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Keeping

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KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be challenging and even exhausting if we lose sight of what we're celebrating. The birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was meant to bring peace joy and freedom to our souls, not labor and frustration.

Many people enjoy participating in Christmas traditions and there are so many of them ... and so many details of each one. They can make Christmas time seem like a job instead of a joy.

So what can you do to make the Holy time of Christmas a more meaningful and joyous time for yourself and your loved ones? It's easy really. Keep Christ in Christmas! Don't forget the occasion that you are celebrating, and include reminders in any way you can. Here are some suggestions.

 

THE STORY OF JESUS

Refresh your memory. Read the story of Baby Jesus. You can find it in The Book of Matthew, Chapter 1 and 2, and you can also find it in The Book of Luke, Chapter 1 and 2. You may want to make it a tradition to read this aloud, say, after Thanksgiving dinner to start the Christmas season off right. This is especially important if you have young children. It's so easy in today's world for small children to be led away from the true meaning of Christmas.

 

CHRISTMAS MUSIC

 Make yourself a nice Christmas music mix of your favorite Noels. Why not make a few? One could be for home, another for your car, one for your other favorite listening device and one or more for loved ones. Christmas music is definitely a good way to keep Christ in Christmas by reminding you of what you're celebrating. Take advantage of our Christmas music selections on our C-O-O-L CD Player.

 

THE NATIVITY

There are many churches that display a nativity scene during the Christmas Holidays. Why not stop and pray a while at a nativity during Christmas time? If you have children, don't miss the opportunity to take them to a nativity scene so they can see a visual display of the story of Jesus' birth. Make sure to explain how important it is to thank God for sending His Son the Baby Jesus our Savior, so that we can have eternal life. What a gift our Father has given us! How many people take their children to see Santa Clause, but neglect to take them to see Baby Jesus lying in a manger?

 

GIFTS

Speaking of gifts, why do we give gifts to each other at Christmas time? The Magi gave gifts to Jesus.

 Matthew 3:11
 
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Maybe we can look at it this way; since we can't give Jesus Himself tangible gifts today, we still know that we are the body of Christ so we are in a sense, giving gifts to Jesus when we give gifts to each other. Be sure that your gifts reflect that sentiment. If you think that your gift to someone would in any way be used in an un-Christian-like manner, please reconsider your selection for two reasons. For your own sake because you don't want to be responsible and for the receiver's sake because you don't want their soul to be led astray.

 

SEASON'S GREETINGS?

Do you send Christmas cards? Take advantage of this opportunity to remind yourself and those on your Christmas card list of the birth of Jesus. Instead of a winter scene or a reindeer or any other design that has absolutely nothing to do with the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ, you can choose cards that keep Christ in Christmas. Even your verbal greetings can remind folks why we are all really celebrating this very Holy Day.

 

DECORATIONS

Yet another way of keeping Christ in Christmas is by choosing decorations that remind you and others of the birth of Christ. The North Star, angels, nativity scenes, the Magi ... These are all decorations that show you keep Christ in Christmas. That is not to say that you shouldn't put up a Christmas tree or Christmas lights or a Christmas wreath, etc. Remember, God knows what is in your heart and WHY you do things, and THAT is what matters.

 

DECEMBER 25th

It's possible, even probable, that December 25th was not the actual day that Jesus was born. And there are also people that say that December 25th is a pagan celebration in honor of some evil person or event from long ago. My friend, on any given day of the year, let's say your own birthday, something bad happened sometime, somewhere, caused by somebody. That doesn't mean YOU are bad because you were born on that day and that's when you celebrate your birthday. We know what we are celebrating in our hearts on Christmas Day and THAT is what is important.

 

WHAT ELSE?

There are so many things you can do that will help you to keep Christ in Christmas, and those things will remind others to do the same. Replace your rear view mirror decoration with a cross or something else that inspires a thought of Christ's birth. Hang a cross on your front door, write NOEL on your Christmas cookies, go Christmas caroling, adopt a poor family for Christmas and bring them Christmas dinner and gifts that they cannot afford, donate your time to a Christian cause, the possibilities are endless.

 

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST

Our purpose in life is to glorify God our Father, our creator. What better way than to glorify His Son.

John 16:27
For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
 

 

 John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.


In these modern times, the enemy of our souls has many means by which to distract us from our purpose - our cause. Be alert. Keep your focus on your goals. If you find yourself frustrated, tired, distracted, worried and just plain not in the Christmas spirit, take the time to spend a few moments here and there in prayer and ask God, through His precious Son Jesus' name, to remove anything  that is preventing you from keeping Christ in Christmas. Ask Him to bring the peace and joy of the celebration of Christmas into your heart and to use you to bring that same wonderful gift to everyone you encounter.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

On behalf of Christianity Oasis On Line, May the Peace, Love and Joy of Christmas be with you and your loved ones this Holy season.

Luke 2:11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


During this busy holiday season, make time to share your thoughts and time with Jesus.

 

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?
 

What is Christmas let me see
Candy canes upon the tree
Packages that have a bow
Stockings hanging in a row 

Cherry pie with perfect crust
Eating
'till you think you'll bust
Helping spot a place to park
Shopping until way past dark 

Pretty wreaths on every door
Crumpled wrapping on the floor
Fruitcake Grandma sent for all
It
'll make a great football 

What is missing can you tell
Here
's one thing that rings a bell
What is Christmas from the start
It
's putting Jesus in your heart 

I hope that you do not forget
It
's not about the gifts you get
It
's not the egg nog for your thirst
Or if your sister wakes up first 

It's not if you've been bad or good
Or stacking up the firewood
It's not the Christmas TV shows
Or reindeer with a plastic nose 

It's so much more than all those things
It's Baby Jesus King of Kings
And how the little Babe was born
That Oh so lovely Christmas morn 

So share the story with someone
'Cause Christmas can be so much fun
When Jesus is the kind of cheer
That gets inside and stays all year

 

In honor of Jesus' Birthday, we'd like to share with you our studies that focus particularly on Jesus so that you can grow closer to Him and enrich your life by knowing Him better.

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The Blood of Jesus
Scars of Salvation
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Jesus' Return
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