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Shawn Field

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Christmas Spirit
12/1/2006 1:32:53 PM
    Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 2:5

How would you define “the Christmas spirit”? Would it be a friendly smile between strangers, the sound of familiar carols, a tree with twinkling lights in a sea of brightly wrapped packages, or just that good feeling you get this time of the year?

None of these elements captures the real meaning of the phrase. They represent feelings that may be a response to the commercialism that distorts the real spirit of Christmas.

J. I. Packer goes to the heart of this matter in his book Knowing God. He writes, “We talk glibly of the Christmas spirit, rarely meaning more by this than sentimental jollity . . . . It ought to mean the reproducing in human lives of the [temperament] of Him who for our sakes became poor, . . . the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor—spending and being spent—to enrich their fellowmen, giving time, thought, care, and concern to do good to others . . . in whatever way there seems need.”

The spirit of Christmas giving should be seen in all our living.

"Without a clear picture of your future your present will probably be permanent."
Bogdan Wrzesinski

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Re: Christmas Spirit
12/25/2006 4:03:04 AM
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7
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noteJOY TO THE WORLD... THE LORD HAS COME charub Leftcharub Left
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I Thank God for Jesus,... May God Bless You Richly.

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