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I’m sitting here in the cold early morning of the day after Christmas. Everyone is still sleeping; it’s quiet, dark and cold. The sugar plums have all been eaten, so I hope there is something pleasant dancing in their dreams. But I am here alone and wanted to send out this belated greeting to everyone.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Christmas is always magical for children and sometimes tiring for us old folks, but it has always been a special time set apart to honor the Savior. Now, I know that Jesus was not born on Christmas. He was born on the Feast of Tabernacles. (I wrote In_A_Stable last year ). Nevertheless, this is the season we have chosen for Christmas and all its trappings, and regardless how you feel about celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25th, I hope it has been good for you.

And I really do hope this New Year will be something momentous in your life.

I don’t subscribe to the false prophets who run around proclaiming to you that this will be “your year of victory”, or blessings, or prosperity, or deliverance, or whatever nonsense they think will get a rise out of you. Your year will be what you make it – either in the Lord or in the flesh. I don’t believe that God is running a lottery for those who do not seek His face. It is not a matter of luck, misdirected hope, cheap grace, or empty faith. The Lord will direct and open paths and opportunities to those who seek Him and choose to bury themselves in His Word and in prayer. You reap what you sow.

On that note, I hope you sow as much as you can this year. If it is true that we are fast approaching a culmination of things for this old world, then we need to consider a New Year’s resolution that spurs us to do things this year that we have been only thinking about up until now. Whether that means something for your family or breaking the constraining bonds of inaction to go out and do something for the Lord, this year may your best and possibly only chance. If not now, when?

“Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” (Ecclesiastes 11:2)

I’m heading back out as soon as I can – not sure where, but I am going. And I could really use your support, but better yet, why don’t you come along? You say you can’t do it, but I’m telling you, yes, you can. You just have to make that first step. New Year’s resolutions only work when you actually act on them.

Do something different this year, something outrageous, something so far out of the box that it breaks all the restraints that are holding you back. Do something dangerous! Do something that requires you to bury yourself in God for your absolute safety and support. Cut everything that is holding you back into the dark folds of mediocrity.

If you don’t step off the ledge, you will never learn how to fly.

Brother Dale

 

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Go to http://www.RevivalFire.org/Orphans.htm or Support Us.

 

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It’s Christmastime again.  I can’t believe that I’ve been saved for almost 45 years now and have been able to be part of so many real Christmases. christmastree

It wasn’t always so.  As a young man who refused to believe in such nonsense such as a god that I couldn’t see, feel, or touch, Christmas remained simply a time of tinsel, pretty lights, Thomas Kincaid settings, and presents that you couldn’t afford.  What a difference a simple prayer can make!

Over the years, I have heard all the reasons of why we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas – and I’m sure you’ve heard your share also.  Born in a desire for righteousness but nurtured in a sea of self-righteousness, the razor-sharp arguments contend for an elimination of anything that smacks of red and green hues.  The reasons are prolific.  Let’s see:

– Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th
-It’s a pagan holiday
-The Roman Catholics started it
-There’s a reference to the Christmas tree as an abomination in Isaiah
-The only gift giving in the Bible was when Herod cut off John the Baptist’s head
-Jesus never said to celebrate His birth; only His death.
etc., etc.

I got it. Really I do.  But aren’t there enough commandments in the Bible without having to make up some new ones?  Does it really make us more righteous to abstain from celebrating Christmas, or does it just make us seem like we’re more “enlightened” than everyone else?

After so many years, there is one thing that I point to that has impressed itself on me that trumps all of those seemingly theological intelligent objections.  I have noticed that every year about this time, there is a unique spirit of peace that descends upon the Earth like a softly fallen snow.  For this one short period of time each year, people feel something so very different than the rest of the year.  Grumpy old men find time to do something nice for others, people in a rush stop long enough to help strangers, strangers reach a sincere hand of friendship to people they’ve never had the time for before, and children open up in wide-eyed imaginations that are more wonderful than any other time in the year.

It’s Christmastime again.

I believe that God in all His loving mercy for mankind reaches down to touch humanity with a taste of the Love of God that we seem to be numb to the rest of the year, just as a reminder that He sent His only begotten Son as the ultimate Christmas gift to all men everywhere who would accept Him that they may be saved from their sins.  It’s a taste of what Heaven must be like, sent down from our Heavenly Father who would have all men to be saved.  A glimpse at what must be an eternal Christmastime.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas, from all of us, to all of you.

Dale and Cindy

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