December 6, 2013 at 11:24 am #15199
Watching & WaitingKeymaster
I love Christmas so much! I love the lights, colors, music, decorations, all of it! I know there is a bit of a controversy about it being paganized and commercialized, but I can’t help but think God sees the hearts of each of us, and it must bring Him joy that we celebrate the time that the Messiah came into the world to change it forever. I wholeheartedly believe that this is where we get the feeling of the “spirit of Christmas.” Have you felt this spirit? I have felt it since I was a child, some years more than others, but I know it is not just the excitement of Christmas. I believe it is a feeling from the Holy Spirit and that He puts the “Spirit” in “Christmas Spirit.” I believe He brings joy to your heart when you are celebrating the birth of Jesus. But we need to remember that we can have this feeling all year long, and it is a Christmas gift from God. So celebrate Christmas, brothers and sisters, and if we are truly celebrating Jesus in our hearts, it is truly the most wonderful time of the year!
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
December 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm #15214
What a nice thread . Despite the fact that I’m weary and depressed now I just love to talk about Christmas. Where I live it’s dark for many hours and often cold and sometimes snow around Christmas. I guess the traditions vary from country to country, but some thing is the same. I love all the lights, candles,the music and preparations. Here all families have these in their windows, some even in all the windows in the house.
Except the bathroom I guess LOL.
Then we have Nissen, a small Santa living in the barn. Yes, I know some Christians says he is heathen and that we should avoid having him. But he is a very traditional figure in Scandinavia, so I don’t know
They could look like this:John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.December 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm #15219
Even though I get stressed out this time of year…Christmas day is always a beautiful day where I can feel the Holy Spirit and peace poured out.I love that I can walk into a store and hear”Joy to the World”or a song about our Savior.I love the lights,music but I dont like the hustle and bustle of gift buying etc.December 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm #15224
W&W yes I love Christmas too! Yes I have, and do feel the spirit of Christmas. Christmas songs about our savior especially, have such feeling and joy to them. I can relate to everything you said, so beautifully.Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ…
December 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm #15266
So many people love Christmas. To be surrounded by family and friends is such a blessing. And that special Christmas spirit that everyone seems to enjoy. Even the unbelievers are affected by it. It’s a very special time of the year for so many people, especially Christians, who think about the Lord and the blessings He has given them….friends, family, the joy of gift giving and exchanging gifts, but most of all, the love and the fellowship during this special time of year. But more importantly, what the Lord has done for us on the cross is the greatest gift of all.
What gets me so excited for this year is all the Youtube videos of people saying that the Lord has told them that the rapture is coming in December of 2013! Whooo Hooo! I can’t wait to be with my RITAN family and ESPECIALLY to be able to be with Jesus, which is the best Christmas present of all! Never to be alone on Christmas ever again would be so glorious to me. Praise the Lord!Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
December 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm #15270
What gets me so excited for this year is all the Youtube videos of people saying that the Lord has told them that the rapture is coming in December of 2013! Whooo Hooo! I can’t wait to be with my RITAN family and ESPECIALLY to be able to be with Jesus, which is the best Christmas present of all! Never to be alone on Christmas ever again would be so glorious to me. Praise the Lord!
Amen LisaLeenie a woman after my own heart!Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ…
December 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm #15281
Aw, hugs, RitaMay!!Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
December 7, 2013 at 10:56 am #15348
I love Christmas too! I love all the decorating (I don’t decorate but love to look at it) and smells and food. Watching children running around all excited. I love watching adults turn into kids this time of year. Even with all the stress and pressure that comes with it, it has moments that don’t come around the rest of the year. But mostly what I love about Christmas is it is a time that brings to the forefront of our thoughts and minds the most amazing gift we could have ever dreamt of. And in short order we will be in His presence forever. And the best part is that HE wants us there!!!!!!! Now that should get at least one “holy smokes” but an “amen” will do! LolBaruch shem kivod leolam va’ed. Barukh attah adonai melekh m’hulal batishbachot. (Blessed be His glorious majesty forever and ever. Blessed are You, Lord a King to be praised in adoration.)
December 8, 2013 at 7:58 am #15457
Holy Smokes AND Amen!!December 8, 2013 at 11:01 am #15477
Double holy smokes and Amen triple!Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ…
December 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm #15542
Cellibrating Christmas does give our hope a face. It is a visual expression of our Hope and His promise. Both as Savior in His first coming, and gives us every reason to hope for His return for His bride. Nay-sayers, mockers, and super religious types just simply play into the schemes of Satan to minimize the glorious fulfillment of His promises. Indeed, we can certainly lose the reason for the season, but that would be a lack on our part, not in His being born of a Virgin. I have no doubt that the birth of Christ will forever be immortalized in eternity, regardless which day He was born. There will be many milestones of God’s outstretched arms towards Israel and all of mankind that will always be remembered. Should we celebrate no other birthday upon the face of the earth, we would have lost nothing! You go girl!!!
Love & blessings…Tender ReedDecember 9, 2013 at 6:17 am #15580
I couldn’t agree more with every ones comments above, Christmas is my favorite time of year and I think you all covered it as far as the things you enjoy. At this moment, we have a count of 800 lights intertwined in garland just in the living room alone and we’re still not done. I love Christmas music, turning out all the lights and just having all the Christmas light on for lighting, hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows, cinnamon simmering on the stove, baking, the smell of fresh baked apple pies and the smell of candy canes (those are good crushed and putting a teaspoon in tea, too), driving around and looking at everyone else’s Christmas lights, tying fancy Christmas ribbons and making big bows for our deer on the wall and my antique wooden horse for Christmas, the smell of pumpkin spice candles and wrapping presents, Cool Whip in my coffee with a dash of nutmeg on top. But one of the best things I love is that the Lord always bring verses to my mind that pertain to His coming to save us. After all, HE is the reason for the season."But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:5-6)
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