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A new command

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

They had heard Jesus tell them to love one another before.

So what was new? Jesus is telling them to love “as I have loved you.”

So, how did Jesus love? One needy soul at a time.

Zacchaeus was a short, rich Jericho tax collector. In fact he was so short that when Jesus passed through Jericho, where

Zacchaeus was, the swarming crowds blocked his view so he could not see Jesus. He had to climb a sycamore tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus.

Jesus ignored the large crowds. He didn’t say a word to them. Instead he looked up at Zacchaeus and said, “Zacchaeus, come on down from that tree right away. I’m going to stay at your house today.”

Wait. Think about this scene for a minute. It’s the first time Zacchaeus has ever laid eyes on Jesus. Jesus ignores the huge crowds. Doesn’t say a word. He calls Zacchaeus by name and then says he’s going to spend the whole day with him at his house.

Later at his house Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

That’s how Jesus loved–one soul at a time. The Bible is full of stories of Jesus loving one person at a time. Think of the woman-at-the-well, the Centurion woman, The Roman centurion’s sick servant and many more one at a time.

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What do you know about God?

If a stranger came up to you on the street and asked you to tell her all you know about God, what would you say?.

How would you respond? How long would it take you to tell the stranger all you know about God. If you’re anything like me it wouldn’t take much time at all.

I could tell you lots of stuff I know about God. Heck, we talk to each other every day. He shares all sorts of stuff with me. I love when He tells me how he’s answered my prayers. Of course I don’t know a centile of stuff that my Pastor knows or some Bible scholars. But God lets me know everything I need to know to help me navigate life today and hopefully be a blessing to others and honor Him and be grateful.

Of course I can never know all there is to know this side of heaven. But some day…some day I’ll know everything I’m suppose to know. God promises us through the Apostle Paul . . .

“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Some day we’ll understand it all by and by’

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Covid here, Covid there, Covid, Covid everywhere

Where were you on February 10, 2020?

Would you have guessed in a thousand years that your life and the lives of your family and everyone you know would change forever the next day?

That’s the day the world was introduced to Covid.

Here’s a challenge for all you brainiacs out there. Can you name at least one person, place or thing, animal, vegetable or mineral Covid has not touched?

Times up. I didn’t think so.

It may very well be that Covid in some form or fashion will become a permanent part of our lives.

What we always need to remember is that God is sovereign, not just over some things. God is sovereign over EVERYthing. And He’s sovereign over Covid. God did not create Covid. But He is allowing it as part of his purpose for us all. And He will bring good out of Covid, even though we can’t see it now or believe it. God has promised that He will.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isiah 55:8-9

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A visit I’ll never forget

When I finished college, I was invited to play basketball on the Venture for Victory Basketball Team, which traveled throughout Asian countries, playing basketball and presenting a Christian witness. We played about 75 games in ten weeks. Several of them were against Olympic teams from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, and Hong Kong. Thousands of people came to know Christ through that program.

One of my most unforgettable life experiences occurred in Taipei. We were playing each night against their Olympic team. Some missionaries invited us to visit a leprosarium that was run by Mrs. Lillian Dickson. She was a marvelous Presbyterian lady who had a remarkable ministry to lepers.

Basketball is really big in that part of the world. Even the leprosarium had a basketball court. It also had loud-speakers throughout the compound so that people could listen to the ball games. We gave a basketball demonstration at the court. Some of the residents not too badly affected by leprosy were able to walk to the court. Others brought their buddies on their backs.

We saw how leprosy affected people at different stages. Some were severely afflicted, while others were in the first stages. I met a man named Chhoe who had been a skilled wood carver. Leprosy took his fingers, so he strapped the chisel to the heel of one hand and the mallet to the heel of his other hand, and carved water buffaloes. He gave me one.

Mrs. Dickson invited us to go to the top of the compound to what she called the “ward nearest heaven.” The most severely afflicted lepers were there. There were eight lepers in the room. None of them had arms or feet. Someone had to feed them and care for them. It was a dimly lit room. None of these lepers would live very long, but the remarkable thing was that each of them had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. They knew the real meaning of life, and their lives were effervescent with the hope of eternity.

I have been in a lot of prayer groups and religious settings in my life. Never had I been in any room where I felt the power of God so much as in that leprosarium. Mrs. Dickson called on one of our players to lead in prayer. Gary Cunningham, All-American basketball player from UCLA, began to pray, with the use of an interpreter, “Oh God, we thank you for Jesus Christ.”

All-of-a-sudden, the lepers started saying in English, “Hallelujah, hallelujah. Amen, amen.” They started praising God. Gary was unable to continue the prayer. It was just an outbreak of genuine praise to God.

Mrs. Dickson took us outside and explained that when Gary thanked God for Jesus Christ, he thanked God for the only hope those men had. Their focus was not on a basketball game, or earning money, or trying to establish a vocation–none of these were important at all to these lepers. Knowing Jesus and where they would spend eternity was the greatest news they could hear and share!

My life would never be the same after that experience. Today, what are you most thankful for? Where is your hope? What do you love more than anything else in the world? In what are you putting your trust? What is your focus in life today?

Learn from these lepers about real living!

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Forgiving Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

No. I’m not talking about forgiving Huck Finn’s fence-painting sidekick or Becky Thatcher’s boyfriend. I’m talking about my dad, Tom Sawyer. My middle name is Tom and I got kidded about it my whole life.

Dad was an alcoholic so our home was dysfunctional. I felt sorry for Mom–she took her share of verbal abuse and shaming from Dad but she showed me toughness despite all the eggshells we all had to walk on.

Dad never had THE TALK with me or had even a word to share with me about me becoming a man. Dad introduced me to pornography, which later became an addition of mine. Dad always favored my four-years-my-junior brother, Sam, in everything. I often felt like a lost child.

Dad was sober the last 20 years of his life, thanks to AA. And he turned semi-mellow but he and I remained strained. To be honest, the primary emotion we shared was, I think, resentment.

In a conversation with a counselor last week I realized that after all the ill-will baggage I’d been lugging around I had never forgiven him for all the ill-will he and I both had for each other. With my counselor and prayer and The Holy Spirit I was able to genuinely forgive my dad completely. I left all that baggage for good.

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It is FINISHED!

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Black Gospel Singers have an extra vocal chord

Very few people in the music industry are aware of this little known fact– Black Gospel singers are born with an extra vocal chord. The extra vocal chord is the reason Black Gospel singers can sing circles around theri lilly white counter parts. Always have. Always will.

To prove it let’s take a great song by Jim Croce. “Operator” and listen to two version, the first by the all-White singing group, Manhattan Transfer, then the Black Gospel version of the same song by Jesse Dixon and the Black Gospel group Signature Sound.

He who has ears let him hear.

Manhattan Transfer

the Black Gospel extra vocal chord group

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What is real life to you?

A VISIT I’LL NEVER FORGET!

When I finished college, I was invited to play basketball on the Venture for Victory Basketball Team, which traveled throughout Asian countries, playing basketball and presenting a Christian witness. We played about 75 games in ten weeks. Several of them were against Olympic teams from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, and Hong Kong. Thousands of people came to know Christ through that program.

One of my most unforgettable life experiences occurred in Taipei. We were playing each night against their Olympic team. Some missionaries invited us to visit a leprosarium that was run by Mrs. Lillian Dickson. She was a marvelous Presbyterian lady who had a remarkable ministry to lepers.

Basketball is really big in that part of the world. Even the leprosarium had a basketball court. It also had loud-speakers throughout the compound so that people could listen to the ball games. We gave a basketball demonstration at the court. Some of the residents not too badly affected by leprosy were able to walk to the court. Others brought their buddies on their backs.

We saw how leprosy affected people at different stages. Some were severely afflicted, while others were in the first stages. I met a man named Chhoe who had been a skilled wood carver. Leprosy took his fingers, so he strapped the chisel to the heel of one hand and the mallet to the heel of his other hand, and carved water buffaloes. He gave me one.

Mrs. Dickson invited us to go to the top of the compound to what she called the “ward nearest heaven.” The most severely afflicted lepers were there. There were eight lepers in the room. None of them had arms or feet. Someone had to feed them and care for them. It was a dimly lit room. None of these lepers would live very long, but the remarkable thing was that each of them had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. They knew the real meaning of life, and their lives were effervescent with the hope of eternity.

I have been in a lot of prayer groups and religious settings in my life. Never had I been in any room where I felt the power of God so much as in that leprosarium. Mrs. Dickson called on one of our players to lead in prayer. Gary Cunningham, All-American basketball player from UCLA, began to pray, with the use of an interpreter, “Oh God, we thank you for Jesus Christ.”

All-of-a-sudden, the lepers started saying in English, “Hallelujah, hallelujah. Amen, amen.” They started praising God. Gary was unable to continue the prayer. It was just an outbreak of genuine praise to God.

Mrs. Dickson took us outside and explained that when Gary thanked God for Jesus Christ, he thanked God for the only hope those men had. Their focus was not on a basketball game, or earning money, or trying to establish a vocation–none of these were important at all to these lepers. Knowing Jesus and where they would spend eternity was the greatest news they could hear and share!

My life would never be the same after that experience. Today, what are you most thankful for? Where is your hope? What do you love more than anything else in the world? In what are you putting your trust? What is your focus in life today?

Learn from these lepers about real living!

God

Charlton Heston and the 23rd psalm

Someone who knew someone who knew someone who knew Charlton Heston asked the actor if he would come to a party in his home town of Evanston, Illinois to honor a Baptist preacher retiring after serving 62 years as a pastor.

After several speeches and a roast, the MC of the party asked Charlton Heston if he would read the 23rd Psalm in character as Moses, which Heston played in the movie, “The Ten Commandments.”  After several protests Heston reluctantly agreed and came to the podium. He read the verses out of the open Bible on the podium and received polite applause from the folks in the audience.

Then the MC asked the retiring preacher if he would recite the familiar verses as his last official duty for the church.  The aging pastor walked to the podium and recited the 23rd Psalm.  However, when he finished there was not a sound in the hall. There were a few sniffles, lots of  tears, even a few sobs.

The retiring preacher read the verses with such passion and conviction and love for the Scripture that he touched the hearts of everyone, even the actor. Heston was so moved by the preacher’s rendition of the 23rd Psalm that he returned to the microphone for his parting words.

All he could manage to say was, “I know the book,” Heston said. “But this preacher knows the Author.”

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Southern Comfort

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Love is like a river

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He’s Alive

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He sought me

There’s a lyric in the great Gospel song Victory in Jesus that says, “Jesus sought me”. It ‘s in the chorus and it goes like this,

“O victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever!
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him.
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.”

Think of those words for a minute. If you know Jesus, If you’re a child of the king,

He sought YOU. He sought me!

Jesus sought prostitutes and bums and crooked tax collectors. He sought the down-and-outers. He sought the woman at the well at midday who’d been married five times. He sought drunks and derelicts. The divorced. Why do you suppose He sought you? Or me?

It’s our brokenness, our heartaches our depression and our helplessness that attracts him to us; because he knows better than anyone or anything that Jesus is the only relief we can ever find. That’s why Jesus still seeks us. He knows we will not seek him. We’ll seek relief from the world because we’re all so dadgum stubborn and still think worldly.

If he didn’t seek after us we’d never find him on our own.

He’s Alive

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Please pass the mustard seed

seed

Mustard seeds fascinate me.  They start as one of the smallest seeds in the world. Then they can grow into herbs larger than an adult with sturdy branches large enough for birds to nest in. Jesus taught the parable of the mustard seed in all three synoptic gospels.

In Matthew Jesus said, “. . . if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

When growers plant the mustard seed, the germination process begins. Only after it dies does it start to grow. All the growth and fruit from one tiny seed would not be possible unless the seed died.

We would not be proclaiming the Gospel if Jesus had not died.

We have to die too if we are going to bear fruit for God. We can do all sorts of “good” things. We can pray, read the Bible, meditate on Scripture, go to church, serve on committees, usher and more. None of it glorifies God, however, if we’re not willing to be crucified with Him. We have to die first if we’re going to live for Him.

That’s why Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life I live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

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One more river to cross

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My 7 UPS

Everyone needs a plan for living each day in 2022. My plan includes “7 ups” to help me move up each day. These “7 ups” do not refer to the drink you purchase from a machine, nor the delivery service that’s dependent on a human supply chain. My “7 ups” are God and I working together. I share them to ask you to help hold me accountable and consider joining me in this plan.

  1. WAKE UP. Wake up and remember that David said “Today is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) Begin each day with a decision that God has something good in store for us today and we are going to be committed to following His will.
  2. GET UP. It’s always easy to lie in bed and daydream about what could be. It’s another thing to get up and let God begin to use us. The prodigal son in Luke 15 found himself in a pig pen. He woke up (vs. 17) and then got up (vs. 18, 20) and went home to his father! Check out what his “ups” led to. (vs. 21-24)
  3. FILL UP. Something is going to occupy our thinking today. It could be very negative or very positive. It can be self-centered, or it can be outwardly focused. Paul says, “Whatever is true, good, lovely, good in others . . . brings joy and praise …let your mind dwell on these things.” (Philippians4:8)
  4. SHUT UP. It’s always easy to speak before we think. We have two ears and only one mouth. We need to listen a lot more and speak a lot less. Solomon reminds us that “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” (Proverbs 13:3) Think twice before you speak, and think three times or more before you send an email or text or Twitter message!
  5. LOOK UP. If you walk through life looking down, you will never see a rainbow or the many doors that God wants to open every day. Remember that our strength does not come from other people or ourselves down here, but it comes from God above. Look up to Him. David wrote “I will look up to the mountains from where my help comes. My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1,2)
  6. REACH UP. Always be reaching upward. Every day, we need to have some goal that’s just beyond our reach and will cause us to stretch to reach it. Be sure that it is God’s goal and not yours. Paul said, “I reach forward to what lies ahead. I strain toward the prize of the upward call of God.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
  7. LIFT UP. Focus on someone to lift up in prayer. When you see a person who is down emotionally, financially, spiritually, or psychologically, lift them up. “Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one. If one falls, the others lift him up. One standing alone can be defeated, but two standing back-to-back can conquer, and three is even better!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

What is your daily plan for 2022?

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What do you expect?

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For His Glory

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‘Twas the day after Christmas

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A Stable tha brings stability

John Ed’s weekly blog. Merry Christmas

We need stability in a world of chaos, confusion, uncertainty, fear, and mistrust. I believe that stability can come from only one place – the Stable in Bethlehem. Here are six reasons why I believe that:

  1. Simple – It was a simple Stable. It was not designed by an architect nor built by a famous contractor. It didn’t have electricity; it didn’t have high-speed internet. There was no media center in it; it wasn’t on the Parade of Homes. It was just a simple stable with a feeding trough and a shelter for some animals and people. A stable Christmas is simple and is focused on Jesus.
  2. Serene – It was a serene Stable where peace prevailed. It was the birthplace of the Prince of Peace. The shepherds had just heard the angel say, “Don’t be afraid. I’ve got Good News for you!” (Luke 2:10) The Stable was the birthplace of the One who said, “My peace I give to you, not the kind of peace the world gives.” (John 14:27) This peace was later described as the “peace that surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) That peace brings real stability!
  3. Singing – It was a singing Stable. The entire Christmas story is punctuated with music. Great musical compositions such as Ave Maria, The Benedictus, The Magnificat, and Gloria in Excelsis Deo come from the Christmas story recorded in Luke 1 & 2. Also, Christmas carols tell the Stable story, and Christmas songs are still being written today based on Luke’s account.
  4. Spacious – It was a spacious Stable. I don’t know how big your house is, but it isn’t as big as that first Stable. You might have more square feet, but the Stable where Jesus was born was bigger because it stretched out to the whole world. (John 3:16) The size of a house isn’t measured by square feet – but rather by the size of the welcome mat! Do we welcome people when we go outside our small, immediate family?
  5. Special – It was a special Stable because it was the place where God presented His Son to the world. It was used by God to become a man and live among us. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) Our lives can be special because it is through us that the Light of Hope and Peace can shine today. We are the light to the world. (Mat. 5:16) Jesus has entrusted His Light and His Truth to us to share with others! That’s very special!
  6. Sacrificial – It was a sacrificial Stable because it was the birthplace of the One who would sacrifice His life for the sins of all mankind. The baby who was born was to become the perfect lamb to be sacrificed. Jesus was described as the Lamb that was unblemished and spotless. (I Peter 1:9) Luke 23 describes how they carried Him up to a cross and crucified Him. He was willing to sacrifice His life in order that we might have life. Are we willing to sacrifice our money, time, pleasure, ambition, and comfort so other people might find hope and help?

The only real stability for our world comes from that Stable!

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He’s Alive

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Have a “Mary” Christmas

She was a teenager. A virgin. Engaged to be married. She lived a life of quiet faithfulness to God. We don’t read that she was extraordinarily beautiful, nor wise. Nor rich. Nor from royalty. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was, by all accounts, extraordinarily ordinary, yet humble. She lived in Nazareth. an out-of-the way village, probably just a few hundred folks. Nathanael once remarked to Phillip, “Can anything good ever come out of Nazareth?”. It was a place you’d want to drive through, not stop to visit.

After Gabriel announced to Mary that she had found favor with God, after he told her she would soon give birth to the Savior of the World, after Gabriel told Mary her Son would be extraordinary, her response was simply, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”

I sometimes wonder why God didn’t choose the mother of the Savior of the world from higher up the social ladder.

I think it was Mary’s quiet faithfulness. Her total surrender to God’s news. Her servant’s attitude. Her humility. All found favor with God.

Have a “Mary” Christmas this year. Never ever feel ordinary. Never feel that you don’t matter or that you couldn’t glorify God with your life, regardless of your circumstances.

God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people who, like Mary, live in quiet faithfulness, humility and submission to God.

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When Christmas Gets Radical! Who’s Birthday Is It Anyway?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog by Ann Voscamp, one of my new-found Christian blogging friends. She gave me permission to re-post a portion of her message here.

Ann is married to a farmer and the couple has six children, which Ann home schools. How and when she finds time to write and blog is one of those mysteries of the universe. Ann is an accomplished writer. She writes for DaySpring’s site, (in)Courage, is a contributing editor for The High Calling, with articles in ChristianityToday.com and The Beacon.  “Now and then, I stand before microphones and pray hard before I speak,” she said.  “I scratched out words in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Child’s Geography (Knowledge Quest Press, 2007), of which all profits are donated to Compassion. To read the rest of her story, follow this link to her blog after you read this special Christmas message.  I believe some, if not all, of the photos here she took as well.”
Enjoy.

It’s been over ten years of nothing under the Christmas tree here.

Strange, the way children teach men.::

It was dark, I do remember that. Bedtime. Smoothing back hair, kissing foreheads.

One round moon hanging large outside the window, an ornament dangling off stars, decorating the night.

I had gifts to wrap. So, pull up the blankets. Prayers. And then, when I’m at the door, one hand on the door

frame, resting in the light of the hallway, I turn to close the door a bit on the dark.

He stops me with just one question:

“What does Jesus get for His birthday?”

The words hung… strung me up.

I say the words into the black. Um… A cake? Our love?

I can hear him turn again in the bed, roll over on the pillow. Restless…

“But Mom…. if we get wrapped presents for our birthdays, real sacrifices from people who love us — they gave up other things to give something to us — then why don’t we do that for Jesus’ birthday?”

I stand at the door looking into all that light cast down the hallway.

Why is the sky blue, why do we blink, how do clouds hold all that water, the children ask me a thousand questions and the world spins dizzy on a million questions I don’t know the answers to.

I stand in the dark, the light right there, and I grope for the answer that could change the world…

“Why don’t we give up things so we can give to Jesus for His birthday?”

Is it always this way, that a little child will lead them?

He was four or five that year, I can’t remember. I just know that now he’s fifteen and I stepped out into the light and we’ve done all the Christmases since his way, giving away. It’s not at all wrong to do it differently, but just for us… all the Christmas gifts — gifts for the Christ Child.

I shamefully confess I thought it would somehow make me sad. I am a very slow learner.

How could I have thought that only love under the tree would do anything but make our happiness flourish?

The Birthday Child tells us what He wants: Give to the least of these and you give to Me.

So this is how we do it: We pick out gifts from His gift catalogues — Compassion Catalog, Samaritan’s Purse Catalog, Partner’s International Catalog, World Vision Catalog, Gospel for Asia Catalog, Mennonite Central Committee Catalog.

It happens after breakfast, each day for the last two weeks of Advent, selecting one gift for He who is Christmas.

They flip pages, deciding on what to give Him today:
“Anyone think we should get a pair of rabbits today?”

“I was thinking mosquito nets. Two. I wouldn’t want to die of malaria.”

“If we buy a seed packet for a family, our gift is tripled.”

“Did you read the story on page 25 about what a difference it makes for an orphan family . . .continue reading Ann’s When Christmas Gets Radical on her site.

Resources:

Compassion Catalog

Samaritan’s Purse Catalog

Partner’s International Catalog

World Vision Catalog

Gospel for Asia Catalog

Mennonite Central Committee Catalog

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A Two-Question Christmas Quiz

One of the real highlights of Christmas is the presentation of the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. When Charles Schulz started thinking about creating this television possibility, all the major networks were hesitant. Finally, one network agreed, so the cartoonist proceeded.

Everybody has favorite parts of the classic. We love to see Lucy’s reaction as Snoopy kissed her. We all felt bad for Charlie Brown when the gang turned on him and called him a “blockhead.”

My favorite part of the classic is when a frustrated Charlie Brown steps up and cries out, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Then Linus comes out to center stage, requests the spotlight, wraps his blanket around his head, and begins reciting Luke 2, the story of Jesus’s birth. Linus then says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Linus got it right! That is what Christmas is really about!

I have always been inspired by the boldness of Charles Schulz to include Charlie Brown’s question and Linus’s answer. I have read that while A Charlie Brown Christmas was being developed, the producers again warned Schulz that including the Luke 2 scene in the special would probably jeopardize its marketability. Some of the experts were convinced that the religious message would definitely cause it to be rejected by the networks.

I love Charles Schulz’s response. Those warnings did not deter him. He had conviction. His answer was a question, “If not us, then who is going to do it?”

We are at a point in history today where we need to stand up and share the real meaning of Christmas. We can’t let commercial enterprises or people committed to secular values keep us from correctly answering Charlie Brown’s question!

In December 2016, a nurse’s aide, Dedra Shannon, at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, was told she had to remove a homemade poster featuring Linus, a scrawny tree, and the Biblical recitation of the true meaning of Christmas. She was basically told that Linus could stay but Jesus and the Bible stuff had to go. Dedra Shannon refused to compromise her Christian belief.

When Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, heard about it, he acted. He cited the “Merry Christmas Law of 2013” which prevented this kind of discrimination. Paxton said to leave the poster up.

I love the way Todd Starnes reported the situation: “Ken Paxton decided it was time to jingle somebody’s bells. He dropped a big Yuletide Truth bomb on Killeen Independence School District. His message was that you don’t mess with Texas, and you don’t mess with Christmas, or you might just find your tinsel in a twist!”

I’m glad that Linus, the nurse’s aide, the Attorney General of Texas, and many others have stepped up to correctly answer the question that Charles Schulz asked. May God increase their tribe!

Here are two quiz questions for Christmas: “What is Christmas all about?” and “If not us, then who is going to do it?” What are your answers?

What grade will God give you on your answers to this Christmas quiz?

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Ain’t nobody do me like Jesus