’Tis the Season to Defend our Faith
1. Christmas is not just a holiday it is a holy day. “…they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, ‘God is with us’” (Matt 1:23).
2. The birth of Christ is not just a belief; it is an historical fact which split history in two between B.C. and A.D.—before Christ and after Christ.
3. An often overlooked yet significant moment in the Christmas story speaks volumes for the current pro-life debate. “…When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41).
4. Many religions such as Islam and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is special but deny that He is God in flesh. They believe He was born through the virgin Mary. The Bible is clear about who Jesus is: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
Enjoy attending the Christmas Service at your church this year even if you attend by yourself! It’s a gathering of sons and daughters celebrating their adoption into their heavenly Father’s family. No longer are we to think or live like orphans with an orphan mentality. Ephesians 1:5: “God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”
Receive the gift of God’s love anew this Christmas season. Charles Stanley defines love as a “sacrificial commitment to the peace, security, joy and development of another person. Since God’s love for you is perfect, you can be sure that He is with you forever—leading you in the way that’s best and providing everything you need.”4
Don’t just celebrate the first coming of Christ, look forward to His second coming!
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:11-16).
1 What the Bible is All About, H. Mears, page 210, new at Amazon.com or used at Abebooks.com.
2, 3 The Spirit Filled Life Bible, pages 1599, 1593, new at Amazon.com or used at Thriftbooks.com.
4 The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, page 934, new at Amazon.com or used at Thriftbooks.com.
Enjoy the devotional 25 Days of Advent by Dr. Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner, used at Abebooks.com. Enjoy free teaching: Lifetime Guarantee Ministries (YouTube). FreenHim.org (Addiction Webinars).