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CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the beginning of a determined, sacrificial thirty three year walk to the Cross of Calvary . To purchase the greatest  and mostly costly and needed gift of all time. God the Son the creator of our earth and universe, leaves all the glories of heaven where He is worshipped by the angels. I just can’t imagine what it was and is like. He came to earth as a helpless little baby, to grow over time into manhood. Then He was ridiculed, rejected, arrested, tormented, beaten then suffered the unimaginable agony of death by crucifixion on the cross. All because of His love for me and you. Many in jest tell children to be good and Santa will bring you gifts. Jesus tells us He is offering us a gift and there is nothing we can possibly do to earn or deserve it. The gift of life, without it we have no hope for the eternal future. As we prepare to give gifts and celebrate Christmas, let’s be sure not to forget Christs’ gift offered freely to all. The gift of forgiveness of sin and to become one of His children . Will you accept or reject the gift He offers to all, the choice is yours.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. “ John 3:16  “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

 

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The holidays and Christmas are coming. We see all the ads on TV for wine etc, they always increase at the Christmas season. All showing only the joy associated with wine etc. couples, friends and families in joyful social settings. (Please read to the end) But is there a deception to the ads being shown is there any possible deception in the end. Ads are an enticement to use the product being sold not always a bad thing.

Take time to consider four words from the dictionary.

  1. Entice: to attract by offering hope of reward or pleasure.
  2. Deceive: to ensnare, cheat, to take unawares by craft or trickery, mislead, to be false to betray, to cause to believe the false.
  3. Pervert: to overturn, corrupt, to cause to turn from what is considered right, natural, or true, misdirect, lead astray.
  4. Mock: to hold up to scorn, contempt ridicule, to lead on and disappoint, to defy make futile, defeat.

Consider three statements from God in His Word the Bible. Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.    Proverbs 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law and pervert the judgement of any of the afflicted.   Proverbs 23:31-32 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

God has given us a clear warning on what wine is, what it does and what it causes.   It’s a mocker, it causes deception, it causes wrong judgement , it bites like a serpent. Beware Bewarned

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