12-25-22, It’s so wrong for people to pray to Mary.
She knew her Son was the Messiah.
12-25-22, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
THE SAVIOR KING JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN!
During Jesus' six mock trials when He refused to answer the High Priest and Pilate, He had done so because He was representing you and I at the trial for OUR sins. And because we ARE guilty and can offer no defense, Jesus therefore said nothing. Isaiah 53:7; Mark 14:60 Prophecies were fulfilled on Christmas day when Jesus came to earth to die. Isaiah 53:8 The six illegal trials found no fault in Him; He gave up His life ... they couldn't take it! John 10:11
1. Before Annas Matthew 18:12-14
2. Before Caiaphas Matthew 18:19-24
3. Before the Sanhedrin Matthew 27:1-2
4. Before Pilate Matthew 18:28-38
5. Before Herod Luke 23:6-11
6. Before Pilate Luke 18:39-19:16
-- Robert Clifton Robinson, https://robertcliftonrobinson.com/2014/05/10/the-six-illegal-trials-of-jesus/
-- Matthew Henry Commentary, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/john/10.htm
12-24-22, Joseph was obliged by the emperor’s decree;— Where he then dwelt in Judea — Properly so called; unto the city of David, to go to his hometown called Bethlehem — The town where his ancestors had formerly been settled; because he was of the house of David. To be enrolled with Mary — Who also was a descendant of David: his espoused wife. Matthew 1:25 Joseph "knew not" [intimate relations] his wife until Jesus, her firstborn Son was delivered. Being great with child — It seems strange that Mary, in this condition, should undertake so great a journey [appx 80 miles]. Perhaps the order for the census required that the wives, as well as their husbands, should be present. Luke 2:1-6
-- Benson's commentary: -- More here: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/benson/luke/2.htm
The Islamic War on Christmas
12-19-22, The Stream* -- One of the most odious aspects of the so-called War on Christmas is Western appeasement of Muslim sensibilities. Consider recent events in Sweden, where St. Lucia’s Day has been celebrated for centuries. According to Britannica: “The festival begins with a procession led by the St. Lucia designee, who is followed by young girls dressed in white and wearing lighted wreaths on their heads and boys dressed in white pajama-like costume singing traditional songs. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Scandinavia, and it is meant to bring hope and light during the darkest time of the year.” Not anymore. At St Mary’s School it’s been decided that the 40 or so children aged 7 to 10 who will take part in the Lucia procession will do so without the traditional elements of the celebration. The reason? Muslim children dropped out of last year’s celebration because their parents were uncomfortable with the connection and felt excluded in the Christmas celebration [Muslims reject Jesus Christ as God's Son**] … their parents were the ones who chose exclusion.
12-12-22, Corrupt practices are the fruit of corrupt principles. In contempt of the marriage covenant, which God instituted, the Jews put away the wives they had of their own nation taken on strange wives of the heathen. There is an oath of God between husband and wife … Did not God make one Eve for one Adam? People will find that their wrong conduct in their families spring from selfishness and the disregard of the welfare and happiness of others when opposed to their own lusts of the flesh. It is wearisome to God to hear people try to justify themselves in wicked practices. The Lord Jesus' love does not give license for people to continue sinning ... Those who think God can be a friend to sin, affront Him and deceive themselves. Where is the God of judgment? The "Day of the Lord" will come; He proclaimed: "I AM THE LORD, I CHANGE NOT!" Malachi 1:1-12, 2:1-2, 17, 3:6, 4:1; John 3:16; Mark 16:6
-- Matthew Henry, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/malachi/2.htm
12-3-22, Rejoice! Repentant sinners can be saved BECAUSE Jesus Christ was born!
Then He willingly suffered death on the cross, shedding HIS precious blood for all who come to Him in faith. He arose from the dead and is alive forevermore. Hallelujah!
Romans 4:25, 5:8; John 3:16-18; Luke 3:13; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 28:6
12-2-22: We must diligently focus on THE REASON FOR THE SEASON - Christmas shouldn’t be about “Santa” … we’re celebrating the birth of the Savior of the world … KING JESUS CHRIST. John 18:37, 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Revelation 17:14, 19:16 🙏♥️
The Cross is God's Christmas Tree
John 4:23; Luke 2:15-16; Hebrews 1:3
12-24-21, * -- World over smug, overreaching governments think they’re punishing the masses by confining them to home not permitting church attendance on Christmas. However, for most humanity who cherish and worship the Lord at His birth - we'll just celebrate at home!
Biden’s dire prediction for a coming dark winter - he said: “Americans unvaccinated against the Corona virus are looking at a winter of severe illness and death.” However, scientific data shows that 99% of those contracting the Covid virus survive and in Scotland and England official data shows that in six months twice as many people have died due to the Covid-19 vaccines than those people who died in fifteen months of Covid.  So his scare tactic holds no truth and our Christmas enjoyment will go on.
“We worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.” Philippians 3:3
At midnight tonight, comes the celebration of the most beautiful Night on Earth. It’s Christmas 2021 and Christ is King! Millions will be singing: “O Come Let us adore Him” ... ‘O Holy Night’ ... “Fall on Your Knees, O hear the angel voices” in their temporary “churches” for the past two years - at ‘HOME”! Merry Christmas everyone!
Beautiful Christmas music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TdgLS99Nsc
 England & Scotland report here
*Excerpted & adapted full original message from Canada Free Press here
USA Christmas 2021: 'Smash-and-Grab' Christmas?
12-14-21, The videos are shocking: Gangs of criminals swarming into high-end stores like Nordstrom and Louis Vitton and brazenly walking out with thousands of dollars in jewelry, handbags, and luxury goods. It’s all caught on videotape, and often under the watching eyes of store security.
Even more shocking? The person behind that crime could be — you.
Many Americans have been horrified by the surge of “smash and grab” robberies, blaming it on lax laws or local prosecutors who have announced they’re not pressing charges in shoplifting cases.
Organized crime gangs are behind the rash of ‘smash-and-grab’ robberies of luxury stores in California and Illinois. Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, said the gangs are recruiting people for between $500 and $1,000 to steal specific merchandise from stores and then sell it online.
When COVID-19 sent a generation of older Americans home from the mall to shop on their laptops, the criminals were ready to take advantage of their lack of online savvy. However, according to law enforcement experts at the USA-IT summit, illicit trade on the web has become so sophisticated, even experienced online shoppers could be buying stolen or counterfeit Christmas gifts this year and not even know it.
** Importance of Christmas **
Jesus taught love, forgiveness and the world became less violent as women became equal and Christians outlawed slavery Luke 6:27-35
Specific Ways the World Changed After Christ - more here
12-23-21, CanadaFreePress [excerpt] --Rodney Stark argues in The Victory of Reason, “We explore a series of developments in which reason won the day, giving unique shape to Western culture and institutions. The most important of these victories occurred within Christianity. While the other world religions emphasized mystery and intuition, Christianity alone embraced reason and logic as the primary guide to religious truth. The success of the West, including the rise of science, rested entirely on religious foundations, and the people who brought it about were devout Christians.” [..]
All Human Life Became Sacred In the ancient world - like Rome, babies were regularly left outside to die, slaves were wickedly mistreated and entertainment regularly killed people, etc. Christians did more than just condemn child abandonment. They frequently took such human castaways into their homes and adopted them.
Sex Became Sanctified In ancient pagan Rome's popular culture of promiscuity; slavery allowed any man who owned slaves to sexually abuse them, including children. Christianity espoused that sex was a gift of God. So powerful was the Christian doctrine and practice of marriage that Edward Gibbon says, “The dignity of marriage was restored by the Christians. Christianity brought this dignity and honor to marriage.”
Women Became Equal
Jesus’ interaction with women:
1. He performed His first miracle at their urging. John 2:3
2. He defended them in front of Jewish leaders. John 8:11
3. He showed them His love weeping over Mary & Martha’s grief. John 11:35
4. After His resurrection He appeared to them first. John 20:16
After Christianity came to Rome, women’s status began to change. By comparison, currently hundreds of millions of women still lack basic rights in Muslim countries. Writes Schmidt: “One scholar of ancient Rome has aptly said that “the conversion of the Roman world to Christianity brought a great change in woman’s status.”
“The birth of Jesus was the turning point in the history of woman.”
Modern Feminism, Sufragism and equal rights were drawn from John Locke’s books, who was perhaps the most Christian of philosophers, regularly making arguments from Biblical sources. 
Slavery was Abolished: Ancient world was rife with slavery. But it was not until Christianity gained a foothold that a serious strategy was developed to combat it. But Christians were always noted as opposing slavery since Christ brought freedom to all mankind. Christians bought and freed slaves while Christian Roman emperors began to change the law against slavery. In fact, the earliest Americans colonist Puritans were completely opposed to slavery, who were imported from England into the Colonies. -- Alvin J. Schmidt, “How Christianity Changed the World”
 Locke’s Political Philosophy
Israel: Covid Christmas in Jerusalem
12-23-21, NYTimes — There's only a few shopping days left until Christmas, but in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, most of the shops were shuttered. The govt Covid virus mandates have spoiled another Christmas in the Holy Land as Israel’s strict border controls have largely barred foreign tourists from entry, but the traditional Jerusalem Santa is managing to bring some local cheer. [..]
Israel has largely barred foreign visitors since the pandemic first hit in March 2020. After gingerly allowing in test groups, it allowed fully vaccinated tourists in early November. Israelis, travel abroad except to a growing number of countries on a so-called red list. Internal tourism has only partly compensated for the drop in foreign visitors. Official data shows a decrease in monthly hotel occupancy rates in Jerusalem to 30 percent in October 2021, from 76 percent in October 2019 and more ...
“Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” Isaiah 7:14, 11:1, 9:6, 53.3-7
“And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. ... And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:7, 15-20
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." Galatians 4:4-7
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16; Mark 15:24, 37
Some of the names of God:
El (אל): Literally, God, this term usually appears in conjunction with other names of God: El Elyon (“Most High God”), El Shaddai (“God Almighty”), El Olam (“Everlasting God”), El Hai (“Living God”), El Ro’i (“God of Seeing”), El Elohei Israel (“God, the God of Israel”), El Gibbor (“God of Strength”). It is also used as part of proper names, in particular the names of angels.
Elohim (אלהים): The Creator is identified by this name in the first sentence of Genesis. It is unlike the other names of God in the Bible as this name also describes gods of other religions. Despite the -im ending common to many plural nouns in Hebrew, the word Elohim, when referring to God, is grammatically singular, and regularly takes a singular verb in the Hebrew Bible.
Yahweh (יהוה): First appearing in the second chapter of Genesis (2:4), this name of God is referred to as the Tetragrammatron. Some scholars conjecture that it was pronounced “Yahweh“, but some suggest that it never had a pronunciation. In modern Jewish law it is forbidden to pronounce this name, and in prayers it is replaced by the word Adonai (“The Lord”), and in discussion by HaShem (“The Name”).
Shaddai (שַׁדַּי): El Shaddai is conventionally translated as “God Almighty.” According to Exodus 6:2-3, this is the name by which God was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Indeed, God is identified by this name to the patriarchs:
May El Shaddai bless you, make you fertile and numerous, so that you become an assembly of peoples. (Genesis 28:3)
And Hashem said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Be fertile and increase; A nation, yea an assembly of nations, Shall descend from you. Kings shall issue from your loins. (Genesis 35:11)
The God of your father who helps you, And Shaddai who blesses you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that couches below, Blessings of the breast and womb. (Genesis 49:25)
Adonai (אדוני): Literally, ‘my master/lord’, or, more accurately, ‘my masters/lords.’ The singular forms, adon and adoni (“my lord”), are used in the Hebrew Bible as royal titles. As Adonai became the most common reverent substitute for the Tetragrammaton, it too became considered un-erasable due to its holiness. As such, most prayer books avoid spelling out the word Adonai, and instead write two yods (יְיָ) in its place.
El Roi: In the Book of Genesis (16:13), Hagar uses this name for the God who spoke to her through his angel. In Hebrew, her phrase El Roi (אֵל רֳאִי), literally, “God of Seeing Me”.
Shalom: Based on the fact that Gideon names an altar “Adonai Shalom” (Judges 6:24), the Talmud (Shabbat, 10b) states that the word shalom (which means peace, hello and goodbye, derived from the root meaning ‘whole’) is one of the names of God.
Letter to the World From the Savior, Jesus Christ:
As you well know, we are getting closer to My birthday. Every year there is a celebration in My honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated. During this time there are many people shopping for gifts. There are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking about My birthday. It is getting closer and closer.
It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of Me; and as you may know, the celebration of My birthday began many years ago. At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these modern times, very few people seem to know the reason for the celebration.
I remember that last year there was a great feast in My honor. Family, friends and loved ones gathered at their dinner table; it was full of delicious foods, cookies, pastries, and candies. There were beautiful decorations and gifts under a tree. Strangely, although I was the guest of honor and they didn't send Me an invitation. The party was for Me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in My face.
Since I wasn't invited, I decided to enter the party very quietly. I wasn't noticed. They were all drinking; some were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They seem to be having a wonderful time. Then, all of a sudden this jolly fat man dressed in red with a long white beard entered the room yelling, "Ho-Ho-Ho!" All the children were thrilled to see him. They all said, "Santa Claus, Santa Claus" as if the party was in his honor! They sang songs about a reindeer and a snowman, too.
Later they all began to exchange gifts. They opened them one by one and when all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for Me. There was none. I realized that I was unwanted at that party. Most people only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat, and drink, but not Me.
Maybe, this year will be different.
I love you,
The Theology of Christmas
The Apostle Paul said: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:5–11; Isaiah 52:13-15
December 20, 2009, [Excerpt*] -- I read an article written by a leader in the Episcopalian diocese of Los Angeles, who recently appointed a lesbian woman as its leader. And this representative of Episcopalianism wrote this.
“There are few causes to which I am more passionately committed than that of Santa Claus. Santa Claus deserves not just any place in the church, but the highest place of honor, where he should be. [..] Santa Claus indeed deserves the exalted and enthroned place in the church for he is God the Son, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. I’ve seen him in the toy store. I even saw him in his car on the freeway the other day. And when I saw him with his crazy beard and his baggy suit, I saw more than the seasonal merchant of cheap plastic toys, I saw no less than the triune God.” [sic]
Huh? I mean, have you ever heard anything more convoluted than that? [..]
Enough foolish talk about 'Santa.'
Philippians 2:5 is the theology of Christmas. My intention today is to be straightforward and just tell the real story of the birth of Christ and have you make no mistake about its genuine significance.
Christ Jesus, Who, although He existed as the form of God, took the form of a servant. He took the form of a slave and became in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [..]
God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name, which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-12 [more]
Jesus Christ = IS CHRISTMAS
Pastor John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
13248 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
*Full transcript here: https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-354
*Full 45 min video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhbWlk88kEE
Wonderful Traditional Christmas Hymns
Non stop playlist instrumentals about Jesus' birth:
Questions about the Birth of the Savior Jesus Christ:
- How many days did it take Mary and Joseph to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem? about 7 days
- How many days did it take Joseph to take baby Jesus and Mary from Bethlehem to Egypt? about 7 days
- Why did Mary and Joseph go to Egypt? Joseph was told in a dream to flee Bethlehem to the now North African country of Egypt to escape Herod the Great who was slaughtering all boys Jesus' age in and around Bethlehem.
- How long was Jesus in Egypt as a child? In Egypt two years [young child] when the Magi came to worship Him. "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, [not the stable] they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:10-11
- When did Joseph take Mary and Jesus back to Israel? "When Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, "Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life." Isaiah 61:1-11; Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6; Luke 2:39-40; Luke 4:16-30
Keep Christ in CHRISTMAS
12-16-21, Today I was very disappointed to hear the Salvation Army bell ringers at Walmart proclaim:
I had a chat with them ...
"You are the 'SALVATION ARMY' ...
Your organization was founded by Christians.
Jesus Christ, the Savior was born - it's His birthday we celebrate at Christmas.
We do have other holidays Hanukkah and others BUT CHRISTMAS is for Jesus.
You should not be saying, happy holidays.
You should be saying, 'MERRY CHRISTMAS.'
And they did. -- Annette
 The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth, a Methodist minister who began an evangelical ministry in the East End of London in 1865. He established mission stations to feed and house the poor and in 1878 changed the name of his organization to the Salvation Army. The doctrines of the Army include the basic principles common to most Protestant evangelical denominations. William Booth believed that the sacraments of the Roman Catholic church were not necessary for the salvation of the soul - repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus was what is required. Luke 13:3; John 3:16
12-14-21, Although she must have been a wonderful godly girl; she needed a Savior like everyone else and she knew it! Surely she would be very sad to know people pray to her.
"It is very good for those who have the work of grace begun in their souls, to communicate one to another. On Mary's arrival, Elisabeth was conscious of the approach of her who was to be the mother of the great Redeemer. At the same time she was filled with the Holy Ghost, and under his influence declared that Mary and her expected child were most blessed and happy, as peculiarly honored of and dear to the Most High God. Mary, animated by Elisabeth's address, and being also under the influence of the Holy Ghost, broke out into joy, admiration and gratitude. She knew herself to be a sinner who needed a Savior, and that she could no otherwise rejoice in God than as interested in His salvation through the promised Messiah for all who see their need of Christ and are desirous of righteousness and life in Him." Luke 1:39-56; 1 Samuel 2:1-11 -- Matthew Henry's [1700 AD] Commentary
Fox News, Jeff Tobin reported from Mayfield, Kentucky: The F4-5 200 mph wind: 'Tornado was like a giant lawn mower made out of wind!'
Kentucky candle factory Devestated by Tornado
12-12-21, FoxNews -- Mayfield Candle Factory in Kentucky, on 12-10-21, Friday night was flattened while employees worked. About 110 people were believed to be in the factory when the tornado struck only 40 so far have been rescued according to the Journal. Inmates from the Graves County jail were among the workers.
Just So Far Forty of 110 have been rescued from Tornado Attack on Kentucky Candle Company
12-12-21, TheSun -- Kentucky Emergency Management Director, Michael Dossett reports:."This tornado event may surpass the 1974 super outbreak as one of the most deadly in Kentucky's history."
List of actions that ole Joe Biden has made since the 1/20/21 inauguration that most see as destroying the USA. New Survey Show 53% of Registered Voters See Entire Biden Agenda As ‘Big Government Socialism’ ... more here
"Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise Him in the heights. 2Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. 7Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons and all deeps: 10Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl: Praise ye the Lord!" Psalm 148:1-2, 7, 10
Animals In Heaven
(Biblical Proof By Jack Van Impe)
Hour video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_bxLV8vDCM
12-11-21, History tells us the source of today's jolly old 'St Nick' - he was a real person from a town in Turkey. In 280 AD he was known as benefactor of children and a devout Christian. Surely he would grieve that he’s been elevated above the Lord & King Jesus Christ Whose birthday [between 6 & 4 BC] is annually celebrated on December 25; and the true reason for the ‘holiday.’ More here: https://www.biography.com/religious-figure/saint-nicholas
If the worship of the modern day ‘Santa’ didn’t usurp the all knowing Lord Jesus Christ’s birthday – it would be a charming joyful tale. More here: https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/fatherchristmas.shtml
What the US port crisis looks like up close
10-10-21, The disturbance in the shipping industry and the broader crisis in supply chains are showing no signs of abating. ... The shortage of finished goods at retailers is the flip side of stacked containers on ships stranded at sea and crammed on the banks of the river.
Like blocks of toys thrown from the sky, nearly 80,000 shipping containers are stacked in various configurations in Savannah Harbor – 50% more than usual. Steel crates wait for ships to take them to their final destination, or trucks to take them to warehouses that are themselves stuffed onto rafters...
The claimed reason?
Covid virus mandates and lack of workers
9-27-21, LiveFeeds.com -- Dozens of container ships stuck outside of ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California because of shortage of trucks and drivers in the USA to collect goods.
The boats carry everything from clothing, furniture to electronics. Experts point out that delays are a global problem and consumers could suffer delays in their deliveries for the Christmas celebrations.
Over 1,000 Crew Members Are Stranded
10-8-21, ZeroHedge -- "The $14 trillion shipping industry, responsible for 90% of world trade, has left in its wake what appears to be a record number of cargo-ship with crew members still aboard as castaways. Wall Street Journal Report 10/8/21 detailed some of the shocking reorts of tanker crew members left adrift after companies abandoned vessels or sold or transferred them, or couldn't pay mounting debts, while trying to survive oftentimes on little food even while moored close to resort locations in places like Dubai - or in other cases floating off the Suez Canal or at Black Sea ports. [..]
Abandoned seafarers described the ships turned into a "prison" and a "slave ship". Legally they simply aren't allowed off the vessel. In some instances reports of unpaid workers contemplating suicide. Some of them literally face starvation, and in these instances sometimes attract the help of local charities. Currently, there are efforts underway among a handful of large nations - namely China, Indonesia and the Philippines - whose ships make up the bulk of international sea freight traffic, to establish an 'abandonment fund' to help with emergency assistance for stranded crew. However, it could encourage companies to continue shrugging off responsibility, as is still continually happening according to the report.
Supply chain impediments also have an effect on exports, as unloaded containers are sent without being filled with US goods. Delays in container scheduling result in manufacturers having to wait between four and six weeks before loading their goods onto the ship.
Hallelujah! The Savior of the World,
The Lord Jesus Christ
Psalms 72:11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 53:3-7 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Micah 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
The Visit of the Shepherds
Luke 2:15-20 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Luke 1:39-45 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
John 1:9-14 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.
The Visit of the Wise Men
Matthew 2:1-12 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Birth of Savior of the World
Announced to Lowly Shepherds
Joseph went up from the city of Nazareth, into Judaea to Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. While they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered; she brought forth her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Luke 2:4-13; Isaiah 7:10-16; Micah 5:1-6; Matthew 1:18-25
Archives of Reverend Billy Graham: "The first Christmas worship service was conducted not in a temple, a cathedral or a synagogue .... but in the great outdoors. The tidings of Christ's birth echoed in the skies as the angel of the Lord proclaimed the good news to lowly shepherds. And a host of angels sang "Glory to God in the Highest!"
Do you think it strange that this glad word was not first given to priests, scholars or Pharisees? The reason is clear:
God speaks to those who are prepared in their hearts to listen. Apparently these humble shepherds were prepared and therefore, able to discern the voice from Heaven above the noisy din of earth' confusion.
Proverbs 12:4, 18:22, 19:14
GOD'S STRONG DELUSION
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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