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Some of you elderly gentlemen may remember a TV character from the 50’s and 60’s by the name of Fred Kirby. He dressed the part of a cowboy and ministered principles to children. He always sang a theme song entitled “Home on the Range”. There was one line that has always stuck with me and it went something like this; Oh home, home on the range, where the deer and the buffalo roam, where seldom is heard, a discouraging word and the sky is not cloudy all day”.

Having recently gone thru a serious illness, I learned the importance of encouraging words. Many  friends called, sent cards or came to visit me with encouraging words. Some, on the other hand were anything but encouraging. In fact they were down right depressing. In the book of Hebrews chapter 3 and verse 13 the writer gives this admonition; “but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today”,  lest any of you be hardened thru the deceitfulness of sin.” Allow me to urge you to make a habit of encouraging and exhorting others daily. You never know just how much difference you may make in someone’s day or life!

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2,000 yrs. ago the God of all creation sent his only begotten son into this world of mortality to take on the same mortal flesh as ours, thru the same method as ours,      

that is thru the birth of a woman, that he might keep the law of God to its perfection 

and that he might bear the sins of many by his vicarious death on a Roman crusifix. 

Some 300 yrs. after the birth of Christ, the Roman Catholic chruch adopted, Dec. 25 as a date to celebrate this epic occasion and called it  Christ-mas or Christmas for short. Why Dec. 25? Because this is the date that the pagans of Rome celebrated the 

birth of the Son god! Dec. 25 is the winter solstis! The means of their celebtations

were decorations and gift giving, along with the worship of evergreen trees.

Hundreds of yrs. later, a Roman Catholic saint by the name of Nicolas was idolized

and thrown into the mix along with his fictisous dress, north pole lodging and deer

driven, flying sled. Today, christians and unbelievers alike lie to their children and

encourage the idolization of this fictisous character while they mimic the same

pagan customs as the Romans.

What does God teach us about such behaviour thru His word?

First of all, the date of Christ’s birth is not given to us. That is because He does not

intend for us to celebrate or observe a particular date. It is the fact that Christ was

born into this world to take away the sins of His people that should bring  joy to our hearts 365 days a yr. Paul exorts us in Romans 12:2 to NOT be conformed to this

world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you might prove

what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. The prophet Jeremiah

warned the people of God to not learn the ways of the Gentiles (pagans or

unbelievers) such as cutting down trees and decorating them with silver and gold,

Jeremiah 10:2-5. The angels of God brought glad tidings of great joy! Our Saviour

was born! It is not simply the fact of his birth that causes this joy. His birth

accomplished nothing! It is what he was born to do that causes this joy in us! He

came to save His people from thier sin! Thanks be to God for joy unspeakable

because of his abundant mercy and grace!

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Seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness! Matthew 6:33

This is the exortation that Christ gave his deciples and is our primary, first and formost goal in life!

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