Denominations Part 1


The Day of Christmas..Why isn’t Christ enough?


Jeremiah 10:1-4.

10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

The great day is upon us soon. It is the day that all American’s celebrate the honored tradition of Christmas. Christmas as the word originates from Christ is said to be focused on Christ and his time of birth and yet there is so much more that is focused on and many others who don’t even consider themselves Christ followers look on this day. Just like many other days celebrated throughout our country, it has its purpose in the economics. In fact, economics is the only reason why Christmas is still celebrated to this day.  Did you know this is one of the biggest pushes for financial success and outcomes of business across America? It is during this time that companies make the biggest profit and sometimes can be the difference from a successful year to an unsuccessful year. So the birth and death of the most important person the world has ever witnessed aren’t enough to capitalize on. They know that being about him would lead others to see plainly that gifts don’t fit into his focus. After all Christ got gifts because he was the foretold King and our kids and love ones aren’t. So the gift reasons don’t fit that mold and therefore don’t bring money to companies. They needed something more, and”more” was accomplished with the Pagan traditions that the Catholic church allowed to infest and fornicate with Christianity. They made it apart of everyone’s lives. They forced beliefs and traditions into the public so long that just like other examples of manipulation, the people forced, they become dependent on it and even fight to remain with it even when they find out that it’s not true or wrong to do so. Such is the case even today. I can’t tell you how many people have been exposed to the common knowledge that Christ has NOTHING to do with Santa, reindeer, Christmas Tree’s, and or the Winter Solstice ( which is the only real celebration going on whether you know it or not). I have seen it first hand with family members and friends. It doesn’t matter what they see for themselves and read for themselves. They find a way to justify things over and over again with themselves because the alternate view is too much to deal with or sleep at night with. They will fight to hold onto things that God has declared to be wrong because it easier to continue in error. Jeremiah gives us a perfect example and warning. God tells us not to learn the ways of the Pagan’s and what do we do? We go ahead and do the very thing they did. We run out and get that tree and bring it into our homes and drape it with silver and gold just like the bible warned us not to do. Never mind the simple question to why. Just using common sense, if one is to be honest with themselves they will see something isn’t right even without scripture. In what way does a tree’s place need to be one’s home? What sense does it make to decorated a tree? And above all that, how does this bring glory to Christ who was born in the Spring far from Winter, snow, and the month of December? Spiritually, how does God feel about your splitting up your love and glory set aside for his son so that you can give it to another being called Santa? The same Santa that you have recited songs of God like powers over and over….” He see’s you when you sleeping, he knows when you are awake, and knows if you have been bad or good”. Do you not understand that you just described God and applied it to a dead man. Only God can see the hearts to know if someone is good or bad. Only God can see a person wherever they are, to know if they are sleep or awake, not Santa Claus.  The world wants to act and pretend this is all cute and innocent but yet the first thing we want to teach our kids is not to lie, all while continuing to do so under the veil of fun and make-believe stories and tactics.  If we claim Christ is so important to us, why can’t you let go of the things that stand next to him to remove the focus and glory that only he deserves? So ask yourself honestly, as a Christian, born again, delivered and blessed with the option to wake up immortal and eternal into his Kingdom, ….isn’t Christ enough?


Are you truly Thankful?


“Thank you”. A term overly used without concern over the purity of such words. These words are spoken without thought sometimes and most time to people you don’t even know their first name. I’m not saying this is a bad thing to say but I am saying that because we use it so much that the meaning of such words are muddied up a bit. I was sitting around my house and started to really think about the term “Thank you” . I know it denotes some kind of gratefulness but in order for that to exist, one must take the time to reflect on the reason why such terms are used in the first place. How many times have you done this to those that you have said “Thank you” too? I am willing to bet that you don’t bother really thinking a lot about the depths of the reason why you are saying such words. I say this, not to you alone but to myself. I put in thoughts about reasons why I was thankful for the people God has put into my life. What I came up with, when I actually sat there for a while thinking about things, was an overwhelming picture of just how much love my family has shown me. These things truly shaped me and made me who I am today. So I decided to text all of them, not just my words “I love you ” or “Thank You”, but the some of the reason behind the statement for each person. Each person meant different things to me and had moments that forever shaped my soul. So I informed each person what they did when I grew up and what I remembered about them that led to this moment of true clarity.  Needless to say, it was not something either of them expected and really threw them off. My Father called to make sure I was fine because they just didn’t expect such a text. But this only showed me that I had not done a good enough job of expressing why I loved them or why I was so thankful for them enough. Then the obvious hit me. If I did this to my earthly parents and family, what about God? So my goal is to renew my prayer life with a meditation on why I love the Lord and why I am thankful. Not just for the cliches you hear about God in most peoples public prayers. I want to make sure it’s personalized and really looked over in my mind each time I speak those words and I challenge you to do so too. As humans, we normally tend to add these types of prayer when something is wrong or when something has happened that truly showed God was showing up in our life. This should be done every single time we enter into prayer.