Topic: “Christians Aren’t Afraid of the Dark, The Dark is Afraid of Us.”
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The God of Jacob is our refuge.”
’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).
“The Single Person’s Guide to Christmas”
by Cindy Galdal-Ruperto,
Founder and Director OASIS Singles Ministry
Celebrating 22 years of ministry to Single Adults of all ages
Many singles think of Christmas as a family holiday and feel left out. But the story behind our Savior’s birth has much to teach singles and encourage them. God is a planner! Just as He planned each detail of the first Christmas, He has planned each detail of our lives. “Did you know that one third of the Bible is prophetic? Prophecy is God’s revelation of His plans to His children.” 1 No less than 354 prophecies were fulfilled through Jesus.
Our Heavenly Father planned the birth of Christ before the Creation for a very specific purpose. “All who dwell on the earth will worship Him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the ‘Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’” (Rev. 13:8).
Singles often feel lost when their own plans have fallen apart. How comforting it is to know “the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Singles can be well acquainted with rejection; so was Jesus. He came to be the Messiah for the Jews but they didn’t believe He was who He said He was. “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11).
Our desire to be part of a family comes from God. Jesus didn’t come so that we could join a religion; He came so that we could become children of God. Did you know that the whole concept of family began with God Himself? “…I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named (that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name)…” (Eph. 3:14,15).
Christmas is good news for all! Jesus said “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). “The word darkness means gloom, evil, sin, obscurity, night, ignorance, moral depravity. Light equals happiness. Spiritual darkness basically describes everything earthly or demonic that is at enmity with God.”2
Everyone needs to know why Jesus came. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). “Here Jesus declares His intention to recover and restore to man what was the Father’s intent and to break and block the Devil’s intent to hinder our receiving it.”3
But Christ didn’t just come to save us, He came to indwell us. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Christmas means those who receive Christ will never be alone.
And Jesus doesn’t just want to be in your life, He wants to be your life. “When Christ, who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4). That’s worth celebrating every day of the year!