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  • It appears to be time once again for the great Christmas shutout! It’s nothing new; it happens every year at this time. No, it’s not a sports event, though sports may be a part of it. It’s a spiritual event, shutting out Christ from Christmas. It seems somewhat ironic. We set aside a day and a season to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, sent by God to be the Savior of the world, but we shut Him out and exclude Him from a time created to honor Him. We do it at Easter too!

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  • Have you ever considered what a blessing it is to have forgiveness of God? What a blessing to have the LORD not hold our sins and iniquities against us? While most live their lives afraid of God and without true joy and happiness because of their sin and rebellion against God and His commandments, those who have God’s mercy and forgiveness have true peace and happiness. To be forgiven of the LORD removes all fear of wrath and condemnation and gives us peace with God. To have forgiveness for all our sins gives us the assurance of life everlasting. Indeed, the one who admits his sin to the LORD instead of attempting to hide and cover up his sins is blessed because in the LORD, for the sake of Jesus’ holy life and innocent sufferings and death, he has forgiveness of God. Cf. 1 John 1:5 – 2:2.

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  • Christianity is on the decline in America and almost every major denomination in the United States is feeling the effects. The article cites an attack on Christianity and Biblical values on every side as the cause. As an example, the attacks on family and family values have caused a reduction in family size and contributed to divorce and split homes, which in turn contributes to fewer children being baptized and instructed in the Christian Faith.

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  • With the recent church shootings, the question has often arisen as to whether Christians have the right and duty to defend themselves and others and even to take lives to save lives when such becomes necessary. Numerous editorial pieces have been written on the subject, many of which would make it appear that being a Christian and carrying a gun for self-defense is totally incompatible. And carrying a weapon inside a church has been viewed as totally incongruous with the Gospel. But what is God’s answer?

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  • While many churches no longer observe the season of Advent, its observance can bring many blessings to those who take the time to consider the Scriptural message which is the focus of this season in the church year. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas — this coming Sunday — and is often associated with all the preparations for Christmas celebrations, but its real focus is on spiritual preparations for the advent or coming of Christ, not just His first coming as a babe born in Bethlehem, but especially His return as the Judge of the living and the dead. Thus, Advent is a penitential season in the church year, a time when special attention is placed upon repentance and faith in Christ, the Savior and Judge of all the earth.

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