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By Dr. Steven Lambert, Founder/Publisher

At this wonderful time of the year that we call “Christmas,” people around the world will be celebrating and commemorating the fact that more than 2,000 years ago a Baby was born in a manger. But for the believer, we know that that Baby was not born to stay a Baby. That Baby was more than a Baby!

Who was that Baby born on Christmas Morn, really? This is the Story of who that Baby was! Continue reading “Who Is The Christmas Baby?” »

The Child With Four Names

By John Stallings

There are lots of people with three names.

Among them are, Sandra Day-O’Conner, US Supreme Court Judge, Jaquelyn Kennedy Onasis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Ray Cyrus, James Earl Jones, and Sara Jessica Parker.

Of course we can’t forget those with one name like Madonna, or Cher or Elvis.

One of the many important decisions confronting new parents is, “What shall we call our baby?” Most new parents spend hours debating this question. We all realize that names matter. Shall the new baby be named after his father, his uncle, a favorite friend? Should he be given a name that happens to be popular at the moment? Or one that simply sounds good? Continue reading “The Child With Four Names” »

Grinch Still Trying to Steal Christmas

By Phyllis Schlafly

The Grinch was a bitter, grumpy hermit who tried to steal Christmas from kids in a famous 1950s children’s story. Unfortunately, the Grinch has reemerged to try to take Christmas away from schoolchildren.

The Grinch is so nasty today that his actions could be prosecuted under our hate crime laws. The law defines hate crimes as those characterized by hate, or even bias, committed on the basis of a person’s protected characteristics of religion and … you know the other protected categories. Continue reading “Grinches Still Trying to Steal Christmas in America” »

By the late Jamie Buckingham

I write this aboard a jet airliner speeding south from one of the nation’s greatest northern cities. I am heading home for Christmas.

How eager I am to see the face of my wife, embrace my now-grown children who are gathering at the old homestead, grab my little grandchildren and swing them high as they squeal: “PaPa’s home.”

How eager I am to sit quietly with my dear friends, my extended family, to embrace and whisper “I love you” in the ears of those as committed to me as they are to their own blood relatives. We will embrace, take off our shoes, sit in front of a fire (sipping egg nog), and feel “at home” in each other’s presence. Continue reading “What Mystical Longing Calls Us Home for Christmas?” »

To Those Who Say There Is No War On Christmas
By Tim Wildmon

nativity-sceneChristmas is the most notable day on the calendar where the general American public is reminded of the life of Jesus Christ. That is why some want to do away with it.

Someone sent me an article from USA Today, which has this headline: “Not all Christians believe there is a ‘War on Christmas.'” The article quotes Christian leaders and authors saying they disagree with those of us who believe there is a war on Christmas. Continue reading “Christian Leaders Deny Christmas Wars” »

By Jeff Anderson

Please consider giving to this ministry before the year ends! Your donations are tax-deductible!Last week, a development leader of a $100 million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60% of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much of that in December!

Some say it’s a shame Christian giving is influenced by the year-end tax calendar. In my opinion, this is not all bad. Our lives orbit around dates on the calendar. But what if God is actually OK with it? Continue reading “Why Year-End Giving Is a Good Thing” »

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By Dr. Steven Lambert

One of the things I love about the Christmas Season is that for a few days and weeks at the close of every year virtually the entire world is confronted with the belief held by millions throughout time that two-thousand years ago a Baby was born in a lowly manger who was the long-awaited Messiah of Israel and the Savior of all Mankind. “You shall call His Name, Jesus,” the angel of God instructed His human parents, which means Savior, for He would save the world from their sins. His Name would also be Immanuel, which means, God with us; and that He is! for all those who receive Him, are infused in their human spirit with His very Life, His Being, His Spirit, the Divine Nature. But is “peace on earth” really the reason for the Messiah’s coming to the Earth as the Christmas Carols proclaim?

There are some other aspects of the Christmas Season that still make it a very special time of the year, despite its annoyingly overt commercial exploitation. For one, it is by far the most protracted of all the holiday seasons, and with its proximity to the turn of the new year, it has become not just a day of celebration as with Easter and Thanksgiving, for example, but several weeks of celebration. Another aspect that distinguishes it from the others is the fact that it is the only holiday season that is celebrated to some degree in virtually every country of the world by at least some of its citizenry. Then, one of the most unique aspects of the Christmas Season is that it is celebrated with its own extensive and ever-expanding collage of season-related music playing almost ubiquitously in the background in both public and private venues for days and weeks as people throughout the world go about the events and traditions that have become a part of the landscape of the season. Continue reading “Christmas Message: Peace On Earth?” »

By John Stallings

A pastor worked in his study all through Christmas Eve preparing for the Christmas morning service.

Being very tired he dozed off and dreamt of a world to which the Savior had never come. In his dream he was looking around his home but there were no Christmas decorations, no candles or Christmas wreaths. He walked into his study and thumbed through his library but found no books about Jesus, and the Bible he found ended at Malachi.

He noticed that the last words of the Bible were:

“Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Continue reading “I’m Dreaming of A RIGHT Christmas” »