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gazzastone
Nov 5th 2008, 10:34 AM
In the leadup to Christmas Watchword have donated 1000000 FREE subscriptions to their Online Video Bible service. The complete New Testament is available for viewing and includes an integrated one year viewing plan. Details of this can be found at http://www.bringbacktherealchristmas.com I stress this is not a commercial enteprise and is a genuine offer

Emanate
Nov 5th 2008, 12:41 PM
In the leadup to Christmas Watchword have donated 1000000 FREE subscriptions to their Online Video Bible service. The complete New Testament is available for viewing and includes an integrated one year viewing plan. Details of this can be found at http://www.bringbacktherealchristmas.com I stress this is not a commercial enteprise and is a genuine offer


Funny thought. "bring back the real christmas" That would surely upset alot of people as the "real christmas" had nothing to do with Messiah.

gazzastone
Nov 5th 2008, 02:34 PM
I beleive the url is used not only as it is easy to remember, but as a reminder that Christmas as taught certainly by Protestants is a story about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As I stood there bewildered, Santa said, Teach the Children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that a now-a-day Christmas has forgotten!
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it on the mantle. Teach the Children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind. All the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning
toward heaven.
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. Teach the Children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of that promise.
He then reached into the bag and pulled out a CANDLE. Teach the Children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.
Once again he reached into his bag and then removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. Teach the Children that the wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.
He then pulled out from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. Teach the Children that Santa Claus symbolizes the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.
He reached in again and pulled out a HOLLY LEAF. Teach the Children the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent blood shed by Him.
Next he pulled out a GIFT from the bag and said, "Teach the Children that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift. Teach the Children that the wise men bowed before the holy babe and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We should give gifts in the same spirit as the wise men."
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. Teach the Children that the candy cane represents the shepherd's crook. The crook on the shepherd's staff helps bring back strayed sheep from the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother's keeper.
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. Teach the Children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The angels sang 'Glory to God in the highest, on earth, peace and good will.'
Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. Teach the Children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, it should bring people to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.
Santa looked at the tree and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, teach the Children the true meaning of Christmas, and not to put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One who is, and I bow down and worship Him, our Lord, our God."

Emanate
Nov 5th 2008, 03:18 PM
Yes, though again, if we teach the truth behind all of these symbols, we might all became pagans. We do have neat little christianized versions of things, but if we were to teach the actual "real reasons" we would be run out of town by the local churches.

It reminds me of a picture I saw in the newspaper a few years back. Guy sitting in a lawn chair next to the road with a sign that said "Solstice, the REAL reason for the Season."

Emanate
Nov 5th 2008, 03:20 PM
From what I can gather of the site, this video looks like it may have been a very engaging undertaking to prepare.

gazzastone
Nov 6th 2008, 10:14 AM
I think you are totally corrrect. As for the production of the video this was indeed a labour of love and was 10 years in the making

gazzastone
Nov 10th 2008, 04:41 PM
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