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The Christmas Trade

December 14, 2013

I was sitting in my front room earlier and I fell asleep. When I woke up, the channel on my TV was set on the Seasonal Favorites music channel. The song that was playing was “Have a holly, jolly Christmas.” And my feeling was how disgustingly blasphemous this song was to the real meaning of Christmas. I had tolerated this channel because it had a number of sacred carols too.

But then it hit me. Of course people aren’t going to give up the sacred beauty of Christmas unless an enticing alternative is given to them by satan’s world – happy, non-religious songs, presents, sports and santa.

And this enticement starts with children – presents, santa and candy.

And really, Easter was stolen in the same way – by a bunny and candy.

And we could continue on with how other religious holidays (holy days) were traded in for secular fiction, traditions and “goodies” (which really turn out to be physiological “badies”) – Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

What this boils down to is: the culture has increasingly traded in love for sensationalism.

So that all inspired me to write a poem that spelled out some of the worse trades ever.

They traded Christmas for happy songs and presents
They traded Easter for a bunny and candy
They traded sex with love for porn
They traded marriage for “the grass is greener”
They traded eternity for impulse
They traded peace for hyperness
They traded real life for fiction
They traded health for junk food
They traded personal achievement for sports
They traded God for self-sovereignty and intimidation by others
… and the Bible says, <em>“They traded God’s truth for a lie, and they worshipped and served the creation instead of the creator”</em> Romans 1:25.

Too bad that many don’t realize that when we abandon the smoke screens and do it God’s way, He rewards us with peace, love, confidence, security, joy, clarity and a great eternity. Against these things “the world’s” ways can’t compete 🙂

Byline: Dennis Marcellino’s books, music and DVDs can be seen at <a href=”http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com&#8221; title=”www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com”>www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com</a>

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A Christmas message: The Ultimate Gift

December 16, 2009

It’s good to remember (and even dwell on) what Christmas is really about. That is (in objective terms), Christmas is to celebrate the fact that the creator of the universe and us cared about us so much (despite our sins and how many ignore Him) that He entered this planet and endured what He did just to make a way for us to eventually go to a better place (Heaven and the New Earth).

If you really dwell on the reality of what I just said … a dwelling that has unbelievably diminished over the years in the “mainstream”, being lost at Christmas time among presents and mistletoe and songs about snow and reindeer and things that have nothing to do with Christmas … it will hit you as to how totally awesome and personally relevant the reality of Christmas is.

Also, dwelling on the personal inevitableness of death is helpful in getting us to focus on God and merge with reality. And if you dwell on it, you will experience the fact that you are at the mercy of God. Then you can be open to the good news that He’s made a way for you to come out for the better. And celebrating that is what Christmas has always been about (until modern times).

Don’t gamble with your eternity or let the noise and parade of ultimately meaningless things in this world keep you from seeing the greatness of our creator and His plan and how we can be a part of it. When you realize it and it’s proven* to you, then you’ll really have something great to celebrate at Christmas … the thing that for centuries past, people have been celebrating. (* The Science of Logic says that what I’m saying here is either true or it isn’t. The PROOF that it is can be found at www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com)

10 Reasons To Celebrate Christmas

(1) The invisible made itself visible in human form.

(2) Jesus left us with teachings of the greatest wisdom ever.

(3) Jesus left supernatural proofs of His deity.

(4) Jesus’ work and sufferings made a way for us to go to a perfect Heaven.

(5) Jesus, along with the co-workers He inspired, who were eyewitnesses of His works, started churches to hand all of the above down to us.

(6) Jesus revealed many mysteries not previously known.

(7) Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the meanings of His teachings and to guide and empower us towards perfection.

(8) Jesus loves and cares about us so much that He endured/endures how harshly many in this world responded/responds to His total, unwavering honesty and goodness and His work to get His messages out … and now He stands knocking at the door of every heart offering a great relationship and future.

(9) Jesus is the greatest of all leaders who have ever been because He sets and holds to such a high standard of good, has the power to back it up, and is someone we can follow and join in with His great plan (among all the lesser leaders and possibilities on Earth.)

(10) Because of Him there are many ongoing churches and organizations to plug into for holy fellowship (among lesser options on Earth).

Christmas Past (and 10 Reasons To Celebrate Christmas)

December 20, 2008

Christmas Past
(and 10 Reasons To Celebrate Christmas)
By Dennis Marcellino

I have a special tradition every year at Christmas time. When I make out my Christmas cards and wrap presents I listen to a very special CD called “Christmas” by “The Singers Unlimited” and a Christmas CD that I have out called “The Spirit Of Christmas”. As I was listening to the Singers Unlimited CD today a very special feeling came over me … it is the same special feeling that I always get when listening to those CDs. But this time it hit me as to why that special feeling happens. It’s because I’m listening to RELIGIOUS carols. You don’t hear carols a lot anymore like when I was growing up in the fifties. Yet, at Christmas time in the fifties, they were the basic songs of TV, radio, stores and that we sang and played in the band at even public schools. But since then the Christmas music first morphed into primarily snow and Santa type songs, and then into songs with a modern musical tone (which is devoid of the sacred feeling of carols).

Then I remembered that for many years I often reflected on what was the most special feeling in my heart from throughout my life. (I’m sure we each have one of those). I remembered that it was when I was in Catholic school in the 2nd and 3rd grades in the middle fifties and we had a large nativity scene in our courtyard. I would stare at that scene and get a VERY special feeling … of beauty and love. Perhaps it was a foretelling of how religion would eventually become the most special thing in my life. But what made it all the more special at the time was that the society in general was having the same experience. Now it’s different. How could anyone be so hard hearted as to want to have nativity scenes legally banned? And religious carols are very rarely heard in stores or on TV or on the radio anymore. The true meaning of Christmas is no longer “mainstream”. Christmas has been hijacked by presents and sports and a secular feel. And there is even a subversive element that tries to eliminate it altogether from “mainstream” consciousness.

It’s too bad that young people don’t get to experience the greater amount of love that was in the public air and in the hearts of people in the fifties when Christmas was closer to its true meaning. Still, many people still say that Christmas is the most special time of year. I wonder if they realize just how much more special it could be, and how that special feeling is a gift from God.

“The Spirit Of Christmas” can be heard and purchased at http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com

10 Reasons To Celebrate Christmas

(1) The invisible made itself visible in human form.
(2) Jesus left us with teachings of the greatest wisdom ever.
(3) Jesus left supernatural proofs of His deity.
(4) Jesus’ work and sufferings made a way for us to go to a perfect Heaven.
(5) Jesus, along with the co-workers He inspired, who were eyewitnesses of His works, started an organization to hand all of the above down to us.
(6) Jesus revealed many mysteries not previously known.
(7) Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to show the meanings of His teachings and to guide and empower us towards perfection.
(8) Jesus loved and cared about us so much that He had the courage to endure how the authorities of this world responded to total, unwavering honesty and goodness and his work to get those messages out, and now stands knocking at the door of every heart offering a great relationship and future.
(9) Jesus is the greatest of all leaders who have ever been because He sets and holds to such a high standard of good, has the power to back it up, and is someone we can follow and join in with His great plan (among all the lesser leaders and possibilities on Earth.)
(10) Because of Him there are many ongoing churches and organizations to plug into for holy fellowship, education, ministry and worship (among the lesser options on Earth).

“The Spirit Of Christmas” can be heard and purchased at
www.DennisMarcellino.com