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Our Greatest Need at Christmas and Christmas Greetings

Our greatest need at Christmas

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.

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Christmas is a great time to reach out to your ethnic neighbors.

Foreign-born believers will be pleased when you wish them “Merry Christmas” in their native language. (And they’ll enjoy helping you with the pronunciation!)

Here are Christmas greetings in over 75 languages, reprinted with permission from Brigada Today:

Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
Armenian Shnorhavor Surp Dznunt
Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Chinese (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Chinese (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish Glaedelig Jul
Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English Merry Christmas
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish Hyvaa joulua
French Joyeux Noel
Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori Meri Kirihimete
Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa
Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal
Rapa-Nui Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian Hristos se rodi!
Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish Feliz Navidad!
Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Z Rizdvom Khrystovym!
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni
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Are you wearing a mask?

I know it is that time of the year when many kids and adults alike play dress-up and wear mask. But, what happens when the “mask” is a permanent fixture? 

Many Christians are wearing mask and have yet to be authentic versions of what GOD designed HIS church or body to be.  

God never meant for HIS church or body to live out our lives wearing a mask. 

How will the world recognize that The Holy Spirit that dwells within all believers of Christ if we are concealing our true identity? 

What makes void the Word of GOD??? 

The traditions of men. 

Our LORD and MASTER Jesus Christ said, ” I am the resurrection, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by ME.” 

Traditions that we celebrate need to be investigated to learn what is behind them. Many of them may not “strengthen” us as believers but could in fact undermine our spiritual growth and tarnish our witness of Christ. 

If we are ever as a “body” to be recognized as being the “head” and not the tail in this world we are not to be conformed by this world ( into it’s image) but transformed (into the image and likeness of Christ) by renewing our minds (our thinking). This means that even many of our traditions will ultimately need to be checked by Christ to see if they “fit” into the newness of life HE has given us. 

Halloween is a celebration originally steeped in pagan belief systems and forms of worship that go counter to many doctrines held as corner stones of our Christian faith. 

It is not possible to serve two masters faithfully and without injuring one or the other! 

I fully realize that this topic may touch nerves in some but my role in ministry is to provide truth (as Christ sees it) so that souls will have been given the proper information in order to choose between life and death. 

Below is clip from an article on the subject of Halloween that goes into some detail. 

Knock, Knock, Knock….. You open the door and there stands one or more children standing in some sort of costume, highly excited and all screaming at the top of their lungs….”TRICK or TREAT, with out knowing the meaning of what they are saying or doing.  

As an adult, do you know what Halloween represents? Most people are ignorant of what Halloween is all about and for that matter don’t care. I grew up trick or treating like most kids in America and never knew what it was all about. We even had a haunted house in the attic of the little country CHURCH I attended!!!! I was like most kids in the fact that all I wanted to do is get as much candy as I could and would do what I had to do to get it!! Including fighting with my brothers and sisters to be the first at the door….Every year I was the devil. I had the most evil, horrible, grotesque, rubber mask that was ever made. I had a pitchfork and my precious mother even sewed me a long pointed tail on my red suit. 

We all have stories to tell of Halloween, but do you really know what it is all about?? If all you know of it is what I have described above, you may want to read a little further and find out more info about what you are celebrating. Now if you are a pagan you know exactly what it is, if a Christian you are involved in something God forbids and if you just a “good ole boy or girl” you don’t care. 

Where did it begin?

It began over 2000 yrs ago with people known as the Celtics. They lived in what is today England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This was also the beginning of the Celtic new year, a time to give thanks to the sun god for the harvest. 

What is it all about?

Halloween, All saints day, All hallows eve or All souls day is a festival. It was held to honor the Samhain the so called “lord of death”. It was a Druidical belief that on the eve of this festival Samhain, lord of death, called together the wicked spirits that within the past 12 months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals. 

It was a pagan belief that on one night of the year the souls of the dead return to their original homes, there to be entertained with food. If food and shelter were not provided, these evil spirits would cast spells and cause havoc toward those failing to fulfill their requests. 

Sacrifices were offered on this night to the dead spirits because it was thought they visited their earthly dwellings and former friends.

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