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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Feds Force Bank To Take Down Christmas Symbols And Bible Verses

Here is another Christmas/Christian incident where the Feds recklessly violate the 1st Amendment to our constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Congress (our government) is not empowered by the Constitution to make laws or rules concerning the free exercise of religious practices (In the context of the original discussion they were talking about differences in Christian Denominations.). This, of course, has benefited other religions that have come to our country. The church must obey fire codes, zoning laws, etc. These things do not interfere with the free expression of your religious beliefs and worship. What if a religious belief requires a human sacrifice? There are laws against murder which require the government to protect the lives of its citizens. The right to life, which is a fundamental moral principle of Western Civilization, therefore takes precedence over the practice of human sacrifice. The Feds, however, are prohibited by the First Amendment from interfering with the free speech of religious expression, which includes signs, buttons, internet Bible verses on a web site, nor individual or group decisions on how to express their faith during Christmas by the above means.  In other words, the First Amendment was adopted to protect religion from the government, not the government from religion. We have more of this story from Tim Wildmon:

According to Oklahoma City television station KOCO, the Federal Reserve has ordered a small-town bank in Oklahoma to remove religious signs and symbols on display.

Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Payne County Bank last week.

And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank’s Internet site also had to be taken down, along with Thomas Kinkade paintings hanging in the bank’s lobby.

You can help by immediately sending an email to Kansas City Federal Reserve president Thomas Hoenig and other key executives, asking them to repudiate the order to remove religious signs and symbols from the Payne County Bank.

Read the entire article here. . . .

Please Give Us Understanding

Quoting Karen L. Oberst:

Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth… may we begin to see the world in the light of understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.

The Message Of Christ’s Birth

Quoting Dennis Bratcher:

At the heart of the nativity narratives in both Matthew and Luke, is a simple fact: amid the struggle of a people who had longed for 500 years for God to act in the world in new ways, God came to be with them in a way that totally identified himself with us, as human beings. Amid the most unlikely of circumstances, to the most unlikely of people, God became man for the salvation of all people.

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