WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT

I really wanted to share with you what I thought Christmas was all about. But I couldn’t explain it any better than a kid named Linus Van Pelt. So I’ll let him tell you in less than two minutes…

Wishing all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas!!!

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. NB says:

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Neva says:

    Merry Christmas my brother! Hope your holiday is the brightest ever. Thank you for being such a good friend. Love to Lea and the boys.

    Peace
    Neva

  3. Donna says:

    Merry Christmas to you too!!

  4. Greg says:

    And a child shall lead them! Merry Christmas to you, Trey, and your family.

  5. leslie says:

    merry christmas to you and yours…

  6. Jeanne M. says:

    I heard this weekend that the producers wanted to eliminate this part of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, but Charles Shultz insisted that it be included.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    God bless you and your family with joy and love in 2008.

    By the way, did you know you can track Santa Claus from the North Pole – I think it starts tonight – at norad.org.

    Enjoy your day with your family tomorrow.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas! Happy New Years!
    2008 will be a Blessed one for all of Us!

    Brandon Voss
    admin@cocnet.us

    Please! email admin@cocnet.us for to access the forum on cocnet.us
    cocn.org no longer has a forum but we do! Talk to you all soon!

  8. David Kirk says:

    Good grief! Merry Christmas to you and your family Trey!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Trey,
    Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. This has been th worst and best Chrsitmas at the same time. The worst becuase my wife left me, but the best because i have rededicated my life to Him.. It id very difficult at times, but it is truly the good fight! Thank you for your Blog!

    In Him,

    Steve in AZ

  10. Anonymous says:

    It’s a shame you haven’t been taught or learned that “Christmas” as a religious “holy day” celebrating the birth was a human invention and did not originate from God but man. (Matt. 15:7-9; Col. 3:17; Gal. 4:10-11)

    The early church only remembered and celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and indeed, that is the only request Jesus made as far as remembering Him–the cross. (Matt. 26:24-29) I think if anybody would have wanted us to “celebrate” the birth of Jesus in some “special” religious holyday, I think it would have been Christ himself!!

    So, as a Bible believing Christian, I really have to just “bite me tongue” when the denominational world claim that Jesus is the reason for the season and to put Christ back in Christmas and to be honest, I get pretty disappointed and frustrated when it comes from members of the Lord’s church and gospel preachers. Tell me, how can you put Christ back into something that He was NEVER in to begin with?

    Most churches of Christ and faithful Bible believing Christians understood this in years past. We didn’t promote Christmas as the birth of Christ and have “Christmas programs”, etc. but not anymore today.

    We in churches of Christ have something very different and uniquie to offer the religious world –the truth of God’s Word. When we fail to offer this distinct message to the religious community, we just get absorbed and our message get’s lost or ignored. Charles Hodge has said that whenever we stop being a counter=cultural, we cease to be relevent. I”m afarid that has happened with the body of Christ (churches of Christ) we are largely ignored and seen as being just like the Baptist, Methodist, etc.

    So bottom line, I unlike Charlie Brown and sadly yourself, can tell what Christmas is all about? We celebrate it as a time of family and love and from a cultural standpoint, as a national holiday, just like we do other holidays – Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, etc.

    Yes, I’m glad when these national holidays do have some redeeming and spiritual points to them and I do try to use them as opportunites to reach out to others and have common ground with those who are thinking about them.

    But, I do know the difference between all of the above. And I certainly don’t have to go around repeating the same, false, grossly misinformed, and vain message that the Christmas season is all about Christ.

    Give me a break. I know better and so should you and other members of Churches of Christ.

    Think about. I’m just trying to challenge your understanding and really just probably your metholodly in reaching the world.

    I do not mean to be harsh. God bless you and your family during this Christmas and national holiday season.

    Sincerely,

    Robert in Oklahoma

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Thanks guys …

    Steve – hang in there brother!!! Still praying.

  12. Anonymous says:

    robert, that’s how I was raised.
    but….it is sad to discourage people from celebrating the incarnation. surely Jesus is to be worshipped year round, and the reasons for not celebrating the incarnation this time of year are so petty.
    To say that Jesus was born on this day and we must celebrate it today in a certain way is misguided, but how can worshipping Jesus be wrong at any time in the year.

    Maybe your practice is guided by what the baptists and methodists do or don’t do, but I try to follow the Bible only. and if it is wrong to do it now, why is it right to do it in July?

    I hope you choose some time be it July or March to focus on this great event. But just don’t choose the same time every year. because apparently that is a sin.

    maybe you could rotate it and talk about the fulfillment of prophecies a different month each year, that way your conscience won’t be offended. Or celebrate the resurrection in December and the Incarnation in March??

    brian

    keep on contending for the faith, brother

  13. Anonymous says:

    one more thing. read colossians and galatians again and I think you will see Paul is talking about Jewish days and rights that people were keeping as a matter of sticking with the Law.

    also read Romans 14:5-6
    “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day , observes it for the Lord…..

    it’s fine if you dont want to sing nativity hymns from November through Feb. but either Paul is contradicting himself or you are in the wrong for judging.

    brian

  14. Anonymous says:

    “God may your family come and confert me in a time of loss and saddness.”

    Brandon Voss

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Robert, Thanks for your note. I appreciate your opinions. (Brian thanks for your note too.) I was a lot like Brian, when I was growing up Christmas was only about Santa, reindeer and elves. My family had been told we we’re supposed to celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ so we didn’t talk much about Christ’s birth. At our church you could hear a sermon on the birth of Christ in any month of the year but December. And, you could hear a song like “Silent Night” sung during any church service except a Sunday in December. It was in December that sermons and songs on Jesus’ birth were off limits. I remember one year when I was young the song leader lead the song “Joy to the World” on a Sunday morning in December and after services people lined up to chew him out. I thought that was sad.

    As I’ve grown older I’ve had issues with ignoring the birth of Christ in the month of December. I’m so thankful that the world stops sees Jesus during the month. It makes no sense to me to see other children singing about Jesus during the Christmas season while my children were supposed to be singing Frosty the Snowman. I’m glad my family can talk about Jesus all the time. I’m no longer bothered or ashamed to talk, sing or discuss the birth of Christ during the Christmas season.

    I do understand and agree 100% that Christ is all about the death, burial and resurrection. But if it wasn’t for a birth those other three things would have never taken place.

    Again, thanks for the comments.

    Brandon Voss – Got the Christmas card brother. Thanks – You are THE man!!! :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    No, I don’t thank Robert for his comment. I am not the least bit grateful for the content, exegesis, tone, or attitude.

    sincerely
    Brian

  17. Anonymous says:

    Trey thanks for your kind response and reply. You truly demonstrate the “spirit of Christ” in your response to me. I’m sorry that Brian doesn’t feel the same.

    I do however agree with you Brian about Romans 14:5,6a about Paul discussing Jewish observances of the law and giving individuals liberty for people to observe special days. My point is that no one is better for thinking of Christ during Christmas, nor is one less for wanting to leave Christ out of the holiday, since there is no Biblical precedent for it.

    But I’m also trying to help Bible believing Christians and members of the Lord’s church to understand is that no human authority, whether church or state, has any right to establish religious holy days! This includes the establishment of December 25th as the “birthday of Christ” and using that day to commemorate the birth of Christ. Furthermore, no church has the scriptural right to incorporate the observance of Christmas as a religious and spiritual act. The New Testament authorizes no such practice.

    Concerning, Paul in Galatians 4:9-11 warned against the possibility of being bound up in observing man made holy days they cause one to lose sight of the truly significant principles of Christianity as revealed in the Bible. Remember what Paul said in Colossians 2:20-23 concerning “will-worship” being characteristic of the “commandments and doctrines of men” which are to perish and are of no spiritual value (Colossians 2:20-23). I’m simply arguing that this can happen in religion and in application with Christmas being observed as a special “religious holy day.”

    Remember, there is nothing more despised of God than human tradition imposed upon men as true religion (Matthew 15:1-14). The worshippers which God seeks are those that are seeking Him with worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Those that please Him are those that do the things which Jesus His Son says (Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21-24). Think about it! Can we worship and honor God by involving ourselves with customs and traditions, which God Himself did not command or authorize??

    Therefore, those who are promoting December 25th as a religious holy day must admit that they have absolutely no biblical authority for doing so! Many will say, “Well, He had to be born on some day – we just pick December 25th as that day!” Beyond being admittedly presumptive, this claim really misses the point. We are not concerned over people believing that Jesus was born on some day: We are concerned that religious people have established that day as a religious holy day, and proceed to religiously celebrate that day without God’s approval! This should raise some eyebrows, but I am afraid too many people have wandered too far from the scriptures to even be concerned about this at all. The important question is not what everyone else thinks and is doing, but what am I doing? Personally, I don’t want to ever participate in any unauthorized religious practice?

    Again, I’m not staying its wrong to sing Joy to the World around Christmas time in the worship services or have lessons, scripture readings or remembering the birth of Christ. I do agree that with so many people being more inclined to think of spiritual values and Christ during Christmas, this may provide a moment to encourage and teach about true commitment to Jesus. Think about the following poem:

    Do you worship the Babe in the manger,
    But reject the Christ of the Cross?
    Your redemption comes not by the manger,
    But the death of Christ on the Cross.
    If you worship the Babe in the manger,
    But ignore the blood of God’s Son,
    To you Christ is only a stranger,
    Til you trust the work He has done.
    The Babe in the manger was God’s only Son,
    Who came to the world to die.
    The Babe in the manger could never have done
    The work of His God on high.
    The Babe left the manger and went to the Cross
    To pay the wages of sin.
    Your way of forgiveness is not by the Babe,
    But the Christ who died for your sin.
    – W. S. and Mildred Dillon

    For love for Christ, His church and the truth (Gal. 4:16; Eph. 4:15),
    Robert

  18. Anonymous says:

    robert in OK
    I apologize for expressing myself the way I did. I still don’t appreciate your tone with Trey, especially ending it with “I do not mean to be harsh” and “sincerely” after the patronizing and arrogant tone you used. but maybe I misread that. I doubt you intended it, but I read it that way. I also apologize for expressing my annoyance with practices that you don’t hold.

    I do understand Biblical authority but I don’t understand why celebrating the birth of Jesus is wrong even if we do it the same time every year. It sounds like the only thing you disagree with is that the 25 has been set apart in some way. I feel it is an expedient up to the individual congregation how and when they want to focus on the incarnation.

    that’s all, God bless
    brian

  19. Anonymous says:

    Brian,

    I accept your apologize in Christian love. I also feel like I as well need to apologize to Trey for my tone and “judgmental” spirit and do hope I caused no hurt.

    I just greatly fear that today there is really no longer a true, burning desire to do those things religiously that “only please the Lord” and have a “thus saith the Lord” and Biblical authority behind them without being accused of legalism. Jesus said “if you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) John said “we know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.” (1 John 2:3-5a; cf. 3:24; John 14:23-24)

    Today, it seems like people want to practice a “create your own religion/Christianity” and how dare anyone question or examine the validity of such religion in light of Scripture. People seem to want to have a religion and Christianity that pleases them, makes them feel good, practice and believe what they think is right, etc. instead of what pleases God or what Christ commanded. What really seems to be driving most people in religion and “church” is tradition and personal preference. There just doesn’t really seem to be much interest in asking “is it Biblical?”

    I fear this especially in regard to worship today. Jesus laid down two requirements for acceptable worship when he said they must worship in “spirit” and in “truth.” It simply cannot be an either/or choice as it sadly seems to so often be the case in Christianity today. Jesus said that the Father is seeking a particular kind of worshipper. Everything we do must always be in according to “faith” (Rom. 10:17) Take for instance the worship Cain in the OT. Whatever he offered to God, we know it was not pleasing to God because it was not “according to faith” as opposed to Abel (See Hebrews 11:5) It seems today that the attitude is that God basically “has to” accept anything I offer to Him in religion and worship just as long as I offer it to Him sincerely. Again, we need both “spirit” and “truth” in worship and in our Christianity.

    Remember the example of Nadab and Abihu who “offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command.” (Lev. 10:1NIV) When you go on and read the explanation given by God to Moses, this is what God said: “Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Religion or worship that isn’t offered up to God in either sincerely (spirit) or truth dishonors God and shows our lack of reverence and respect for Him.

    Again, I fear we in churches of Christ most continue to strive for balance in both of these areas. Those on the far right would lead us into a “spiritless” Christian and worship but I fear those who are leading the church down the path of liberalism (left) would lead us into a “truthless” religion and worship. (i.e., Max Lucado, Richland Hills, Rubel Shelly)

    Those are some of my thoughts that I know are much larger than just the issue of “celebrating and promoting Christmas” in the church as the birthday of Christ but I think they are representative of a much larger battle we are facing today in the body of Christ over truth and whether or not we are going to simply become just “another denomination” and go down the path of ecumenicalism, (i.e., all roads, paths (denominations lead to heaven regardless of what they teach and practice and some in the church just say, “Well, we all have an imperfect understanding in our faith, so who are we to judge?” Which really is just simply a surrender of the truth)

    Anyway, God bless you Brian and you Trey in your service to the Lord. And May God bless us all as we strive to show Christ to a lost world and to be faithful to Christ in a faithless world.

    In Christian love,
    Robert

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