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December 21, 2015
Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse.
Childhood memories are priceless.
Traditions help to mold us.
At least for me this holds true.
But that's the wrong Christmas story.
"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord..
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2 : 8-12
This my friend, is what Christmas is all about.
Take notice how Luke says "For All The People"
Not a select few.
Not a certain race or religion.
A Savior For All The People.
And the includes You and me.
Except for last year when Yolanda was so ill, I usually write a Christmas letter.
Some years it is easy.
Some years a bit more challenging.
It can work around current events, and the need for the true meaning of Christmas.
No matter, He is always the reason for the season and focus is centered on Jesus and 'His Love' for you and me.
World events, once again show how much we need Jesus in our lives.
Not just for the season.
For the rest of our lives.
Look around you friends, it's not going to get any better.
God's word talks of war, rumors of war, famine and much more as the birth pains.
He also promises a better life for those how have accepted 'Jesus as their Lord and Savior'
Eternal life with Him..
Jesus says in John 10:10
"Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy your life".
After all, he is the prince of this world.
The prince of darkness.
His sole purpose is to get back at God for having him and his cronies tossed from heaven.
What better way, than to destroy God's prized creations (You and me).
Because we are born of sin, and live in a fallen world, it is only nature (sin nature) to sin (thank you Adam and Eve).
You don't have to teach a toddler to throw a temper tantrum.
You don't have to teach a young child to lie, or steal.
It comes natural.
Now the second half of John 10;10
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full".
Not simply a better life here on earth.
But a better (perfect), life in eternity.
A life spent with God the Father, God the Son,and God the Holy Spirit.
What better and more full life can you want?
Or, a life eternally separated from God as you dwell in the fiery pit of hell.
The bible never promises us, the ideal life here on earth.
It does promise us a full life in heaven for suffering and doing good works in the name of our Lord.
We are given new bodies, a new world.
Jesus again says:
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"
Not replacement parts, but making it all new again.
Is this a Christmas Gift or what?
A gift that gives forever.
Psalm 150 : 6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”
To celebrate and praise the Lord in many different ways.
In verses 1-5, the psalmist suggests that we use all sorts of instruments.
Trumpets and harps, stringed instruments and pipes, cymbals.
Clapping our hands, and even dancing.
We are encouraged to creatively and passionately celebrate, honor, and adore the Lord.
Because the Lord is great and has performed mighty acts on behalf of His people, He is worthy of all praise.
These outward expressions of praise will come from an inner wellspring overflowing with gratitude to God.
Though we may celebrate the Lord in different ways, our praise to God always needs to be expressive and meaningful.
When we think about the Lord’s character and His mighty acts toward us, we cannot help but celebrate Him through our praise and worship.
Or we should.
Go ahead, read Psalm 150.
Christmas season is also the time of year when the pressure to be perfect intensifies.
We imagine the perfect celebration and then put forth our best effort to make it happen.
We shop for the perfect gifts.
We plan the perfect meal.
We choose the perfect greeting cards.
Yet, our striving leads to discouragement and disappointment when our ability to imagine perfection exceeds our ability to implement it.
The carefully chosen gift receives only a halfhearted thank you.
Part of the meal is overcooked.
We find a typo in our Christmas greeting after we’ve mailed the cards.
Children fight over toys.
Adults bring back old arguments.
Instead of being discouraged however, we can use our disappointment to remind ourselves of the reason Christmas is so important.
We need Christmas because none of us is or can be all that we want to be.
Not for a month, a week, or even a day.
How much more meaningful our celebrations of Christ’s birth would be if we would give up our faulty concept of perfection.
Now focus instead on the perfection of our Savior, in whom we are made righteous
"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time."
Romans 3 : 22
If your Christmas celebration this year is less than ideal, relax and let it be a reminder that the only way to be made perfect forever is to live by faith in the righteousness of Christ.
There is only one perfect gift.
That gift is Jesus.
"For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy."
Hebrews 10 : 14
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Wrong story again.
Centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah wrote this.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
The end foretells this.
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever."
Revelation 11 : 15
Now that is the True Christmas story.
And the gift goes on, and on.
Well, it is time to fly for now.
A Blessed and Christ filled Christmas and a Blessed 2016 to you.
As always and with your encouragement, I will be back next year.
Gob Bless and a Joyous Christmas to You.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
John 3 16,17
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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