the Great Creator Makes
by Thomas Pestel
Behold the great
Himself a house of
A robe of virgin flesh He
Which He will wear
Hark, hark, the wise
Like a weak infant
In form of servant is the
And God in cradles
This wonder struck the
It shook the starry
Squadrons of spirits stood
Then down in troops
Glad shepherds ran to
view this sight;
A choir of angels
And eastern sages with
Adore this King of
Join then, all hearts
that are not stone,
And all our voices
To celebrate this holy One
The God of peace and
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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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Regardless of objectionable practices of
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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.
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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
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
that we might live through Him.
In this is love: not that we loved God,
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(1 John 4:9-10)
Adapted from "Isn't
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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.
True Meaning of Christmas
Blessings to You
Men Still Seek Him
2. Include the Gospel in Your Cards
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
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,
etc.) or if you have a website or other
online presence, you can include a message
and/or link to the Gospel, such as:
"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)
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4. Give Christmas Goodies Plus a
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.
Testament League offers free copies of
the Gospel of John with different cover
designs and translations.
5. Go Christmas Caroling
Everyone loves to hear the familiar
caroling in your neighborhood, in a hospital
or nursing home, or to shut-ins.
as a family or with another family or group.
your testimony in just a couple of sentences
between songs, briefly speak of the gospel
message in the songs, and/or pass out
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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
• Model a
free and happy generosity.
your child to be thoughtful of those in need
and understand how to meet their needs.
"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
"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
need material things. Give food, clothes, or
money for housing, utilities, or
transportation to a needy family or
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
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.)
may give through your local church, an
example given to us in Scripture. (See
may give through an organization that
ministers in parts of the world with which
you would not come into contact, such as:
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"He who is generous will be blessed, For
he gives some of his food to the poor."
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.
a neighbor in for tea.
not wait until your house looks "perfect" to
6. Always Include the Best
love will offer the best gift, the Good News
of salvation, along with any gift that
ministers to physical needs (Acts 3:6).
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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
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
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
Some Christian organizations are working
to keep the Christian emphasis in our public
celebration of Christmas in various ways,
Bruce Barilla furnishes information on right
to display the Nativity scene on public
property at nativityhelp.org
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
Use of "Christmas" in the Marketplace.
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
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.