Only Jesus Christ Can Save Mankind
How many days did they walk? What's the distance between Nazareth and Bethlehem?
Since 1967 Three Hundred Year Old Italian Nativity Scene Annually Displayed at USA White House
12-19-18, The liberal, leftist God haters don't like it, nevertheless the traditional 'Nativity Scene' of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ has annually been displayed at the USA White House since Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson's days in 1967.
The display was a gift to the White House from philanthropist and collector Mrs. Charles W. Englehard, a founding member of First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s committee to restore the aging White House. Mrs. Kennedy’s successor, "Lady Bird" Johnson, asked Mrs. Englehard to find an appropriate manger of Jesus' birth for the White House Christmas collection.
After scouring Europe, Mrs Englehard found the eighteenth century Neapolitan Creche through the Christmas Crib Association of Italy.
The set contains: 22 wooden figures that has a backdrop of wood and terracotta. They are ornately dressed and the Three Wise Men ride horses instead of camels.The Baby Jesus is crowned. More here
God Came Down to Save Mankind
Series #1, Angel Appeared to Mary & Joseph
"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: Jesus made Himself of no reputation taking
upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men."
12-18-18, The anti-God world has failed in its attempt to remove the Lord Jesus Christ from the annual CHRISTMAS holiday when mankind celebrates His birth.
The historical facts begin when the Angel Gabriel went to the virgin Mary in the town of Nazareth. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph of the house of David. Gabriel told her she was blessed, highly favored; the Lord was with her and not to fear. Mary was troubled about his salutation and message.
Gabriel told her she would become pregnant and bring forth the Son of the Highest, He shall have the throne of David, reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom shall have no end and shall name Him Jesus.
Mary questioned how it was possible as she was a virgin never being with a man. Gabriel told her the power of Holy Ghost would overshadow her and her son would be called the Son of God. Luke1:26-35
Joseph married Mary and did not ‘know’ her until she brought forth her first born son, Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25
"Mary Did You Know?"
"My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy; As He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His seed for ever." Luke 1:47-48, 49-50, 51-52, 53-55
11-25-2014, * -- Millions of Christians around the world soon will be celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. In many places, like ancient Bethlehem where Jesus was born, commemorating the birth of the Savior is still the main focus. Unfortunately, the United States has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred and true history of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas.
Stores, schools and communities across America continue to find new and intolerant reasons to remove any religious references to Christmas, stripping it of any holy or historical significance. Christian songs, prayers and other spiritually vital connections to the birth of Christ are deleted or diminished.
The root and core, of the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas at all—it’s about the Son of God; it’s a war on Christ and His followers. It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
When Christ appeared in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, to shepherds in the Judean darkness, the angels announced His birth with these stunning words: “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Jesus was fully God Who took on human flesh for one reason—to die for our sins, (John 3:18, 36, 17:3). He fulfilled that mission three decades later when He hung on a cross in Jerusalem, was buried, rose again and ascended into Heaven. When Christ returns—His second Coming—it will be entirely different. He’ll come with power and glory as a conquering King who will cast Satan and unbelievers into an eternal lake of fire. (Revelation 19:11; 20:10, 14-15)
We praise Him that He came to earth 2,000 years ago on a rescue mission; to snatch us from sin and the grave. (Psalm 30:3; Matthew 1:21) The war on Christmas—the war on Christ—is doomed to fail. Christ came the first time as a helpless babe but He is coming a second time to establish His kingdom forever under His righteous reign.
"In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow after their own ungodly desires." Jude 1:18
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Rev Franklin Graham here https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/december-2014/the-war-on-christmas-is-a-war-on-christ/
History of Santa Claus
The Savior: "Born of a Virgin" 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."
The Savior: "Born in Bethlehem" 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."
The Savior: "Rule the Nations" Psalms 72:11; Isaiah 9:6
"May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve Him! v6 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." More here
"Little baby on the hay,
Soon there'll be another day
When nails shall pierce Your hands and feet As You provide our sin's defeat.
Risen Jesus on the throne
We life our praise to You alone
For Your're the Gift that we receive
The moment that our hearts believe."
-- Roy Lessin
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 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.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
12-25-17, PASTOR JD FARAG CHRISTMAS Message
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A Christmas Letter
Hello dear friends,
Well, as you know, it's time for My birthday again [Isaiah 7:14, 9:6]. Last year, they had a really big party for Me and it seems like they will again this year. After all, they've been shopping and preparing for it for months now, and there have been announcements and advertisements almost everyday about how soon it's coming! They really do go overboard about it, but it's nice to know that at least on one day of the year some people are thinking a little about Me.
It's been many centuries now since they first started celebrating My birthday. Back then they realized and appreciate it was My birthday [Micah 5:2]. Nowadays, the celebration has excluded Me. Imagine!
It's happened so often in recent years, I'm no longer surprised. The celebrations today have people drinking, laughing and having a grand time. Their guest of honor is this fat fellow in a bright red suit, wearing a phony white beard and shouting, "Ho Ho Ho!" When he arrives everyone cheers. All the precious children seem to love him calling him "Santa!"
Sad to say, things are getting worse each year. You can just imagine My shock when they took My name out of My birthday replacing it with an X. What an insult - X-mas! [Luke 2:7] They greet each other with 'Happy Holidays!' What holiday? [Matthew 2:1-12; John 1:9-14]
Not to be depressed, because it won’t be long until we celebrate My party [Revelation 1:7]! It's going to be the biggest most fantastic feast you could possibly imagine! It might not happen this year, but I'm sending out invitations anyway, because I know you'll want to come.
There's going to be room for billions [Matthew 24:31-33] of My faithful children! Some really famous old timers and celebrities are going to be there and I'll reserve your seat of honor with them! (Matthew 8:11) So hold on to your hat because when everything is ready, I'm going to spring it as a big surprise and a lot of people are going to be left out, because they didn't answer My invitation. [Matthew 24:40]
Let me know right away if you'd like to come and I'll write your name in large golden letters in My big 'reservation' book. [Revelation 3:5, 20:15]
Much Love, JESUS
The Saviour of all Mankind
Glorious Fir Tree Lighted at Christmas
Christmas trees seem to have their origins in the ancient celebrations of Saturnalia. The Romans decorated their temples with greenery and candles. Roman soldiers conquering the British Isles found Druids who worshiped mistletoe and Saxons who used holly and ivy in religious ceremonies. All those things found their way into Christmas customs.
Possibly, in appx 1520 AD, the first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been German Christian preacher, Martin Luther. Reportedly, one night before Christmas, Martin was walking through the forest looking up at the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. He cited Isaiah 60:13 as biblical authority for the practice.
Wonderful joyful tradition, thank you, brother Luther!
"Jingle Bells' rooted in racism"
12-14-17, Fox News -- “Jingle Bells,” one of the most well-known Christmas carols in the world, is now being called racist. Ms Kyna Hamill, a BU theater historian, wrote in a research paper on the story of “Jingle Bells.”
12-16-17, Baltimore Sun -- Six carol singers in India have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh after a man accused them of trying to convert him to Christianity. A professor at a Catholic theological college was among those arrested.
American Universities Intolerance of Christians
And some other universities have even banned nativity scenes and images of the crucifixion. More here
Links to Eight Messages from 2016
WAR ON CHRISTMAS, Series By: Franklin Graham
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