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YOU ARE THERE CHIRSTMAS SERIES

It really is ok to say, "Merry Christmas!"
It is time for true Christians to come out of the closet.

"I'll tell you what really disturbs me about the celebration of Christmas in America -- that it is becoming less and less a celebration of your Christian faith, and more and more like a giant folk festival" -- (a Jewish lawyer and member of B'nai Brith in Mobile Register).

You are There - Christmas in the Days of Jesus Christ

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Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the empire for taxes. This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David. He went to be registered with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him, and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger." Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!" When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord has made known to us." So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. When they saw him, they related what they had been told about this child, and all who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told. At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Now when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male will be set apart to the Lord"), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves or two young pigeons. Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon who was righteous and devout, looking for the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So Simeon, directed by the Spirit, came into the temple courts, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, Simeon took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, "Now, according to your word, Sovereign Lord, permit your servant to depart in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: a light, for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel." So the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "Listen carefully: This child is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul as well!" There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having been married to her husband for seven years until his death. She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment, she came up to them and began to give thanks to God and to speak about the child to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem (Luke 2:1-38, NET). 

Sermons Bible Studies on Christmas

Angels in the Life of Christ      PDF 

Luke 1:1-4 How the Gospels Were Written   PDF   

Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel Came by Today    PDF  

Luke 2:1-7  Christ is Born    PDF  

Luke 2:8-20 Christmas: It is Time to Celebrate      PDF

Matthew 2:1-23 The Days After Christ was Born   PDF 

Matthew 2:5, 15, 17, 23 Four Prophecies in Matthew Chapter Two      PDF 

John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Colossians 1:15-19; 2:9  Mysteries of the Incarnation   PDF 

Isaiah 7:14 God with Us      PDF 

Isaiah 9:1-7 The Child with Many Names     PDF 

Isaiah 9:1-7 Name the Child     PDF 

Isaiah 11:1-5 A Shoot from the Stem of Jesse     PDF 

Isaiah 11:6-16 Our Blessed Hope   PDF 

Devotionals on Christmas

Genesis 3:15 The Seed of the Woman    PDF

The Son of God

Articles on Christmas

Happy Hanukkah! Yes, Jesus celebrated the Hanukkah!

Hanging of the Green - Christmas program on decorating the Christmas Tree with symbols of the true meaning of Christmas.

Know your legal rights

You have legal rights about celebrating Christmas in the U.S. Should anyone wish to complain about this attack on Christmas, there is a national network of attorneys "poised to fight the battle for Christmas." The Alliance Defense Fund trains lawyers nationally on Christmas-related litigation. To learn more about your freedom of religious expression at Christmastime check out these resources:

Alliance Defending Freedom
15100 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
1-800-835-5233

Liberty Counsel    
PO Box 540774
Orlando, FL 32854
1- 800-671-1776

Thomas More Law Center 
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
Suite D 2100
Ann Arbor, MI 48106 
Office: 734.827.2001 
Fax: 734.930.7160

It's OK to say "Merry Christmas!"

"After years of all this 'holiday' grinching, Americans are revolting and demanding Christmas back," writes Jaimee Rose in The Arizona Republic. 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, according to a Fox News poll. "Somewhere along the line, Christmas almost became an insensitive word."

Jeremy Tedesco declares, "It's ridiculous that we have to be even debating in our society if it's OK to say 'Merry Christmas.' Congress says Christmas is a federal holiday. The Supreme Court has never said you can't say 'Merry Christmas.' Schools can call 'winter break' 'Christmas break.' They can include sacred music in holiday programs."

This year, the Alliance Defense Fund mitigated a case involving a public library in Memphis, Tenn., that was allowing a Nativity to be displayed provided the religious icons of Joseph, Mary and the Baby Jesus were omitted. The holy family has since been allowed back under the roof.
 

 



 
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