“Christmas & the NT Christian – 101” …Blog.
*** (Romans 14:5) One indeed esteems a day above another day; and another esteems every day alike. Let each one be fully assured [persuaded]; in his own mind.
*** (1Corinthians 14:40) Let all things be done decently; and in order.
When did ‘You’ start… thinking about “Christmas Shopping”…? Have you bought those presents for the ‘Others’ or will ‘You’ wait till the last moments to rush out and get something. Remember, there are always those Mc Donald’s gift certificates! …LOL! How about your “Christmas Tree”…? When I was younger, I had over 1,000 of those “Mini–Lights” on my tree. Did ‘You’ know, that there are those new trees with… built in LED lights… to eliminate the hassle of replacing lights. Some friends of mine; have one room with a Christmas tree set up all year long. They simply move it to the living room for Christmas. All these hours of effort are expended; in only one day. Christmas morning or Evening… the presents are opened… to the surprise of Many! Usually I get… a piece of coal… in my stocking from Santa; because I have been a very bad boy! …LOL!
*** (Psalms 118:24) This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
*** (Lamentations 3:22-23) It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
(Lam 3:23) They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
Have ‘You’ noticed… the World does “NOT” want to be reminded that Christmas; is a celebration of the Birth of Christ Jesus: The Redeemer of Sinful Mankind…? The clerks in the stores now wish you… “Happy Holidays”…? As GOD was formerly removed from the Public Schools years… so today most of society… has left Him: “Out of their everyday lives!” No one wants offend… the ‘Others’… who do not celebrate Christmas… and think “NOTHING of Offending GOD”…! Yes, most Christians that ‘Celebrate Christmas’… ‘Leave’ Christ Jesus… “OUT” of their… “Daily Lives!” Actually the “Christmas Celebration”… “Is ‘NOT’ Commanded or Inferred”… in or by; the Holy Word of GOD…! If one will do a historical study of… “Christmas Celebration”… this fact is quite evident!
*** (1Thessaloninans 5:21) Prove all things; hold fast to the good.
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they received = the Word = with all readiness of mind = and = searched the Scriptures = “DAILY” = to see if those things were so [or Not].
Because we live in a… “Hedonistic Materialistic–‘Purchasing New Things’–Driven America”… the Christmas Season has become: “Big Business” to most retailers. Someone right away; will falsely accuse me of being a… “Spoiler or Scrooge!” How many of ‘You’… ‘READ’ the Christmas Story in; Luke 2:1-to-39… BEFORE = “Opening your Christmas Presents”…? If… ‘You’ do NOT… then… ‘You’ the world has effectively helped ‘You’… TRULY: leave Christ Jesus out of Christmas! Does the present… ‘Giving & Receiving’… come before His Holy Word! No, I am NOT: ‘Accusing or Excusing’… ‘You’ of your actions… but trying to get ‘YOU’ to see His Truth! Do ‘You meet with Christ Jesus… “Daily in His Holy Word”…? Do ‘You’ seek to find out more about Him… ‘Through & In’… His Holy Word…? What about ALL that effort; ‘You’ poured out of yourself; into that… “One Day–Christmas”…? Shouldn’t that happen… “Each & Every Day”... in seeking to: ‘Know & Obey’… “Christ Jesus” your ‘Savior & Lord’…?
*** (Mark 1:35) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, HE [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place; and there prayed. [John 12:48-49-50]
*** (1Samuel 3:21) And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
*** (2Corinthains 4:16) That's why we are not discouraged. No, even if our outer man is wearing out; our inner man = is being renewed = day by day. [John 15:1-2-3]
*** (2Timothy 2:15) Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God; a workman that does not need to be ashamed; = rightly dividing the Word of Truth. [2Timothy 3:15-16-17]
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What about ‘You’…? Is your personal walk with “Christ JESUS”… more important than Christmas…? No, I am “NOT” saying; “NOT To celebrate Christmas!” What I am saying… is simply to get; your Daily Walk with HIM… in His Holy Word… “Established First!” Perhaps ‘You’ have called yourself a Christian… but ‘Never’ have a priority about His Holy Word; “The Bible”…? Perhaps Christmas celebrations are the biggest thing of your year…? If Christ Jesus is… “LORD & Savior”… shouldn’t His Holy Words; be more important than Christmas…? How many of ‘You’… have a picture of Jesus in your home; or on your Face Book pictures page? Did ‘You’ know… that is Forbidden: by the Holy Word of God…? One marketer of Christmas goods… even had a ‘Santa’ with the “Baby Jesus”… and it was the largest selling item that year…! What is wrong with that Picture…?
*** (2Corinthains 13:5) examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Do you not know your own selves; that Jesus Christ is in you; unless you are reprobates?
*** (Amos 8:11) Behold, the days come; says the Lord Jehovah; that I will send a famine in the land; not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water; but of = HEARING = the Words of the Lord Jehovah. [The Holy Word of GOD].
*** (Exodus 20:4) You shall NOT make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
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*** (Deuteronomy 4:15-16) Therefore take good heed to yourselves, for you saw no kind of likeness on the day Jehovah the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire,
(Deut 4:16) lest you act corruptly and make yourselves a graven image; the likeness of ‘Any’ figure; the likeness of “MALE or FEMALE”
“NONE” of the Art, Pictures or Any ‘Idol Depiction’ of Christ Jesus; are NOT Correct...!
“NONE” of them ‘LOOK LIKE’ – “Christ Jesus”… as Described in the Scriptures... John 20:27, Zechariah 12:10 or even Revelation 5:6...? ? ?
*** (Isaiah 5:20) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Can ‘You’ “Spiritually Discern”… what is really a; ‘Christmas Celebration’… and what has been… “Adopted from Pagan Practices”…? If ‘You’ get angry reading this blog… are ‘You’ angry at me or at yourself…? Remember not everything called; Christian… ‘Really Is!’ When we, who are “Truly Born Again”… stand before Christ Jesus… will our “Christmas Works”… ‘Stand or Fail’..? How many of ‘You’… truly know what God’s Holy Word says about ‘any’ subject? How long have you been walking with Christ Jesus…? One, Five or even Ten years or ‘More’…? Have ‘You’ spent as much… ‘Time & Effort’… learning from His Holy Word; as ‘You’ have expended on; “Christmas Celebrations”…?
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*** (2Corinthains 5:10-11) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; so that each one may receive the things done through the body; according to that which he has done; whether good or bad.
(2Cor 5:11) Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord; we persuade men. But we are revealed to God, and I trust also that we are revealed in your consciences.
*** (1Corinthains 3:11-to-15) For any other foundation can no one lay than the one being laid; Who is Jesus Christ.
(1Cor 3:12) And if anyone builds on this foundation; gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,
(1Cor 3:13) each one's work shall be revealed. For the [Last] Day shall declare it; because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one's work as to what kind it is. [Revelation 20:10-to-15]
(1Cor 3:14) If anyone's work which he built – remains; he shall receive a reward.
(1Cor 3:15) If anyone's work shall be – burned up; he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
*** (James 1:22) Keep on being Doers of the Word; and NOT merely hearers who: “Deceive” themselves.
*** (Ezekiel 2:7) And you shall speak My Words to them; whether they will hear or whether they will forbear; for they are [most] rebellious.
Where do ‘You’ go from here…? That is strictly up to… ‘You!’ God has given each of us a free will! But with the eternal rewards at stake… perhaps a study in the Scriptures…? Thanks for your time and consideration…!
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*** (Hebrews 5:11) We have much to say about this; but it is difficult to explain; – because you have become too lazy to understand.
(Heb 5:12) In fact, though by now you should be teachers; you still need someone to teach you the basic truths; of God's word. You have become people who need milk instead of solid food.
(Heb 5:13) For everyone who lives on milk; is still a baby’ and is inexperienced in the message of righteousness.
(Heb 5:14) But solid food is for mature people; whose minds are trained by practice; to distinguish = good from evil.
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Love; in Christ, Roger / “Psalms 138:2”…!