The cool brisk weather and the holiday spirit...!

And the minty weather is wonderful if the spirit is with us. And for sometime the spirit has not been with us. We have been afflicted, cornered, insulted, mistreated, malaigned and...And where is the spirit of Christmas. And should Christmas have a spirit. God says that it is the spirit that gives life and the flesh avails nothing. But how is our heart this Christmas...? Certainly the children look forward to the presents and the bigger children to the Christmas dinner and the late children to seeing their family together and joining in the celebration! And it is a wonderful time, Christmas! No matter if you believe in Santa Clause or not or in the Grinch who stole Christmas... I really fear the Grinch who stole Christmas! I can take a quiet meager Christmas dinner but to share a meal with a Grinch, I don't look forward to! And we know about the Grinch! Turn to 2Timothy 3:1-7, ["...1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth..."] And Grinches don't ever take a holiday. They count their money year round. Avoiding meals and extras to save money. But a coke, forget it! Drink water, from tap, save money! And this we want to avoid! I don't know the argument for or against Christmas, pagan or biblical, it doesn't matter to me. All it matter to me is to avoid the Grinch who stole Christmas with his wallet...! And Grinches have always existed, we turn to 2Chronicles 22:1-4, ["... 1And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. 2Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri. 3He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. 4Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction..."] In the line of the Jezebels and Ahabs. And this is not talking about a family, but a way to reason with the wallet. The most wonderful Christmas story is one of a fictious individual who gave the children present, especially those who were poor! And who can forget the most unficticious individual who also had Christmas around Pentacost, ["...Isaiah 61:1 (Whole Chapter) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;..."] No, Christmas is not new or surprising to God, and neither is giving presents. And the present he want to give out is what we need the most- FREEDOM from captivity and I hope you can have this freedom, this Christmas, then it will be the best holiday ever... May you be blessed. Amen. thbg

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Billy Beard @billyb ·

Hope you been all right over in Texas. Words that caught me in the verses were "lovers of their own selves", and "lovers of pleasures". That pretty much sums up the biggest problems.

Hope Christmas is special this year, the time we all seek peace, and warm each others hearts. We have a "peace" the world can not get, no matter the money they spend. Rom. 5:1,2.

Have a Blessed one, friend. In Christ, Billy

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

Thank you 'billyb' for your kind, kind greeting. And anyone can fall in this wormhole of selfishness! And rightly said the "Peace" with have with God, no one can get at any price, cept' the price paid for by our Lord in the Cross. If we boast of anything at anytime, even Christmas is the Peace that the Lord is our Shepherd and that we have no reason to fear any evil. Psalm 23...

Certainly Jesus is "Emmanuel" which means God with us as he was born a man into the world, with the total Diety of God himself at all times. God in a child Temple to deliver mankind from their sins and captivity...

May you be blessed Billy and all your family and loved one this Christmas! We certain have something grand to celebrate in Jesus...

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

And it would seem that what has selfishness have to do with Christmas, nothing, but it seems that at this time it is when we are more focused on our ourselves and what and all those who belong to us. And usually the gift we give are for those we love in our little group and family. And or God says that we don't never really profit anything, it we don't venture and give outside that little group that we have and touch the life or the widow, the stranger and the orphan...

In Matthew 28, in the Parable of Sheep and the Goat, says that Jesus would say to those who celebrate a real Christmas, I was a stranger and you let me in, I was hungry and you fed me, I was in prison and you came to me and I was naked and you clothed me...and this is not a Christmas about your family, but far-fetched soul in the world who is need and needs our simple act kindness and some thoughtfulness...

May you be blessed. Amen

thbg

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Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

We turn to Luke 7:24-30,

["... 24And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

25But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

26But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

27This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

28For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

29And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him...]

Lately I've been after the Lord about something or for something! It seems that suddenly it has become important to me to have an occupation to generate weath and buy my own things and eat my own bread and take care of my own business. I became handicapped some years ago and the Devil found an open window on my life on this subject. And I been complaining to the Lord telling him, "...look, see how much serving you has cost me! I haven't been able to put anything together for myself in my life...!"

And a voice came sometime while I was trying to relax in the night and said, "...Well you are a Prophet...that's something...!" I entertain the ideal for minute and sounded like the solution to my moaning and complaining. But I said to the voice, "In fairness to the word, I tell you, that God says that many will come to him in the day of judgement and say, " Lord, Lord, did will not prophesy in your name, cast some many demons in your name, and had such a wonderful ministry in your name?...

And he will answer, "Away with you who do evil!..." So much for the Prophets job, it get you nothing, maybe I'll go to hell prophesying. And Paul in the Love chapter says, "If understand all prophesies and know it all, but have not love, namely Charity, I have accomplished nothing! I'm like a piano out of tune, no benefit! And certainly Jesus commendated John the Baptist for being a, his prophet announcing him. But Jesus retorted, "Those who have the least of the holy spirit is better off than this John the Baptist...

And Charity is something only the holy spirit bring and shares. The announcing commotion and the busy studying accomplishes nothing if the goodness of God is not shared. And that's whay we want to do share the truth this Christmas. But if no one believes God we have accomplished nothing. Ditto! So our earnes prayer is that we make you path straigh for you to come to the Lord. If we haven't done that, we have wasted all our time, money and effort and words...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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