Written by Joyce C. Lock

Ifrepparttar Lord's return is a bit different than we thought (flying out of here inrepparttar 126903 literal isn't exactly what He meant) we would be ashamed for Him to return at Christmas; seeing us celebrate His birthrepparttar 126904 same way pagans do. Christmas would/should never berepparttar 126905 same again.

When we consider giving gifts of love, do we think of pretty packages to go underrepparttar 126906 tree or do we consider what Jesus would give; things like sharingrepparttar 126907 gift of salvation, meeting a need ofrepparttar 126908 heart, reaching lost sheep? And, didn't He say that there would always be poor among us?

So, if it is Jesus' birth we're celebrating, shouldn't our gifts be to Jesus or on behalf of Jesus? If such a needed gift would come in a package, so be it. But, with Jesus present, there would never be a Christmas gathering to show off ‘our’ service.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But withrepparttar 126909 precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19

It was God who first showed me how He felt aboutrepparttar 126910 way we celebrate Christmas when I attended a church Christmas program wherein Santa was welcomed, but there was no mention of Jesus. My stomach ached and churned, and, soon, I thought I was going to puke ... feeling literally ill from head to toe.

Counting Them Happy

Written by Joyce C. Lock

"Take ...repparttar ... prophets for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience ... we count them happy which endure," Ja. 5 10-11.

Satan has used this passage to rob us of a victorious life. Any happiness you see is likely just a cover.

It is often thought we're to patiently endure whatever horrible things that come our way, to be victims of our circumstance. The only blessings we expect to see are inrepparttar 126902 life to come.

Occasionally, I've heard well intended Christians say, "We're never going to get throughrepparttar 126903 trials of this life until we get to Heaven."

I have this urge to respond, "Don't say that! IT ISN'T TRUE!" But, I also understand that they wouldn't say it except they don't know.

The prophets weren't victims. They suffered more because they went through allrepparttar 126904 issues ofrepparttar 126905 inner man so they could come back and teachrepparttar 126906 people how to overcome. And, they did so holding on torepparttar 126907 promises of God!

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