By Tom Quiner

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Enjoy a beautiful Amy Grant song, El Shaddai, with accompanying video from “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Merry Christmas.

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  1. Ben Hoffman on December 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    It’s extremely doubtful that Jesus was born on Dec. 25th. Historians believe it was probably in mid-September, since the shepherds wouldn’t be out tending their flocks in the middle of the night in December. Others put his birthday in spring, but none believe it was December.

    So where does December 25th come from? It was the birthday of the pagan sun-god Mithra. Mithraism was a popular religion at the time, especially by the Roman military. So, to merge the two religions, the Pope at the time declared Dec. 25th to be the birthday of Jesus.

    Santa, the yule log, the 12 days of Christmas, and other traditions also have interesting pagan origins.

    Merry Mithras! 🙂

  2. maxine bechtel on December 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Whenever the true date, that which causes us to celebrate is the fact that our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ “Made Himself of no reputation” temporarily laying aside His Glory, to be born as a human in order to become our Redeemer! It’s true, too much of the world’s celebration is pagan and has no connection with the Redemption story, and at times distracts from the “Reason for the Season”, but those of us who have been born again into His Family can rejoice that He was willing to die for our sins and declare us ready for an eternal Home in Heaven!We can look forward to his soon return when He will take His redeemed ones to be with him forever!

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