The real Christmas story

Luke 2.1-20, New Living Translation

NativityAt that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Black minister urges Christians to support Romney

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr. makes an interesting case here for his support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He urges Christians to vote for Romney, arguing:

  1. Even though Romney is a Mormon (not a Biblical Christian), God can use anyone he chooses.
  2. Romney holds Biblical positions on the important moral issues of our time.
  3. Romney possesses practical business wisdom, which has been a critical deficit among current political leaders.
  4. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would urge us to look at the character of the candidates, and Romney passes that test.

Bishop Jackson, who holds an MBA from Harvard University, is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a 3,000-member congregation in the nation’s Capital. He also is founder and president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, which exists to protect the moral compass of America and be an agent of healing to our nation by educating and empowering churches, community and political leaders.

Jackson refers in this clip to two passages of scripture, 1 Kings 18 and Isaiah 45:1-6.

You can follow Jackson on Twitter @BishopHarry. His web site is TheTruthInBlackAndWhite.com.

Christian family refuses mandatory RFID chip at Texas school

Watch a lengthy, but thought-provoking interview with a San Antonio, Texas family who decided to say “no” to a school district that ordered their children to wear a radio frequency identification (RFID) badge. Students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School will be mandated to wear the tags from today which will be used to track them on campus as well as when they enter and leave school.

Steve and Andrea Hernandez are refusing to allow their children to wear the RFID devices, on the basis of privacy rights and religious freedom.

The program cost $525,000 to implement, and another $136,000 to operate the program annually in just two pilot schools, according to Hernandez. KSN-TV has more on the story here.

You can visit spychips.com to learn more about the dangers of RFID tracking. Experts Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D. and Liz McIntyre offer a host of useful information there.

RFID tags can be attached to ID badges, clothing, and other possessions. They have been implanted within pets, and could be implanted in humans, as well. The possibility of reading personal information without consent has raised privacy concerns, because the bearer cannot turn off an RFID chip. This leaves them open to hackers, sexual predators, and others who could access personal data without authorization.

If you care to dive deeper, you can read up on the history of RFID technology.

13 Democrat Senators embrace anti-Christian bigotry, bullying

In June 2011, thirteen Democrat Senators embraced the “It Gets Better” Project, headed by radical homosexual agitator Dan Savage, also known as Keenan Hollahan. The list of elected co-conspirators reads like a leftist who’s who of the U.S. Senate:

  1. Charles “Chuck” Schumer (NY) – @ChuckSchumer
  2. Mark Udall (CO) – @MarkUdall
  3. Ron Wyden (OR) – @RonWyden or @WydenPress
  4. Chris Coons (DE) – @ChrisCoons
  5. Richard Blumenthal (CT) – @SenBlumenthal
  6. Sherrod Brown (OH) – @SenSherrodBrown
  7. Maria Cantwell (WA) – @MariaCantwell
  8. Dick Durbin (IL) – @SenatorDurbin
  9. Al Franken (MN) – @AlFranken
  10. Dianne Feinstein (CA) – @SenFeinstein
  11. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) – @SenGillibrand
  12. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) – @SenatorShaheen
  13. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) – @SenWhitehouse

Every member of this ultra-liberal gang is a co-sponsor of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, introduced in March 2011 to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and allow the Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages.

(L to R) Democrat Senators Chuck Schumer, Mark Udall, Ron Wyden, and Chris Coons announcing their endorsement of the “It Gets Better Project,” headed by anti-Christian bigotry and bullying by radical homosexual activist Dan Savage. Click photo to view larger.

 

So what’s the big deal about thirteen Senators endorsing an anti-bullying project? Savage himself is a bully.

Unfortunately for these elected officials, Savage was caught recently making obscene and profane remarks to a journalism conference of high school students and teachers. In his comments, Savage repeatedly mocked the Bible and ridiculed Christianity and Christians. Watch the shocking video of Savage’s offensive,profane,  inappropriate bullying here:

Yes, this is the same courageous, self-defending Dan Savage who left others holding the bag when the “Draw Muhammed” stunt got dangerous.

Don’t be a bully like him, but you can contact The It Gets Better Project online or mention them on Twitter at @itgetsbetter – or Savage himself @fakedansavage – to let them know what you think of radical homosexual bullies like Dan Savage and his anti-Christian hate speech. You may also want to contact the Gang of 13 above to express your opinion.

And be sure to watch the video put together by these thirteen Senators – which YOU paid for: