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  Scripture: And the Word became flesh, and lived among us. . . ..” - John 1:14a
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There is a logical, historical reason for writing Xmas as an abbreviation for Christmas.
Many Greek words have carried over into English. The word for God, theos, turns up in theology.. We get bible from biblos, their word for book. Likewise, arche,  beginning, gives meaning to our word archeology, or as John wrote: en arche was the logos - in the beginning was the Word.
December 8, 2011

Tis the Season
Scripture: Jesus told His Diciples,  "Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt."Luke 9:3

Should we forget about keeping Christ in Christmas? Ronald P. Patterson, Publisher of the United Methodist Review  (Dec 13, 1996, page 4). suggests that it is time to reorder the Christian year,  and begin again by moving the celebration of Christ's birth to another date. Think about it a moment before you turn purple! He proposes giving the date back to the world for a winter festival, with all of its hype  and commercialization. In reality, the early church  did not observe December 25 as the birth-date of the Savior. Yes, they accepted the gospels of Matthew and Luke which affirm that scripture was fulfilled by Jesus birth, but it was the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ that was the driving force for the church. The Bible does not support either an exact day for the nativity, or many other commonly accepted traditions about Christmas.  My real purpose for writing is not to support a change of the date for Christmas, but rather to suggest that  we need to search both our hearts and the scriptures whenever we get upset by something we hear or read. What good does it do to get angry at those who try to either add to, or detract from, the Christ-birth story? Nothing they can say or do will change the Biblical facts. In truth, people filled with anger are not likely to have much room for peace on earth. When Jesus sent the disciples out on their first mission, they were instructed to take only the essentials (Lk. 9:3). Perhaps some of the traditions we associate with Christmas are extra baggage that can distract us from the essentials of true belief. All of the "must have" gifts of this world are as nothing compared to the great Gift God has given us.  (12/15/1996)

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