christmas

God And Sinners Reconciled, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Merry CHRISTmas! I love saying that. We live in an age where the world wants us to be culturally tolerant, and politically correct. All other religious “holidays” are not really holidays if we agree that the word holiday is really the word HOLY DAY. How is Kwanza, or Ramadan holy? Kwanza does not focus on Christ, because the focus is on culture and man not on Christ the Lord.

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For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Evans Olang

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Isaiah 8:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

It has been said that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Each one has a good reason why they call it the most wonderful time of the year.

A prophesy about a Son to be born happened a few thousand years ago when God gave the prophesy to King Ahaz after he could not ask for a sign. And the prophesy was very clear about who will be born, how He will be conceived and even the name He was to be given, Immanuel which means God with us. Jesus was coming to this earth taking the form of flesh. To redeem, He had to relate to us in human form without loosing His deity. He was 100% God and 100% Man, the infinite God Man. And when God brought Him into the world of sin, He made sure that no man contributed to His coming for man has the tendency of trying to take the glory. God made sure Jesus was born of a virgin something we Christians do not take lightly. He came to be the Savior of the world and be Lord of all. Read the rest of this entry »

The Reason For The Season, Evans Olang

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Luke 2:11, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”

People have different meanings as to what Christmas is all about or what it means to them. To some it is a time for family get together, to some it is a time to exchange gifts, sing Christmas carols etc. But what is Christmas? Christmas is a Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. When researching, I found that the word “Christmas” which is nowhere found in the Bible is an old English word that means “Christ’s Mass“. This refers to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, i.e. the Mass. The earliest occurrence of the word on record is 1038 A.D. Christians at this time considered the Mass (Lord’s Supper) to be the most important part of the celebration of Christ’s birth, hence it came to be called Christmas (there could be more to it). During this time, we hear songs about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year but the question is, is it about Christ? Read the rest of this entry »

I Will Be With You Says The Lord, Evans Olang

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Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

In this life, we need company. We cannot make it alone, we know that. Just because we do not want to be alone does not mean we just need anyone to help us in one way or another, we may just need company, someone present even if they say or do nothing. If you look at a child who is terrified, a parent’s presence is enough to calm him or her down. He or she may not look to the parent to take the fear away; the presence of a parent is enough to overcome their fear. They believe the parents are bigger than their imaginary monsters that appear real. Read the rest of this entry »

World Peace, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When I think of world peace, I think of the movie Groundhogs Day, where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over until he gets it right. If only that were possible for me! In trying to win a girls heart over they are having a toast, and I think that perhaps this is the sixth or seventh toast of that repeated day and finally he says let’s drink to world peace. Many people want world peace, and then above verse have been used to substantiate that sort of wishful thinking, especially around this Christmas season. Why is it wishful thinking?, because the Scripture reads that there is condition for this peace spoken of and that is that God’s favor is resting upon a person’s life. Read the rest of this entry »

Have The Right Key, Evans Olang

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Acts 10:1-43, “…send for Simon whose surname is Peter. …He will tell you what you must do”

We are in the Christmas season. This is the time we remember the birth of Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. He came to this world in form of flesh and blood, humbling Himself as a little baby, born to a young teenage virgin, fathered by a carpenter. One would imagine a king born in royalty family, however we have a King born in an ordinary home, living an ordinary life but with a great destiny. He was not bound to remain a child forever, His mission on this earth had to be accomplished as a grown up Man dying on the cross for sins of the world. I know there are people who are still imagining Jesus as a little baby in a manger, and some are hoping He comes back the same way. Read the rest of this entry »

It Is About The Cross, Evans Olang

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Romans 12:1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (NASB)

In the light of Christmas season, where family time involves exchanging of gifts, what do we give Christ the reason for the season? On birthdays we give gifts to those we celebrate their birthdays. On Christmas day, we celebrate the birth of Christ and exchange gifts. What best gift can we give to Christ?, I will take Romans 12:1 and make it my Christmas gift to the Lord.

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