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  • #16
    Christmas is also a wonderful opportunity to declare the glories of Jesus Christ as many of the world's mind is turned to the birth of the Savior - the promised Seed fulfilled, the virgin birth made real.

    One interesting tidbit about the date of His birth is the clue that shepherds were out in the field watching over the sheep. I read that they do this at birthing time and that they are not always out overnight with them. That would bring in the spring or fall theory.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by IMSAVED View Post
      Yes,every year the issue with Christmas trees comes up as well.That some think they are evil.
      Boy, they'd really hate what I do at work.

      [mini Christmas trees on every vending machine, static clings, garland, battery operated Christmas lights on the wheelchair... ]

      Oh, and I make my husband wear an elf hat. I wear one that says "Merry Christmas".

      " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

      Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

      Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

      Matthew 22:9 NIV
      'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pink Panther View Post
        What are the views on the forum about the 25th of December being Our Lords real date for His birthday, or was it just a date picked by the early church?
        I hold to these verses. I love Christmas and the spirit of it.
        Rom 14:5
        One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day [alike]. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
        Rom 14:6
        He that regardeth the day, regardeth [it] unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard [it]. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Pink Panther View Post
            i take it you read Big Bubba Christmas thread?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by icebear View Post
              i take it you read Big Bubba Christmas thread?
              But the trees are weeping for Tammuz



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              • #22
                Originally posted by Pink Panther View Post
                What are the views on the forum about the 25th of December being Our Lords real date for His birthday, or was it just a date picked by the early church?

                Most people feel it was a date taken from a preexisting Roman festival, though the following article by William J Tighe points out that this is probably not the case: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archive...id=16-10-012-v. To sum up, the basic idea is we don't know when Jesus was born but the Dec 25 date came about because of a Jewish (but not biblical) belief that prophets died on the same day as their conception. Since Jesus was believed - wrongly - to have died on March 25 - you add 9-months and get Dec 25. At the end of the article, Tighe recommends readers see a book by Thomas J Talley which goes into more detail. I actually have that book, so if you have any other questions I'll have a quick look through it.

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                • #23
                  Well despite all you deluded people following the Roman Catholic Churches date set for Christmas we in the Serbian Orthodox Church of course have been celebrating it on the correct date of the 7th of January for centuries.

                  Yep the Eastern Orthodox Church usually celebrates on the 7th of Jaunuary declaring many years ago that the Catholics got it wrong. The Pope has obviously just got the MEMO.

                  The date of Christ's birth can be debated from here to eternity, "I just PRAISE GOD he was born".

                  Meanwhile I have sent out my Christmas cards and letters today. Depending on the person receiving the card (lost or saved) I made sure they got appropriate scripture.

                  We don't do a tree as it wasn't what I grew up with but I do like to put up some decorations and I love getting Christmas Cards which we hang up as well. The house looks so festive with the decorations and cards. It wouldn't be special if we did it all year around. So I look forward to the Christmas Season and will celebrate it in Reverance & Awe of the Lord's Gift to Mankind.

                  Now time to get out my Christmas Hymns Lyrics and time to sing a Christmas Song or two as well in worship of our King, the babe in the manger.


                  If we are raptured out of here before Christmas (25th Dec or 7th Jan) we can celebrate with the Lord face to face.




                  While Shepherds Watched

                  While shepherds watched
                  Their flocks by night
                  All seated on the ground
                  The angel of the Lord came down
                  And glory shone around
                  And glory shone around

                  "Fear not," he said,
                  For mighty dread
                  Had seized their troubled minds
                  "Glad tidings of great joy I bring
                  To you and all mankind,
                  To you and all mankind."

                  "To you in David's
                  Town this day
                  Is born of David's line
                  The Savior who is Christ the Lord
                  And this shall be the sign
                  And this shall be the sign."

                  "The heavenly Babe
                  You there shall find
                  To human view displayed
                  And meanly wrapped
                  In swathing bands
                  And in a manger laid
                  And in a manger laid."

                  Thus spake the seraph,
                  And forthwith
                  Appeared a shining throng
                  Of angels praising God, who thus
                  Addressed their joyful song
                  Addressed their joyful song

                  "All glory be to
                  God on high
                  And to the earth be peace;
                  Goodwill henceforth
                  From heaven to men
                  Begin and never cease
                  Begin and never cease!"

                  http://www.carols.org.uk/while_shepherds_watched.htm

                  Merry Christmas no matter what date you celebrate it on.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Deb101 View Post
                    One interesting tidbit about the date of His birth is the clue that shepherds were out in the field watching over the sheep. I read that they do this at birthing time and that they are not always out overnight with them. That would bring in the spring or fall theory.

                    Actually I did quite a bit of research on the Dec 25 date a few years ago (the notes are somewhere on my computer) and it seems the idea that the shepherds would not be out in the field in winter originated with a famous scholar called JB Lightfoot. It seems, however, that he got this idea from some rabbinic writings but he misread them. What they state is that sheep from the wilderness were brought inside during the winter, but Bethlehem is not the wilderness, and a passage in the Mishnah states sheep were outside all year long and sheep being kept for Passover were in fields 30 days before then, which was February - a wintery month of course.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by icebear View Post
                      i take it you read Big Bubba Christmas thread?
                      America was a great country, people wonder what happened, then you read things like the Big Bubba Christmas thread.

                      Is it just me or has the world gone mad??

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