In this week's Weekly Republican Address, issued by Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, on Christmas morning, the conservative senator-elect reminded viewers of one thing they need to be thankful for this Christmas: their religious freedoms.
As millions of Americans celebrate Christmas with gifts, Christmas trees, reefs, lights, caroling, nativity scenes and other displays, many Americans might take for granted their luxury to celebrate the holidays in any form or fashion they want without having to worry about any consequences or being "silenced".
Although many are claiming that America is waging a war against Christmas and religious expression, Lankford, who won Oklahoma's vacant senate seat by over 38 percentage points in November, said that undeniable religious freedoms granted by the Constitution allow Americans to continue with their Christmas traditions and express the love they have for Jesus. more >>
I saw a recent hand-held sign from a protester on television with the words: "Which side of history are you on?"
With another Christmas approaching, I can't overstate how relevant that notion is when it comes to Christ's kingdom, which began 2000 years ago and will one day see its wider fulfillment.
Christmas is a special time of year, by anybody's reckoning. It isn't because it's winter solstice. It isn't because it's "sparkle day" as some secularists now want to re-label Christmas. It's because of the birth of a baby. A very special Baby. more >>
As Christmas gets closer, I can't help but think of my son's fascination with toy dinosaurs. As a three year old, he couldn't get enough and in an effort to engage him I would sit on the floor and play. My T-Rex would say things like, "Come on guys, can't we just all get along? Let's play." His would without hesitation reply in a mean, gruff voice, "No! I'm going to eat you. Let's fight!" This happened on several occasions before I understood it.He's a boy. He likes dino-violence, and that's okay.
Unfortunately, not all mothers are comfortable with the fact that their sons are "Wild at Heart" to quote a popular book. Not every boy is wired the same, but there are certainly some God-given, innate characteristics within most boys that we may not understand, but that we can celebrate and channel into positive, productive purposes. One of those traits is their hard-wired bravery, exhibited by young men like John Blunk who threw his body over his girlfriend to save her life when James Eagen Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater. It's the same bravery that allowed Seal Team Six to risk their own lives in order to take out the evil Osama Bin Laden. Viva La Difference! I must add that while CWA applauds our brave women in the military, we must still acknowledge that 82 percent of those serving are men.
Instead of applauding and embracing the unique differences between boys and girls, a new wave of feminists are using Christmas to do just the opposite. Feminists are asserting that when we allow boys to be themselves and play with gender-based toys like army men, we are teaching them that it's okay to beat their wives when they are older. That's why these feminists have latched on to "No Gender December," Play Unlimited's campaign to encourage seasonal gift givers to purchase toys without consideration of gender, advocating gender-neutral toys and for stores to stop categorizing toys by gender. more >>
The sights and sounds of Christmas were on vivid display as hundreds of people gathered with fascination to watch and listen to the presentation. The music was loud and jubilant, boldly declaring the birth of Jesus. The live nativity scene – complete with adorable angels and determined wise men – was comprised of excited children helping each other adjust their elaborate costumes and stick on beards that rivaled those of Duck Dynasty.
I wasn't at a megachurch or a school play or a shopping mall. It was the Sunday before Christmas, and I was in Asia's largest red light district, the notorious streets of Kamathipura in Mumbai, India.
This Christmas season I set out to explore how some of the poorest and most vulnerable in India approach the Advent, and how Jesus' birth is presented and celebrated by believers in seemingly unlikely environments in our world. more >>
Christmas is a time often associated with trees, Santa Claus, mangers, family gatherings, television specials, and the opening of presents. But according to a very successful technological Christian ministry, the season for giving may also be the season for Bible reading.
Bobby Gruenewald, the pastor who was the mastermind behind the YouVersion Bible App, told The Christian Post that during December the rate of Bible App usage increases.
"Our data gives us insight into people's interaction with the Bible around the world: installs of the app, chapters read, bookmarks and highlights created, verses shared, and more," said Gruenewald. more >>
St. Luke's account says that on that first Christmas shepherds were on a hillside watching their flocks by night, when suddenly, the glory of God shone round about them and an angel appeared. The angel made a stupendous announcement, saying, "Have no fear, for behold I announce to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people; for today there was born for you in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
The shepherds were prompt in their response. They sought out the Christ-child immediately. The Scriptures say that they "came with haste." The Greek meaning for the word translated "haste" is "they jumped the walls on their way." Certainly this should be the response of every person to the gospel message – don't delay - make haste.
There is built into life an element of urgency concerning the things that really matter. Some things should just never be put off. more >>