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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Why I Celebrate Jesus' birthday on December 25th.




Does it really matter on which day you celebrate Christ's birthday? Seriously, think about what you are saying if you say "yes." But, before you make your decision, read this passage of scripture.

Romans 14:1-10 (HCSB) Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about doubtful issues. One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables. One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him. Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand. One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God.  

So, does it matter which day Christmas is on? No! Does it matter that someone over a thousand years ago decided to celebrate Christ's birth on the day that the heathen peoples celebrated a satanic deity? Maybe, if anything, it exposed the fake Christians that still worshiped their old gods. But this is predicated on the idea that this is the reason we celebrate Christmas on December 25th.

It may come as a surprise to you, but using facts found in the Bible, and in early church history, you can come to two different time frames for Christ's birth, and December 25th fits very well in one of those!

One of the supposed evidences against the 25 of December is that Zacharias was in the course of Abijah. It turns out that the course of Abijah falls on two different dates in the same year!  Specifically, the 10th week of the year and the 34th week of the year!

Using the 34th week of the year as the base for the conception of John the Baptist, Jesus is then conceived in late March or early April and born in late December or early January.

Now, the following link makes a very interesting point! Early Jewish writers state that the shepherds were in the fields year-round, but that they came even closer to town during lambing season, which happens to fall from November to March! What makes this article particularly interesting is that it points out that these shepherds near Bethlehem were Levitical shepherds that were watching the lambs that were meant to be sacrifices!

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Christmas/christmas.html 

Furthermore, Hippolytus (who lived before the Catholic church was started) also stated that December 25th was Jesus's birthday! He used Math to make his point.

http://chronicon.net/blog/chronology/hippolytus-and-the-original-date-of-christmas/

Here is something for those of yal who like Clement of Alexandria because he backs your opinion of a woman needing to veiled. He also believed that Jesus was born in late December!

http://chronicon.net/blog/hippolytus/clement-of-alexandria-and-the-original-date-of-christmas-as-december-25th/

I also understand that there was also a tradition in the Early Church that martyrs died on the 3 month anniversary of their birth.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Oh say can you see!

To be sung with same tune as the Star Spangled Banner.

Oh, say can you see!

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
Who so gladly we hailed two thousand years ago?
Whose many stripes and scars kept us through the ages,
As we resisted earthly and demonic harassments?
The satanic arrows, the billowing clouds of confusion,
Could not hide the fact that the Holy Spirit was still at work.
Oh, say does that promise in scripture still stand
For those who wait for the promised return?

On our knees, dimly seeing through the mirror of life,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread anger assails us.
What is that which the clouds, o’er the morning sky,
Wisp as along, trying to conceal, but failing?
Now my eye sees the great sight,  the clouds
and the sky, are torn asunder and a mighty sound is heard!
‘Tis the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior! Oh long He will stay
In the land of the redeemed and the home of the steadfast!

And where is that band who so tauntingly swore
With cunning of buffeting and discouragement
That a place in the Kingdom for us, nevermore.
Chains and eternal torment eliminated polluting clamoring.
No pleas could save the atheist and denier
From the terror and pain of eternal torment.
On the mount of Olives, Jesus Christ in triumph does stand
In the land of the redeemed and the home of the steadfast!

Oh, let it be only a short time, when righteous men shall stand
Between their heavenly mansion and Satan’s short deception
Blessed with victory and peace, may the redeemed
Praise the Savior, giver of mansions in the Kingdom!
Then worship God we must, as we have pledged,
And this be our motto: “To God be the glory, forever, amen”
Christ, in triumph shall rule,
In the land of the redeemed and the home of the steadfast!

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Merry Christmas folks! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Angels unaware

Seasonal Felicitations! 

I keep trying to write this evening, but nothing voluminous seems to come. I think I am probably "papered out" due to all the papers I have written over the past few weeks. So, this week I will leave you with some scripture to mull over.

Remember what Paul says, in Hebrews 13:1-3, in regards to interacting with those you do not know. 
"1 Let brotherly love continue. Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily."

And while you are at it, remember this passage, especially the part that is in bold. When I read this passage a few days ago in my devotions, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Luke 16:8-12. 
“The master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted astutely. For the sons of this age are more astute than the sons of light in dealing with their own people. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of the unrighteous money so that when it fails, they may welcome you into eternal dwellings. 10 Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11 So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own?"

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thankfulness

In the spirit of the season this post will talk about what I am thankful for.

1. I am thankful that Jesus paid the redemption price for my soul.

2. I am thankful that He regenerated me.

3. I am thankful that the process of sanctification is a continual process.

4. I am thankful for the Mercy of God and of my Family.

5. I am thankful for the friends that I have made over the years.

6. I am thankful that folks are willing to accept me even though I have Asperger's.

7. I am thankful that God has never allowed my family to go hungry, even though we were dirt poor at many times!

8. I am thankful for the leading of the Holy Spirit.

9. I am thankful that Liberty University has given me an almost completely tuition free ride!

10. I am thankful that in 2007 a certain previous employer reached out to me and offered me job and a place to stay, even though this employer thought evil of me and only took me in to change the supposed evil.

11. I am thankful that the employer did not toss me overboard when I stood up to the employer's accusations and hovering.

12. I am thankful that Mark Zuckerburg created Facebook, the site has helped me find distant relatives that are in my book.

13. I am thankful that God has given me the ability to write so that I can express myself! As a youngster it was amazing if I could put two sentences together.

14. I am thankful that God has led me to my current church, Calvary Chapel. These folks are on fire for the Lord!

15. I am thankful that God led me to Liberty University.

16. I am thankful that the people at Liberty accept strange folks like me.

17. I am thankful for the Conservative Mennonite friends who encourage me to keep looking to the lord.

18. I am thankful to the people who read my blog. It means more than you can imagine! (I will write more on this in a few weeks.)

19. I am thankful that God has given me the ability to remember things without the need for repetitive study.

20. I am thankful that God has led men to create such an interesting book call the Bible; a book that has more crazy historical stories than a modern day writer could dream up.

21. I am thankful that God has shown me several occupations that I can do!

22. I am thankful for the website and forum known as Wrong Planet. It was at this site I learned the things I needed to do in order to reduce the effects of my Asperger's. ( wrongplanet.net )

23. I am thankful that there are people who tell me they want a copy of my genealogy book when it comes out.

24. I am thankful that God has given me the ability to be active, even though my feet are misshapen.

25. I am thankful that God has given us Heaven to look forwards to.

26. I am thankful for my current lodgings and the people I rent from.

27. I am thankful that I can eat so many things as so many of my fellow Aspies have many more allergies.

28. I am thankful that God has given us variations in the seasons.

29. I am thankful that as Christians our kingdom loyalties are not bound to any one earthly kingdom as our identity is not bound to a specific location.

30. I am thankful that my ancestor's were led to come to this nation, but that we can still leave if we want to do so.
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