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The Meaning of Christmas

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On December 25, millions of people will celebrate Christmas.  Christmas day is the celebration of the birth of the Christ child, yet many of those who celebrate this day do not recognize themselves as believers.  To them, it is just a day to open gifts, eat, drink, and take part in the festivities.  To those who do believe, they recognize the fact that Jesus truly is “the reason for the season”.

This holiday season, I would like to challenge everyone who celebrates Christmas to reflect upon the true meaning of the day.  It doesn’t matter how many gifts you give or receive.  It doesn’t matter if you have the perfect tree or the prettiest decorated house on your block.

What matters is the love you share with others.  Christ was love incarnate.  When Christ was born, love was born in human form.  Because of Him, we have the capacity to love and be loved.  Because of Him, we have an example of what the meaning of true love is all about.

Love is sacrifice, and being empathetic to the cares of those around you.  Love is sharing in the joy of others.  Love is also sharing in the sorrow of others.  Love means stepping outside of yourself for a time so that you can see others more clearly.

Christmas is not about giving presents.  Christmas is about giving yourself to others.  Christmas is not about giving to those who already have more than they need.  Christmas is about giving to those who have little or nothing.  Christmas is about sharing the ultimate gift with others, the gift of Jesus Christ.  With Him, all things are possible.  With Him, there is no fear.  With Him, there is love in its purest form.  Take the time this season to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas…God’s greatest gift to humanity…His son, Jesus Christ.Image

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December 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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A Message To Pastor Charles Worley

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I have something to say to Pastor Charles Worley, minister at Providence Road Baptist Church (the minister who gave the sermon where he would have all lesbians and homosexuals put inside of a fence and pretty much left to die).

Shame on you.  Shame on your hateful, bigoted, narrow-minded view of Christianity.  As a Christian, I was appalled at your words.  I had to listen time and again just to make sure I was hearing you correctly.

First of all, we are all sinners.  YOU are a sinner.  It is not your place to pass judgement on anyone.  It IS, however, your place to love everyone.  That is what Jesus called us to do.  Jesus did condemn the adulterers and tax collectors. He loved them, and gave his life for them.  He did the same for you. 

I daresay that if your parishiners were to do a bit of spying, they would see that you are not perfect either.  Do you ever lie or cheat or steal?  Have you ever had a lustful thought about a woman or a man?  Have you ever coveted the pulpit of a minister with a bigger church or wished you had a bigger house or newer car?  Well, if you have (and I’m certain you have),  then guess what?  You belong right inside of that fence with the lesbians and homosexuals.  Sin is sin and God cannot live in the midst of sinners.

The same grace that is available to you is available to them…and it is up to God where their hearts lie.  Nobody knows but them and God.  Perfection is not a prerequisite to forgiveness.  If a person is perfect, then he has nothing to be forgiven of.

Just as you have no right to judge them, I have no right to judge you.  I will say this, however;  your example of Christianity is the reason why so many people have no desire to become a Christian.  It makes me sad, because I know that this is not the message that Jesus wanted his followers to share.  God is love, and there is nothing loving about the message that you are sharing. Hopefully, the majority of people will see this.