Celebrate the Season

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My 2014 Christmas miniature display

By Hope Wingo

When I go out on my tract ministry, I don’t try to conceal my mission.   I ask each person, “May I give you a CHRISTIAN tract to read?”  Most accept, some refuse.

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, I change the face of the tract to reflect our celebration of the Season.  This year in particular, I’ve noticed a profoundly negative response to the name of Jesus being on the outside of the tract.

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My Christmas tract

On one occasion, a woman sarcastically blurted “Merry Holiday” as she briskly walked away.  Another threw the tract at my feet after reading “Jesus is the Light of the World” on its cover.  Another returned to argue, “He is not the light of the world… Jesus is dead!”

Having to think back to the time that Christmas was actually a celebration of Christ is a clear reminder that we are truly living in the days of the great “falling away”.

Remember just a few short years ago?  We celebrated Jesus big time!  Lights in every neighborhood proclaimed Jesus Is The Reason…, Christmas carols were sung in every public square, and sweet nativity scenes competed to capture the essence of that Holy night.

We honored Jesus.  And because we honored Him, He joined us in our celebration by filling our hearts with the quietness and the wonder of the Season.  We felt that Heavenly Peace.

Today I’ve chosen to look to our future instead of mourning the loss of our past, and I’ve found myself wondering if those who have gone before us are allowed to “deck the halls” of heaven.  My reasoning?   It was God Himself that mandated the Jewish feasts and holidays. Would He deny His Gentile Bride of our celebration?

Imagine if you can…

Christmas lights reflecting off of pure gold streets. Our Creator’s Tree of Life adorned to the max in honor of the Giver of Life.  The glorious glow of the Crystal Sea in our Season of Celebration!

Or, could it be that Our Heavenly Father keeps it that way all of the time?  A constant, ongoing, everlasting celebration to honor The Light of the World!  Emmanuel, God with man?  Is that the “eye hath not seen” part?

It helps to remember that this world is not our home, nor is our eternal home subjected to political correctness.  It is promised glory.  It is unspeakable joy.  It is holy.  It is always Christmas!

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

Take time this year to imagine what the future holds for those who are “in Christ”.

Be of good cheer. It won’t be long now.

Our soon coming, eternal celebration will not be denied us, nor will it be reduced to “holiday” in the presence of our Savior King, Jesus Christ!

Glory!!!!!

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Edited and updated from my original post of 2016

 

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Simon Peter, a Bond-servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ (Part Two)

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When the Gentiles came into the church, they were not required to carry out all the rituals of Judaism; however, they were not at liberty to maintain practices adopted from pagan rituals, mystery religions, or Greco-Roman philosophy, and they were not at liberty to ignore the eternal principles of Judaism that were to be applied to their lives in new and living ways…

In an effort of self-preservation, many leaders of the church sought to syncretize Greco-Roman philosophy and polytheistic religion with the purity of their Judaic heritage. As had happened numerous times throughout Old Testament history, Yahwism (the religion of the God of the Jews) was overcome by concepts which were, in fact, based in the traditions of ancient Babylon. Century after century of Babylonian accretions were added from peoples, religions, and philosophies that were foreign to the religion of Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus, and the apostles…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Ceramic 7" Christmas tree

Heavenly host of angel thimbles

Rosette and lace Bible cover

My Christmas decorations this year include my 7″ ceramic tree and my 1 1/2″ nativity scene (complete with a heavenly host of thimble angels).  The photo was taken with a background of my favorite YouTube Christmas Carol fireplace video.  Also, I couldn’t resist making a girly rosette and lace cover for my Bible.   It’s kept on my end table all year, but the brown leather just didn’t fit in.

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The Land of Milk, Honey, and a Very Heavy Stone :: By Pete Garcia – Rapture Ready

By Pete Garcia

Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And […]

Source: The Land of Milk, Honey, and a Very Heavy Stone :: By Pete Garcia – Rapture Ready

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If Americans Hate Donald Trump and Judge Moore, What Then When The Two Witnesses of Revelation Make The Scene?


By The Ignorant Fisherman

Dear friends, I have NEVER seen such a united national and global push against one man in my life via lawless politicians from both political parties, heads of state, the media, Hollywood, the United Nations and Washington D.C. The hatred, rage, violence and abhorrence pouring out from primarily secular western globalist is at a fever pitch! From Trump assassination plays, to daily drive by media slander and character assassinations; from the Kathy Griffin beheading of president Trump – which brought cheers of jubilant joy from far leftist radicals in Hollywood and the drive- by media; to college professors and students across this nation losing their minds in Trump violent rages; from being called a violent racist and the king of anti women rights; to being labeled a greedy slob and pig because he likes ketchup on his well-done steak… there is no depth of low these haters will not go. It should be clear to any observant Born Again believer that someone bigger and more powerful is behind the scenes (Eph. 2:1-2)…

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Guarding the Gospel with Discernment – Mike Gendron

By Mike Gendron
What is the greatest attack on the church today? That was the weighty question asked of the speakers at a recent conference. I promptly responded, “The greatest attack we are seeing today is on the exclusivity and purity of the Gospel.” The exclusivity of the Gospel declares all other faiths are false because no one can come to God except through the atoning death of Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). The exclusivity of the Gospel also humbles the pride of self-righteous people and calls them to repentance.
This is why many pastors are compromising the Gospel. They want to make it more inclusive in order to draw a larger following, gain more influence and be loved by more people. This man-pleasing gospel makes people comfortable in their sin but it has no power to save them.  It has become popular because it exalts man and his importance and diminishes God and His significance.  It also emphasizes God’s love while ignoring His holiness, justice and hatred of sin.
Tragically those who embrace this diluted gospel are woefully deceived…
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Beware of Smiting the Rock – Pastor Carter Conlon

Hope’s note:  This is one of the best “teaching” sermons that I have ever heard.

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Jerusalem’s Final Conflict and Deliverance is Nigh…Zech 12 pt 1

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Jerusalem’s Final Conflict and Deliverance is Nigh…Zech 12 pt 1
In view of last week’s UN Vote in which 151 nations voted that Israel , and of last weeks six UN anti Israel resolutions , on the day the UN designates “Palestinian day”, and in view of Today’s historic declaration by President Trump that Jerusalem is the Capitol of Jerualem,I  thought it fitting to re-run this 2010 esxposition of Zechariah 12. Prophecy is being fulfilled this very day! Maranatha!

This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will…

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LOVE AND OBEY

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Identifying New Apostolic Reformation churches in your city

After I speak about the New Apostolic Reformation and its dangers, a question I’m often asked is, “Do you think there are any NAR churches where I live?”

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