Christmas

. . . I am constantly reminded of one basic truth: You can't take Christ out of Christmas. Now, I know what people mean when they talk about taking Christ out of Christmas, but truly there is no Christmas without Christ. [... The] birth of Christ is not lost just because people go berserk over large screen TV deals and buy Mariah Carey albums. Jesus was born. It's a fact. It happened in history. And you can't take the truth away with eggnog, cookies, and presents.
      ~ Barnabas Piper, "Taking Christ Out of Christmas?"
There really is a reason for the season.

Commercialization and secularization can't change it. Long-lived traditions can't change it. Disbelief can't change it.

Because the Reason is.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
      ~ 1 John 4:14 [emphasis mine]
(Merry Christmas!)

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