Glorious Fir Tree Lighted at Christmas
"The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious." Isaiah 60:13
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!
Boston University Professor says:
"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.”
India: Christians Arrested For Singing Christmas Carols
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
12-13-17, CBN -- Some students at the Catholic school, Loyola in Chicago IL are complaining that Christmas is receiving too much emphasis. They want other religious holidays like the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr to receive the same amount of attention. Also the University of Tennessee that has warned students that their holiday parties aren't really Christmas parties in disguise.
And some other universities have even banned nativity scenes and images of the crucifixion. More here
Christian Students being marginalized by denying their Christian holiday parties at Univ of Tennessee. The United States as a whole knows that 'Christmas' is about the birth of Christ - it is outrageous to try to diminish that fact!
Links to Eight Messages from 2016
Daily Scripture - 12-7-16
WAR ON CHRISTMAS, Series By: Franklin Graham
Scripture for Today, 12-21-16 - Nativity Series 1: Christmas Joseph & Mary Went to Be Taxed Joseph's Hometown Was Bethlehem 1There 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.) 3And ...
Scripture for Today, 12-22-16 - Nativity Series #2: Christmas Joseph & Mary Walked Seventy Miles to Bethlehem God Came Down Jesus made Himself of no reputation taking upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7  Jesus came in a manger for ...
Scripture for Today, 12-23-16 - Nativity Series #3: Christmas Joseph Believed the Angel Joseph believed the angel who told him of Mary's child and that he was entrusted with the most precious person in all of creation, the very Son of God. The Bible says: Mary was espoused to Joseph, but before ...
Scripture for Today, 12-24-16 - Nativity Series #4: Christmas ~ THE NAIL ~ That first Christmas, earth was oblivious to the significance of a simple birth in a quiet town; but heaven wasn’t. The holy angels waited in anticipation to break forth in praise and worship and adoration ...
Scripture for Today, 12-25-16 - Nativity Series #5 [final]: Bethlehem Stable Messiah Is Born The Birth of Jesus After the virgin Mary and Joseph were aware that Mary was with child by the Holy Ghost and the mother of the Messiah Jesus, they were married. They had to travel ninety miles ...
CHRISTMAS, 12-25-16 - King Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem To Save Mankind From Their Sin Thank You, Lord!
Christmas Song: MARY DID YOU KNOW? - Singing Contractors Have Fabulous Voices! 4 minute video You won't be disappointed: Video
Salvation? Luke 13:3; Titus 2:13, Revelation 19:11
1-24-20, Another historical act by this PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP - personally speaks at the Washington DC annual 'March for Life.' There was a time in Pres Trump's past when he was uninformed and supported 'a woman's right to choose' killing her child. But then he became educated on this issue and now supports the 'CHILD'S right to LIVE!'
Sixteen min video here
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