“The True ‘Spirit’ of Christmas”

CelebrateJESUSCharles Morris, the speaker on HAVEN TODAY, is currently reminding us about “The True ‘Spirit’ of Christmas.” He draws important insight from Isaiah, who prophesied (Is. 44:3) that God would pour out His Spirit like water poured over thirsty ground.

Currently, drought-stricken Southern California is experiencing a season of rain! Some forecasters are saying that we are getting the beginnings of a “river of rain.” I’m not sure what that means—for us, but I do know that our church has been praying for “measurable rain that is enough to end the drought!”

Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled when “Jesus was born in Bethlehem,” to offer salvation and satisfaction to the whole world.  What will your family gathering or office party be like, because YOU are there? Will that “thirsty ground” find the true “Spirit of Christmas,” because of your positive and joy-filled presence?

Be refreshed by God’s “rivers of living water” and use your religious freedoms to share it with others, this Christmas season!

Signs of His Coming

AdventWreath-crop-220x139December is when Christians celebrate the Advent of our Lord—Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah and our Savior!

That first coming of our Lord was awaited and anticipated by true believers. Hundreds of prophetic promises were given before Jesus was born. From His birth in the manger to His death, burial and resurrection, some scholars say that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled over three hundred specific prophecies.

Most people in the world were not prepared for His arrival nor how quickly His actual ministry passed before them. Therefore, we must eagerly await and anticipate His promised second coming! The Biblical prophecies pertaining to Jesus’ return are abundant and we can confidently anticipate the second coming, because of the fulfilled promises of Christ’s first coming—in the manger, in Bethlehem.

The world is desperately in need of the good news of His soon return! <>< Share it today!

Birthright Citizenship

BirthrightCitizenshipThe current debate about the president’s recent executive order assumes that children of illegal immigrants who are born here should automatically be considered U.S. citizens. But a Texas law school professor, Lino Graglia, challenges the policy of “birthright citizenship.”

He believes this policy is based upon an incorrect politicized interpretation of the 14th amendment, which includes the phrase “not subject to any foreign power” and therefore makes it clear that it was not intended to grant citizenship to anyone with divided allegiance.

In a spiritual sense, some people consider themselves members of the Kingdom of Heaven because their parents are sincere believers and dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ. This is a false belief, based on an incorrect private perception.

Jesus said that unless we are “born again” or “born from above” we cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). Perceiving or “seeing” the kingdom of God and entering it are impossible without being “born from above.” Only then can we become God’s children and enjoy birthright citizenship in His Kingdom.

MYTHS of the Season

ChristmasCarolsAlliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit legal organization* that “advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” recently sent a legal memo and fact sheet to more than 13,000 public-school districts to dispel the myths that various Christmas expressions or participation are unconstitutional in a school setting. Here are some of the myths addressed:

  • Myth #1: Students are not allowed to sing religious Christmas carols in public schools.
  • Myth #2: It is unconstitutional for school officials to refer to a school break as a “Christmas Holiday.”
  • Myth #3: It is unconstitutional for public schools to close on religious holidays, such as Christmas or Good Friday.
  • Myth #4: Public schools have to recognize all religious holidays if they recognize Christmas.
  • Myth #5: It is constitutional for public schools to ban teachers and students from saying Merry Christmas.
  • Myth #6: Public schools cannot have students study the religious origins of Christmas and read the biblical accounts of the birth of Christ.
  • Myth #7: Public schools cannot display religious symbols.

These are all myths. Students, teachers, and public schools have constitutional rights to seasonal, religious expression! You may print out a free copy of this helpful fact sheet and then kindly help dispel these myths, yourself.

 

*ADF offers free legal assistance to school districts that need help. More information is at: (480) 444-0020 or www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org .

Giving Thanks to God

ThankstotheLordNearly 200 years ago, in his 1815 Thanksgiving Day proclamation, President James Madison stated: “No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events of the destiny of Nations than the people of the United States…And to the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift, we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed, in this favored land.”

This early President of the United States was not hesitant to call our nation to celebrate the goodness of God, nor did he deny our nation’s exceptionalism as a “favored land,” with both religious and civil blessings, from the Father above.

This is a marked distinction from the secularized and religiously-sanitized position of our present, national leaders—some of whom seem embarrassed at the exceptional blessings we have divinely received and refuse to respect the values of our Judeo-Christian heritage.

The Heart of the Matter

heartI recently read one writer who described an attraction to pornography as “the predilection for peering at nudity online.”  This academic author may have described part of the problem, but he did not discern the dangers, detriments or damning consequences.

“Porn harms!” It promotes an addictive practice that exploits women, desensitizes users and destroys holy, sexual intimacy.  Jesus warned men that to lust after a woman is to commit adultery in their hearts (Matthew 5:28).  Today, women are trapped by this toxic practice, as much as men.

The Bible says man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), that is our thinking, emotions and volitional actions. He is mindful of our temptations, thoughts, and entrapments.

If your browser history would be an embarrassment to show God, then you know this is a spiritual battle. Renounce it now! Repent of it and return to the Lord, with all your hearts (1 Samuel 7:3). That’s the real heart of the matter.

Stones, Knives and Automobiles

Jerusalem Clashes after Moataz Higazi was shotLast summer, the Hamas terrorists in Gaza attacked innocent Israeli citizens with over a month of constant missile bombardments and threats of attacks and kidnappings, via million-dollar, concrete-lined tunnels. Now the Islamic extremists have shifted tactics to more low-tech, but equally lethal, ways of terrorizing innocent civilians.

These cowardly terrorists are using stones, knives and automobiles to attack Jewish citizens!

These low-tech, bloody acts of violence in Israel’s major cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, by terrorists from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, have killed more Israelis in the last month than in the previous two years combined.

But America, Europe and the U.N. rarely condemn these deadly acts of “resistance,” nor the Palestinian leaders who incite them. Instead, western media actually condemns Israel’s efforts to protect their citizens.