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Don’t fight the Christmas spirit

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I know you feel it. I know because I feel it too. For a couple weeks now, the idea of Christmas has been slowly creeping into your conscience. You’ve seen the Christmas sections already on display at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and the grocery store. You’ve commented on Facebook about how ridiculous it is that Christmas stuff was out before Halloween!

What is it about Christmas that always makes us feel so good, and why is it we can only have that feeling once a year? Why shouldn’t we feel that way all the time?

You’ve questioned if it’s ok to start your Christmas shopping… You have had a few really good ideas already. But you pushed it down. “No”, you said to yourself, “it’s too early”.

You’ve even thought about watching that first annual Christmas movie, but you keep telling yourself you’ll wait until Thanksgiving, then all bets are off!

Why? Why are we yearning for that Christmas spirit already? Has it really been that tough of a year? All the negativity: Bickering, divisiveness, finger pointing, and anger. All the negative happenings: Mass shootings, natural disasters, and civil unrest… We lost Jerry Lewis, Bill Paxton, Tom Petty, two Allman Brothers, one Batman, and Benson. Yeah, 2017 has been a tough year.

It makes sense that the idea of being together with loved ones and drinking hot chocolate around a fireplace would be appealing. It’s tough to resist the feeling you get when unwrapping a gift specially chosen for you. Or watching their face light up when they unwrap the one you picked out just for them… It’s a good feeling. So is turning on the radio and hearing Bing Crosby crooning out White Christmas as snow falls from the sky.

What is it about Christmas that always makes us feel so good, and why is it we can only have that feeling once a year? Why shouldn’t we feel that way all the time?

Replace the bickering with compassion, all the divisiveness with acceptance, the finger pointing with forgiveness, and all the anger with love. Go out of your way to get someone a small gift here and there – even if it’s just handing someone a dollar on the street. Be the one to reach across the aisle and listen to their concerns. Make time to be together with loved ones. Put your phone down for an hour or two each day and be present. Spend your time doing things that matter with the people who matter most. Let yourself feel. Let yourself laugh. Don’t hold back the things you feel, tell them. This is how we feel that spirit all the time.

Maybe there isn’t any hard evidence of a collective conscience out there. But when so many of us are individually yearning for that Christmas spirit so early this year, you have to wonder if there really is something there. Something we can’t see but all feel… A way we are all connected on a spiritual level that can’t be measured. Like our faith in God, a faith in the good in others. Maybe it’s time we tap into that faith.

A full time engineer by trade, Dan is a conservative, Christian, father, and veteran. He considers himself a rebel against the dominant liberal culture.

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    November 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Yahshua Messiah was born around the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
    The men that came and brought gifts to Him were actually of the order of Daniel. Daniel was shown the time when Messiah would come – 490 years – and Daniel instructed the men he taught to bring the gifts and annoint Him as Mashiach (Messiah) at that time.
    Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 

    The constellations appearing to them gave them the confirmation that this was the time that Daniel had told them about and they were very glad!

    Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
    (Mat 2:1-12)

    Please step outside of your confinement and realize that the Most High is calling His people to His kingdom now.

    Yahshua is returning to save Israel. He spoke to Israel with everlasting WORDs – Hear o’ Israel – I am one and you shall love YHVH with all your being.

    xmas is not for His people. (Jer 10:1-16)

    Jer 10:16  The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former (Creator) of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The YeHoVaH Tzavaot (Lord of Hosts) is his name. 

    hands be strong.
    Mat_10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Mat_15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Act_2:36  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

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$.02: When is it OK to quit church?

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Chris Sonsken of South Hills Church and founder Church BOOM penned a piece on Fox News that caught my attention on Twitter. It was a good column. Read the article here. The article addressed a Pew Research finding as to why people change churches. There finding as shown by Sonsken are:

  • Sermon quality
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  • Style of worship
  • Location

Sonsken does a great job in arguing that there are biblically sound reasons for leaving a church and finding a new one.

1. It’s OK to leave if God calls us to leave.

2. It’s OK to leave for family and marriage.

3. It’s OK to leave a church if you have moved too far away to conveniently drive to your church.

4.  It’s OK to leave if you cannot follow the church’s leadership.

5.  It’s OK to leave if heresy is being preached.

Sonsken even mentions that unethical practices like abuse are reasons to leave, though not the norm for the majority of church swapping.

The reasons Sonsken gave are no cause for disagreement, and I’m sure his book Quit Church probably better articulates them.

Where I want to add my two sense on the matter is that I disagree with his assessment sermon quality is not a biblical reason for changing churches. The supposition that sermon quality is inherently a result of the person treating church like an object of consumption, as Sonsken suggests is not true. I believe sermon quality is an umbrella term for several reasons for not liking a Sunday message.

Too often people leave a church because of disagreement, not getting their way, or because the sermons are no longer deep enough. Often when we dig into the reason the sermons are not deep enough, it ultimately goes back to the person being offended or not having their faulty theologies endorsed from the pulpit. The same pastor who was previously deep enough becomes shallow once there is an offense. It’s incredibly difficult to hear from God in a sermon when we are offended by the person delivering the sermon.

This is true in many cases. A sin that is personal gets preached on and the offended party leaves. I don’t deny this to be the case. But I believe we should look deeper into the current trends of worship and focus on the mission of the church.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-21 ESV

The church is to preach the gospel, but people accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior is only part of the mission. The Church is tasked with making disciples. The church is meant to teach. Not every follower is at the same level in their spiritual maturity or theological depth. Some churches, larger churches in particular dumb down the bible. In public education, this would be seen as lowering the bar. In church this practice could hold back believers in their growth. Small groups are a way to supplement this, and every church should employ bible study as a means to grow discipleship.

Many churches now are focused on metrics. This can lead to theologically watered down sermons and worship. Why risk offending that person who may leave with a sermon? But if a church is more focused on using a Sunday message to give a motivational speech using an out of context passage, what does it matter if they are doctrinally sound (in their written beliefs)?

There are a lot of heretical churches in America. We have issues like gay marriage to separate the sheep from the goats. But what about the sheep that suck? If a church has the right doctrine but is more focused on metrics than the power of the Holy Spirit, their head is in the wrong place. So it is biblically sound to change churches so that your head to remains in the right place.

That is not treating church like a consumer product. That is treating church like one’s means to grow spiritually, better recognizing the mission of the Great Commission.

That is my $.02 on the matter. I hope I added some meaningful word to this topic.


This post was originally publishd on Startup Christ. Startup Christ is a website for business and theology articles and columns.

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Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

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Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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