Skip to comments.FReeper Canteen ~ For Unto You Is Born This Day...A Savior...Christ The Lord ~ 25 December 2011
Posted on 12/24/2011 5:09:33 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
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Wishing all our Jewish troops, veterans, families, allies, friends, and Canteeners
a peaceful and prosperous week.
From an email that a friend sent me:
Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America.The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.
And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu.
If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God ? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.
But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this
happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.
The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
It's something to remember as you go about your day.
Merry Christmas to you all!
He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our G-d from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May HASHEM cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your G-d, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
G-d bless and keep your children safe, Alouette.
Prayers for our troops, veterans, families, allies, friends, and Canteeners
for a safe and peaceful week ahead.
Merry Christmas to All!
And Merry Christmas to you, FRiend!
Merry Christmas All
From 1 Corinthians 15
“Thanks be to God who gives us victory through Jesus.”
Thanks for posting the Stein commentary.
and every knee shall bend and every head shall bow, for today the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is born.
God Bless all, Our Troops and there families & Our Country. Keep us safe and protect us from all who wants to harm us. Bless Israel and all its people this Christmas and New Year to come.
The best to all at Free Republic Family may the best to come to all of us. I pray God will send us leaders who will stand for what is good and let Jesus become the one we look to for answers and not the ones in DC or State Houses who are looking out only for there good and not what is best for country. We need our good men in USA to stand up and say enough of this spending and etc.
God be must be who our leaders look to as most of do in our lives and help raising our families. For if we put God first he again Bless us and our Country.
Merry Christmas Ducks!
Merry Christmas Lady J
No..my back and I declined..The kids are coming Wednesday.
Beautiful, (((Lady Jag))).Thank you.
Merry CHRISTmas to you and the SR family!
Pifa, sometimes translated as Pastoral Symphony, is Handels attempt to recreate the sound of shepherds bagpipes. It grew in length over the years, but by 1754 Handel had reduced it to its original 11 bars as a lead-in to four short accompanied soprano recitatives, each intended to ratchet up the tension. They in turn lead into a chorus, Glory to God, where the trumpets appear for the first time. Note the word painting, high voices for heaven and the low voices for peace on earth. At the end, Handel marks the ending pianissimo as the vision fades. (Luke)
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." -from THE BIBLE: Luke 2:10-11
Thread bump and a blessed Christmas to you Kathy.
...Thanks for the ping rab, Merry Christmas to all yall FReepers.
Merry Christmas everyone, May God Bless you all!!
Thank you for your commentary, I’m enjoying this immensely.
My Dad came and said he dropped something under his desk...I spent 15 minutes looking EVERYWHERE under there without finding it. After I finally got back up, we found it on the desk. d:o)
There was commentary galore. I may make this an annual event.
I’ve already gone back to your posting history and copied with all the links to the videos and shared them with my family and friends. Thank you, again!
And thanks for your service to our country.
Been there...done that...with my Mom. Kept me busy tho! ;)
During our churchs Christmas celebration, I watched the choir members assemble in front of the congregation while the music director rifled through papers on a slim black stand. The instruments began, and the singers launched into a well-known song that started with these words: Come, now is the time to worship.
Although I expected to hear a time-honored Christmas carol, I smiled at the appropriate choice of music. Earlier that week I had been reading Lukes account of Jesus birth, and I noticed that the first Christmas lacked our modern-day parties, gifts, and feastingbut it did include worship.
After the angel announced Jesus birth to some wide-eyed shepherds, a chorus of angels began praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest! (Luke 2:13-14). The shepherds responded by running to Bethlehem where they found the newborn King lying in a barnyard bassinet. They returned to their fields glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen (v.20). Coming face to face with the Son inspired the shepherds to worship the Father.
Today, consider your response to Jesus arrival on earth. Is there room for worship in your heart on this day that celebrates His birth?
Read: Luke 2:8-20
Merry Christmas my friend.
Is your Christmas gonna be white?
ATTENTION EVERYBODY! SANTA CLAUS IS GOING TO BE HERE IN TEN MINUTES. I JUST HEARD IT ON THE NEWS!!!
Happy Christmas Eve, MA.
Piper is down for the count, and Santa is busy putting her gifts under the tree.
All the family is here, and all is well with the world.
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