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December 25 is the day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of Mankind. Hence the word “CHRIST-mas”. Belief in Jesus Christ is not required to make this day be referred to as Christmas. We all have free will to believe in and on whatever we want in this world. God is really cool that way. Non-belief however does not change the root origin of the day. I tell everyone I see this time of year “Merry Christmas!”. I also reply “Merry Christmas!” back to people that say “Happy Holidays” or “Happy Festivus” or anything else. What I am saying by this simple salutation is “Happy Birthday Jesus!”.

We all look for “free stuff”, especially this time of year when all the retail sales and promotions are going hot and heavy. In almost half a century of drawing air in this world, I have really only found one true “free” thing. That is the gift of everlasting life, peace and unimaginable grace in Christ. With this said, there are some not so good people out there this time of year looking for and taking stuff. Robbery, burglary and deadly force encounters all rise during this time of year. Stay prepared and by all means be aware of your surroundings. Watch where you park your car, be alert to people following or trailing you and always, always keep a comfortable space between you and others you don’t know when out in public. Lastly, keep your sword (your weapon) sheathed and know that The Bible tells me so!

In John 18:11, after Peter cut the ear off the servant of the high priest arresting  Jesus, Jesus told Peter “Put your sword back into it’s sheath! Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”  He did not tell Peter to get rid of the sword, throw the sword away, or do not carry the sword. He did not tell him the sword was too big or too sharp or that it (the sword, the tool, the weapon) was responsible for killing and death. He told him to sheath it. Keep it at your side. Wear it. Have it at the ready when needed. Apply this simple verse into today’s world with your carry gun.

A psalm of David. “Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle”. Psalm 144:1.

Merry Christmas!

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