What Shall I Give For Christmas

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It seems there is a holiday around the corner every time I turn around. Here we are, one year later, and it is Christmas once again. I bet you have some, if not all, of your present shopping done by now. The gifts are all wrapped and possibly even mailed to far away family and friends. You worked hard to get that right gift to the right person. Now you and your family are all eager to open those gifts and find out what you received.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) God gave you a very important gift; His Son. Jesus gave you another gift; His life to save your soul. In the hustle and bustle of shopping for family and friends we forget this gift. Some of us have even went as far as trying to erase the whole historical event.

There is one more issue I would like to discuss. We all like to get presents on our birthday. How many of us give gifts on our birthday? Here we are, every 25th of December, celebrating the birthday of Jesus and we are the ones exchanging presents to each other. When, during the whole day, do we give a gift to Jesus?

Jesus Christ does not want high-tech toys and gadgets. He does not want money or jewels. He does not even want shoes, clothing, food, shelter, or safety. All Jesus wants on His birthday and everyday is for you to believe that our Savior was born, taught, and died for us all. He saved us from sin. If you are already a believer then give Him your body, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1) Offer God and Jesus your heart, love, worship, service, and your soul. “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)

When you give that gift to a loved one let it represent the gift God gave you. Concentrate more on the real reason for Christmas. Commemorate God’s greatest gift to mankind, His Son Jesus Christ. God keeps giving to you everyday so make this Christmas and others Christmases to follow an opportunity to point others to the Savior Jesus Christ.

Read: Isaish 7:14; Isaish 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18-24; Matthew 2:1-15; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-14; John 3:13-21

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I Have Faith

I love God, Jesus Christ, & the Holy Spirit. I am proud to say that.

Trash Talk

You were created in God‘s own image, and whenever you consider yourself dumb, ugly, fat, unloved, etc., you are actually considering something that God made as being fat, ugly, dumb, unloved, etc.

We are like the little branch that quivers dur...

We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree – deeply rooted to withstand all life’s upheavals (Photo credit: symphony of love)

Take out this negative appraisal of yourself and replace it with God’s view of you, expressed in His love, forgiveness, and acceptance. For all the negative things we have to say about ourselves, God has positive answers. When you feel:

  • …you can not manage, God will supply all your needs, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
  • …it is impossible, Jesus says all things are possible: “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) & “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) & “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, 
and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • …afraid, God has not given you a spirit of fear, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • …worried and frustrated, God says to cast all your cares on him, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7) 
& “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” (Psalm 94:19)
  • …too tired to go on, God will give you rest, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 
& “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, 
I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15) & “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • …you are not smart enough, God gives you wisdom, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • …alone, God says He will never leave you or forsake you, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;
 never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
  • …no one loves you, God loves you: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) & “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.” (John 3:34)
  • …you can not forgive yourself, God and Jesus Christ has already forgiven you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) & “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1)

Be thankful, and appreciate the person who God has made in you. Change your thinking to positive healthy talk.

  • “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
  • “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalms 139:14)
  • “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

Friends with Homosexual People

Let me get this out before we begin. Opinions very greatly on homosexuality with some saying it is genetics and others say it is a choice. In my opinion, based on scriptures in the Christian Holy Bible, I believe homosexuality is a sin. There, I said it. You may hate me, love me, or understand me by the end of this article.

Friendship

Friendship (Photo credit: Iguanasan)

 

Here are the Bible verses I am talking about where it is strongly condemned:

Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. (Leviticus 18:22)
If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. (Leviticus 20:13)

While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.” (Judges 19:22)

There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. (1 Kings 14:24)

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. (Romans 1:24-28)

Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:32)

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:10)

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4)

In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)

I think homosexuality is a sin but that does not mean I should not like homosexuals or treat them any different because of it. I am not going to go out and shout hateful words at them, bully them, or beat them up. I have committed lots of sins, should you hate me or should you respect me as a person? ALL people have sin in their lives “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) but that doesn’t mean they are less worth to God.

I do not hate or dislike homosexuals? Nope. They are human just as I am human. Some are nice and friendly others I do not care for just as I do not like all heterosexuals I meet. There are even some fanatic Christians or so called Christians in name only I do not like. I would be truthful in a gentle and respectful way about how I feel towards homosexuality. Being friends with a homosexual does not mean accepting homosexual practices. I show homosexuals the same love (not romantic love, but true love) and respect that Christ would show them.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)

Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. (John 15:12-14)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:(Phillippians 2:3-5)

God loves the people He makes. God made us so that he could love us. God loves gays, lesbians, bisexuals as He loves us all.
Because He loves us, God made a plan to bring the rebellious human race to Heaven one day.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

That is my opinion. I will keep my faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit and still be friends with whom I like. 

The Failing of America

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” (Preamble of the United States Constitution)

American Flag Burning

American Flag Burning

All citizens of the United States of America are in authority. We are to strive to make everything in this country as perfect as possible. We are to be fair to all. We are to have peace throughout our land. Everyone is entitled to protection and we are to care for anyone of our US citizens that are in need. The United States citizens are to make sure freedom and fairness continues for ourselves and for our children and they the same for their children and so on.

We need to become an isolated country, except to our most loyal and faithful allies, and concentrate on getting our country back on track and a better place for us and our future generations. Feed our own people, get our citizens back to work, care for our own families, fix our infrastructures, develop new inventions that will make our country strong, defend the US citizens and our own boarders, get corruption out of our own governments (local, state, and federal), use American money to bolster America. Once we have become a beacon of a country once again then we start helping one other nation at a time.

It is a plan and I do not think anything we are doing now is working except making other countries hate the US and using up America’s resources and money. I am afraid America is on the path to becoming the country mentioned in the Christian Holy Bible’s Revelations 18.

Revelation 18 (The Fall Of Babylon)

Lament Over Fallen Babylon

1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

2 With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment

4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup.

7 Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’

8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!’

11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more—

12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;

13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’

15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn

16 and cry out: ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.

18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’

19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!

20 Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.’ “

The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.

22 The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.

23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.

24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”

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