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Suppressing the Truth — Christian Research Network

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Rom 1:18-20

Here we see the cause of the wrath of God. The apostle explains that it is the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness that causes God’s wrath….

The tragic aspect of life is caused by the attitudes men have and the subsequent actions that follow. Notice the order of this — godlessness and then wickedness. It is the godless attitude that produces the wicked actions, and that is why the wrath of God is being revealed constantly from heaven against man. What is godlessness? Godlessness isn’t necessarily atheism, the belief that God doesn’t exist. Godlessness is acting as though he doesn’t exist. It doesn’t necessarily deny that there is a God, but it never takes any account of him; it doesn’t expect him to be active.

As a result of godlessness, there is unrighteousness or wickedness, selfish and hurtful acts of men toward one another. Why do we act selfishly? Why do we hurt each other? Because we disregard God, and expect there will be no consequences. That is Paul’s analysis. By means of these hurtful and selfish acts, the truth is suppressed.  View article →

via Suppressing the Truth — Christian Research Network

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 19, Jesus Emptied Himself

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

thirty days of jesus day 19

Barnes’ Notes explains the ’emptying’

The word does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament, except in the passage before us. The essential idea is that of bringing to emptiness, vanity, or nothingness; and, hence, it is applied to a case where one lays aside his rank and dignity, and becomes in respect to that as nothing; that is, he assumes a more humble rank and station.
In regard to its meaning here, we may remark:

(1) that it cannot mean that he literally divested himself of his divine nature and perfections, for that was impossible. He could not cease to be omnipotent, and omnipresent, and most holy, and true, and good.

(2) it is conceivable that he might have laid aside, for a time, the symbols or the manifestation of his glory, or that the outward expressions of his majesty in heaven might have been withdrawn…

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December 14 – The deliverer: Moses — Reformed Perspective

Then the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry….And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.Exodus 3:7-8,10

Scripture reading: Exodus 3:7-10; Psalm 105:1-7,16-45

God promised Abraham that his descendants would take possession of Canaan. However, due to widespread famine, Jacob and his family moved to Egypt. Upon arriving, Pharaoh favored them, letting them live in the lush land of Goshen. But one Pharaoh’s favor gave way to the next Pharaoh’s fury. The Israelites became mere machines that made pyramids and palaces. God’s promises now seemed far from being fulfilled. Abraham’s descendants were certainly numerous, but they lived far from the Promised Land of Canaan. They were enslaved in a foreign land. It seemed all they had to look forward to was the next crack of the whip and the next baby’s burial. But God had not forgotten His promise. He raised up a deliverer!

During a time when all baby boys were destined for death in the Nile, Moses was saved in the very waters that were intended to serve as his grave. Safely afloat in a miniature ark of reeds, he was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in Pharaoh’s palace. After learning the ways of Egypt, Moses fled to the wilderness and learned to care for sheep. God then sent him back to Egypt to deliver His people.

By delivering ten powerful plagues and drowning evil lord Pharaoh and his army, Moses pictured Jesus, the Deliverer, Who defeated Satan by rising from the tomb. By leading the Israelites through the wilderness, protecting and providing for them along the way, Moses pictured Jesus, the Shepherd, Who leads us along our way.  

Suggestions for prayer

Thank Jesus that through His death and resurrection He delivers us from the eternal death we deserve. And thank Him for being an ever-present Shepherd Who provides for and protects us each day.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God DevotionalRev. Brian Zegers has been serving the Lord by working with Word of Life Ministry as home missionary to the Muslim community in Toronto, Ontario since 2015.

via December 14 – The deliverer: Moses — Reformed Perspective

12/14/19 Even unto Death — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Daniel 10-12, Rev 2:8-29

Persecution is a reality for many believers around the world. Some are not permitted to gather publicly as a church. Others are jailed because of their beliefs. Martyrdom is still a reality in the 21st century.

I have not experienced any type of persecution, but I know it’s always a possibility. My question is how I’d respond if I did indeed face life-threatening opposition to my faith. I pray I would respond with faithfulness and persistence, though I know I would do so only because of the power of God in me. The Word of God and the indwelling Spirit of God would guide me into all truth, regardless of the cost of following Jesus. Jesus’ words to the church at Smyrna when they faced persecution themselves would be comforting to me: “Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will experience affliction for ten days. Be faithful to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10).

For the believers in Smyrna, persecution would be brief but intense. They were to trust God, lay aside their fears, and remain faithful even if it cost them their lives. The devil would be set to destroy them, but Jesus would give life and reward to those who persevered even unto death. The persecuted believers would find victory even as they lost their lives.

Should I face persecution, I pray I, too, will be “faithful to the point of death.”

PRAYER: “God, grant me strength to be faithful to You, no matter what the cost is.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch-up day

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12/13/2019 — Wretched

WR2019-1213

•Your questions, comments, conundrums, and so-forth
•Who delivered the best sermon you heard this week?
•What do we do with a world that doesn’t understand blasphemy?
•Streamer thoughts while reading the Bible
•Is it okay to pray with random strangers
•How should pastors stay aware of trends in the Church?
•How do I talk to my niece about Santa Claus?
•Where sexual freedom expands, women and children suffer
•Can Christians ask for a raise?
•How many Sundays should a church take off?
•The growing religion of Athletica
•Can I bow to my martial arts instructor?
•Why will we wear clothes in Heaven?
•Why do we exchange Christmas gifts?

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How Was the Gospel Lost Prior to its Rediscovery in the Reformation? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Four of our teaching fellows consider how the gospel was obscured prior to the Reformation and consider how we can avoid obscuring it today.

When you have biblical and theological questions, just ask Ligonier. Visit Ask.Ligonier.org.

via How Was the Gospel Lost Prior to its Rediscovery in the Reformation? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

How Modern Psychology Destroyed Traditional Christian Morality

Sigmund Freud didn’t confine himself to armchair research. He wasn’t satisfied with activity only within his native country either. He wanted to “spread the light” to the whole world. In 1909, he visited America with his lectures for the first time.

Source: How Modern Psychology Destroyed Traditional Christian Morality

Devastating Video Exposes How CNN Covered FISA Abuse Hearings vs. Impeachment

There’s zero chance, based on the evidence we have at the moment, that Donald J. Trump will be removed from the office of the presidency during his Senate impeachment trial. I’m not even being hyperbolic there. You can literally put on your best Dean Wormer voice and state the Democrats’ chances: “Zero.

Source: Devastating Video Exposes How CNN Covered FISA Abuse Hearings vs. Impeachment

Impeachment grows hilarious

Impeachment is supposed to be a serious debate, a somber consideration, a process marked by deep analysis, solid reflection, big-picture thinking, and in the end, inclusive of the sort of grave decision-making that looks down the road to judge how it all might affect the republic.

Source: Impeachment grows hilarious

McConnell: “There’s No Chance The President’s Going To Be Removed” | ZeroHedge News

Via SaraACarter.com,

In a rare interview on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed certainty that President Donald Trump would stay in office despite the fact that there has yet to be a vote on impeachment.

“There’s no chance the President’s going to be removed from office,” McConnell told Hannity.

Further, McConnell said he expects all Republicans and even some Democrats to vote against impeachment.

“This is a thoroughly political exercise. It’s not like a courtroom experience, It’s a political exercise. They’ve been trying to do this for three years. They’ve finally screwed up their courage to do it,” McConnell said.

He continued,

“It looks to me like it may be backfiring on them particularly in swing districts that the Speaker’s party managed to win in order to get the majority. Most of the nervousness I see on this issue with politicians since it’s a political process is on the Democratic side.”

House Democrats charged the President with abuse of power and obstruction of congress earlier this week. Soon after, the House Judiciary Committee began debating those charges. They were expected to hold an official vote late Thursday after debating the articles for fourteen hours, but the Committee’s Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delayed that vote.

Source: McConnell: “There’s No Chance The President’s Going To Be Removed”

What Makes the Cumulative Case for God So Powerful? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Most criminal cases are prosecuted based on cumulative evidence. J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed robust, cumulative case for the existence of God. How does this type of case demonstrate that something is true, given all the alternatives? (For more information related to Bobby’s great ministry, visit: http://oneminuteapologist.com/)

via What Makes the Cumulative Case for God So Powerful? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

“I’d Like to See the Whistleblower Who’s a Fraud” – PRESIDENT TRUMP Wants Anti-Trump CIA Leaker to Testify (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump spoke to reporters today after the House Judiciary Democrats voted to impeach him.

President Trump told reporters he would like a long trial.

Republican leaders including Lindsey Graham want to give Democrats a pass and protect the CIA leaker Eric Ciaramella by not calling in any witnesses.
That way Democrats can do the same thing in a few more months.

Trump is right…

Eric Ciaramella is not a whistleblower. He is a CIA leaker and a far left political hack with an agenda to remove Trump from office.

On October 8th Ciaramella approached the intelligence community to correct his statement after news broke on October 2nd that he visited his close friends in Adam Schiff’s office before he turned their whistlblower report. Ciaramella lied about meeting with the Schiff team before he turned in his complaint.

On October 2nd news broke that Schiff and Ciarmella BOTH LIED about their communications before the complaint was filed.

So on October 8th Ciaramella contacted the ICIG to correct his lies on his complaint.

If Ciaramella’s name was Roger Stone he would be facing 50 years in prison for this lie.

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More on Eric Ciaramella:

CIA snitch Eric Ciaramella filed a whistleblower complaint on August 12 over President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky where the two discussed ferreting out corruption.  This included talk on investigating the Biden crime family. Ciaramella was not on the call. He just heard about it and his report was filled with inaccuracies.

** The so-called “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella is a Democrat who had a “professional” tie to a 2020 Democrat.

** Ciaramella  coordinated and took guidance from Adam Schiff’s staff and Schiff lied about it.

** Schiff’s staff recommended attorneys for the so called “whistleblower.”

** Ciaramella was kicked out of the White House for leaking negative stories about Donald Trump in 2017.

** Trump-hater Ciaramella was behind the fake story that Putin told Trump to fire Comey — a COMPLETE FAKE NEWS STORY from 2017!

** Ciaramella’s attorneys worked for James Clapper, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and donated to Joe Biden.

** An attorney for Ciaramella is a member of the #Resistance.

** Ciaramella  worked with Joe Biden in the executive branch when he was Vice President.

** Ciaramella had no problem with the Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s million dollar pay-for-play scandal with Ukraine.

** Ciaramella traveled with Joe Biden to the Ukraine.

** Ciaramella worked with DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa in the creation of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

** A former associate of James Clapper, Charles McCullough, assisted Ciaramella with his complaint against Trump.

** And Adam Schiff’s aides, Abigail Grace and Sean Misko worked with Ciaramella in the White House.

** Eric Ciaramella was a guest of Joe Biden to a luncheon with the Italian Prime Minister in 2016.

** And as The Gateway Pundit reported earlier today Eric Ciaramella hosted the White House meeting in January 2016 when Ukrainian officials were told to get rid of the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden and Burisma.

This is why Adam Schiff does not want Eric Ciaramella’s name mentioned during the public testimony this week.

via “I’d Like to See the Whistleblower Who’s a Fraud” – PRESIDENT TRUMP Wants Anti-Trump CIA Leaker to Testify (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Taylor Swift Announced Soros Bought Her Music Rights Just Before She Mysteriously Became Anti-Trump Activist — Pulpit & Pen

For years, Taylor Swift’s silence on political and cultural issues made her an adored celebrity to millions. Swift, in fact, was famously quiet during political hot-button years (so much so that it annoyed leftists). She told Time Magazine in 2012 that she doesn’t talk “about politics because it might influence other people.” Suddenly, out of nowhere, Swift became a leftist icon and started taking on Donald Trump, promising to be his greatest critic in 2020. Swift’s change from politically neutral to most notable Trump critic came so quickly and out-of-the-blue that The Hill wrote about these dramatic, over-night changes in Swift’s political song-and-dance.

Swift promised this Fall that she would “do everything possible to end Donald Trump’s autocracy.” Her sudden re-birth as an activist had many people scratching their heads.

Why did the once-conservative country star suddenly start talking politics?

Now it makes total sense. George Soros, the Democrat’s billionaire sugar daddy, now owns the Nashville songstress and has purchased her like a Vaudeville can-can dancer.

Swift was clearly not happy earlier this year when Scooter Braun, a music manager, purchased Big Machine Label Group, which owned the rights to Swift’s first six albums. Big Machine Label Group would not let Swift “buy back” her music rights in 2015, starting a feud between the artist and the music label that made her famous and rich. Braun, who purchased her music with Big Machine Label Group, was the music manager for Kanye West who bullied her on stage at the 2009 MTV music awards.

This led to Taylor Swift saying that she was “grossed out” that Braun bought her music.

However, last night, Swift spoke out about who exactly helped Braun make that extremely large 300 million dollar purchase of the country music label. It was George Soros.

We kid you not.

Watch below.

via Taylor Swift Announced Soros Bought Her Music Rights Just Before She Mysteriously Became Anti-Trump Activist — Pulpit & Pen

British Progressives Horrified As Boris Johnson Removes Mask Revealing Self To Be Donald Trump — The Babylon Bee

LONDON—British progressives were already down from their huge losses in Thursday’s election, as they lost pretty much every contest to the Conservatives, from Dublingtonampton and Worcestershiresauce to Hogwarts and the Shire.

But their depression turned to sheer terror as Boris Johnson removed his long-running disguise and revealed himself to be Donald Trump.

Classic Trump!

The shocking revelation came after Johnson’s victory speech following Conservatives’ huge wins in yesterday’s elections. “Oh, and by the way, old chaps” — he removed his mask and revealed himself to be Donald Trump — “you’re all part of the greatest country maybe ever. You’re welcome!”

“We’re making the UK great again!”

“You should have seen the looks on their faces,” Trump said, laughing, later on. “I mean, it’s a really good gag. I had them going for decades.” Trump said he developed the idea of the Boris personality when he wanted to go slum it “among the people” abroad but didn’t want any press attention. “Sometimes you just wanna be one of the boys.” According to the ruler of both the United States and the United Kingdom, things “spiraled out of control” when he took on the Prime Minister job in July, but he wanted to keep the fun going as long as possible.

“It’s pretty fun over here. Lots of golf. The food is weird — even the McDonald’s doesn’t taste quite right — but it’s a nice change of pace from Washington.”

Political commentators weren’t sure what the implications were of this unprecedented development, but most agree the UK is now under American control, but it will kind of be one of those territories that aren’t fully part of America like Puerto Rico or California.

via British Progressives Horrified As Boris Johnson Removes Mask Revealing Self To Be Donald Trump — The Babylon Bee

Weekly Watchman for 12/13/2019

6 Myths about Sexual Sin: Ephesians 5 Ministries

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Don Veinot: on Jehovah’s Witnesses, Enneagrams

Some Christians prefer to remain on the sidelines rather than speak truth to others or address the many controversial issues being debated these days. But if the church doesn’t preach the full gospel, confront apostasy and expose evil, many people will remain confused and lost, eternally.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Mary Danielsen: Feminism, History & the Church

There has been a war against Christ for thousands of years, and a war on truth throughout the world today. We’re at the point gender roles are being counterfeited and reversed. There’s a war on men as we see from the “purposeful cultural confusion about what makes a he a he and a she a she” as today’s guest puts it.

One of the questions David asks is how did we get to the point women are in positions of authority over men in so many churches around the country?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Pastor Mike Abendroth: Bring All Things Back to the Word of Truth

Today’s discussion is centered around the importance of context when reading and applying Scripture. Context is a safeguard for us, and will prevent us from reading our preferences into the text or ‘Americanizing’ hand-picked Bible verses.

It all comes back to God’s Word. This is our foundation built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone. No matter how much the world and culture change; Jesus Christ is the same and God never changes! We must guard against the lies of the enemy and stop allowing cultural trends and false teachings to influence the church.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Leslie Montgomery: Mike Pence, Faith & Religious Freedom

We can thank God for the representatives in Washington who are true Christians in the sense that they not only talk about faith in Christ, but walk by faith in their daily lives as well. Several books have been published about Vice President Mike Pence, but none have touched upon what may be the most fascinating aspect of our nation’s second in command: his deep faith.  TODAY’S GUEST is author, Leslie Montgomery!

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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December 13, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A U.S. House committee is scheduled to vote on charges against President Donald Trump on Friday, setting up a likely showdown by the full House of Representatives next week that could make Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

U.S. asylum seekers sent to Guatemala under a new Trump administration program have mostly preferred to return to their country of origin instead of staying in the Central American nation, Guatemala’s Interior Minister said on Thursday.

Britain was speeding towards Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory, ending three years of uncertainty since Britons voted to leave the European Union.

South Africa’s government on Friday asked industry for the cheapest and quickest options to ease a power crunch, as cabinet held an emergency meeting to try and resolve a crisis threatening growth in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Friday not to revert to using the U.S. dollar after a new local currency plunged against the greenback since its introduction this year, fueling inflation and economic hardship.

Hong Kong police have earned an average of $11,000 for each officer in overtime pay during the last six months of anti-government protests, with the total overtime bill coming to more than $120 million, government figures showed on Friday.

U.S. retail sales increased less than expected in November as Americans cut back on discretionary spending despite a strong labor market, raising fears of a much faster slowdown in fourth-quarter economic growth than currently anticipated.

Fifty-two countries and other donors have pledged $23.5 billion in new funds for the world’s poorest states, pushing replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) fund to a record $82 billion, the World Bank said on Friday.

AP Top Stories

The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow.

Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.

An internal investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which was recently made public, predicted that the Boeing 737 Max crash could crash 15 times more over its lifespan. 15 crashes of full 737 Max planes – if they were as catastrophic as the two that took place – would kill as many as 3,450 people.

A Scandinavian woman says she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim or face arrest, in a striking parallel to the case of a British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean island.

The Navy has laid the keel for its first new, Flight III DDG 51 surface warfare destroyer armed with improved weapons, advanced sensors and new radar 35-times more sensitive than most current systems, changing attack and defensive options for the surface fleet.

A Texas man who killed a prison officer was executed late Wednesday, bringing to 22 the number of people put to death in the US this year.

On Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, soldiers, airmen, military families, and civilians of the Vicenza Military Community participated in a two-day clean-up of Venice following widespread flooding during the annual “acqua alta,” or high water, that struck the iconic island city on November 12.

Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of six people who died after one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes erupted on Monday, bringing the known death toll to 14.

American Airlines is apologizing after a passenger says she was forced to remove her “Hail Satan” shirt or get off the flight.

BBC

The US and China have announced a preliminary trade agreement. The so-called phase one deal will see billions of dollars in tariffs removed or delayed.

The UN has accused the Chilean police and armed forces of committing serious human rights violations in their response to recent mass demonstrations. UN investigators say they have verified four cases of unlawful deaths involving state agents. It notes 345 people have suffered eye trauma from pellets, with torture and sexual violence also highlighted.

The newly elected governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear has restored the right to vote to up to 140,000 people with non-violent felony convictions – a move praised by rights groups.

A free, three-digit suicide hotline is being set up for Americans after it was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday. When it becomes operational, the 988 dial-code will provide mental health support and ease pressure on the 911 line, which covers all emergencies.

Qantas has picked Airbus jets to fly its ultra-long haul routes, dealing a blow to rival plane maker Boeing. The airline selected the A350-1000 for its planned non-stop Sydney to London service, which would be the world’s longest commercial flight.

WND

A new report from the pro-abortion Abortion Care Network found that almost one third of all independent abortion facilities have closed since 2012.

In the midst of a difficult impeachment fight, President Donald Trump asked 50 Christian leaders to come into the Oval Office and pray for him last week.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 13, 2019

The Foundation

“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, & talk by the hour? That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

Party-Line Impeachment for Day-Time TV

Jerry Nadler postponed a vote until this morning so Americans could watch.


UK Voters Demand to ‘Get Brexit Done’

The message is clear: The government’s job is to enact the will of the people, not serve the elites.


Universities Build Massive Endowments, Students Take Big Loans

“US families owed $1.5 trillion in student debt, while the well-endowed hoarded $617 billion.”


Weinstein’s Wrist Gets Slapped

The Hollywood mogul doesn’t have to admit guilt for sexual sins, nor will he pay personally.


Bernie Sanders Wants to Nationalize the Internet

He claims more government control is the only “solution” to the “problem.”


Constitutional Malpractice

Democrats claim to defend the Constitution via impeachment while they trample it.


Video: Pelosi — Impeachment for Over Two Years!

The speaker admitted the impeachment process has been going on for “two and a half” years.


Video: Megan Rapinoe Wins ‘Athlete of the Year Award’

She wins Sports Illustrated award only to scold the publication for their lack of diversity.


Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
The Unhistoric Impeachment
Adriana Cohen
One Step From a Banana Republic
David Harsanyi
Greta Thunberg Is the Perfect Hero for an Unserious Time
Rebecca Hagelin
Republicans and Socialist ‘Fairness’?
Erick Erickson
The Miraculous Beginnings of Christmas

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.


Friday Top News Executive Summary

Impeachment vote advances, Brexit buoyed, China trade progress, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Cal Thomas, Victor Davis Hanson, Rashida Tlaib, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Headlines – 12/13/2019

Rivlin urges Israelis not to lose faith in democracy, despite third elections

Abbas urges Arab Israelis to vote for Knesset: They can have ‘major influence’

Gantz says he’ll weigh backing Netanyahu pardon in exchange for his retirement

Likud confirms December 26 primary, with Sa’ar hoping to upend Netanyahu rule

Netanyahu says he’ll drop all his ministerial posts except premier by year’s end

International Criminal Court hints Palestinians may be guilty of war crimes over ‘pay for slay’

Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Could Jordan’s Economic Crisis Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple Mount

Netanyahu thanks Trump for executive order ‘against discrimination of Jews’

New Jersey AG: Shooting ‘fueled by anti-Semitism,’ being probed as terror attack

NJ shooting bystanders blame Jewish victims

Jersey City shooting shines light on Black Hebrew Israelites’ extreme beleifs

Lebanese officials protest Iranian threat to attack Israel from Lebanon

Challenging Erdogan, Turkish ex-PM launches new opposition party

US Senate passes resolution recognizing Armenian genocide – a move likely to infuriate Turkey and further strain ties

Turkey Moves to Stop Israel From Building Undersea Gas Line to Europe

Iran to Reduce Oil Exports to Counter US Sanctions

U.S. envoy to Afghanistan announces ‘pause’ in Taliban peace talks after attack on air base

Algerians protest through day of disputed election

Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific

High-level, N.K. defector implores Trump to foment coup; tells president he’s been duped

UK’s Johnson set for landslide victory over Corbyn, exit poll shows

Calls grow for Corbyn to resign amid worst election results in decades

Corbyn says he will resign by next election after Labour nose-dive

Corbyn repudiated, Jews relieved, by Johnson ‘stonking’ victory

UK Jews, Israelis fete defeat of ‘anti-Semite’ Corbyn

UK minister to Jewish community: ‘You should never have to live in fear again’

EU welcomes clear UK Conservative victory as clarity over Brexit

Britain will leave EU on Jan. 31, no ifs, no buts: UK’s Johnson

Trump ‘signs off’ on deal to pause US-China trade war

U.S., China strike partial trade deal that cuts tariffs

‘NAFTA lite’: Trump and Democrats’ trade deal is similar to pact president mocked as ‘worst ever’

A ‘wimpy’ trade deal will be enough for markets as long as there are no new tariffs

Why the Fed may need to slash rates to zero before the end of 2020

Trump poised for Supreme Court battle over financial records

Dems plow ahead with impeachment articles, in heated all-day session

Name-calling, insults and scandals dominate all-day impeachment hearing

US lawmakers spar into the night as Congress lurches toward impeachment

Republicans erupt as Nadler suddenly postpones impeachment vote near midnight

Jim Jordan: Adam Schiff is obstructing the House impeachment inquiry, not Trump

Graham says he won’t call any impeachment witnesses in Senate committee: ‘It’s a crock’

McConnell says ‘zero chance’ Trump is removed, ‘one or two Democrats’ could vote to acquit

Trump just went on the biggest tweet storm of his presidency

Trump considering skipping general election debates in 2020: report

Fox host lambasts Trump over ‘most sustained assault on press freedom in US history’

‘It’s Scary Stuff’: Cyber-Security Expert Says Recording-Device Investigation At Hyatt Hotel Is Not Uncommon

‘I’m Santa Claus’: A Ring camera in an 8-year-old girl’s bedroom was hacked and the video is terrifying

This is what a devastating earthquake in California would look like

Shishaldin volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

New Zealand recovers six more bodies from White Island, officials say, raising volcano death toll to 14

Bomb cyclone spawns severe blizzard in Iceland, on course to hit Britain

UN chief warns against ‘survival of the richest’ on climate

Most active early flu season since 2003 already ‘wreaking havoc’ in US

Health Insurer Cigna Uses AI to Check if Patients Are Taking Their Medications

Quebec considers allowing doctors to euthanize dementia patients without their active consent

HHS advisor blasts WHO for promoting medical abortions in countries with restrictions

One-Third of Independent Abortion Clinics Have Closed since 2012

Pro-life group gives Trump ‘Courageous Witness for Life’ Award

Lawmakers ask AG Barr to make prosecuting obscenity, child porn ‘criminal justice priority’

Weinstein’s lawyer: 98% of creditors back his settlement with accusers

‘Outrage’ over Harvey Weinstein sex abuse settlement offer: Too little money for victims, too much for attorneys and Harvey

New York public school rejects student Christian club, OKs LGBT Pride Club

Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor

Netflix Christmas satire depicting Jesus in a gay relationship in Brazil sparks religious outcry


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Vatican Defends Judas and Says Priests Should be Supportive During Assisted Suicides

New gay Jesus film on Netflix sparks outrage

Jen Wilkin of Village Church Says Women’s Periods are a Parable of the Crucifixion

The Bible Is Banned’ – China Shuts Down Churches, Threatens Christians

Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019
BYRON YORK — The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues. The question is why there is still any argument. The newly released report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy…. (more)

December 13, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The FBI sought a warrant to wiretap a U.S. citizen and, in effect, a U.S. presidential campaign, based on a shoddy Democrat-funded pile of conspiracy theories known as the Steele dossier. The dossier’s allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump were based on “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay,” and the document also took seriously comments made in jest…. (more)


December 13, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Donald Trump certainly is mercurial at times. He can be uncouth. But then again, no president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election. Do we remember the effort to subvert the Electoral College to prevent Trump from assuming office? The first impeachment try during his initial week in office? Attempts to remove Trump using the ossified Logan Act or the emoluments clause of the Constitution?… (more)

December 13, 2019
POLITICO — President Donald Trump has signed off on a mini-trade deal with China, four people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday, marking another trade victory he can tout as he faces impeachment led by House Democrats. A final deal will be announced on Friday, said one of the people directly briefed on the agreement…. (more)

December 13, 2019
Labour Party dream of a socialist Britain in ruins
DAILY MAIL — Boris Johnson hailed the political ‘earthquake’ that has given him a ‘mandate to get Brexit done’ today as he marched his new blue-collar Tory army towards a staggering election landslide. After laying waste to Labour’s ‘red wall’ of Leave-backing strongholds, the PM said he had been given a ‘powerful’ vote of confidence by the British people and vowed to ‘rise to the challenge’…. (more)


December 12, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Trump administration is considering suing Facebook for antitrust violations over the way the tech company’s multiple platforms interact. Facebook controls a variety of apps including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. The Federal Trade Commission is considering suing the tech giant over how its apps integrate and work with competitors, according to the Wall Street Journal…. (more)

December 12, 2019
NEWSMAX — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., thinks President Donald Trump should add Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment defense team. “I have advocated that there needs to be one other attorney that’s added to the mix for the president. And that is Alan Dershowitz,” Meadows said Wednesday during an appearance on the House Freedom Caucus podcast…. (more)

December 12, 2019
NEWSMAX — Constitutional law expert and Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz harshly criticized the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump presented by the Democrats as unconstitutional and damaging to the rule of law in an op-ed in The Hill on Tuesday…. (more)


December 12, 2019
Horowitz: FISA report ‘doesn’t vindicate anyone at the FBI…including the leadership’
FOX NEWS — Senate Judiciary Committee member John Kennedy, R-La., said Wednesday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse during the 2016 Trump presidential campaign made him want to vomit. While questioning Horowitz, Kennedy said the inspector general did a good job in compiling his report and that its findings are not a reflection on him…. (more)

December 11, 2019
Sen. Lee: ‘Scathing indictment of the FBI’ (3:22:30); Sen. Cruz: ‘Stunning indictment of the FBI and Dept. of Justice’ (3:45:50)
YOUTUBE — Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday and explained his lengthy report into irregularities by the FBI as it obtained FISA approval to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign. In cross-examination, Sen. Mike Lee, at 3:22:30 of the video, summed up the IG’s report as “a scathing indictment of the FBI, of the agents that were involved” in the agency’s FISA abuse. At 3:45:50, Sen. Ted Cruz added the report is a “stunning indictment of the FBI and Dept. of Justice of a pattern of abuse of power.”… (more)

December 11, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘A massive criminal conspiracy’
YOUTUBE — DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz faced the Senate Judiciary committee today after his report uncovered the FBI’s repeat abuse of the FISA system, while simultaneously clearing FBI officials of bias in beginning the Russia probe…. (more)

December 11, 2019
YOUTUBE — In an exclusive interview, Attorney General William Barr spoke to NBC News’ Pete Williams about the findings on the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the Russia investigation and his criticisms of the FBI…. (more)


December 11, 2019
YOUTUBE — House Democrats announce their articles of impeachment against Trump…. (more)

December 9, 2019
YOUTUBE — Attorney General Barr doubles down on claims the FBI spied on Trump campaign… (more)

December 9, 2019
CLIFF KINCAID — If Ukraine had kept and modernized the nuclear weapons it had inherited from the old Soviet Union, it is entirely possible that Russia would never have invaded in 2014. Those weapons could have been transformed into a deterrent to Russian aggression. But President Bill Clinton signed an agreement to send the weapons to Russia…. (more)

December 9, 2019
‘Christians give thanks that the Son of God came into the world to save humanity’
YOUTUBE — President Trump reminded Americans that Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas in his remarks at the National Christmas Tree lighting. First Lady Melania Trump was on hand to illuminate the tree…. (more)


December 9, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Historian Doug Wead described President Donald Trump as a “calculated” and “purposeful” leader in an interview Friday with the Daily Caller News Foundation following the release of his book about the administration. Wead gained exclusive access to Trump, his family and senior staffers for his Nov. 26 book “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story Of His Presidency.” He disagreed with other past reports about the president and described Trump as a “great leader” who has spent years detailing what the government is doing…. (more)

December 9, 2019
BREITBART — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) failed to show up at the presentation of his own committee’s impeachment report at the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. “The star witness failed to show up!” exclaimed Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). Schiff’s 300-page report, released last Tuesday afternoon, is the only “evidence” to be presented in the impeachment inquiry…. (more)


December 9, 2019
Rep. Meadows says report’s findings are ‘every bit as bad as advertised’ and ‘certainly worse than the media has been suggesting’
ART MOORE — The Justice Department inspector general report released Monday into the Obama administration’s Russia-collusion investigation presents evidence that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in its effort to obtain a warrant to surveil a Trump campaign adviser…. (more)


December 9, 2019
YOUTUBE — Horowitz lays out FBI’s extensive FISA failures…. (more)


December 8, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard posted a video to Twitter of herself and what appeared to be her ukulele-playing husband, Abraham Williams, singing John Lennon’s legendary hit “Imagine.” Twitter was awash with tributes to the former Beatles member on the 39th anniversary of his December 8, 1980, murder at the hands of Mark David Chapman. Many included renditions of the song, co-written by the English musician and his wife, Yoko Ono, and released in 1971…. (more)

December 7, 2019
YOUTUBE — These are the top 10 things 2019’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys, got factually right. Can a person really be this kind and genuine? For this list, we’re taking a look at the details in this biographical drama that remained true to the lives of both Fred Rogers and Tom Junod, the journalist who wrote the Esquire article it is based on, “Can You Say…Hero?”… (more)


December 7, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler opened Wednesday’s impeachment hearing with testimony from three left-wing law professors who consider President Donald Trump to be evil incarnate. If Nadler thought this display would somehow convince the public that the president’s actions merit impeachment, he is sure to be disappointed…. (more)


December 7, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — Despite the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi snapped when a reporter asked her about “hate” for the president and her angry denial, she and her party actually do hate the president. So says talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh…. (more)

 

Netflix Releases Christmas Special ‘The First Temptation Of Christ’ Featuring A Gay Jesus, Can We Now Also Expect To See One About A Gay Muhammad? — Now The End Begins

If you’re a satirist, you satirize everyone equally. If you’re a bigot like Netflix, you single certain groups out for mockery and place others off limits.

One cannot help but wonder if the rise of anti-Christian and pro-abortion movies on Netflix happening at the same time Netflix signed Barack Obama to a huge $50 million dollar production contract is coincidence or an orchestrated effort. Someone should do a timeline of programming before and after the Obamas were brought on. If you find one please post it in the comments below, I would like to see it.

“And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.” Mark 14:62,65 (KJV)

Here are some things that you won’t see in the wake of ‘The First Temptation Of Christ’ blasphemy. You won’t see Christians strapping bombs to the chest and blowing up infidels in French cafes, there will be no Charlie Hebdo retaliatory killings because Netflix offended our Saviour. Christians don’t do that, Muslims do that. That’s why Netflix has no problem releasing movies mocking Jesus but would never, in a thousand literal years release one about a gay Muhammad or about the moon god Allah. Not only are they too cowardly to do that, it would never get approval from the Obama production company.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

As for me personally, I would never mock someone’s religion or their spiritual leader, no matter how false it may be. I think movies that tell the truth about people are edifying and interesting to watch. Jesus was sinless, perfect, and God manifest in the flesh. He is the Saviour of the whole world, and perfect in all His ways. Make a movie about that. Muhammad was a pedophile who had sex with a 9-year old girl and preached slaughter to spread his religion of Islam he created around the moon god Allah. Make a movie about that, Netflix.

Netflix Releases ‘Gay Jesus’ Christmas Special

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Netflix has just released a “gay Jesus” Christmas special called The First Temptation of Christ. The Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos (which literally translates to “back door”) appears to have a real hang-up about our Lord and Christianity in general. Last December the group released The Last Hangover on Netflix, a movie that blends Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and The Hangover into a night of drunken debauchery where Jesus disappears.

This year, in this new Christmas special, Jesus turns 30 and brings his gay boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph. Already, 1.14 million Brazilians have signed a Change.org petition asking Netflix to remove the movie.

Here’s a reviewer’s description:

The setup is that Jesus (Gregório Duvivier) attends his 30th birthday surprise party with his boyfriend Orlando (Fábio Porchat). The party, thrown by José (Rafael Portugal) and Maria (Evelyn Castro), has a number of high-profile biblical guests, including God (Antonio Tabet), which prompts plenty of debate about parental rights and responsibilities as Christ grapples not just with his parentage but with his own spiritual journey.

The real story here is how Christians are reacting… Some are signing petitions, others are praying for the souls of all involved, most of us are rolling our eyes and moving on with our lives — because that’s what Christians do. We don’t lop off people’s heads, which is why it is always open season on us, which is to our credit.

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Personally, I wouldn’t sign a petition or call for a ban on this — or anything. If you want to live in a free society and country, you have to grow a thick enough skin not to care about this stuff. But that doesn’t mean I’m not taking notes…

If you’re a satirist, you satirize everyone equally. If you’re a bigot, you single certain groups out for mockery and place others off limits.

In this way, lazy, cowardly garbage like The First Temptation of Christ is useful — it exposes who the bigots are, and if this so-called comedy troupe wants to produce a “Gay Mohammed” special for Ramadan and Netflix wants to stream it, I will take it all back. READ MORE

First Temptation of Christ Trailer From Netflix

via Netflix Releases Christmas Special ‘The First Temptation Of Christ’ Featuring A Gay Jesus, Can We Now Also Expect To See One About A Gay Muhammad? — Now The End Begins

REMINDER: PELOSI AND SCHIFF BOTH CONNECTED TO UKRAINIAN ARMS DEALER — The Gateway Pundit

Reminder: We reported on September 29, 2019, that==>>

Speaker Pelosi and Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff are both connected to a Ukrainian arms dealer. This is why they lie in front of the nation. They are afraid of their own deeds being uncovered!

As reported this morning [September 29th], Adam Schiff leads the House Intelligence Committee and this past week he oversaw the Intel Committee where he attempted to align President Trump with some ‘trumped’ up allegations concerning his phone call with the President of the Ukraine.

Schiff lied in his opening remarks and claimed numerous falsehoods about the President’s call in spite of the transcript being provided the day before.

His entire description of the President’s call was a lie – we have the transcript and this was not in it!

President Trump rightly called for Schiff’s removal from the Intelligence Committee after this dishonest performance –

We know why Schiff is lying – he’s connected with a Ukrainian Arms Dealer!

In 2013 Ukrainian Igor Pasternak held two different fund raisers for Schiff asking for contributions between $1,000 and $2,500 –

Pasternack has also been connected to George Soros –

DEPLORABLE MEDIA@correctthemedia

Congressman Adam Schiff (D) had a fundraiser hosted by a Ukraine arms dealer with heavy ties to George Soros!

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Pasternak is an arms dealer. He has sold arms in places like Syria –

Ukrainian arms dealer Pasternak is also connected to Nancy Pelosi!

Ukrainian arms dealer Pasternak met Pelosi at the fundraiser Pasternak held in Washington D.C.

Below is Pasternak’s luxurious home in DC where he held fundraisers for the Democrats.

There is much more to this Ukrainian Arms Dealer that can be found at this link. Of course, Obama’s Secretary of State Kerry, his Vice President Biden and DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa are all connected.  Chalupa is connected to the Steele dossier as well as Ukrainians and Democrat leaders.
Ironically, Pasternak also was in the massive crowd at President Trump’s inauguration –

Rudy Giuliani confirmed our reporting by way of FOX News ==>>

Giuliani’s tweet is in part based on a report by FOX News that confirmed our reporting –

(Fox News) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal, is facing questions about his own connection to a Soviet-born businessman who has raised money for his campaign and whose company has received lucrative defense contracts from Ukraine’s government.

That man is Igor Pasternak, the founder and CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp., which makes blimps for military and commercial customers. His business has also been involved in weapons manufacturing, working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to produce a modified version of the M4 and M16 rifles, according to reports.

In 2013, Pasternak hosted a fundraiser in Washington for Schiff, who later came to embrace a strong stance in support of the United States sending military aid to Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.

“Before this time, Schiff rarely, if ever, mentioned Ukraine,” Fox News’ Laura Ingraham said on her show Thursday night, after detailing Schiff’s connection to Pasternak. “But after the fundraiser, he used multiple television appearances to basically demand that we send money and arms to them.”

This information that Rudy linked to was at the rightwingtribune.com.

Speaker Pelosi and Shifty Lying Schiff are after the President for a phone discussion he had with the Ukrainian leader but they took money from a Ukrainian arms dealer.

Is this why they lie and push for impeachment of President Trump – to protect themselves and their handlers?

Hat tip Kevin O. and Yaacov Apelbaum

via REMINDER: PELOSI AND SCHIFF BOTH CONNECTED TO UKRAINIAN ARMS DEALER — The Gateway Pundit

Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of All Time ~ 2 — Michelle Lesley

Christmas – there’s no other holiday in which music plays such a major role. And what a blessing that so much of the music of Christmas centers around the incarnation of our Savior! At no other time of the year are you likely to turn on a secular radio station or walk into a store and hear songs about Jesus. It’s one of the things that makes Christmas music so special.

You’ve heard my picks for the ten worst Christmas songs(and volume 2!) and my top ten favorites, and you’ve asked for more! So, here, in no particular order, and according to nothing other than my own preferences, is my next round of nominations for the ten best Christmas songs ever.

(Note: I do not necessarily endorse all of the songwriters or performers listed below, the churches/organizations they represent, any other songs they may have written or performed, or their theology. If you decide to follow any of these people or groups, check out their theology first to make sure it’s biblical.)

1.
Joy to the World

As Christians, many things in this life bring us sadness and discouragement: grief over our sin, prodigal children, death of loved ones, persecution, suffering. There is no better antidote to our sorrows than to focus on the joy we have in Christ. This is a beautiful, classical-style rendition of Joy to the World.

2.
Light of the Stable

I love this song’s upbeat focus on Jesus as Light, King, and Savior. I can almost imagine myself in Bethlehem, bowing down before my infant King.

3.
Silent Night

What Christmas music collective would be complete without Silent Night? Does your congregation sing this hymn at your Christmas Eve service or other special worship times? Grace Community Church does, and they sound just lovely.

4.
Come on Ring those Bells

Were you even a Christian in the 80’s if you didn’t have Evie’s Christmas album? This song probably sounds cheesy to younger ears today, but approaching the birth of Christ as “the greatest celebration of them all” definitely has a nice ring to it. (Yes, I went there. :0)

5.
Go Tell

There’s an undeniable evangelism motif in the story of Christ’s birth. Gabriel told Mary about Jesus. The angels told the shepherds the good news. And the shepherds…well they told everyone what they’d witnessed. That’s the theme of this Great Commission toe-tapper: GO. TELL.

6.
O Little Town of Bethlehem

In the eyes of the world, Bethlehem was nothing special. It wasn’t the center of commerce or the seat of governmental power. It was just a little town of no consequence. Until…Jesus. This song, sung so delightfully by these four brothers in Christ, reminds us that Jesus is what makes the ordinary… extraordinary.

7.
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

In a magnificent use of metaphor, this song casts Jesus Himself as the beautiful “star” of Bethlehem. And indeed, for Believers, Jesus is that “star divine,” lighting and guiding the way “unto the land of perfect day,” when we finally see Him, in all of His glory, face to face.

8.
Ordinary Baby

Jesus was fully God, but sometimes we forget that He was also fully man. And not just fully man, but an ordinary, nondescript man. He was approachable, not elite. Personable, not intimidating. Accessible to kings and paupers alike. The Erwin siblings deliver this simple song with smooth and mellow charm.

9.
We Are the Reason

The tradition of Christmas time gift giving is an homage to the gifts the wise men gave Jesus. But what about the “greatest gift of our lives” that Jesus gave us? He gave all He could give to us: His life, forgiveness of sin, salvation. Avalon handily dusts off this CCM classic and freshens it up for a 21st century audience.

10.
O Holy Night

Christ, the thrill of hope, entered our darkened world on that holy night so long ago. As the soft, plaintive melody gradually swells into a great and glorious crescendo, we are reminded of how long the world pined away in sin and error, punctuated by the resplendent arrival of her Savior and King, much the same way we await His second coming today.

 

Bonus Nomination: Best Christmas Album

This is largely a nostalgic, rather than theological, nomination. My favorite Christmas record album growing up was Have a Happy Holiday with Lorne Greene. If you appreciate a classic, masculine baritone, you’ll want to grab a copy. (I still have mine!)

In part 1 of the album – The Stories of Christmas – Lorne reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Gift of the MagiPart 2 – The Songs of Christmas – includes Home for the Holidays, Jingle Bells, Christmas Is A-Comin’and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Part 3 – The Holy Night: A Christmas Cantata – (below) is a reading of the birth narrative from the gospels interspersed with various Christmas carols. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I still do.

via Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of All Time ~ 2 — Michelle Lesley