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Christmas : Separation, Purity, and Christmas

21 Dec

Christmas is a battleground for believers, with external and internal opposition to virtually every aspect of the season. Should we even celebrate such a contested holiday? And if so, how do we celebrate in a way that adorns the gospel?  http://ow.ly/W5Lap

Excerpt from Article:

“Christmas is a study in contrasts.

Snow is one of the prominent themes of the holiday, but most of the world doesn’t get snow in December, so people decorate with inflatable snowmen and twinkle lights meant to imitate icicles.

Christmas is hailed as a time of joy, love, and peace, but many feel profound sadness and strife due to lost loved ones and broken families. And in spite of it being a season of giving, the majority of advertisements and sales focus on fulfilling selfish, materialistic desires.

On TV, the contrasts are unmistakable. One channel broadcasts the nativity story while the next airs a debate over whether Jesus was anyone worth celebrating. And a parade of politicians and talking heads fight over where and when it is appropriate to celebrate Christmas, while others work overtime to celebrate every religion’s traditions.

But perhaps the most puzzling contrast is between believers—between those who celebrate the birth of Christ and those who argue that Christians should have no part in such a “pagan” holiday. In fact, some Christians oppose Christmas with as much (or more!) vigor as those who celebrate it.

The arguments are the same every year: Jesus wasn’t born on December 25; Jeremiah 10 condemns Christmas trees; Christmas is a Catholic mass created to syncretize with a Roman pagan feast; Christmas is a man-made feast while the biblical feasts are ignored. You’ve probably received some chain emails to that effect already this season.

In the face of such opposition, how should the rest of the church respond? Should we even bother to celebrate such a widely-contested holiday?

In a video blog last year, we asked John MacArthur that very question. As usual, his response cut right to the heart of the issue, pushing past the smaller matters that so often trip us up. He said:

In my view, any opportunity that we can have to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to grasp that opportunity. We would do well to celebrate His birth every single day. We would do well to proclaim His virgin birth, as God in human flesh, every day. But if the world wants to give us a day and a season in which the whole of humanity focuses on the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, we would be foolish not to capitalize on that.

We waste such an opportunity when we contend with a godless culture for the traditional trappings of the holiday. It’s pointless to debate over seasonal terminology or fight to keep nativity scenes in front of government buildings. And it’s profoundly vain to complain about whether or not a popular coffee shop’s cups are decorated with vague allusions to the season—especially when that coffee shop has a history of promoting and supporting immoral causes….”

“All the traditions of Christmas are just that—traditions. Inasmuch as they foster loving relationships, generosity, and worship of the Savior, they are commendable. But if they cause us to be self-focused and distracted from what really matters, they should be set aside.

We should be single-minded, focused solely on Christ and the tremendous blessings we enjoy through Him. And we ought to look for any opportunity to extend the blessed news of the salvation He made possible to the world around us. How do we accomplish that when we waste so much time complaining about coffee cups and trees?”….

Read the full article here: http://www.gty.org/Blog/B151221
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Christmas…the Real Story :  A child born to die

 

 

 

 

 

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The Promise

21 Dec

The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light;

Those who live in a dark land,  The light will shine on them.

Isaiah 9:2

The promise was love, and the promise was life to the world.
The name of the Promise was Jesus.

 

 

 

An Eternal Choice – The Roman Road

11 Nov

crssWho is good?

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.  There is none that understand, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”    Romans 3:10–12

Who has sinned?

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

The eternal cost of your sin

“For the wages of sin is death.”  Romans 6:23

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”    Romans 1:18

Nothing you do can save you

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.”  Romans 3:20

“Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law?  Of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.”  Romans 3:27

God’s love has made a way!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”    Romans 5:8,9

You must place your complete faith in Jesus Christ

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference.”   Romans 3:22

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  Romans 10:9

“There fore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”  Romans 3:28

If you believe that Jesus Christ alone can save you, then pray and ask him:

“And being fully persuaded that, what he has promised, he was able to perform.”  Romans 4:21

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 10:13

“For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”  Romans 10:11