• Christmas, Fulfilled Prophecy, Rob Robinson

    Posted on December 22nd, 2012

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    Prophecy: The Messiah Will Be Born In Bethlehem

    Prophecy: The Messiah Will Be Born In Bethlehem

    Place yourself now, in Nazareth. You are standing beside the road, across the way from where Mary and Joseph live. A toddler is wobbling back and forth in the first days of his learning to walk. He stumbles and falls to the ground. His mother runs to his aide and picks him up, dusting off the dirt from where he has fallen. Suddenly you realize, this is the Son of God, the One who made all things that exists. He has not always been a human being. He has not always been a tiny boy. He was and is the King of the Universe, the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

    He walked the halls of heaven, but now He must learn to walk as a child. He has spoken the universe into existence, but now He must learn to talk for the first time as a human being.

    It appears that the plan of God for His Son, was that He would need to understand everything that all men go through in their life. From normal birth, infancy, into the teen years and adulthood, our Savior would need to experience what it is like to be one of us. Jesus went through every circumstance that we will go through in our life. He understands what it is like to live as a human being in this world. This is why He is not only able to die in our place, but He can also perfectly sympathize with all of the struggles and difficulties that we feel as we live in a fallen world.

  • Christmas, Encouragement, Holiday's Perspective, Jesus Church, Other Bible Teachers

    Posted on December 12th, 2012

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    Faith in What?

    Faith in What?

    Christmas is around the corner. It’s the time of year when cynics are pressed to enjoy hot cocoa and gingerbread and even non-believers begin to hope for miracles. It’s a time of year when faith pops into conversations.

    Faith. People toss the word about, as though faith itself is a good thing. Hard-core LOST fans will recall that a conflict developed between the man of “faith” - John Locke — and the man of “science” - Dr. Jack Shepherd during the show’s early seasons. At one point at the end of the second season, Jack famously asked Locke why it was so easy for him to believe, and Locke said, “It’s never been easy!”

    No, faith is not easy, and unfortunately for John Locke, his faith was in an ISLAND - an ISLAND with a smoke monster.

    “Have faith,” people will say. Faith? Faith in what? Faith in God? Faith in money? Faith in the good nature of the universe? Faith in our own karma? [By the way, in what bank is karma held, and who are the tellers?] We need to make sure we are building our faith on the right foundation.

    A skeptic asked us, “But see, there’s a problem when Grandma prays to be healed and she isn’t healed. She thinks she doesn’t have strong enough faith or that God doesn’t love her. What about Grandma?”

    We all want to see miracles. We want to pray for Grandma’s crippling arthritis and see her healed; we don’t want her suffering for two more decades. We want to pray for healing and freedom and see them happen.

    This is a hard issue. On top of it, the “name it and claim it” “blab it and grab it” “faith” teachers have skewed our understanding, presenting faith as the means to get anything we want. They leave out major components of what the Bible teaches, forgetting that faith has little to do with getting a Mercedes and everything to do with strengthening our relationship with our Savior.

  • Was Jesus Born on December 25th?

    Was Jesus Born on December 25th?

    The Christmas season is a wonderful time of year for those who love Jesus and the fact that He came to earth to offer His life for all of us. Most people do not know the true facts concerning the arrival of Jesus to earth because the story of Jesus birth has been changed by the traditions of men over the course of years.

    In this brief study we will explore the facts concerning Jesus birth and look at the evidence from a Biblical perspective.

    The gospel of Luke gives us the best account of Jesus birth, so we will start here and move through the other verses of scripture that deal with the event of Jesus birth.

    Luke 2:8-20 “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

    This verse in the book of Luke reveals information that may ruin your current view of Christmas. We learn from just this single verse that Jesus was not born during the winter month of December. In just a few minutes you will see why.

  • Christmas, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Holiday's Perspective, Rob Robinson

    Posted on December 10th, 2012

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    The Christmas Story, “He Will Turn Our Hearts”

    The Christmas Story, “He Will Turn Our Hearts”

    This is the first of a four part series on the Christmas Story. I wanted to take a brief reprise to focus myself on what this time of year is truly about, instead of those things where advertisers and merchants seek to direct my life. If you are like me, even during the joy and celebration of the Christmas season, I can find a reason to complain about most anything. I suppose that it is a byproduct of growing older that I find myself being more picky about more things than I should. I am an American living in the Philippines and seem to make constant comments about what is wrong with the people and culture that I find myself a part of. In reality, this is a beautiful country full of warm and friendly people who love life for it’s very essence. Although Filipino’s have much less materially than what I see Americans accustomed to, they have greater joy than anyone I have ever known living in the U.S.

    Christmas takes us back to a simpler time in all of our lives when we were children and the only things that we concerned ourselves with were play and our friends. I think that this year God would like it very much if we could all just forget about all of the complexities of our life and take a few days to just play and enjoy the many wonderful blessings we have already have in our life, like family and friends, a warm fire, good food and the remembrance of what God has done for all of us in Christmas.

  • Atheists Seek to Rewrite History

    Atheists Seek to Rewrite History

    There are certain facts in life that cannot be disputed. George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, that is a fact of history. The Civil War brought America to a battle with itself over the issue of slavery. On September 11, 2001, the twin towers in New York tumbled to the ground after a terrorist attack.

    In Bethlehem, nearly two thousand years ago, a tiny baby was born who is the Savior of the World.

    The facts of Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection, are a matters of history. There are more documents that prove the facts of Jesus life, death, and resurrection from the dead, than any other event of human history. Why then are various atheists groups trying to re-write history and claim that the gospel accounts of Jesus Christ are a myth?

  • Christmas, Encouragement, Holiday's Perspective, Rob Robinson

    Posted on December 23rd, 2010

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    Christmas in the Philippines

    Christmas in the Philippines

    This year Marissa and I have had the privilege of celebrating Christmas with our family in Cebu, Philippines. The anniversary of Jesus birth is a very big event here indeed. If you think the Christmas decorations and music start too soon in the United States, you will be amazed to see trees, lights and music playing the old familiar yule tide joy beginning in September here amongst these 7,200 Islands.

  • Christmas, Controversial Subjects, Holiday's Perspective, Islam, Jesus v. Religion

    Posted on December 5th, 2010

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    Liam Neeson Says Aslan is Mohammed in Narnia

    Liam Neeson Says Aslan is Mohammed in Narnia

    The actor who voices the lion in the film adaptations of the books has angered some fans of the stories, who claim he is distorting Lewis’s intentions to be “politically correct”. Aslan the lion features in all seven Narnia books, guiding children away from evil and harm and encouraging them to do good.

    Lewis was clear that the Aslan was based on Christ, and once wrote of the character: “He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question: “What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?”.” In the climax of the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan sacrifices his life to save Narnia, before rising from the dead, a plot which is widely believed to represent the crucifixion and the resurrection.

    But ahead of the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third Narnia book to be made into a film, next week, Neeson said: “Aslan symbolises a Christlike figure, but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries. “That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids — that’s what he means for me.” Walter Hooper, Lewis’s former secretary and a trustee of his estate, said that the author would have been angered by Neeson’s comments.

  • Christmas, Controversial Subjects

    Posted on December 31st, 2009

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    The Bible is the Most-Stolen Book During the Holidays

    The Bible is the Most-Stolen Book During the Holidays

    SAN ANTONIO — Noah’s Ark Christian Bookstore sees about one to two Christian items stolen every year.
    This holiday season, it’s seeing three to four items missing from its shelves.
    “I can see the need people have, they need to buy more but don’t have the means to do it,” store manager Maria Obregon says.
    You can’t ignore the irony of the situation. The book that read, “Thou shalt not steal” is also one of the most-stolen books in the world. In San Antonio, Bible bandits are on the rise. Local bookstores say it’s a problem they see year-round. They attribute it to a slow economy, and people turning to God in tough times.

  • Christmas, Obama Watch

    Posted on December 27th, 2009

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    No Churchgoing Christmas for the First Family

    No Churchgoing Christmas for the First Family

    The Senate vote on final passage of health reform almost scuttled their plans, but it looks like the First Family will still make it to Hawaii for Christmas. They’ve had a whirlwind holiday season so far, starting with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, through hosting more than 50,000 people for 27 parties and open houses, and ending with a visit by the First Lady, Malia and Sasha, and the family’s dog Bo, to deliver cookies to the Children’s National Medical Center. The Obamas have also started their own holiday traditions in their new home, adding a Christmas wishing tree to the decorations festooning the White House.
    But there’s one common Christmas practice not on the First Family’s schedule: a visit to Christmas Eve church services.

  • Christmas, Jesus Church

    Posted on December 22nd, 2009

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    Christmas was Controversial from the Beginning

    Christmas was Controversial from the Beginning

    Many Americans see the present political correct view of the holidays as a jihad against the Christian celebration of Christmas.
    Retail chains now mandate that clerks greet customers with “Happy Holidays” rather than the traditional “Merry Christmas.” Scattered school districts have banned the singing of Christmas carols, and many have relabeled the holiday from classes the “winter break.” Nativity scenes or even decorated trees (if they are called Christmas trees) in public places prompt legal challenges because the observance of the Western world’s most popular and widely celebrated — whether by believers or not — religious holiday may be offensive to some.

  • America In Prophecy, Christmas

    Posted on December 18th, 2009

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    66% Celebrate Christmas As A Religious Holiday

    66% Celebrate Christmas As A Religious Holiday

    Sixty-six percent (66%) of Americans celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that another 20% celebrate the event as a secular holiday.
    Of those who celebrate Christmas, 81% believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to earth to die for our sins and 72% say Jesus was born to a virgin.
    Among all Americans, whether they celebrate Christmas or not, 82% say the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago. Only three percent (3%) say he did not and 15% aren’t sure.

  • Christmas, Controversial Subjects

    Posted on December 15th, 2009

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    Christians Launch Attack on Christmas

    Christians Launch Attack on Christmas

    If it’s December, there must be frost in the air, gingerbread in the oven and — right on time — Bill O’Reilly and other defenders of Christmas bemoaning the prevalence of the greeting “Happy Holidays,” as opposed to “Merry Christmas.”
    There’s a war on Christmas, the conservative commentator recently reminded viewers, driven by those who “loathe the baby Jesus.” This season, a holiday-décor company is marketing the CHRIST-mas Tree, a bushy artificial tree with a giant cross where the trunk should be. And the Colorado-based nonprofit Focus on the Family is continuing its Stand for Christmas campaign to highlight the offenses of Christmas-denying retailers. The campaign was launched, according to its website, because “citizens across the nation were growing dissatisfied with the tendency of corporations to omit references to Christmas from holiday promotions.”

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    Posted on December 13th, 2009

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    How St. Nick Became Santa Claus

    How St. Nick Became Santa Claus

    An ancient merchant had three lovely daughters. But due to a tragic turn of events, he had lost all hope that his daughters would be able to marry and live a happy life. It was the third century, and this businessman had lost his fortune when pirates pillaged his ship. His beautiful daughters were of marrying age, and without money he could give them no dowry

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Christmas, Jesus v. Everything

    Posted on December 12th, 2009

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    How December 25 Became Christmas

    How December 25 Became Christmas

    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus birthday?

    The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus Nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus birth (Luke 2:8) might suggest the spring lambing season; in the cold month of December, on the other hand, sheep might well have been corralled. Yet most scholars would urge caution about extracting such a precise but incidental detail from a narrative whose focus is theological rather than calendrical.

  • America In Prophecy, Christmas

    Posted on December 9th, 2009

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    Obama: No Baby Jesus in White house

    Obama: No Baby Jesus in White house

    The Obama administration sought to ban baby Jesus from the executive mansion as part of its plans for a “non-religious Christmas,” according to a participant at a White House luncheon.

    In its Dec. 4 issue, the New York Times published an article highlighting accomplishments of Desirée Rogers, the new White House social secretary.

    Rogers, a woman who markets what she refers to as the “Obama brand,” is responsible for every event that takes place in the White House.