• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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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 great lengths in order to decorate their homes with all the familiar symbols of a secular Christmas. They turn their front yards into extravagant light shows to attract attention and win the approval of others. Then, they borrow money to pay for it all. Their goal is to live a crazy fantasy for a short time each year which, in reality, has nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas. The story of the birth of Jesus Christ is particularly a story of love. Christmas is all about love; a love that restores our relationship with God.

Without Christmas and ultimately the cross, we would never have known the depth of God’s love. God loved us in spite of the condition He found us in. In Christmas we see a Savior born who embodies the fullness of God’s love towards us. Jesus changed the course of the world by extending God’s love and grace to millions who would have died in their sins.

During this Christmas season, we, who are Christians, will gather in millions of churches around the world. We will celebrate the birth of the Christ child, without whom we would never have experienced God’s love. It is a reminder that we should be extending the love of God to others; a time for others to see that Christ has been born in you.

Therefore, put the modern pattern of Christmas craziness on the back burner this year. Honor Christ and glorify God by allowing their love to be extended to others through you. This is a Christmas that should remain in our hearts and actions throughout the year.

Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV)

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