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The Reason for the Season

As we approach the celebration of the birth of our Savior, let us not forget the reason for His birth. Christ taught, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38), “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Why was Christ born? To save us from ourselves.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “and no unclean thing can dwell with God” (1 Ne. 10:21).

Therefor, “it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.

“For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another… therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world.

“Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop to the shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away. And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.

“And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption” (Alma 34: 9-16).

Before His crucifixion, Christ said to Pilot, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37) Pilot replied, “What is truth” (John 18:38)?

The truth is, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

That is the reason for the season. For that gift, I look up and shout Hallelujah!

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Holiday, Religion

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

This email comes around every year and I smile every time I get it.

To All My Democrat Friends

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010 but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To All My Republican Friends

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Holiday, Humor

 

I Love This Stuff

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Holiday, Music, Random, Religion

 

Will someone please help me?

I had been planning on a Nook 3G+WiFi for Christmas, then when they banned reading at work (well, at least on the PM shift) I began to rethink it.  Since then, I’ve done a lot of thinking about e-readers and simply can’t justify why I need one.

That brings me to this point: what do I want for Christmas?  I’m honestly at a loss.  That, and I keep having 2Ne: 51 repeat in my head – “Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy.”  Currently, my list consists of a 12″ cast iron frying pan.

Bueller?  Bueller?  Bueller?

Oh sure, there are old standbys like Pachmayr grips for my S&W 686 or my Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk, but come on!  There has to be something else that I want, right?

Ideas.  I need ideas.  Please, please give me some!

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Holiday

 

Teaching the Boy

One of D’s favorite songs is the Happy Birthday song.  When a member of the family has a birthday he’ll walk around the house singing happy birthday to them until the next birthday arrives, then he switches to that next person.  Tammy and I have been trying to teach D about the meaning of the 4th of July and it must have clicked because today the song changed.

Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday dear America!   Happy Birthday to you.

Hopefully the Founders are smiling as much as I am.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2010 in Birthdays, Family, Holiday

 

Never Forget

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Conflict Studies, Holiday, Military

 

Belated Thanks

My wife showed me this and I had to steal it and post it:

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my favorite mothers!

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Education, Family, Holiday, Music

 
 
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