LINKS TO CHRISTMAS CHEER AND CHRISTMAS CONTROVERSY: UPDATE 3

Christmas 1914 (re-post from 2014) links to a story from World War I. The story illustrates the how sin enslaves us. World War I was trench warfare. There was nothing glorious about it. The soldiers on the frontlines wanted it to stop, but until millions of them had died that was not to be.

Merry Christmas links to the Christmas Story in Luke.

May your days be merry and bright links to Christmas humor.

One Solitary Life – Jesus of Nazareth links to President Ronald Reagan reading to children.

Is Christ Mass Pagan? links to that yearly question? Check out the comment I left on Sherry’s post.

The Thrilling Reversal of Christmas links to the reblog of a reformation21 post.

Why Shepherds? links to an examination of a curiosity. God honors the lowly.

SUNG BY A CHILD: “O HOLY NIGHT” links to some beautiful music.

ZEUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN! — REBLOGGED is something I reblogged earlier. John Branyan thrives on controversy but is he right?

Update 1

THE SEASON OF GOD’S WRATH links to another post by John Branyan. It is an oddity in this era. Fire breathing preachers are unusual in a time that focuses upon God’s love. Not something we would expect from a comedian. Nevertheless, we have to wonder why Jesus was born to die crucified in extraordinary pain. Why did Jesus die for me?

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS links to a painting and poem.

Update 2

This Sunday at Church: Talk to a Youth about the Incarnation links to a post with good advice. Use Christmas as a teaching moment. Many get caught up in the fact that Pagans constantly try to turn Christmas into a Pagan holiday. That is no reason to damn Christmas. The Bible tells us to rejoice in all things. All things would most certainly include the birth of our Savior.

The solution for instruction in bad doctrine is to do our best to teach good doctrine. If we stand for nothing, then we have no support to stand against anything.

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” ~An Angel links to the Christmas story in Luke with thoughtful commentary. Are you afraid?

Merry Christmas! For Unto Us A Child Is Born! links to beautiful choir music.

Musical Interlude For Christmas Day — And Beyond links to lots of beautiful music.

O tidings of comfort and joy…Merry Christmas gives us the opportunity to contemplate the verses of an old song.

Merry Christmas! links to still more beautiful music.

MERRY CHRISTMAS reminds us to pray for those who go into harm’s way for our sake.

Update 3

Christmas Notes links to a 1968 show that Baby Boomers, in particular, ought to enjoy.

COME, LET US ADORE HIM reminds us to be kind to those seeking hope, that we all need Christ Jesus.

Grieving God in This Way determinedly portrays the celebration of Christmas as idol worship. The complaint reminds me of something Jesus said to the Pharisees.

Matthew 23:23-24 New American Standard Bible

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the Law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Is the celebration of Christmas something our Lord detests? I suspect He considers it weirdly inappropriate that so many of us celebrate Christmas with greater intensity than we celebrate Easter. It is also obvious that many people celebrate the season instead of the birth of Jesus. Just the same, many do in fact use the occasion to worship our Lord and Savior. Therefore, when most of the people of this country are largely ignorant of the Bible, a legalistic damnation of Christmas is too much like straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel (See What does it mean to strain at a gnat but swallow a camel?).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Jesus is fully God and has no birthday, but He is fully man and does (though God has not told us the day). When someone celebrates Jesus’ birth imitating the heathen in celebrating their sun god’s birth, which God hates, Deut. 12, they are only celebrating the full man of Jesus and denying He is fully God. And they put Him in the class of these heathen gods, which are no gods. Think about it, please.

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