Friday, December 22, 2006

Fwd: Christmas in Iraq, Christmas Story of Jesus Birth, Christmas Stories of GW

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James Renwick Manship
Date: December 22, 2006 6:55:12 PM EST
Subject: Christmas in Iraq, Christmas Story of Jesus Birth, Christmas Stories of GW

Friday, 22 December anno domini 2006
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Earlier today I received a "flash" email of a Santa, a Christmas tree, and gifts.

Its saving grace is the music which is "O Little Town of Bethlehem" which if there were words, ends with with the words "Our Lord Immanuel".

While very clever, it is missing the core message of the Christmas Holy Day, and the "reason for the Season", is not gifts under the Christmas tree, but the priceless Gift of God, the birth of the Holy Child Jesus.

By the way though, while some assign a Pagan meaning to the Christmas Tree, it is an evergreen tree, and in Hosea 14:8-9, Ephraim says of the Lord God: "...I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. 9: Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them..." KJV (of course!)

I prayed about this loss of the true message of Christmas and lo and behold, God answered my prayers with two other emails.

One a Baptist, the other a Presbyterian, but like flowers that look and smell different, God created us all and loves those who love His Son.

The Baptist one is a web video from an Army Chaplain about Christ in Christmas in Iraq, you will find a link to it at the bottom of this page.

And now a Presbyterian "flash" email about the Gift of Jesus Christ. After the animated part of the flash email is completed, wait to scroll down to read the fuller message of the meaning of Christmas.

Also on Monday this week I was able to share the Christmas stories of the father of His country, George Washington to a fine group of students as part of a Young Audiences of Virginia presentation.

Then having already given the gift of Life by giving a pint of blood, as I encourage each of you who receive this to do likewise by giving blood, I went downtown to encourage and commend the citizens who joined in the Christmas time blood drive of the Colonial Division of the American Red Cross.

If you wish you can see the two items above at:

I pray these links above and the message and video link below will add to the blessings of your celebration of the birth of the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ.

In GW - God's Will and His Son's service,


James 1:2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Even in Iraq, or especially in Iraq, let us always first put Christ in Christmas.

"Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as to war, with the Cross of Jesus, going on before."

And G. Washington said, "The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavour so to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier...".

We can be justly pleased that our soldiers in Iraq are following in GW's leading as Christian soldiers.

Remember too, that President Reagan said "The most sublime picture in American history is of George Washington on his knees..." in prayer in the snow at Valley Forge on Christmas night in the Year of Our Lord Jesus 1777.

Let us remember as Prayer Warriors to repeat that sublime scene by our own kneeling in prayer for our Country and our Countrymen defending our Liberty, and pray to keep Christ in Christmas in the Culture War we wage on the domestic fronts, and on the fronts of our court buildings and civic spaces.

Jesus is the reason for the season, and for every season of the year and of life, for all time B.C. and A.D. is measured from His birth that we are about to celebrate.

His infinite love can cool any conflict, if His love reaches the heart, whether the heart of our kin, kindred, countrymen or men of a foreign country and culture.

Let us praise God the Father for His Love in giving us His Son. Let us pray to God the Father that others around the world and around our town accept His Son.

His Son is THE GIFT of Christmas.

In GW - God's Will and His Son's service,


Aide to GW

P.S. Please feel free to forward this on to others. Merry Christmas to you and your families!
P.P.S. Remember to Pray for our Christian Soldiers fighting for Liberty, knowing that in the end, the only true Liberty is Christian Liberty.

Begin forwarded message:
Date: December 22, 2006 2:04:25 PM EST
Subject: Fwd: FW: Christmas in Iraq

Dear James,

This contains a video message from Iraq----pretty impressive! Martha

Date: December 21, 2006 9:20:59 AM EST
Subject: FW: Christmas in Iraq

Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 3:23 PM
Subject: Fw: Christmas in Iraq


Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 10:37 AM
Subject: Fw: Christmas in Iraq

Click on the Video image below:

WARNING: To reduce the size of the email from over 3 mb to under 40 kb so to minimize problems with different folk's email systems, I have a link to Google Video rather than imbedding the Video on my web page. Please be advised that once on Google Video, I have no control of the videos that are sequenced next to this video.

SO, PARENTS, watch this with your children so to assure that they are not lured off to other less desirable Videos on Google. And have a most blessed Christmas with your family.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

General Washington as "Preacher Washington" gives sermon to colonial church in Charlottesville on all being "Prayer Warriors".