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the Great Creator Makes

by Thom­as Pes­tel

Behold the great Creator makes
Himself a house of clay,

A robe of virgin flesh He takes
Which He will wear for ay.

Hark, hark, the wise eternal Word,
Like a weak infant cries!

In form of servant is the Lord,
And God in cradles lies.

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It shook the starry frame;

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Then down in troops they came.

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A choir of angels sings,

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Come back in time with us at the Creation Museum (located near the Cincinnati Airport) and experience a journey on the streets of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.

See the sights in the town, talk to a Roman centurion, and feel what it was like on that special night when our Savior was born. Bring your friends and family to see why we celebrate Christmas.

Also, be sure to stay for our Christmas concerts that will lift up Christ in song, enjoy fellowship with others during our "Christmas Feast," and explore all of God's creation throughout the many exhibits of the Creation Museum.

This is a perfect opportunity to share the hope that you have with those who may not know that God not only made this universe in an amazing display of His might, but that He humbled Himself to save us.

Celebrate Christmas with us and experience the wonder of all that God has done.

Guests can enjoy:

 •  A free live nativity on the grounds

 •  Hayrides

 •  Seasonal lights

 •  "Christmas Star" planetarium show

 •  Free Museum Admission on Christmas Eve

 •  Creation Christmas Concert

 •  "Christmas Feast" Dinner

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In This Issue
Preparing for Christmas

1. Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
2. Proclaiming the Good News
3. Giving To Meet Needs
4. Affecting Our Culture

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In this issue we offer suggestions for your family as you prepare for Christmas.

Regardless of objectionable practices of past and present Christmas observances, Christian families can focus on the true reason for the celebration—God's love in sending us a Savior!

This is an opportunity to teach spiritual truths to our children and to share the same Good News to our world today that the angels proclaimed 2,000 years ago.

May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

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1. Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

By no means!  Christmas is the primary Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord.

However, there is no indication that Christ was born on December 25, and there is no instruction or example in Scripture of celebrating His birth.  Further, the celebration of Christmas did originate from a pagan winter festival and various customs centuries ago.

Yet today the content of Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord.  The old pagan roots of Christmas are no longer remembered or associated with Christians' observance of this day.

Christmas provides a unique opportunity for Christians to proclaim to the world the good news that a Savior has come—Jesus Christ the Lord!

"This is how God showed his love among us:
     He has sent His one and only Son into the world
     that we might live through Him.

In this is love: not that we loved God,
     but that He loved us
and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
     (1 John 4:9-10)

Adapted from "Isn't Easter a pagan holiday?"

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2. Proclaiming the Good News

At Christmas time, it is appropriate to include a witness for Christ in our greetings to extended family, neighbors, and co-workers in keeping with the holiday.  We have a ready-made opportunity to explain the Good News of the Gospel.

Your presentation of the good news of God's gift may take many forms:

1.  Hand Out Gospel Tracts

These tracts use Scripture to show that Jesus came to die for man's sin and invite readers to accept Him.

 •  The True Meaning of Christmas
 •  Christmas Blessings to You
 •  The Gift
 •  Wise Men Still Seek Him

2.  Include the Gospel in Your Cards and Letters

 •  Send cards with a biblical message and/or Bible verse, write out a verse such as John 3:16, or include Christmas tracts with all your Christmas cards.

 •  If you mail or e-mail an annual family letter, include a personal testimony of the Lord's working in your life, your gratefulness for His salvation, and a Bible verse.

3.  e-Cards & Online

If you send e-cards (Crosswalk, Dayspring, etc.) or if you have a website or other online presence, you can include a message and/or link to the Gospel, such as:

 •  Scripture:

"The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)

 •  Links to online information and video:

Have you accepted the most precious gift anyone could ever give you?  Read more.

Watch a free on-line video which clearly explains how Jesus Christ was born and why-starting at the very beginning, at the dawn of Creation.  Watch The Hope, an 80-minute video.

4.  Give Christmas Goodies Plus a Gospel Message

Prepare a plate of goodies for your neighbors, friends, and/or family and include a Christmas tract (see above), a Scripture portion (see below), or an audio tape or CD of a book of the Bible.

 •  Pocket Testament League offers free copies of the Gospel of John with different cover designs and translations. 1-866-626-8106

5.  Go Christmas Caroling

Everyone loves to hear the familiar Christmas carols.

 •  Go caroling in your neighborhood, in a hospital or nursing home, or to shut-ins.

 •  Go as a family or with another family or group.

 •  Include your testimony in just a couple of sentences between songs, briefly speak of the gospel message in the songs, and/or pass out Christmas tracts.

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3. Giving To Meet Needs

Christmas is a time of giving, modeled on God's great gift to us. Teach your family how giving pleases the Lord.

1.  Developing the Character Quality of Generosity

 •  Model a free and happy generosity.

 •  Teach your child to be thoughtful of those in need and understand how to meet their needs.

 •  See "Teaching the Character Quality of Generosity" in Newsletter #103 (includes list of Scriptures).

2.  God's Gift List

 Talk to your family about those God told us to give to: prisoners; widows and orphans; our "neighbors"; the poor, handicapped, hungry, thirsty, or sick; strangers, those in need of clothing, and those that cannot return our gifts.  (See James 1:27; Luke 14:12-14; Matthew 25:35, 36.)

"Let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." (1 John 3:1)

3.  Types of Gifts

Discuss ways to meet the different needs of people.

 •  Some need material things. Give food, clothes, or money for housing, utilities, or transportation to a needy family or individual.

 •  Some need friendship, companionship, time, or service. Make a short visit to a nursing home, take a meal or a "tea party" to a shut-in from your church, or help serve a meal at a rescue mission.

4.  How To Reach the Needy

There are several ways that you may become aware of the needs of others and give to them.

 •  You may know someone to give to directly. This may be extended family, neighbors, friends, or acquaintances.  (See the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37.)

 •  You may give through your local church, an example given to us in Scripture.  (See Acts 6:1-7.)

 •  You may give through an organization that ministers in parts of the world with which you would not come into contact, such as:

Gospel for Asia offers you the opportunity to give the Gospel as well as a practical gift to meet urgent needs of Dalit ("Untouchable") families, showing them a tangible expression of God's life-changing love.

Gospel Rescue Missions present the Gospel, as well as provide emergency food and shelter, youth and family services, rehabilitation programs for the addicted, education and job training programs, and assistance to the elderly, poor, and at-risk youth.  See a directory of missions and "Eight Ways to Truly Help the Homeless" (including precautions for your family's safety).

"He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor."  (Proverbs 22:9)

5.  Practice Hospitality

Hospitality is a gift that money cannot buy, and it is something that God tells us to give to others (Romans 12:13).  You do not need to do an elaborate dinner or party.

 •  Ask a neighbor in for tea.

 •  Do not wait until your house looks "perfect" to practice hospitality.

6.  Always Include the Best Gift

 •  True love will offer the best gift, the Good News of salvation, along with any gift that ministers to physical needs (Acts 3:6).

 •  Give in the name of the Lord so that He gets the glory and others are pointed to Him.

~   Great for Gifts!   ~

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4. Affecting Our Culture

Christians' celebration a Christ-centered Christmas is a testimony to all around us and can have an impact in the culture warfare today.

Many do not recognize the extent of Christian influence on our nation's founding, giving us a rich Christian heritage, or the majority of our population that are at least nominally Christian.

For example, The Barna Group recently did a nationwide survey that revealed that "most American adults believe that the stories they read in the Bible can be taken as literal truth" and that "Three out of four adults (75%) said that they believe Jesus Christ was born to a virgin, Mary, as described in the gospel narratives."

Some Christian organizations are working to keep the Christian emphasis in our public celebration of Christmas in various ways, such as:

 •  The Nativity Display.
Bruce Barilla furnishes information on right to display the Nativity scene on public property at

As Christmas nears, Barna (see above) pointed out that the large majority who believe in the virgin birth coincides with the fact that few Americans are offended by public displays that remind people of the meaning of Christmas and the importance of the celebration.

 •  The Use of "Christmas" in the Marketplace.
Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who is also dean of the Liberty University Law School, has launched the sixth annual campaign to determine what stores want to take "Christ" out of Christmas.

Liberty Counsel's website has provided a list for consumers, so people know where to patronize when they go Christmas shopping. "The 'Friend or Foe Campaign' is designed to make sure that Christmas does not get secularized or censored from its essence, namely the birth of Jesus Christ," says Staver.

Liberty Counsel is also offering a "Help Save Christmas" action pack designed to help show that it is legal to celebrate Christmas.

Also see American Family Association's list.


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