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Joy to the World, The Lord Has Come! Mother & Child

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting." —Micah 5:2 NKJV

Bobbie AmesThe Coming of Christ: The Fulfillment of Covenant Promise
Guest essay by Bobbie Ames

Our Creator God has always extended covenants to His children. To Adam, it was clearly stated that he might eat of “every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:16-17 NLT). Adam’s obligation was merely obedience.

To Noah, who found Grace in the eyes of the Lord, God spoke, “With thee I will establish my covenant, thou shall come into the ark, thou and thy sons and thy sons’ wives, with thee” (Gen. 6:18 KJV). Noah’s reward came through obedience and trust.

After the Tower of Babel and the dispersion of the people, God still offered Grace through a covenant with Abraham. “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless them, and make thy name great, and thou shall be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:2-3 KJV).

Over the centuries, theologians have placed an emphasis on the Covenants of God. For John Calvin and John Knox, the very substance of the Covenants of the Old and New Testaments were the same: Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Salvation, from the beginning of Creation to the fulfillment of the Second Coming. Read On 

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist." —Isaiah 11:1-5 NKJV

The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom, and the Longing HeartIt Feels Like Christmas Coming

And so they hacked at the brambles and saplings that had overgrown the woodsy path. Sir Michael’s sword was fearsome looking and it made Clara feel safe. She was very glad they were not alone on this return journey. Picking up Snowy, she began to stroke her furry whiteness and to chit chat. The cat pleaded with her mistress in her sweet meowy voice, “Deary, could you pick these stickers off my fur. It hurts my tongue to lick them clean.” After stopping to do her best for Snowy’s fur troubles, she put her down and hurried to catch up with Sir Michael and Ian. She wrapped her cloak more tightly as the air was growing colder. It had a certain feel of winter coming, like October in Minnesota. That was always an exciting thought, because then came Christmas. She felt happy as she fell in beside Ian.

“Well then, young Majesty, let us talk a bit of life in the Great City. Much of your activity there will depend on what you do in your world. You have chosen to follow the White Knight. You must number your days while in this brief mortal state. Your life is fleeting. Believe me, I know this because I have watched many lifetimes come and go. One day soon you will fight your last battle, so be wise, my prince. Wisdom will everywhere call to you, in the city streets, on the roadways, and from the houses. But you must heed her.”

—Excerpt from Nordskog Publishing title The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom, and the Longing Heart, by Judy Carlson

Terry PaulsonReclaiming Christmas
Guest essay by Terry Paulson

John Gibson, in “The War on Christmas,” writes, “In the United States of America, a nation overwhelmingly Christian, literally any sign of Christmas in public can now lead to complaints, litigation, angry protests, threats, and bruised feelings. … Secular liberals say they’re just protecting the constitutional rights of non-Christians who don’t want to see or hear about Christmas. But what about the constitutional rights of millions of Americans who simply want to celebrate their traditional holiday — without insulting anyone else but also without having to hide behind closed doors?”

Freedom of religion is not just the freedom to worship as you please. Freedom allows faiths to freely celebrate their own faith and to acknowledge their place in the mosaic that makes America what it is. Seeing other faiths celebrate their own beliefs openly — from Jews celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Hanukkah to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan — does nothing to diminish my faith in Christ. It reaffirms that a vibrant faith can be a driving force for good in a person’s life.
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Jerry NewcombeFrom St. Nicholas to Santa Claus
Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

I recently asked my three-year old granddaughter—a major joy in my life—whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas time. “Uh,” she responded, “Santa Claus?” D’oh!

Some people think Santa Claus is upstaging Jesus. I remember a controversial cover of Christianity Today long ago, showing Santa Claus crucified on a cross, hung up by strands of Christmas lights. More recently, a group of atheists put Santa on billboards to encourage people to skip church at Christmas.

But Santa is based on the life of a real man whose generosity came from his following Jesus. Thus, Santa Claus actually points to Jesus.

Bill Federer has written much about how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus in his book, There Really Is a Santa Claus, which provides the basis for much of this article. Read On 

"And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." —Revelation 19:16 NKJV

Marshall FosterJoy to the World!
Guest essay by Marshall Foster

This Christmas season, an astonishing number of people worldwide are singing “Joy to the World, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King.” Yet, most of them do not know that they are announcing the hottest news story of the 21st Century! It’s the story of the Good News winning hearts, minds, and nations worldwide, while secularism is failing.

Christianity thrived largely in Europe and America until only a few centuries ago. But in the 17th century the modern missionary movement began in England, Scotland and the United States. The fire of the liberating gospel was spread by pioneer evangelists throughout unreached regions of Africa, Asia and South America.

Since the end of World War II the Christian faith has grown exponentially around the globe. Amazing statistics of this growth have been documented by authors such as Peter Jenkins, David Aikman and Dinesh D’Souza. For example, in 1900 there were approximately 10 million Christians in Africa. By 2000, there were 360 million African believers—about one half the total population on the continent. By 2025, missiologists estimates that number will climb to over 600 million! Read On 

Marshall FosterChrist's Incarnation and Divinity
Guest essay by Stephen McDowell,

Christ’s incarnation is the most amazing event in history. God came into the world as a man, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind and restore all things. The Bible – God’s Word – tells us about the God who made the universe and everything in it, including our planet earth, and then visited it to provide a way for man to get to heaven, to be a part of His family, and to show man how he may share in God’s kingdom and assist in bringing it to earth.

One point of evidence of Christ’s divinity, as well as the divine origin of the Bible, is fulfilled prophecy. In Luke 24:24-27, Jesus claimed Himself to be the subject of prophecy all through the Old Testament. He said Scripture must be fulfilled (Matt. 13:14; Luke 21:22, John 13:18). He claimed His own words were inspired (Mark 13:31, John 6:63). In John 10:35, He said Scripture cannot be broken. His own claims to Divine origin and the claims of the Bible stand or fall together. If He cannot be proved a liar or a lunatic, the Bible is God’s Word.

The Old Testament contains over 300 references to the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus and recorded in the New Testament. Some of these include: Read On 

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"On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most of all, we experience it in our hearts. For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man. The feeling is seen in the wondrous faces of children and in the hopeful eyes of the aged. It overflows the hearts of cheerful givers and the souls."
— Ronald Reagan, Christmas Message 1981

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 The White Knight the Lost Kingdom & the Sea Princess

The White Knight the Lost Kingdom & the Sea Princess

Book by Judy Carlson.

Prince Lael must prove his strength and loyalty when challenged by an insidious enemy. The tragic loss of loved ones will only fortify his resolve to fight for the freedom of the lost kingdom. Clara and Ian, two kids from Minnesota, will join the adventure to free a captive Sea Princess, battle evil, and overcome lurking temptations. They will meet the legendary White Knight and along the way gain wisdom, love, and friendships
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God's Silver Soldiers Bundle

God's Silver Soldiers - Original Issue #1 + Soundtrack Album

Comic Book & music by Art Greenhaw.

When God’s Silver Soldiers come together, the Holy Armor of God increases their strength a hundred fold, and they are able to call forth the powers given to these Christian Super Heroes by The Almighty.
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With My Rifle By My Side: A Second Ammendment Lesson

With My Rifle By My Side: A Second Amendment Lesson

Book by Kimberly Jo Simac. 

A story written for young children to encourage an appreciation and respect for appropriate firearm use. It is a charming children's story written in verse that reclaims American values through the perspective of a young boy.
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There Really Is a Santa Claus

There Really Is a Santa Claus

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Saint Nicholas – Sinter Klaas – Santa Claus – Read the story of Nicholas, 3rd Century Bishop of Myra, Asia Minor (present day Turkey) and how over time stories of his holy, generous life were embellished into legend. Discover additions of writer Washington Irving, minister Clement Moore, Civil War illustrator Thomas Nast, Coca-Cola artist Haddom Sundblom. Explore fascinating origins of the 12 Days of Christmas, Christmas Tree, Carols, Kris Kringle, Creche’ scene, Poinsettia, Hanukkah…
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What Would Muhammad Do?  Islamic Terrorism Explained

What Would Muhammad Do?
Islamic Terrorism Explained

DVD by Randall Terry.

This is one of the most important analysis & reports on the Islam religion (succinctly and with plenty of references from the Hadith and Sunnah as well as the Koran (Qu'ran). This package includes (4) DVDs, each over 8 hours of powerful material — that can change the course of history. This is VITALLY strategic to fully understand (the life and teaching by Muhammad's own words and actions).  Randall Terry, who holds a Masters Degree in Diplomacy, with a Concentration in International Terrorism. 25 years a TV and radio host, a scholar, graduate in dissecting world terrorism, carefully explains with colorful graphics and references, every aspect about What Would Muhammad Do based upon What Muhammad actually DID. Watch the first Episode free here.
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Featured Video: "Joy to the World" Dominic Balli Acoustic Version
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