Sometimes retailers promote an ad, of celebrating “Christmas in July,” in order to coax shoppers towards goods they hope that they will buy.
So I’m following their example, by a bit of a reminder of the book, Christmas on the Porch, to promote a possible end-of-July look.
For the birth of Jesus, the Savior, can be remembered throughout the year–not only in December when the Christmas decorations appear.
The angel said to the shepherds that he was bringing to them joyful news–that a Savior had been born for all, “who is Christ, the Lord.” Then a multitude of angels came into view:
“Glory to God in the highest and, on earth peace, goodwill toward men” was that great angelic proclamation that can be shared again and again.
The birth of Jesus, at any time of year, is wonderful to contemplate–especially if you’ve yet to receive Him as your own Savior and Lord–for that, it’s not too late.
P. A. Oltrogge
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” Luke 2:8-14
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11
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