December 25th is the day we as a faith recognize the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Remember to take time for the true reason for the season before worrying about presents and cookies.
A Christmas prayer please for Asia Bibi, the Christian woman in Pakistan currently in prison awaiting a death sentence for “blasphemy” against the Muslim faith. The Voice of The Martyrs posted another update on this story with a prayer request from Sandul Bibi. The article reads as followed on http://www.persecution.com.
“Sandul Bibi recently met with VOM friends in Pakistan to celebrate one year since her release from prison. Sandul was arrested in October, 2008, and falsely charged with tearing pages from the Quran. During the time of celebration Sandul and the other believers took time out to pray specifically for Asia Bibi, another Christian in Pakistan who is currently facing a death sentence for alleged blasphemy against Mohammed.”
A Christmas prayer please for those in Syracuse NY who recently lost a loved one in 20 year old Jenni Lyn Watson and 20 month year old Rashad Walker Jr. Jenni Lyn Watson recently found dead in Clay NY allegedly murdered by a former boyfriend, and Rashad Walker Jr. who was killed in gang related cross fire while sitting in his car seat in the city of Syracuse.
A Christmas prayer for our troops overseas who cannot be home for the Christmas holiday. Please, take a moment and send a message to our soldiers at http://www.USO.org/Holidays. Feel free to donate to the cause as well and help the troops remember Christmas.
A Christmas prayer for the leaders of North Korea. May God speak to them to NOT launch their “Sacred War”. Fox News reports threats by Defense Chief Kim Yong Chun towards South Korea.
Their website states:
“Defense chief Kim Yong Chun said North Korea is “fully prepared to launch a sacred war” — and would use its nuclear capabilities — if attacked and warned the South against intruding even the smallest amount on its territory, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.”
Remember, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us on the cross at Calvary. Many churches will have candle light services on Christmas Eve, as well as mass and services on Christmas day. For those who cannot get out, The Mars Hill Network on 102.9 FM will rebroadcast “The Christmas Card” on Christmas Eve at 8:00pm.
Their website states:
“Join the Mars Hill Network for a special rebroadcast of “A Mars Hill Christmas Card” featuring musical guests; Christopher Ames, Five to Life, Dennis Shortslef, Cathy Sanders, Altared,and the Mars Hill Network Ministry team featuring Mark Hard and Valerie Case.”
In closing, a Christmas prayer for you and your loved ones. Recently at a Sunday morning service at Calvary Baptist Church in Brewerton NY, Pastor Bruce Havens recommended a new Christmas tradition, and it is one that your family may already do. Before opening gifts, read together Luke 2:1-20.
(New International version)
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
Merry Christmas and God Bless.