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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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Bill de Blasio and CAIR: A tour de force against Christianity

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For all the talk the progressives say about the evils of religion, they will not just speak out against Islam.  As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio shows us, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.  So the friendly rivalry between American Progressives and CAIR shall continue in the foreseeable future.

Face it, the real war is against Jesus Christ, and his father the True God.  The God of Abraham.

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Church of England joins LGBT forces in the culture war and children are the casualties

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Did you hear about the new set of directives released by the Church of England for schools and teachers concerning gender and gender identity?

In honor of anti-bullying week, the Church of England released an updated version of a 2014 instructional entitled “Valuing All God’s Children.” This new set of rules instructs against so-called homophobia, bi-phobia, and trans-phobia in nursery schools and primary schools.

According to church leadership, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary students should be encouraged to discover their gender identity uninhibited as they “explore the possibilities of who they might be.” Specifically, children are to be taught not to “conform” to traditional male/female “stereotypes.”

Schools must “avoid labels and assumptions which deem children’s behavior irregular, abnormal or problematic just because it does not conform to gender stereotypes … Childhood has a sacred place for creative self-imagining.”

Practically speaking, the guidelines will encourage boys to wear tutus and princess tiaras while encouraging girls to wear tool belts and super hero cloaks in order to help them determine who they might be without “judgement and derision.”

While it’s tempting to dismiss this as England’s problem, the Strident Conservative has documented how the LGBT community and its declared war on Christianity and American culture has already launched similar assaults on children in America’s public schools.

Unfortunately, in America, the Rainbow Jihad has the full support of the government all the way up to the White House.

For example, Barack Obama hosted an event in April, 2016 at the White House aimed at “breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.” Much like the Church of England, Obama—with support from Katie Couric, the founder of the gender-neutral start-up Little Bits—promoted the idea that gender is irrelevant and that children should be free to be who they are “without limits.”

While Valerie Jarrett organized the event under the banner of promoting opportunities for girls, Obama’s track record on transgender issues made the affair very LGBT friendly.

And we shouldn’t get comfortable now that Obama is no longer president. Donald Trump—who embraced the LGBT movement at the Republican National Convention in his acceptance speech—announced back in June that his administration would prosecute schools that failed to embrace the LGBT lie concerning transgenderism.

The LGBT culture war is not just an American war. It’s a world war, and as usual, children are the casualties.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

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The left legislates for secularism against Christianity and it’s one thing they are consistent on

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The left legislates for secularism against Christianity and its one thing they are consistent on

On the surface, the left promotes a double standard regarding how business can offer services.  They support a right of the business that sides with Palestine over Israel, and the right of governments to do business with them.  On the other hand, they support laws that force business to have “birth control” in their health plan or make people provide a service to those they are uncomfortable with such as gay couples.  The libido is far more important than your convictions or conscience coupled with the left’s push for population control.

The Stream’s Rachel Alexander scratches the surface to show that what this is really about, is finishing off what famed leftist humanist John J. Dumphy called “the rotting corpse of Christianity.”  That alone makes the left consistent with their agenda and long-term goals.  Those words that Dumphy used were not out of sarcasm, they were out of hated and are a declaration of war against Christ and his body of believers.

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In the first case, the left stands for free speech and the first amendment. In the second, the left happily uses state power to curtail the business’s freedom of expression.

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