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The true message of Christmas: Why The Christ became a man

snow4Please note that the following Christmas message was taken from this author’s “The Christian Message” website.  Also this author apologizes for not having been able to format this posting,  properly.  After umpteen times of attempting to separate the paragraph blocks, he has given up. He trusts that the reader can overlook that and appreciate the content.

Why The Christ became a man

It was the harshest of all frontier winters. The man’s wife and children left for the Christmas Eve worship. He could not bring himself to believe in the Christ of Christmas. To him, God, becoming a man to “save” humanity, was, absurd.

snow6The old Indian chief’s community weather forecast proved to be false. Rather than just a few flurries there appeared on the horizon a cold wind of blanketing heavy snow. As the wind increased with intermittent gusts and the snow began to drift, the man scurried to gather the farm animals into the barn.
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Once inside the sheltered barn with all the animals intact, the man noticed the birds being blown hither and yon by the gusting winds. It was if they also wanted in the sheltered barn to be delivered from the treacherous storm.The man, who loved birds and often welcomed their nests as perched residences within his barn, sadly paused before closing the door. He thought to himself:
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If only I could coax them inside, they would not freeze and would be saved from the wintry blast. It’s too bad I can’t be a like a bird and communicate with them to coax them into my barn. If only briefly, I could transform myself into a bird, I could fly to the flock, inform them of the present danger they face and end up rescuing them into my barn of safety – free from the present dangers and ultimate devastation of the wind, snow and cold.”
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Upon hearing himself think these [above] thoughts, there flashed into the man’s mind, the clear and simple meaning of the First Christmas.
My friend, the simple, yet clear meaning and significance of Christmas, is the celebration of Jesus Christ.He came as God, in human flesh to destroy sin, (eternal) death and the devil. He came to rescue us from our sins and eternal death (damnation) by His birth, [holy] life, suffering, death and resurrection.
He came to deliver us from being children of God’s just and holy wrath [because of our sins] and call us into His family. [Ephesians 2:1-10] The Lord God could do that masterful divine work, no other way, than to communicate with us — and He did so with flesh and blood. He did it by being born as you and me [yet, without sin]. He did it by living a sinless life, (of which we could not), and by suffering and dying [as God’s perfect sacrifice for human sin] upon a cross. He completed his rescue and sealed its eternal finality by rising from the dead.
It is this author’s prayer that those of you who visit this site and read and hear this message, would come by faith to know and experience God’s saving Grace [Hebrews 11:6 ; Titus 2:11-14] – the one and only Triune God, who manifested Himself in the Savior person of, Jesus Christ.
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The good Lord did not leave His creation without a clue. He provided for us the Holy Scriptures — His Divine Revelation for that very purpose. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; James 1:18.
May you utilize The Christian Message website to help equip you to understand, by faith, –  that, which only the Lord of all, can reveal to you. Amen.

Related topical messages (to the above):

Related Scriptures [below]:

Isaiah 9:6-7 — The Savior, Christ, prophesied 700 hundred of years before his birth

Luke 2:1-20 — The first Christmas — Jesus Christ, the Savior, is born

Matthew 7:13-29 — Words of Jesus, the Christ

John 3: 1-21 — The Gospel Message

Also:

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak” — by Victor Buksbazen — Isaiah 53:1-12 — an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note: The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
The above topical sermon message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan M. Bickel

Evil people will not prevail because the Lord God Almighty Reigns

Please note the following copied email, 2 pics and their captions; and, lastly, the short youtube music:

This website often highlights the negative. And, this website author finds no logical, honest or [good] moral reason to apologize for that reality. There are too many in our culture who ignore harsh realities and would rather soft pedal their present situations and circumstances.  They (simply) live lifestyles of denial). Someone told me a long time ago:

[Paraphrase]: “If you allow someone to ‘screw’ you; you are just as bad as the one doing the ‘screwing.'” In other words: If you choose to have your head in the sand and allow others to dictate your world; you become part and parcel of their endeavors.

“Stone walls do not a prison make; nor iron bars a cage.” – Robert Browning

A reader to this website recently sent this Moralmatters author an encouraging email greeting:

Dear Nathan,

I was sorry to read that you have been weary and apprehensive, but take heart because I am going through the same physical and emotional problems. I understand fully. I feel as though we are carrying the world on our shoulders because of all that has happened and is yet to come. I often do not feel like saying or doing anything because I feel that we are isolated with all that we know. But I go back to the Bible and read about how all that is going on now was predicted and is expected. As Christians, we look forward to the End Game, which is a new Heaven and a new Earth wherein we will enjoy perfect health and a life with NO sin. (Imagine a world wherein we will never have to hear about ilk like Hillary, Obama, etc. again!) But the Bible tells us that this world (and this life) must grow worse and worse before our Kinsman Redeemer comes to take back His Own. If we look at it from that perspective, then we realize that we are living through a significant era in the unfolding of God’s Master Plan.

Please take heart in knowing that you are not alone with feelings of fatigue and deep apprehension regarding these matters. A lot of bad things are on the horizon, and only God knows how it will turn out. This is where our faith comes in. I am trying to become stronger so that I may be in a position to help people whose lives will be devastated by what is coming. This is all we can do: prepare ourselves and our loved ones and stand strong for Jesus Christ when the storm comes. We need to forget about the lies of “God and country” that were fed to us as we were growing up and living our lives. It was all a dream as I see it now. We were fooled by the lies of the controllers who have been manipulating us. They think they will prevail and that they will have the “last word,” but in reality, this evil cabal is doing God’s Will – despite their idealizations to the contrary. Let us remember how the Lord used the Chaldeans to chasten His people (re-read the book of Habakkuk for reference).

The life of Joseph as documented in the latter half of Genesis, illustrates the old adage: "God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform." While evil continues to descend upon creation; the Triune God is still in control. Nothing will prevent Him from performing His purposes.

The life of Joseph as documented in the latter half of Genesis, illustrates the old adage: “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.” While evil continues to descend upon creation; the Triune God is still in control. Nothing will prevent Him from performing His purposes. Please also note the historical Scripture background leading up to Joseph’s political ascendancy in Egypt. [Genesis 37:12-36]

We know that a tyranny is upon us, but we also know it is a part of a greater Plan. Our duty is to live our lives in the hope of the Expected Outcome – and NOT to be sidetracked by the evil agenda. It will get worse, but we, as Christians, have Hope.

Remember that generations before ours have suffered mightily as a consequence of the plans of evil people, but the best of those generations managed to come through the trials. We must continue to stand for Christ and to prepare our children and grandchildren for the hardships to come. After all the prosperity we saw during our generation, it will be heartbreaking to watch as follow-on generations are faced with the hell that is on the horizon. It is important to note all of this is a part of God’s Plan.

We are fortunate in that we were exposed to people who lived through the Great Depression and World War II. It is incumbent upon us to hold fast to our faith and to the lessons those earlier generations passed onto us because we are going to need all the faith and all the wisdom to be able to endure what is ahead. At times, we will despair, but think of poor Habakkuk, Daniel, and others who found it so hard to understand the fate of the Church. God had and has a Plan, and there is a Future. After a certain point, we must simply let go and realize that God is in control. This is the only thought that keeps me going. No matter what I think – nor how angry I become at the unfairness of it all, I realize that God is in control. Remember the plight of Joseph in the book of Genesis, and how he communicated the logical conclusion he drew in Genesis 50:20 (“ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good”).

A number of very evil people are thinking evil against us, we are people whom they deem to be lower than pack animals (they call us “cattle”]; but God intends it for our GOOD. [Romans 8:15-39]

At the end of the day, the evil will NOT prevail. When I get discouraged, I remember that and I begin to think of the players (Hillary, Obama, (et al) as people who have no hope and no future. Satan has promised them wealth, fame, and power, but all of it comes at a price. Someday, they will be left behind, and left with the Dragon who promised them everything, but left them to an eternity of damnation and separation from God.

“……..Choose this day whom ye will serve………”

[The above – sent to this Moralmatters author by a devoted reader to this website]

Please note the following short youtube song following the related links.

Related to the above:

Praise the Lord – Imperials – youtube.com –

 

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“A thinking person will question what he hears; examine what he sees; and evaluate what others would have him believe.”

“When did big  government and its mainstream media ever tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” – [Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel] 

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” – Gospel of John 18:37

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Please note 3 important informational links:

Election Projection – The Battle for Capitol Hill – 2012 Senate – electionprojection.com/2012elections/

The Complete List of Email Addresses and Fax Numbers for the U.S. Congress and Governors – conservativeusa.org/

U.S. Constitution Online – usconstitution.net/

Posted by:

Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

http://moralmatters.org/

Note:  Above pics and / or videos found on the web.

Islamic Terrorism Ignored by Barack Hussein Obama

Obama seems to be comfortable in Muslim clothing

Muslim Group Demands Christian Prez Convert, or Resign – worthynews.com/

Excerpt:

ABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– In an online video released last week, the militant Muslim group Boko Haram demanded that Nigeria’s Christian president either convert to Islam, or resign…….

……Although Jonathan won the last election by a landslide, more than 800 people were killed and dozens of churches torched during three days of rioting after the election result was announced. Boko Haram has since threatened to cleanse northern Nigeria of its Christians by bombing their churches and attacking their congregations.

Despite Haram’s increasingly bloody campaign, the Obama administration has resisted all efforts by U.S. lawmakers to designate the group as a foreign terrorist organization under American law……..

………Boko Haram, whose name translates as “Western education is forbidden,” wants to extend Islamic law over all of Nigeria, even though nearly half of the African nation is Christian. –worthynews.com/

Related:

Gunmen Kill 19 At Bible Study; Evangelist Also Dies – worthynews.com/

Excerpt:

ABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– Suspected Islamic militants opened fire at an evangelical church in central Nigeria killing at least 19 people before Bible study began and, in a separate attack, shot and killed a colleague of a Nigerian evangelist and Worthy News stringer, several sources confirmed early Wednesday, August 8…….. – worthynews.com/

Also Related:

Boko Haram – A Major Reason Why a Literal Hell Exists – moralmatters.org/2012/05/20/

Islamic Terrorism – moralmatters.org/

Make WorthyNews.com as one of your favorites:

“Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.’ –  worthynews.com/

Oh, yes – and, finally:

If there (still) is anyone who really believes that Obama is a genuine (practicing) Christian, you better think twice. His own words reveal his bogus (phony) Christian status:

“Obama Admits He Is A Muslim:” – youtube.com/

“7 Reasons Obama is NOT a Christian:” – squidoo.com/

“Obama Is No Joshua” — by Cal Thomas –…..Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called “false prophets.” – calthomas.com/

Also, note:

America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President – wallbuilders.com/

 

Please note for reference:

Election Projection – The Battle for Capitol Hill – 2012 Senate – electionprojection.com/2012elections/

The Complete List of Email Addresses and Fax Numbers for the U.S. Congress and Governors – conservativeusa.org/

U.S. Constitution Online – usconstitution.net/

 

Posted by:

Nathan M. Bickel

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

http://moralmatters.org/

Condemn Chick-fil-A Christians But Welcome Islamic Homosexual Bigots

A Tasty Chick-fil-A Meal

Here again we witness the political correctness double standard. The Boston politician mayor bows to  Islam and (in effect)  back slaps Christians and the Christian religion:

Radical imam OK but not Chick-fil-A – bostonherald.com/news/

Excerpt:

>>>>>>>>> Given his stance on Chick-fil-A, would Mayor Tom Menino grant permits to a group that has counted among its leaders a man who has repeatedly called homosexuality a “crime that must be punished” by death?

Actually, he has done that and more! Menino effectively gave away city land valued at $1.8 million to the organization, and he gave a speech at its ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It’s the Islamic Society of Boston’s mosque, and when it comes to anti-gay sentiment, one of its early supporters makes Chick-fil-A look like the Provincetown Men’s Chorus. <<<<<<<<<<<< – – bostonherald.com/news/

Here’s what one blogger says about this insane (hypocritial) double standard:

“Its politically correct to hate Christians who do not believe in Gay Marriage but politically incorrect to point out that Muslims want homosexuals put to death? What the hell is wrong with these people?” – “Spirit, Mind & Body – http://healthierhearts.blogspot.com/?expref=next-blog

Related:

Chick-Fil-A In Gay Marriage Row – persecution.org/2011/02/03/

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings out supporters, protesters – foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/01/

Chick-fil-A pulls in the crowds as gay marriage debate turns spicy – guardian.co.uk/world/

 

Please note for reference:

Election Projection – The Battle for Capitol Hill – 2012 Senate – electionprojection.com/2012elections/

The Complete List of Email Addresses and Fax Numbers for the U.S. Congress and Governors – conservativeusa.org/

U.S. Constitution Online – usconstitution.net/

 

Posted by:

Nathan M. Bickel

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

http://moralmatters.org/

 

Wise Housewife Deplores American Clergy Cowards

Clergy / church leaders resemble the Wizard of Oz lion. Will they ever grow some patriotic and godly courage?

Are Gutless Clergy Competing For Number 1 Status With Failed Politicians?

Clergy: A Hopeful State Of Hopelessness – by Roseann Salanitri – conservativenewsandviews.com/2012/07/14/

Moralmatters.org Comments on the above news / commentary piece:

I believe that if any group is more responsible for America’s decline, it is America’s clergy – because, they should know better! And, I believe one of the major reasons America is swirling down the cultural sewer is that clergy have blinded their eyes and plugged their ears to America’s moral challenges. To be sure, the clergy in America are a sorry lot – especially Christian pastors and teachers. They hole up within their worship and educational sanctuaries and are afraid to publicly denounce the moral ills of our crumbling American culture.

Especially are these [so-called] “Christian” clergy guilty of sins of omission for not speaking out against politicians’ political sins and crimes against humanity. They have gagged themselves from telling their congregational flocks who Barack Hussein Obama really is. They will not, in John the Baptist and Jesus Christ fashion warn their flocks about wolves in high places. Most continue to accept the lie that Obama is a Christian, when by Scripture’s [own] standards, he is not! If just 10% more of self identified “Christians” had not voted for Obama the first time around, we would not be facing the major problems which Obama has brought to America with his godless socialistic and anti free enterprise agenda, actions and policies.

[Please refer to the following as evidence of the aforementioned]:

Obama proves, again, he is not a Christian – moralmatters.org/2012/05/10/

Also:

What did Senator Kennedy have in common with President Obama and the late Abortionist, George Tiller? – www.thechristianmessage.org

The President of the United States: A Sex Offender? – Why Obama’s support of the abortion industry is the worst molestation of youth – www.thechristianmessage.org

The Infanticide / Abortion Genocide US “President” Obama – www.thechristianmessage.org

 

Please note 2 informational links:

U.S. Constitution Online – usconstitution.net/

The Complete List of Email Addresses and Fax Numbers for the U.S. Congress and Governors – conservativeusa.org/

 

Posted by:

Nathan M. Bickel

http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

http://moralmatters.org/

Christian Apologetics – Example: Red Sea Crossing

Artist’s depiction of the Red Sea Crossing based upon the historical Exodus account

Chariot Wheels Found In Red Sea – >>>>> “Confirmation of the actual Exodus route has come from divers finding coral-encrusted bones and chariot remains in the Gulf of Aqaba…..The subsequent drowning of the entire Egyptian army in the Red Sea was not an insignificant event, and confirmation of this event is compelling evidence that the Biblical narrative is truly authentic…..Repeated dives in depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet deep (18m to 60m), over a stretch of almost 2.5 km, has shown that the chariot parts are scattered across the sea bed.  Artifacts found include wheels, chariot bodies, as well as human and horse bones.  Divers have located on the Saudi coastline opposite Nuweiba as well……” <<<<<<<< mynewslinx.blogspot.com/


Red Sea Chariot Wheel / Axle Remains Covered With Coral

Directly Related:  Note:   Some underwater evidence pics and video:

Original video from Ark Discovery documentary series ‘Revealing God’s Treasure’: – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaN2acVMGC8

Please Note:   In the future, this site intends to have in place a “Christian Apologetics” page with a significant number of substantiating links. Please keep on the look-out for it.

Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith through logical arguments. The term comes from the Greek word apologia, which means “defense”. The expression “Christian apologist” therefore does not mean that someone is apologising for or on behalf of Christianity as is sometimes thought, but that he or she is defending and justifying it. There are a number of subfields within apologetics. Some apologists specialize in internal biblical consistency (such as JP Holding, owner of the website tektonics.org), others in scientific defenses of the Bible, and still others in historical or philosophical defenses of Christianity……….. – conservapedia.com/

Related:

Only by God’s Grace can the sinner come to realize the illuminating truth about his pathetic soul – thechristianmessage.org/

 

 

Posted by:

Nathan M. Bickel

Note:  Above pics found on the web