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    Every Christmas season we hear laments over the commercialization of Christmas. There are Christian relatives who refuse to celebrate the season because it is so much commercialized and considered to represent something other than the birth of the Christ child. For many believers there is the recognition that evil seeks to obscure, dilute, divert, and destroy the message of Christmas. But how is this any different than the spiritual battle of every Christian’s relationship to God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son? Is this relationship often troubled by trials and tribulation, weakness and doubt, diversion and lapses, and temptations rather than unwavering faith? What else should a Christian expect of evil when comes to the Christmas story?

    However, during the Christmas season there is, as in no other season when there is a community and national change in peoples’ attitudes. Generally, people are more considerate, friendlier, kinder, and contribute more to charity - in defiance of the evil, even unbelievers respond. Commercialization wins the struggle over money but fails to destroy the spirit of ‘tis the season.

    Is the cause of the Christmas season secular? There are other celebrated days – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day, George Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day, Easter day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving Day. Each day has its traditions for the celebration, but which ones change the way people behave and think – for a season? Without any regard to the celebration, is there something different about Christmas?

    Let the secular offenses to Christmas be cataloged:
    The decorated tree, Santa Clause, reindeer, sled, North pole, elves, candy canes, lights, stars, wreaths, yard decorations; decking out the auto with a red nose and deer antlers or wreaths; apparel including hats, elf ears, thematic sweaters and ties; decking out the pets; snow, icicles, music, shopping, presents, feasting, and alcohol. Then there are the office parties, the neighborhood parties, and the family gatherings. Bars and retail stores deck out with decorations. However, the decorations which impact the most are those in the yards of recognized unbelievers. What is it that compels them to make the effort to decorate for the season? Yes, it is just a chance to celebrate and decorate. On the other hand, it is neither Allah or Buddha or the winter solstice that stimulates the decorations nor the reason for the participation. The reason for the season dominates the background even for unbelievers.

    A few years back in an effort to be political correct and be multi-religious inclusive there was even the effort to change the greeting of “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.” The overt public response refused to accept this change and more people than ever were saying “Merry Christmas.” “Happy Holidays” faded into obscurity and evil flinched.

    Last night, Christmas Eve 24th December 2017, the Dallas Cowboys were playing for a must win to stay in contention for the play offs. Former Ohio State’ renowned running back Ezekiel Elliot was back for the first game after his six game suspension. Expectations were high. Here in the Dallas area, in considerations of such things, the anticipation was for a low attendance at the Christmas Eve service which started in the middle of the Cowboy game. The church was packed including more young people than normal in attendance.

    How Christian do you wish Christmas to be? For most believers we can make Christmas more about the Christ child. However, it is not a battle against the commercialization of Christmas that will ever be lost. Because? It is because of this promise.

    Isaiah 9:6-7 NCV
    6 A child has been born to us;
    God has given a son to us.
    He will be responsible for leading the people.
    His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God,
    Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.
    7 Power and peace will be in his kingdom
    and will continue to grow forever.
    He will rule as king on David’s throne
    and over David’s kingdom.
    He will make it strong
    by ruling with justice and goodness
    from now on and forever.
    The Lord All-Powerful will do this
    because of his strong love for his people.
    Last edited by glen smith; December 25, 2017, 12:18 PM.

  • #2
    Thanks Glen. Merry Christmas brother. Merry Christmas to everyone here.

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    • #3
      Amen, The Creator of everything that exists, The Father with no beginning and no end came down from heaven and was born of a woman. And why was God Almighty born of a woman, so He would have blood to shed and be able to die for our sins.

      Jesus is the Everlasting Father, He always has been The Father and always will be the Father of us all, or our Creator.

      BTW, there is lawyer who researched and studied star computer programs for years to find out what the star of Bethlehem was. During this research he found that the wise men from the east came to visit the house in Bethlehem where Jesus lived on December 25th. How did he know this ? Because when you turn back the stars in the sky with a computer program, Dec 25th is the day that the star stopped in the sky ( the retrograde motion of Jupiter stopped and went back the other way). The Star was when the King planet ( Jupiter) and the King Star ( Regulus) had a conjunction with one looking like it was on top of the other and made a figure 8. 8 is the number of new beginnings.

      http://www.bethlehemstar.com/

      Considering this, I find it appropriate to give gifts of December 25th.

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      • #4
        How Christian do you wish Christmas to be?
        This is the war against the commercialization of Christmas that cannot ever be lost.
        Because?
        It is also because of this second promise from the New Testament.

        Luke 1:29-33 NCV
        29 But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean.
        30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace. 31 Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor. 33 He will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.”

        Commentary:
        The Kingdom of God never ends.
        In this kingdom the Son of the Most High will rule forever (vv 32-33).
        The Lord Jesus will rule of the people of Jacob forever (v33).
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        In Matthew 11:12
        12 Since the time John the Baptist came until now, the kingdom of heaven has been going forward in strength,

        Commentary:
        The Kingdom of God is since the time of John the Baptist.
        There is strength in the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
        In other words, the Kingdom of God does not falter.
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        In Matthew 11:13-15 NIV
        13For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

        Commentary:
        John fulfills the prophecy of the coming of Elijah in Malachi 3:1 who prepares the way for the Messiah.
        All the prophets and the Law speak to the time when John the Baptist introduces the Kingdom of God.
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        Merry Christmas!
        The fulfilled promises established this day as Merry Christmas to all.
        Good News forever and ever.
        Christmas is not the promise of victory.
        Christmas is the start of the victory march to the Ascension to the right hand of the Father.
        The plan is of the Father from before the foundations of the world.
        What did the angels say to the shepherds?

        This leaves two questions unanswered.

        What is the Kingdom of God?
        Who are the people of Jacob?
        Last edited by glen smith; December 25, 2017, 04:22 PM.

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