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I am your host Christina Farris coming from
turtle30cshell.com. Over the last several years my
husband and I have not had a lot of money to spend
extravagantly on Christmas. As family grow older the
reality that gift giving becomes less and less and
phone calls from far away seem more like gold. Those
close by treasure the simplicity of Christmas with
preparing for their little ones’ Christmas with packages
under the tree. With that comes the thought Christmas
will be another simple Christmas with family and
perhaps a few friends. Some preparing duck, I
preparing a chicken, and others preparing the
traditional Christmas turkey and ham. Yet Christmas
has never been about the gifts, or the meal, nor about
the time with family and friends. In truth as a Christian I
celebrate the birth of my Savior. Many churches have
had their Christmas cantatas and plays, all in sweet
memory of our Savior birth. While others are
envisioning St. Nick coming down the chimney.
As a little girl remembering back to a time when
Christmas was simple, the story of the birth of Christ
read after a month long rendition of the Christmas
story at church, it seem fitting before presents were
open, to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
Yet this year not much different then last, a sweet
reminder of the caring people of this world reaching
out to strangers in need, not in hopes to gain
something back, but to give without ever hearing from
these people again or even acknowledgement of
necessarily the gifts received. The gift of donated
money to help with fuel and electric bills, the clothes
donated to charity, the Christmas turkey given to food
pantries past out to dozen of families, the needed
surgery given to a person in need and that special
treat given to old person abandoned in a nursing
home, because no friend or family calls. All a
demonstration of the love of Christ. Love that is in the
word of God. God provision for our daily needs. God
giving His only Son that we might have life more
If no one teaches the love of God, then the hope and
forgiveness never comes to people around the globe.
Love being compassion despite one’s fault, and
forgiveness to continue to treat others with that same
forgiveness you hope to receive as well from those
around you. Christ died on the cross for all man’s sin.
He of all people did not have to forgive what people
did to Him, but on the cross He said Father forgive
them for they know not what they do. Yet Christ story
is told from cradle, to the grave and to victory of the
resurrection. Giving each us the hope that we to upon
belief will have victory over death. That we will make
our home in heaven, until Christ returns. Today
passage is about the hope of victory.
Daniel 12:1-3 KJV
(1) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great
prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was
since there was a nation even to that same time: and
at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one
that shall be found written in the book.
(2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the
earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some
to shame and everlasting contempt.
(3) And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness
of the firmament; and they that turn many to
righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
A few days ago the devil was knocked down again
with another false prophesy of doomsday prediction of
the ancient Mayans. There beliefs on stone similar to
the creation story found in the Bible. Yet even so they
felt they knew the time of the global disaster of the
entire world. Christ said no man knows the hour of His
return. Man might be able to tell when the next wind
storm is coming, the next earthquake, tornado,
hurricane and more, but what the world can not tell
you is the return of Christ for one they believe not in
the coming of Christ. Rumor has it that even the devil
knows he only got a short time left. If that be so, he fail
to understand he lost with the resurrection of Christ.
For Christ had the victory over death the punishment
for sin. The grave can not hold a believer.
Daniel speaks of the resurrection of mankind. The
resurrection that is yet to come. It might sound a little
confusing to some, when one knows that there are
two resurrections. The first resurrection at the time of
Christ when the holy men of old came from the grave.
Yet this was not the judgment of Christ or the return of
Christ that believers are looking for, for angels told the
disciples when Jesus went up to heaven that He
would return the same way He left. No Daniel is talking
about the final judgment, when Christ intercedes on
our behalf to the Father. When the final victory is taken
place. See Christ already won in the heart of every
believer. Yet those that do not believe will face
destruction for Christ defends them not in the final
war. He defends the ignorance of the cross, but the
ignorance of last battle.
There are two deaths for unbelievers. Spiritual death
and physical death. Spiritual death is when a person is
cast in the eternal lake of fire, that burns continual. No
soul escapes that place. Physical death is when the
body is worn out and can not live any longer on this
earth. We all will experience that unless Christ returns.
So what happens to unbeliever is simple they will die
physically and their soul goes to a place called hell,
until the final judgment and on the day of final
judgment they will be resurrected from the grave to
face death in the eternal lake of fire, if their names are
not written in the lamb’s book of life.
Who name is worthy to be in the Lamb’s book of life,
those that receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Michael
the prince to many scholars believe this is speaking of
the Christ the intercessor. The one that fights the devil
and defeats him, the one that leads the angels of
heaven. Who are the angels of heaven but ministers of
God. See everyone is either a minister of God or a
minister of Satan. There are no in between. If you
serving the devil, you still got time to receive Jesus as
Lord and Savior, until He returns. However are you
serving God or Satan. If you are out of the will of God,
then you not living for Jesus. You not living for godly
road, but the devils road. On judgment day you do not
want to be without Jesus. Will you receive him today.
Will you be in the resurrection of the saints or the lost.
It is your choice.
The resurrection of the believer happens upon death
we go to be present with the Lord. Our names already
written done, our fait sealed by the Holy Spirit upon
salvation. Salvation comes upon belief. Do you want
to go home to be with Christ or do you want to spend
time in hell before the judgment. It your choice. You
can have the good doctor or you can have a coffin of
torture while you wait to see God. It is your choice.
Pray this prayer with me if you want Jesus to be Lord
of your life. If you want to serve the risen Savior today.
Dear Heavenly Father I know I am a sinner and that
Jesus died for me. I receive your gift of salvation that
is only found through Christ Jesus for forgiveness of
sin. I receive the promise of your seal by the Holy Spirit
in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Upon praying you have received Jesus as Salvation,
the Holy Spirit marks you has His. God by His Spirit
will instruct and teach you His ways. Welcome to the
family of God. There some New Christian helps in the
Bible study section of my website at http://www.
turtle30cshell.com If you do nothing else read the Bible.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and may the joy
of Christ shine in your heart and mind this Christmas.
May God way of salvation shine in your heart. For we
can not reach God trying to do it our way.