Christmas the most wonder-filled time of the year ever year? The answer is “yes”! Join us this Sunday (12/17) as we continue our series called Out Of The Box. In week three we will look at Luke 1:26-38 and identify four things we need to know to wake up the “wow” as we celebrate our Savior’s birth.

This has been a marvelous month and I know you’re going to love what we have for you this weekend. I will be teaching at our 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM (note our new start time for our 2nd service). For our 5 PM service we will be enjoying our North Ridge Children’s Theatre Christmas program (The Secret of Snowflake County!) so be sure to join us both in the AM and the PM! It’s like a double feature! I’d better let you go, but thanks for joining us on this journey. God is doing so man cool things at North Ridge through amazing folks like you. Can’t wait to see you and your crew on Sunday. By the way “You guys rock!”

Together In His Love,



Pastor Mike

PS Be sure to invite your friends and family to our Christmas Eve services next week at 9 AM 10:45 AM and 5 PM! It’s going to be the best Christmas ever! Also be sure to invite any single moms or widows in our neighborhood to sign up on our website for our gift membership to AAA Roadside assistance.

Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages:                   (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)


Luke 1:26-30 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.


Luke 1:31-33 You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”


Luke 1:34-37 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” (NASV)


1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us. (NKJV)


Matthew 1:23 The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).


Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”


Luke 2:13-14 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven,  and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”