CRAZY ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

Originally posted on Samuel at Gilgal:

Samuel A CainAnd suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14 ESV)

Do you know someone who is crazy about Christmas? I bet you do. Many Americans have lost their ability to think rationally when it comes to Christmas. Materialism is rampant everywhere during this season of the year. How else would you explain 200 – 300 people waiting outside a store at 4:00 AM in the freezing cold for an early opening sale? Once the doors are open, the scene is like finding yourself in the middle of a reindeer stampede. The shoppers push and trample over anything or anyone in their way. They sometimes grab items out of other shoppers’ hands or carts and curses proliferate from their mouths.

Christmas revelers go to…

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Charles Spurgeon – Christmas (Christian devotional)

Originally posted on Christian Praise and Worship in Sermons and Songs:

A large video collection of classic hymns, contemporary Praise and Worship songs, and the works (audio books, devotional readings, and sermons) of men greatly used of God, such as: Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink, John Owen, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, E.M. Bounds, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, and many more, covering topics on many aspects of the Christian life. May your time spent here be blessed.

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Charles Spurgeon – Christmas (Christian devotional)

Luke 2:10-12

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

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

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Charles Spurgeon Sermon playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CDB844A9113F938C

Sermon text: http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/1026.htm

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CHILDREN AND THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS

Originally posted on Samuel at Gilgal:

Samuel A CainFor to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.(Isaiah 9:6 ESV)

You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 ESV)

Christmas is a good time to share the Word of God with your children. Of course, as we see in Deuteronomy 11, every day and every moment is, in general, a good time to do this. So, what…

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The First Christmas (sermon) – Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson

Originally posted on Christian Praise and Worship in Sermons and Songs:

A large video collection of classic hymns, contemporary Praise and Worship songs, and the works (audio books, devotional readings, and sermons) of men greatly used of God, such as: Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink, John Owen, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, E.M. Bounds, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, and many more, covering topics on many aspects of the Christian life. May your time spent here be blessed.

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The First Christmas (sermon) – Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson

Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0B6498F846869DE2

Luke 2:8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy…

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O Little Town of Bethlehem Magnfies God’s Mercy

Originally posted on Knowing God through His Word...Day by Day:

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy darkness shineth The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. —Micah 5

John Piper, in a sermon, “From Little Bethlehem Will Come a Ruler in Israel”(Micah 5)

Bethlehem is scarcely worth counting among the clans of Judah, yet God chooses to bring his magnificent Messiah out of this town. Why? One answer is that the Messiah is of the lineage of David and David was a Bethlehemite. That’s true, but it misses the point of verse…

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Why did Jesus come? What is the meaning of Christmas?

Originally posted on Knowing God through His Word...Day by Day:

John 18:37

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John Piper, in a Christmas sermon, “Jesus Came into the World to Bear Witness to the Truth”

Why Did Jesus Come?

Every year Christmas poses a question to the world—and to you this morning—namely, why did Jesus come? Or what is the meaning of Jesus Christ? Or, more personally, what difference should this man make in my life? In my marriage, in my work, in my leisure, in my thinking, in my emotions?

When he was on trial for his life Jesus spoke some words which give an answer to this question. He said in John 18:37, “For this I was born…

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Micah: Messages of hope and the coming Messiah

Originally posted on Knowing God through His Word...Day by Day:

I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
I will gather the remnant of Israel;
I will set them together
like sheep in a fold,
like a flock in its pasture,
a noisy multitude of men.
He who opens the breach goes up before them;
they break through and pass the gate,
going out by it.
Their king passes on before them,
the Lord at their head.
Micah 2:12-13

Doug Goins, of Peninsula Bible Church, in a sermon “With Liberty and Justice For All”

He’s promising these people a fullness, a completeness of salvation, deliverance, restoration. He is addressing the entire nation: “All of you, Jacob, Israel.” And Micah’s hope isn’t just centered in his own lifetime. I don’t think he’s just looking at the return of exiles seventy years after being taken into captivity, although I think that is partially in view. He is also looking far ahead to…

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Charles Spurgeon Sermon – A Merry Christmas

Originally posted on Christian Praise and Worship in Sermons and Songs:

A large video collection of classic hymns, contemporary Praise and Worship songs, and the works (audio books, devotional readings, and sermons) of men greatly used of God, such as: Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink, John Owen, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, E.M. Bounds, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, and many more, covering topics on many aspects of the Christian life. May your time spent here be blessed.

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Charles Spurgeon Sermon – A Merry Christmas

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Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning…

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Christmas Themed Bible Lessons, Devotionals and Small Group Studies

Ever wonder what God is telling us when He sends snow?

Originally posted on Knowing God through His Word...Day by Day:

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?

What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
Job 38:22-34

Snow.BeautyI took this photo on a walk in my neighborhood last winter. I am amazed at the beauty God provides for us each day. Out of the riches of His grace, He gives wonders like snow. Ever wonder what God is telling us when He sends snow?  Check out this sermon:

What Is God Saying in the Snow,  sermon by John Piper, is available for listening (no manuscript is available)

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The Delay is for Our Profit

Originally posted on He Hath Said:

“Therefore will the Lord wait that He may be gracious unto you.”-Isaiah 30:18

God often delays in answering prayer. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day-he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the thorn in the flesh” might be taken from him, and he received no assurance that it should be taken away, but instead thereof a promise that God’s grace should be sufficient for him. If thou hast been knocking at the gate of mercy, and hast received no answer, shall I tell thee why the mighty Maker hath not opened the door and let thee in? Our Father has reasons peculiar to Himself for thus keeping us waiting. Sometimes it is…

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STRONG OLD DOCTRINES

Originally posted on Samuel at Gilgal:

Charles SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon:

It is no novelty, then, that I am-preaching; no new doctrine. I love to proclaim these strong old doctrines, which are called by nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Christ Jesus. By this truth I make a pilgrimage into the past, and as I go, I see father after father, confessor after confessor, martyr after martyr, standing up to shake hands with me. Were I a Pelagian, or a believer in the doctrine of free-will, I should have to walk for centuries all alone. Here and there a heretic of no very honorable character might rise up and call me brother. But taking these things to be the standard of my faith, I see the land of the ancients peopled with my brethren. I behold multitudes who confess the same as I do, and acknowledge that…

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Nearest and Dearest Fellowship (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

Originally posted on forhisgloryandpraise:

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Nearest and Dearest Fellowship
December 17
So shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

While we are here the Lord is with us, and when we are called away we are with Him. There is no dividing the saint from His Savior. They are one, and they always must be one: Jesus cannot be without His own people, for He would be a Head without a body. Whether caught up into the air, or resting in paradise, or sojourning here, we are with Jesus; and who shall separate us from Him?
What a joy is this! Our supreme honor, rest, comfort, delight, is to be with the Lord. We cannot conceive of anything which can surpass or even equal this divine society. By holy fellowship we must be with Him in His humiliation, rejection, and travail, and then we shall be with…

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On Fasting

Originally posted on Reiterations:

This is part of our Lord’s answer to the question, put by John’s disciples, as to the reason for the omission of the practice of fasting by His followers.  The answer is very simple.  It is: “My disciples do not fast because they are not sad.”  And the principle which underlies the answer is a very important one.  It is this: that all outward forms of religion, appointed by man, ought only to be observed when they correspond to the feeling and disposition of the worshiper.  That principle cuts up all religious formalism by the very roots.  The Pharisee said: “Fasting is a good thing in itself, and meritorious in the sight of God.”  The modern Pharisee says the same about many externals of ritual and worship.  Jesus Christ says, “No!  The thing has no value except as an expression of the feeling of the doer.”  Our Lord did not…

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John Frame Quote On How Love Require the Laws of Logic

Originally posted on The Domain for Truth:

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Yesterday I posted a critical look at two Fuller Seminary’s professors’ argument that Jesus was not for carefully reasoned arguments.  I want to balance that by saying that just because I argue that reasoning is important that does not mean it is okay to be rigorous with our reasoning and not have love.  Both logic and love are compatible.  In fact if we love others it require us to adhere to and use the laws of logic appropriately!  And when we use the laws of logic, as Christians we ought to use it lovingly for the other person.

Here’s John Frame’s quote from the Doctrine of the Knowledge of God that reflect one way there is an inter-relationship between love and the laws of logic:

Perhaps you are beginning to see what a practical science logic is or at least should be!  Love for our brethren requires careful thought…

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