Every Christmas you hear some complaints about how we have commercialized the birth of Jesus and how we are so materialistic. What does gift giving have to do with Christmas? Contrary to what you may think, it was not inspired by the magi. In fact, the Christian practice of giving gifts began with St. Nicholas, the pastor of Myra, who rode across Asia Minor distributing gifts to poor children. December 6th in the Western Church and December 19th in the Eastern Church became St. Nicholas’ Day – a day to give gifts to children – and in time this practice merged with December 25th. So next time you go shopping, enjoy buying gifts for your loved ones but don’t forget to be generous to the less fortunate. After all, we were undeserving but God gave us the gift of Jesus. Merry Christmas!


Are Christmas trees just some pagan ritual borrowed from the Scandinavians? While it is true that many cultures have worshipped certain trees, this was not the case for Christians. For them trees were never sacred just symbolic. Adam and Eve took the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Abraham lived by the Oaks of Mamre where He built an altar to the Lord. The people of Israel were promised to become “Trees of Righteousness.” Jesus hung on a tree for our sins. And in Revelation we see the tree of life in the middle of the street of the Heavenly City. So next time you see O Tannenbaum with lights, ornaments, and gifts, think of the many wonderful promises of God, especially the coming of Jesus to die on the cross for us! Merry Christmas!


DARING TO CONNECT by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson We are not called to be Lone Ranger Christians. As Nicole’s dad would say, “Even the Lone Ranger had Tanto with him.” Romans 12:4-8  4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  5 so... Continue Reading →

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