Merry CHRISTmas from us and our friends. Blessings and good tidings to you and yours.
From our sister site: Revolution 2010:
including papers (pdf’s) : Law & Equity
From our friends at Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots:
Merry CHRISTmas from STTPP-The Beacon: The birthday of the Nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior
As we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, be reminded of the words of John Quincy Adams. On July 4, 1837, he spoke these words: “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? . Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”
From our friends at the Family Research Council:
GOD WITH US
As we retreat into the peace of this Christmas season, it’s a relief to feel the distractions of this world fall away. For a few quiet days, Christians everywhere can humbly reflect on the greatest miracle in the history of mankind. In no other religion does the Creator of the universe come down to earth and live among us, His own creatures. Yet Jesus came — not as a king or conqueror — but as a babe. What greater way could God express His approachability than by coming to earth, His earth, in the form of the most vulnerable creature on the planet?
He who would be the King of Kings was sent to us — not in a royal palace or great Temple — but in a lowly stable, surrounded by animals. He may not have been a child of wealth or privilege, but Jesus possessed something much more important: a family. He grew up — not in brokenness of this world, but in the loving care of his mother and her husband.
On that silent night — His first in this new world — the Messiah’s arrival was heralded. But this special birth announcement wasn’t shared with the country’s elite, but with her excluded. Yes, the kings did come, but it was the shepherds who first made their way to that primitive throne. They were summoned to Bethlehem by choirs of angels from the hills, where they were tending their flocks by night. To the people of Palestine, these men and boys were the least important of the Roman Empire. But it was to these simple peasants that the heavens proclaimed peace on earth, goodwill to men.
Great Caesar Augustus in Rome was not bidden to come to the stable. Even he, who was worshiped as a god, wasn’t given the privilege of seeing the holy infant. But three wise men were brought from afar. They followed a star in the sky until it led them to the place where the Christ child lay.
When King Herod, whom the Romans had chosen to rule over Judea, heard from the wise men that a child had been born, one who would rule over His people, Herod ordered his soldiers to find that child and take his life. To protect Herod’s power, every baby boy less than two-years-old would be slain. In God’s providence, even the slaughter of those innocents could not prevail over the Chosen One. Joseph and Mary were warned by the Angel of the Lord and they fled into Egypt, taking the baby with them.
The Lord God might have sent a fiery chariot to spirit Jesus away. He might have provided a great bird or a giant fish. He might have drowned all of Herod’s men or visited them with a plague. Instead, our Father in Heaven entrusted the infant to Mary and Joseph, a mother and a father. The baby Jesus was protected- and the Scriptures fulfilled: The Messiah would come out of Egypt .
To us, the ancient story has a terribly modern ring. Powerful rulers determined to do anything to preserve their power — even promoting and funding the shedding of innocent blood. Earthly kings worshiped as gods. Peace proclaimed on high while violence stalks the streets. But out of all of this is the greatest message ever given to man: God is with us. The miracle is that He didn’t just come down from His heavenly home thousands of years ago. He comes today — to live with us, suffer with us, and- praise God — to save us.
At the end of an overwhelming year, we can take comfort in the fact that this helpless baby, who came in relative obscurity, will soon return as a triumphant Savior that no one will miss! He won’t just be a King among kings- He will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! And unlike the men of this world, He will reign forever and ever! I pray that we all embrace the simplicity of the season and rejoice in the Love reborn each day. From everyone at FRC, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tony Perkins @ frc.org
And for some peace and tranquility, Angelic voices: Celtic Woman – O Holy Night