“It is Finished!”
US Senators Sanders & Warren Wants Israel's US Aid to Go to the Gaza Islamic Terrorists
11-1-19, JewishJournal -- In recent days, US Sens Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana all have proclaimed their desire to use American aid of $3.8 billion annually in military assistance to the Jewish state of Israel to force policy changes by Israel. Sanders led the charge when he told the annual conference of the liberal ...
... Mideast policy group J Street earlier this week that he would tell Israel "it must fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza” if it wants continued U.S. military support. He also said some of that money should go toward humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza that's controlled by Islamic terror group Hamas. Warren has been less specific, but she told J Street that if Israel proceeds with moves to annex parts of the West Bank, the United States “should make it clear that none of our aid should be used to support annexation.”
"Fredo" Cuomo CNN star Admits: Joe Biden Engaged in Quid Pro Quo With Ukraine
9-26-19, FixThisNation -- In an admission he probably wishes he could take back, CNN host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo acknowledged that former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine when he threatened to withhold U.S. aid unless the nation’s leadership fired a prosecutor in charge of investigating the Burisma gas company his son, Hunter Biden worked for. In 2018 Joe bragged on camera - See video here
Joe Biden Implicated Barack Obama in Ukraine Quid Pro Quo
9-24-19, PJMedia -- Obama has not been shy when it comes to criticizing his successor, but he's been MIA when it comes to defending his former vice president, Joe Biden. This Ukraine business is another matter entirely. Obama should be out there because his own vice president has been accused of a quid pro quo. Obama may want to be neutral in the 2020 Democrat primary, but his administration has a fresh quid pro quo allegation and Obama remains tight-lipped about it. Biden can't seem to handle this scandal alone; recently he outright lied about whether he discussed his son Hunter Biden's business dealings with Ukraine.
Only Jesus Christ Can Save Mankind
"Incognito" -- God With Human Eyes
Partridge in Pear Tree?
"This is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God Whom You have sent." John 17:3; John 3:18, 36
The Song: 'TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS'
What was the partridge doing in the pear tree? The song was a rhyme to instruct children in the Catholic or Christian faith during the Reformation of God. Rev Mark Lawson Jones suggests in his book:
- One partridge – Jesus
- Two turtle doves – the Old and New Testaments
- Three French hens – faith, hope and charity
- Four calling birds – the four Gospels
- Five gold rings – the Pentateuch
- Six geese a-laying – the six days of creation
- Seven swans a-swimming – the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Eight maids a-milking – the Beatitudes
- Nine ladies dancing – the nine fruits of the Spirit in Galatians
- Ten lords a-leaping – the Ten Commandments
- Eleven pipers piping – the 11 faithful apostles
- Twelve drummers drumming – the 12 tribes of Israel
God Came Down Series
#5 Timing of Jesus Birth
“When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” – Apostle Paul
12-24-18, The Messiah, King Jesus Christ was born during the height of the Roman Empire. Unlike previous empires, the Romans built roads from one end of its vast territory to the other. This made spreading the good news of salvation throughout the civilized world happen in only a few decades; it couldn't have been done if the Lord Jesus had come earlier.
Do you think it strange that the first Christmas was not proclaimed to the high and mighty leaders of the world? God’s reason is clear that He speaks to those who are prepared to listen. Apparently the humble shepherds were prepared and able to discern the voice from Heaven above the din of earth’s confusion. Mark 4:9; Matthew 11:15; Luke 2:8
One glaring point ... it wasn't winter; the shepherds wouldn't have been watching their sheep in winter. Although the Bible doesn’t give an exact date (day, month and year); the date of His birth is not needed for salvation [Luke 13:3; Galatians 5:24; 2 Timothy 3:15]. For those devout born again believers who refuse to celebrate the traditional ‘Christmas’ because the date may be incorrect … I feel sorry for them. We want to celebrate the Lord’s birth and any date is a good date.
Christmas song: "MARY DID YOU KNOW?"
-- Zara Larsson, here
One Solitary Life
Author Dr. James Allan Francis of Nova Scotia, Canada. Pastor at age twenty-one and served in ministry for the remainder of his life. His first pastorate was in New York City at the Riverside Baptist Church, and in 1914 after served in Los Angeles CA. 'One Solitary Life' originated as part of a sermon that he delivered on July 11, 1926 to the Baptist Young People’s Union at a Los Angeles Convention. More here
God Came Down to Save Mankind
Mary Knew Her Son, Jesus, Was HER Savior
Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior."
12-22-18, The Holy Bible clearly states that all men have sinned, including the virgin Mary, the mother of the Messiah and Lord Jesus Christ. All of us have fallen short of the glory of God [Romans 3:23] and death spread to all men [Romans 5:12]. Jesus came to save us from our sin and when Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth, she said:
"My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. 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 forever." Luke 1:47-48, 49-50, 51-52, 53-55
Scriptures categorically state that the Lord Jesus’ human family consisted of many children. His mother, Mary can never be considered ‘immaculate’ as the Roman Catholic Church proclaims her a perpetual virgin. Mary & Joseph's children; Jesus’ half brethren: James, Joseph, Simon, Judas [not Iscariot] and at least two unnamed sisters. Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3; Jude 1:1
God Came Down to Save Mankind
Series #3, Arrival in Bethlehem
"Mary 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."
12-21-18, After Joseph and Mary traveled by foot and donkey from Nazareth to the city of Bethlehem, they found all inns were over crowded and no room for them as so many other people were there for the registration and paying their tax.
However, one inn keeper offered them the only accommodations he had ... his stable. At the same time, there were shepherds watching their sheep in the field when angels appeared in the heavens singing and praising God. They were told:
"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. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will toward men." Luke 2:10-11, 13-14
God Came Down to Save Mankind
Series #2, Joseph took his wife, Mary to Bethlehem
There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. So everyone had to go his own city. So Joseph went up from Galilee with Mary his espoused wife being great with child. They went out of the city of Nazareth to be taxed, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
12-20-18, Joseph's hometown was Bethlehem so because the Emperor aka Caesar Agustus declared all the people had to go register and be taxed, Joseph took his very pregnant wife, Mary with him to Bethlehem. (Isaiah 7:10-16; Micah 5:1-6; Matthew 1:18-25)
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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Traditional Instrumental Hymns of
the Savior Jesus Christ's Birth
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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.
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