Christmas 2012, December 25, Jesus Christ message, Tolkien CS Lewis, Where there is darkness light, Jesus Christ transformed the Earth

Christmas 2012, December 25, Jesus Christ message, Tolkien CS Lewis, Where there is darkness light, Jesus Christ transformed the Earth

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”…First Corinthians 1:25

In pondering what to write for Christmas Day my thoughts were dispersed, distracted and delayed. But that often happens.

I believe that in many ways we have become distracted and have missed the point.

In recent discussions with a wise lady, who happens to be Roman Catholic, we both shared observations about the human side of Barack Obama, what has formed his thought processes and the fact that he is a prisoner to his influences.

This does not apply only to Obama but to many on the left, to many people who believe that the problem with gun attacks is guns. Many of these people have no grounding in religion, a moral compass and right from wrong. They are driven by knee jerk feelings and political ideologies.

I have become less of a fan of organized religion and more a proponent of what Christ actually said and did. I am not against organized religion but I believe that we have lost our way with it and have let too many layers of interpretation and discussion and intermediaries come between us and the essence of Christ’s simple message.

The impact we have on others combined with the “smallness” of the world is powerful. Each life touches the lives of others and can ultimately be world changing. A good Christmas example of this is the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, one of my favorites. Another example of how small the world is, “6 degrees of separation” and one person changing the lives of others is this. One of my friends knew Tolkien and CS Lewis. Small world. But the bigger story is the impact of the life of Tolkien on CS Lewis and the world.

From The Blaze December 12, 2012.

“In “The Christian World of the Hobbit,” a new literary analysis of the popular writer, author Devin Brownexamines the intense religious nature of Tolkien’s written works. In a recent interview with CBN.com, Brown provided some fascinating tidbits of information. Among them, a fact that many Tolkien fans might not be aware of: “The Hobbit” author was responsible for bringing C.S. Lewis to the Christian faith.

Here’s what Brown had to say about Tolkien’s religious views and his assistance in helping Lewis find Christ:

[Tolkien] was Roman Catholic. His mom converted; she had been an Anglican. His dad died. So, he went with her in the Catholic faith and was very devout, very pious. That said, when he helped bring Lewis to Christianity—he didn’t bring him to Catholicism, he brought him to Christianity. Certainly, his commitment to Christ was first and his denomination second. But, yeah, he was very pious, went to church not just every Sunday, but often every day. He was one of those kind of people, that I don’t know that very many of them exist anymore.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/did-you-know-about-these-christian-themes-in-j-r-r-tolkiens-the-hobbit/

What the nonbelievers fail to realize and we fail to present is not only the message of love, peace and tranquility of Jesus Christ but the impact on the Earth that he had.

Here are some simple, self evident, truths for all to ponder.

Jesus was born in the Middle East of medium skin color, right in the middle, not black, not white.

Christianity transformed the Roman Empire.

Christianity tamed the vikings.

Christianity was a dominant force in stopping Nazi Germany.

There is clearly good and evil in this world.

“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”…Saint Francis

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19 responses to “Christmas 2012, December 25, Jesus Christ message, Tolkien CS Lewis, Where there is darkness light, Jesus Christ transformed the Earth

  1. CW…I don’t post very often but I do come to this site almost every day. Just wanted to thank you and everyone that posts here for all of your valuable information. Merry Christmas and God bless you all!

  2. CitizenWells,
    Merry Christmas!! I say that unashamed even to non-believers. Christ was about the light, about tolerance, about love, about peace and good will to other humans. Those principles should be universal, his birth is about bringing that message to the world. I still struggle everyday to listen to those teaching and implement them, yet know that they are correct. Of my many failings, forgiveness is something I struggle greatly with, especially after witnessing the incredible injustices of the world. I appreciate your blog, and those many individuals whom bring information to it.

    Pete

  3. Merry Christmas.
    God bless.

  4. Thornton Parsons

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  5. Merry Christmas, to all.

  6. A very safe and blessed holiday to all, Merry Christmas!

  7. CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO CW AND ALL

    Between visitors here, an offering:

    From the Office of Readings for Christmas Eve:

    How beautiful on the mountains,

    are the feet of one who brings good news,

    who heralds peace, brings happiness,

    proclaims salvation,

    and tells Zion,

    ‘Your God is king!’

    Listen! Your watchmen raise their voices,

    they shout for joy together,

    for they see the Lord face to face,

    as he returns to Zion.

    Break into shouts of joy together,

    you ruins of Jerusalem;

    for the Lord is consoling his people,

    redeeming Jerusalem.

    The Lord bares his holy arm

    in the sight of all the nations,

    and all the ends of the earth shall see

    the salvation of our God.

    Our hope!!

  8. Another offering if I may:

  9. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    The story of “Silent Night” from a 1948 Hallmark radio program.

    [audio src="http://media.podcastingmanager.com/94060-86797/Media/481223%20The%20Story%20of%20Silent%20.mp3" /]

  10. Merry Christmas to CW and All here! It has been wonderful to be privileged to share with you in our struggle against the forces of evil that we resist daily.

    Recently I received in the mail an article by Dave McCarrell, President of Pacific Garden Mission, a “lighthouse” in Chicago (Yes, Chicago). I want to share a small portion which was such a blessing to me:

    GOD’S UNSPEAKABLE GIFT
    (quote)
    Our Savior was born in a stable, but angels announced His birth.

    He had nowhere to lay His head, but those who receive Him are offered mansions in Glory.

    He was weary, but He offered rest to all who are heavy laden.

    He was often hungry, but could say, “He who comes to Me will never hunger or thirst.”

    He was crowned with thorns, yet we His followers will receive crowns of glory.

    He was put to death as a criminal, but He now sits at the right hand of God.

    He went to the lowest depths of shame and suffering, that those who receive Him might be raised to the highest level or heights of glory and honor.

    He took on the sin that was ours, so that we could take on the righteousness of God.

    To as many as receive Him as Savior, He gives the power to become the sons of God.

    No wonder we say He was God’s indescribable gift to all the world.

  11. Orly says she is leading us back,kind of like GeorgevWashington gave us our first Christmas http://www.orlytaitzesq.com

    Merry Christmas to all

  12. Merry Christmas folks. Happy New Year too. I keep praying somehow, someway Barry will be found ineligible. That is all I want for Christmas. I pray for Israel too.

  13. “HOW TO STOP AN INELIGIBLE ‘PRESIDENT'”

    EXCLUSIVE: LARRY KLAYMAN DEMANDS GOP LAWMAKERS CHALLENGE ELECTORAL COLLEGE TALLY

    Published: 12/14/2012 at 5:05 PM

    By Larry Klayman

    © 2012 Larry Klayman

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/how-to-stop-an-ineligible-president

    Please Read ALL of The Comments!!!

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    “WHY “OBAMA” SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE AGAIN”

    Alan Caruba
    Monday, December 17, 2012

    © Alan Caruba, 2012

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51819

    * * * * * * * * * * * *

    “CONFRONTING OUR SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY”

    “SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY”

    Doug Hagmann
    December 2012

    © 2012 Douglas Hagmann

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51792

  14. Here are some sweet videos that are worth sharing with all during this miraculous time of year:

    From: “INTERNATIONAL GUN RUNNING PART II: THE DOMESTIC AGENDA”

    http://drkatesview.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/international-gun-running-part-ii-the-domestic-agenda/#comments

    Hat Tip: no-nonsense-nancy

    Som Sabadell flashmob

    Published on May 31, 2012

    “On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.”

    Comments Under This YouTube Video:

    * “One of the most amazing videos ever.”

    * “To Banco Sabadell – This year you celebrated your 130th anniversary by arranging a flashmob to pay homage to your city. Little did you know, the generous gift to your city turned into a beautiful gift to all humanity. Thank you for warming our hearts and souls with your gift. Merry Christmas!”

    * “Wow beautiful christmas caroll awesome video thumbs up from

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    D Happy christmas every one seasons greetings.”

    * “awesome!!!”

    * “Absolutely amazing! You can see the ‘audience’ simply catch fire as this builds and builds. Such joy! Thanks you for sharing this.”

    * ” love how the conductor just kinda saunters out from the crowd and the little girl that started it watches it from start to finish in the same spot :)”

    * “Marvelous! Fantastic! Bravissimo!!”

    * “Excellent beyond belief”

    * “Very nice !”

    * “This is awesome.”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Hat Tip: Typist Jan

    VIDEO: The Rob Mills Family – Through The Decades

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=0jwkpd2nAto

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Hat Tip: Typist Jan

    VIDEO: “Ray Stevens and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas”

  15. Dion – Still In The Spirit

    Album: Kingdom In The Streets

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    Dion – I Put Away My idols

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    The Truth Will Set You Free – Dion DiMucci

    “A great song about being free from sin in Christ! This is from the CD “INSIDE JOB” By Dion DiMucci. Excellent CD.”

  16. Dion ~ I Believe

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    Dion – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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    “Where Our Favorite Christmas Carols Come From”

    Posted: 12/22/2012 7:13 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/guideposts/where-christmas-music-lived_b_2259717.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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  17. We Know Love

    See & Open The Holy Bible, Read in the New Testament in the book of 1 John, Chapter 4, Verse 9 — 1 John 4:9

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    Winchester Cathedral Choir – For Unto Us A Child Is Born

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