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Merry Christmas

   Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

Our culture has so blurred the celebration of Christmas in America that most Christians have forgotten how to celebrate the birth of Christ.  Let’s refocus on the main point: Christmas is a Christian holy day where God’s people celebrate God becoming man.  If Christians celebrate just like non-Christians, it proves we really don’t know what we’re celebrating.

Christmas is about the key to life being delivered to a suffering planet.  It is about the light shining into the darkness and delivering it.  It is about the coming of a deliverer who frees captives from a hopeless spiral of destruction.  It about God with us, actually living on the inside, giving continual guidance and direction for the lost.  It is about God giving us humans spiritual languages to communicate directly with Him.

There’s no comparing Jesus and Santa; they just don’t go together. I’m going to get back to the basics this next year.  Would you join me?

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5 comments so far

ZEAL
 1 

Ah, yes, holy day… the derivative of holiday. That was yet another item omitted from my early education. I, as you, will make this Christmas about my Savior more than ever… and hopefully will more so every year I celebrate this Holy Day.

December 23rd, 2006 at 1:04 am
 2 

I’m struggling with Christmas…

Mary’s Boy Child, a song written in 1978, the year I was born, says: “And man will live forevermore, because of Christmas day.”

I can have eternal life by identifying with Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, not by believing in Jesus’ birth.

Don’t get me wrong, I rejoice that Christ was born, I celebrate Christmas, but his birth pales in comparison to his work on the cross!

I think the reason I’m struggling is because I have somehow given more weight to Christmas than to Easter, and I can have salvation without ever even knowing about Jesus’ birth, but not without Easter!

How did I get so turned around?

December 23rd, 2006 at 2:04 am
toddhelmkamp
 3 

@Joe: Santa sells more than the Easter Bunny. That’s how we got turned around.

Excellent post, Pastor Diehl.

December 23rd, 2006 at 9:57 am
 4 

“Santa sells more than the Easter Bunny. That’s how we got turned around.”

Does it scare anyone else that our consumerism has allowed to loose sight of what’s really important?

December 23rd, 2006 at 10:52 am
toddhelmkamp
 5 

I hope everyone realizes that I’m not saying that consumerism is good.

December 27th, 2006 at 9:36 am

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