Why Keeping Christmas is important.


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CHRISTMAS CONTROVERSY

Jesus said,  John 15:18  “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first.” We should not be surprised that many people in the world war against Christmas, the celebration of the advent of Christ into the world. Atheists want no mention of the name of Christ Jesus anytime. Muslims are offended by our nationwide celebration of the birth of Jesus because they place Mohammed above Christ. JW’s Watchtower call Christmas celebrations pagan. Secularists want to change the season from “Christmas” to “Holiday Season” so those who do not trust Christ will be able to claim the holiday as their own even if it diminishes Christ.

Who is really behind this ‘doing away with Christmas?’  I suggest that the enemy of Christ is behind this.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Consider the opportunity that Christmas provides Christians and how it impacts young lives.

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The Christ of Christmas – Why we should celebrate!


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WHO IS THIS BABY BORN IN BETHLEHEM?

Christ life on earth changed the world, so much so that time itself is now counted around this one event!

Shepherds were the first to be told about Christ birth. Angels announced His birth. A star  ⭐️ stood over the stable and led Magi from the East who worshiped Him, but the world wondered; who is this Jesus? Is He really Emmanuel, God with us? Why should we celebrate? 

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Christ brought the New Covenant into effect, did away with the Old Covenant and established His church. The world would never be the same.

HOW DID MEN FIRST COME TO KNOW?

At the time of His birth, there were many people in Bethlehem. The lowest class of people were shepherds. The person on top was the king. Would the king be first to know? Not at all. The dirty, smelly shepherds first received the…

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Christ – “They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.“


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WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OR BASIS FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH?

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

During the days of the early church, believer’s had a strong faith. The Romans  allowed the Jews to practice their religion until Christ came, preached, was crucified and resurrected. At this time, persecution began and the apostles were ordered not to use the NAME of Christ or speak in His name. Acts 4

Some people still live by faith in the only Begotten Son of God. Many, however, question His deity and even the identity of Christ.

Acts 4:24
When the believers heard this, they lifted up their voices to God with one accord. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “You made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them.

WHY IS THERE EVEN A QUESTION?

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Thanksgiving 🙏🏻 In The USA


While most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey and dressing, many do not. Thanksgiving is an act of worship and regardless of our circumstances, we should find something to thank God for today. Christians believe we are to

1 Thessalonians 5:18 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 5:20 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:17 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Psalm 107:1 1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

In early America Tecumseh said, “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

– HAPPY THANKSGIVING –

 

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Thanksgiving – Eight Reasons We Should Celebrate


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THANKSGIVING – A TIME TO CELEBRATE

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1. One great thing about Thanksgiving, it hasn’t been so commercialized as to take up the entire month with shopping and preparation, yet it still offers family and friends a chance to enjoy time together!

2. Another great thing about Thanksgiving is the wonderful opportunity we have to praise the One who really deserves all our praise and honor.

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalm 50:14-15

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever…

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THANKSGIVING


Most born again Christians celebrate Thanksgiving for a number of reasons, but whether to celebrate is a personal choice. Here are Biblical teachings along with the true history of this national holiday. While the Pilgrims began the custom, it was not established as a national holiday until 1863.

THANKSGIVING AND THE LEVITICAL LAW

God established a peace offering which was to be a ‘thanksgiving offering.’ Under the Old Covenant, the priests ate the offering.

Leviticus 7:15
The meat of the sacrifice of his thanksgiving peace offering must be eaten on the day he offers it; none of it may be left until morning.

Leviticus 7:11 “Now this is the law of the peace offering that one may present to the LORD: 12 If he offers it as a thanksgiving, then along with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, he must offer unleavened cakes mixed with olive oil, unleavened wafers coated with oil, and well-kneaded cakes of fine flour mixed with oil. 13 Along with his peace offering of thanksgiving, he is to present an offering with cakes of leavened bread. 14 From the cakes he must present one portion of each offering as a contribution to the LORD. It belongs to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offering.…”

  • Thanksgiving is NOT a pagan holiday. (see below)

THANKSGIVING UNDER THE NEW COVENANT 

Under the New Covenant Christ has made provision for us and taught us to offer thanks to God.

Matthew 15:36
Taking the seven loaves and the fish, He gave thanks and broke them. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

THE FIRST AMERICAN THANKSGIVING

  • On the first Thanksgiving in 1622, Pilgrims gave thanks to God as we see in an excerpt from this letter: “Our corn [i.e. wheat] did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown…”
  • The Bible teaches that we are to give thanks to God. Ephesians 5:4, Colossians 2:7, Isaiah 51:3, Psalm 50:14
  • Jesus celebrated the holidays that were customs during His lifetime.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday due to the efforts of a woman named Sarah Hale.

Sarah Hale was the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and the author of the children’s poem, “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

She promoted the idea of Thanksgiving as a national holiday to unify the nation in the time of the Civil War and wrote about the proposal in her magazine.

 She lobbied President Lincoln to issue a proclamation of the day as a national holiday. The letter is on-file in The Library of Congress and is on-line for those interested in reading.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not extinguish the Spirit.

May God be with each of you and bless you richly this Thanksgivings Day, November 22, 2018.

 

 

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LIVING BY FAITH…


PLEASING GOD

God sent His Son to redeem us. How then are we to please Him? He tells us that we cannot please Him without placing faith and trust in Him.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

The Creator of the universe is pleased when I trust Him!

Do we insult and reject Christ when we place our confidence in good works or in what we can do to please God? I think we insult Him, dishonor Him, and ‘yes,’ we reject Him when we fail to live by faith in Christ and the cleansing blood. Also, the Bible tells us that the greatest sacrifice ever made was in vain for those who do not come to Christ by faith.

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come[s] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  –Galatians:2:21

It follows then that we are to walk by faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

FAITH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Because God loves us, He values our faith. It is what is best for us. A  study of the Holy Bible shows us that God values our faith because faith has tremendous value for each person. He wants us to trust Him. Justification by faith isn’t just taught in the New Testament. It began long before then. The first expressed example was Abel:

Hebrews 11:4 By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous…

Hebrews 11 is called the faith chapter. It tells us that Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and even Rahab the prostitute, all lived by faith. The writer goes on to say:

Hebrews 11:32 What more shall I say? For the time would fail me if I told of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets; 33 who, through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee. 35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned. They were sawn apart. They were tempted. They were slain with the sword. They went around in sheep skins and in goat skins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth. 39 These all, having had testimony given to them through their faith, didn’t receive the promise, 40 God having provided some better thing concerning us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Romans 4:3 Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness.

FAITH UNDER THE NEW COVENANT

As we see so many old testaments saints who pleased God by faith in Him it is no surprise that the good news or gospel teaches we are saved by grace through faith and there is no other way except to place our faith and trust in the blood of Jesus Christ the Righteous One. Jesus is the way and we must trust in Christ.

Romans 1:17 For the gospel reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

If this were all that we had been given, it really should be enough, but just as a parent tells a toddler repeatedly that he is to not talk to strangers, our loving heavenly Father tells us that we are SAVED by HIS grace through FAITH!

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

WHY WORK?

Many religious groups place their faith in working to please God. Indeed, they teach that we must work to be saved. Some are very ambiguous about this as they want to hold to both sides of the coin. Jesus said, however, that we cannot have two masters. We must place our hope in one or the other. To experience eternal life, we must place our faith in the One Person, who is able to save us.

An excellent explanation on why the teaching of salvation by works is prevalent in our world is given at Got Questions.

There are many groups, Watchtower is one, that teach this heresy. In fact, all religions are based on works. True Christianity is based on faith in Christ Jesus. We have all sinned and Christ paid the penalty for our sin. We will either pay for our own sins, or accept the gracious gift of God. We cannot work off the debt we owe.

Christian experience and the Bible tells us that true faith produces works that endure to the end, meaning Christians will produce spiritual fruit and works because Christ has worked a work of creation in their lives:

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

These in no way we are able to contribute to our salvation. Christ paid for that on the cross of Calvary. He uses our works to improve or change our lives, but that does not mean our eternal life depends upon our works. It depends upon Christ creating us anew or giving us new birth.

John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Great peace and joy is found in knowing that Christ paid the price and saves to the uttermost those who come to Him through faith.

Scriptures taken from Bible Hub.

 

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