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Christmas
December 20, 2017, 8:55 am
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As we again come upon the celebration of Christmas in the year 2017, I wanted to remind myself and those who read my words of what this season is really all about. We will read the story in our Church this Sunday night at our Christmas Eve Service. We shall again hear that the child is born in a barn, and placed in a feed trough because there was no room in the inn.

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But will we hear that there is more to this story than just that a child is born, a Son is given? You see, the birth of the child, fully human baby boy, fully also GOD, is just one part of the story of Christmas. There is a great deal more to this story. There is the death of `100’s of children in Bethlehem 2 years later as the King Herod tries to find and destroy this baby who is the King of Israel in the line of David.

There is the growing up of Jesus in Egypt and in Nazareth in Galilee, becoming a carpenter, experiencing all the stuff that you and I experience. Hurt when you hit the wrong nail with the hammer, pain when a loved one dies, joy when there is celebration at a wedding. All the stuff you and I have in our own lives, happiness and sorrow, pain and suffering, he experienced.

Then, he experienced the worst pain of all, death as a criminal on a Roman Cross outside Jerusalem. That’s right he died a criminals death, because we, yes we humans were all guilty of the crime of rejecting God and His way of living our lives. Not the onerous laws that the Religious elites had stamped on society, no not that way. Jesus taught the truth of the way to live a proper God fearing life:

Mat 22:36-40 ESV “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” (37) And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (38) This is the great and first commandment. (39) And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (40) On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

We don’t live that way, we see instead hatred, war, and famine, that is not what He came to teach. Since we humans seem to have a propensity to ignore that which we profess to believe, Jesus had to die to save us from our sins. He died for all, but we have to be willing to surrender our lives, our lusts our sins to God in the name of Jesus Christ, and name him as LORD of our lives, in order for us to become new persons in God’s Kingdom.

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You see, none of us is perfect, none of us live without sin in our lives, even after we accept the sacrifice for ourselves, we still sin. Jesus lived a sinless life, and therefore he could be our sacrifice. That is what the Christmas story really is all about. Yes it is a wonderful story about the birth of the child in Bethlehem of Judea, and all that goes with that birth. However, without the cross at the end of that life, there is no atonement for sin, we would have no hope.

I wish you all a blessed and Merry Christmas, and I pray that if you do not have a personal relationship with the one who we celebrate at this time, please get right with God. The scripture says: Rom 6:23 ESV For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Hate Group Lists
March 20, 2013, 12:40 pm
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I find it amazing that the only people who publish hate group lists are liberal organizations, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is really an activist group pushing for Homosexual rights and other liberal rights groups. I was reading about an attack on the Family Research Council which has been labeled as a “Hate Group” by the SPLC. The attack was made by GLAAD a homosexual advocacy group which labeled FRC as “one of the countries most dangerous hate groups.” Yet the only hate was the attack made against FRC and Josh Duggar who had applied for a position with FRC. Of course Josh is also a Christian and promotes Family Values which seems to be the “Hate” these people are talking about.

Now, as a Christian myself, I believe in those same family values. Marriage should be between a man and a woman, we are built to complement each other, to fit together if you will. My scriptures tell me that God made us this way so that the man will leave his mother and father and will cling to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. That is a beautiful picture, only possible in traditional marriage. I believe that children should be raised in a loving home, where the mother and father teach the child the things he or she will need to know to go into their own relationships. I also believe that the scriptures teach that homosexual activity is frowned upon by God, I am not taught to hate those persons involved in that activity, just to be unhappy that they are involved in the life style. I therefore act out of love, not hatred, to try to get folks involved in sin, (any sin), to meet Jesus and understand that Jesus died to free them from sin and to bring them into a right relationship with God.

The truth is that we are all sinners, we all condemn ourselves to eternal damnation, but through the grace of God we are freed from that penalty, if we admit we are sinners and ask for forgiveness through the blood of Christ. I don’t expect everybody to believe as I do, although I do want everyone to enter the Kingdom of Heaven and become a part of the family of God. After all we Christians, who are not perfect, just forgiven, are expecting a great supper one day with Jesus Christ as bridegroom and the Church as his bride, and we would hope that there will be myriads and myriads of celebrants there to enjoy that celebration.

The choice of course is always yours, God does not condemn, your decisions condemn you or bring you to salvation. I also think I might receive some hate mail in regard to this particular entry in my blog, but, I felt it necessary to set out the truth in all of this. We act out of Love, because God acted out of Love toward each of us. BTW, I will not deny that there are those who call themselves Christian, who are not acting in a Christian manner. I agree with those who stand against this anti-christian behavior. We who call upon the name of Christ, should act as Christ acted, not as the world acts. Please think about your position in life, what are your activities? Do you honor yourself and God by your actions, or are you still enthralled by the evil one, and the world? I hope that you will read my words and understand that they are not malicious, but rather hoping to bring you to the throne room of God.

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