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Is Christmas a Harmless Pagan Holiday?

When was Jesus the Messiah really born? Was it on December 25th or in September during the Feast of Tabernacles? When was the true birth date of Jesus changed to December 25th – the traditional birthday of the Roman sun god “Sol Invictus” and the beginning of the Winter Solstice? Is Christmas a harmless pagan holiday or does it have dire spiritual consequences for the true follower of Jesus?

Please watch the following video regarding the true pagan origins of the Christmas Holiday, Christmas Trees, Santa Claus, Mistletoe, Christmas Traditions, and other lies and deceptions our parents taught us and we continue to teach our kids.

“Then Jesus said, ‘Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” – Mark 4:9

May the Spirit of God open up your hearts and minds to hear His voice and understand. May you choose to value truth more than false religious traditions and evil practices that have infiltrated the church today. Amen.

- Luis Josephus

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The Unwrapping of Christmas – It’s History, Myths and Traditions
By Jeremiah Films


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Hanukkah Verses Christmas

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

More and more born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah] are now celebrating Hanukkah each year instead of Christmas. They have discarded the pagan practice of observing “Christ-Mass” and begun to observe Hanukkah instead in a New Testament context. For more information on the fallacy of Christmas observance, read our article: “Was Jesus really born on December 25th.”?

Hanukkah’s historical origin.

The Hanukkah holiday we celebrate this week originally commemorated the defilement of the Jewish temple in 167 B.C. by the Roman ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he attacked Jerusalem, purposely sacrificed a pig (and other abominable creatures to the Jews) on the temple altar, and forced everyone to worship Zeus, his pagan god.

A small number of faithful and heroic Jews, known as the Maccabees, fought back and regained control of their temple from the Roman invasion. Immediately they cleansed the temple and restored the worship of the one true God, Yahovah.

The miracle associated with Hanukkah occurred when the Jewish priests only had enough oil for the Candelabrum to give them one day of light. But they prayed in faith, and God miraculously made the oil last for eight days until more oil could be produced. Thus, the significance of the eight days of Hanukkah where one new candle is lit everyday. The ninth candle is called the “Shammash” (Hebrew: Servant), used to light all the other candles.

New Testament meaning of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let us live in such a way as to honor and please God with our bodies. When you commit sin, you must confess it quickly and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you once again from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

- Luis Josephus

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Divine Surprises

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the LORD.” –Isaiah 55:8

God’s blessings sometimes come to us in obvious ways, other times in not so obvious ways. Obvious ways would include personal health, happiness, and provision, the love of family and friendships, the enjoyment of art and music, the beauty of nature.

But did you know that God’s blessings also come in unexpected ways? I like to call them “Divine Surprises,” since you never anticipated them. Even difficulties and adverse circumstances are God’s blessings in disguise. He promises to make all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

We must not even hold on to our plans too tightly; our heavenly Father (who always does what’s best for us) may change things around a bit. He may surprise you with something better than you had planned! Trust Him implicitly.

PRAYER:

Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for every blessing in my life today – those that I expected, as well as those that I didn’t, for I know that Your ways are not always my ways, and You always do what is best for me. I trust You implicitly with my life, Lord. Continue to bless me and surprise me in any way you see fit in your perfect wisdom. In Jesus’ name I ask, amen.

- Luis Josephus

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Breaking Free of Religious Profiteering

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“We do not sell the word of God for a profit as many people do.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:17

Some people have asked why we do not sell our books and teaching resources like many other churches and ministries do. The reason is, we do not believe in making money from the teachings of God. His message should be readily and freely given to anyone regardless of their economic status. Our Creator’s letters to His people are sacred and its distribution should not be turned into a profit-making business.

Our Lord Jesus set a precedent for this when He declared, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) Ask yourself this question, “When was the last time God spoke to you?” Did He charge you any fee to communicate with you? Were there any monetary strings attached to being able to hear His voice? Not at all. So, why should you be charging anyone to convey the message that was freely given to you?

As you read this very teaching today, did we charge you anything when you visited our website? Of course not. The Internet is free and so is all of our content. And it will always continue to be. You may ask, “So where do you get the money to pay for all your printing, Internet costs and other expenses?” It comes from God as He influences people like you to make voluntary donations to our ministry. We have always trusted God to provide the financial means to carry out His work, and He has never let us down. When money is not available to pay for something, any further purchases get put on hold until God provides a way. The Lord Jesus will always honor your faith when you believe and stand firm in His promise to meet your every need.

Many preachers today may teach about the importance of faith, but they really don’t believe or practice it themselves. Instead of trusting God to providentially provide for their ministries, they take matters into their own hands by turning the church into a business utilizing secular marketing tactics to raise money. This inevitably leads to widespread corruption in the church. God’s message is altered or weakened in order to keep people happy and supporting their ministries with tithes, offerings, book purchases, sales of CD’s, DVD’s and a host of all sorts of religious products.

Turning over the tables of the money-changers.

Jesus was outraged with this same kind of religious profiteering when He overturned the tables of the money-changers who were profiting from their temple business, as well as those who sold animals for sacrifices right on the steps of the Jerusalem worship center. The religious leaders who sanctioned this were obviously getting a percentage of everything that was sold. Jesus cried out against this abomination and hypocrisy and said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:13)

Cleansing the temple.

Religious merchandising has become so widespread and accepted in the church today that many don’t even object to it. It’s going to be hard to break free of it. But if we are to take a stand against this corruption, we must refuse to buy from any Christian retailer, ministry or church that sells the teachings of God in whatever form. Instead, donate and support only those ministries who freely give of what they have received. You will also be pleasantly surprised to find that most churches and ministries that refuse to be corrupted with religious merchandising practices will generally preach the greatest amount of truth. They will not be motivated by greed or self-serving ambition.

Our ministry’s bookstore resources are handpicked for truthfulness and resourcefulness – not for sales potential or popularity. Unfortunately, much of what’s sold in most Christian bookstores (especially the big chain stores and online websites) today is spiritually worthless or ear-tickling, diluted teaching. It seems most Christian retailers these days don’t even care if what they sell is spiritual poison as long as it is popular and they can make a quick buck.

Our ministry’s position is that all of the teaching resources we offer is available on a donation basis. We never put a price tag on any of it. When you support our ministry with your love offerings and financial gifts, we like to bless you back with something of spiritual benefit to your faith.

Our Bookstore Policy is this: Even if you cannot afford to send a donation, but you believe that God wants you to order one of our teaching resources, let us know what you want. We will trust the LORD to make up the financial deficit some other way. By operating our Christian Bookstore in this ethical manner, we hope to avoid the pitfalls of religious huckstering, greed, and mass merchandising that is rampant in the Christian retailing industry.

- Luis Josephus

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Religious Huckster

1. One who sells religious wares, books, booklets, CD’s, DVD’s, etc. for the purpose of making money for a church or ministry.

2. One who uses aggressive, showy, and sometimes devious methods to promote or sell their religious products or to raise money.

3. A popular or charismatic religious charlatan or con artist.

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Life Without Arms or Legs or Limitations

The inspirational testimony of Nick Vujicic

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Can God can use a a man born without arms or legs? Yes He can! Nick Vujicic shows the world how to live a life without physical limitations.

“My name is Nick Vujicic and I’m 31 years old. I was born without arms or legs and given no medical reason for this condition. Faced with countless challenges and obstacles, God has given me the strength to surmount what others might call impossible.

My book, “Life Without Limbs” is all about sharing this same hope and genuine love that I have personally experienced with people all over the globe. It’s been said that doors open to a man without arms and legs much more easily than to anyone else, we thank God for providing that privilege. I’ve been invited into very unexpected places to share about my faith in Jesus Christ and literally millions have responded.

Traveling extensively to over 54 countries and still counting, I have been extremely humbled by the continuous opportunities that the Lord has given me to share my testimony. My greatest joy in this life is to introduce Jesus to those I meet and tell them of His great desire to get to know them personally by allowing Him to become their Lord and Savior. That’s what Life Without Limbs is all about.

In Psalm 139:13-14, the Bible says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Because of the ministry of Life Without Limbs, God has used me in countless schools, churches, prisons, orphanages, hospitals, stadiums and in face-to-face encounters with individuals, telling them how very precious they are to God. It is our greatest pleasure to assure people that God does have a plan for each and every life that is meaningful and purposeful, for God took my life, one that others might disregard as not having any significance and He has filled me with His purpose and showed me His plans to use me to move hearts and lives toward Him.”

- Nick Vujicic
http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

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The Feast of Tabernacles 2014

Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) this year on October 10-15, 2014 wherever you live, or best of all, in Israel.

The Feast of Tabernacles has prophetic significance as it reminds us of the future time when Jesus our Savior, Lord, and Messiah will return and establish His physical kingdom reign over all the earth. The seat of His throne will be in Jerusalem and He will command all people on the earth each year to come to Israel and celebrate the Feast of Sukkot, worship King Jesus and celebrate His goodness and majesty.

“The LORD (Yehovah) will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Yehovah, and his name the only name…Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.” – Zechariah 14:9-16

During His first coming, Jesus celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles. The Book of John tells us that on the last day of this yearly feast, Jesus stood in the temple courts and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” -John 7:37-38.

A festival of Joy

The Feast of Tabernacles was intended to be a festival of joy celebrating the ingathering of the summer harvest and God’s faithful provision. For the past thirty-five years, thousands of believers in Jesus the Messiah from all over the world have come up to Jerusalem each fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (http://feast.icej.org/about). “They come with much expectancy to take part in a dynamic worship experience, knowing the One we worship will soon be sitting on His throne in this great city. Indeed, celebrating Sukkot now gives us a foretaste of the joy of the age to come.”

Below is a short video tour of Israel and some of the sites you can see while celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. Please continue to support the nation of Israel, pray for the Jewish people, and the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).

- Luis Josephus

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Above photo of ICEJ gathering of believers from all over the world celebrating with joy, music and worship in Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles in 2013.

 

Video Tour of Israel

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