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Anchor Your Soul Christian Newsletter December 2011

Anchor Your Soul Christian Newsletter December 2011

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A N CH OR Y OUR S OUL — M ON TH LY E DI TI ON

Volume 1, Nº 3
December 2011

CHRISTMAS IS ALL IN YOUR HEART
“We have this hope as an anchor for our souls, firm and secure” Heb. 6:19

WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

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You left Your throne and Your crown for me when You come to Bethlehem to be born; however You weren`t allowed to get in the inn and in a manger they let You be born. Come into my heart O Jesus because in there, there is a place for You! In this special edition for Christmas we are short
A N CH OR Y OUR S OUL — M ON TH LY E DI TI ON

Volume 1, Nº 3
December 2011

CHRISTMAS IS ALL IN YOUR HEART
“We have this hope as an anchor for our souls, firm and secure” Heb. 6:19

WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

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You left Your throne and Your crown for me when You come to Bethlehem to be born; however You weren`t allowed to get in the inn and in a manger they let You be born. Come into my heart O Jesus because in there, there is a place for You! In this special edition for Christmas we are short

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new way to establish arelationship with the
human beings that didn’t
imply fear.
3. The loser God
 Even though this worldprefers the rich andpowerful. God favors tothe loser, the weak, theneedy, the oppressed,the forgotten and thepoor. Jesus was born in apoor country, in a un-derprivileged family,grow up in small despite-ful town. As God chosethe circumstances of hisbirth in the planetearth
 — 
without power,or richness, withoutrights and justice
 — 
thenHis preferential optionsfor the poor is statedclearly.
4. The brave God
God was very brave
J
esus come to theearth to revealGod to us. Hemade known Himself asa humble, accessible,loser and brave God.
1.The humble God
The God that come to
the earth didn’t come as
a violent whirlwind noras devouring fire. In anunthinkable way, theMaker of all things wasgetting smaller and small-er, as small as an ferti-lized ovum, almost invisi-ble to the sight, an ovumthat got divided moreand more until become afetus growing inside a
nervous teenager. “That
God is small is the truththat Jesus taught to the
man”. The God that
screamed, that com-manded armies andempires as they werepieces of a board, thisGod showed himself inPalestine as a child that
couldn’t speak nor eat
solid food nor controlhis bladder, that wasdependent of a couple of teenagers for a roof,food and love.
2. The accessible God
Between the ones whohave created a Holy of Holies place, isolated forGod in the temple,where the High Priesthad access only once ayear putting under risk of his life, whose name
they didn’t dare to spell
or pronounce. Godshowed Himself to themsurprisingly as a child in amanger. What could beless scary that a new-born with his extremitiestied strongly to his body?In Jesus, God founded a
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emaining out of doors, underthe open sky,with their flocks. Thiswas commonly done.The climate was mild,and, to keep their flocksfrom straying, they spentthe night with them. It isalso a fact that the Jewssent out their flocks intothe mountainous anddesert regions during thesummer months, andtook them up in thelatter part of October orthe first of November,when the cold weathercommenced. While awayin these deserts andmountainous regions, itwas proper that thereshould be someone toattend them to keepthem from straying, andfrom the ravages of wolves and other wildbeasts. It is probablefrom this that our Saviorwas born before the25th of December, orbefore what we call
“Christmas.”
At thattime it is cold, and espe-cially in the high andmountainous regionsabout Bethlehem. Butthe exact time of hisbirth is unknown; thereis no way to ascertain it.By different learned menit has been fixed at eachmonth in the year. Noris it of consequence to
“know” the time; if it
were, God would havepreserved the record of it. Matters of momentare clearly revealed;
those which “he” re-
gards as of no im-portance are concealed.
(Taken from Albert Barnesnotes on the Bible)
Content: Pag.
Emmanuel, Godwith us.
2
 Jesus, God saves.
2
A Prayer forChristmas.
2
The last of theSons of the Sun?
3
The Finality of  Jesus Christ.
3
Away in a Manger.
4
My best Gift for Jesus.
4
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ANCHOR YOUR SOUL
 — 
MONTHLY EDITION
December 2011
Volume 1, Nº 3
You left Your throneand Your crown for mewhen You come toBethlehem to be born;however You weren`tallowed to get in theinn and in a manger they let You be born.Come into my heart O Jesus because in there,there is a place for You!
In this special edition forChristmas we are shortof words to express ourgratitude to our God forwhat He has done forus. Giving us Jesus Christwas the best proof of how much He loves us.We just humbly join theheavenly choir of angelsto declare to the world:
 Jesus Saves!
The em-pire of death has diedforevermore!
Merry Xmas and aHappy New Year! :)The Editor 
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“We have this hope as an
anchor for our souls, firm
and secure” 
Heb. 6:19
CHRISTMAS IS ALL IN YOUR HEART
when He left His powerand glory to be amongthe humans that welcomeHim with contempt,arrogance and skepticism.It takes too much courageto descend to an hostileplanet known as violent,knowing that you aregoing to be refused foryour own people. Alsothe first night in Bethle-hem How God Father feltthat night, impotent asany earthly father, seeingto His son being borndyed with blood to facethis cold and hard world?
“Who, being in the formof God…
made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form
of a servant… He hum-bled himself.” 
Php. 2:6-8
(taken from The Jesus I neverknew by Philip Yancey)
“And there were in the
same country 
shep-herds abiding inthe field,
keeping watch over their flock
by night”.
Luke 2:8
 
J
esus Christ is God. The He-
brew voice “Emmanuel”means “God with us”, Jesus
Christ, God Himself, was with us.The Holy Writings teach that Jeho-vah of the Old Testament becomeflesh in the person of Jesus who wasborn in the town of Bethlehem.(Mat. 1:18-25, Luk. 1:26-35, John1:14, Acts 10:38, Rom. 8:34, Gal. 4:4,1 Tim. 3:16, Heb. 2:14) Jesus Christ was true man and trueGod. He is the God-man.As a man He was tired, and yet asGod He called the tired to Himself for rest.As a man He was hungry, and yet as
God He was “The Bread of Life”
 As man he was thirsty, and yet as
God He was “The Water of Life”
 As a man He was in pain, and yet asGod he healed those who were sick and in pain.As a man He grew, and yet as GodHe was from the beginning.As a man He was tempted, and yet asGod He could not be tempted.As a man He did not know every-thing, and yet as God He knew allthings.As a man He made himself less im-portant than the angels, and yet asGod He was more important thanthey were.
As a man He said, “My Father isgrater than I”, and yet as God Hesaid, “I and My Father are One”
 As a man He prayed, and yet as GodHe answered prayer.As a man He cried at the grave, andyet as God He called the dead toarise.As a man He died, and yet as GodHe is life that last forever.
(Taken from the Seafarer’s Chart)
 
peace of forgiveness tpo my soul thoughfaith in Him who is the Prince of Peace.O blessed Trinity, in this holy day giveme a humble and contrite heart that Imay joyful claim the Babe of Bethlehemas my Lord and my God.Remove from me the tattered robes of my own righteousness, and adorn me
with the spotless garment of Christ’s
righteousness.Use every gift received this day fromloving friends to remind me of the gift of 
O
God Father, I praise you for the gift of Your Son, who wasborn in the poverty and low-liness of Bethlehem so that I might enjoy the riches of Your grace and the exalta-tion of sonship with You.O God the Son, Jesus Christ, I adore Youfor humbling Yourself to be my savior,and for rendering to my father in heav-en a perfect satisfaction for my sins.O God the Holy Spirit, I glorify You for having made my heart a home for theSavior of the world and for bringing thea Savior so that my heart may rejoiceand my tongue can sing:, Glory to God in
the highest!” 
Help me to cradle the Christ child in my heart. O Holy Spirit, and give me the grace and strength to love and adore
Him all the days of my life. In Jesus’ 
name. Amen
(Taken from My Prayer Book)
A P
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VERY
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TRANGE
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WHAT TO DO
1. Admit you are a sinner.2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent)3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you,was buried and rose from the dead.4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior and Lord.
WHAT TO PRAY:
Dear God, I am asinner and need your forgiveness. Ibelieved that Jesus Christ shed died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. Inow invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior and Lord. Amen.
If you trusted Jesus as your Savior,you have just begun a wonderful newlife with Him. Now.
1. Read your Bible every day to get toknow Jesus Christ better.2. Talk to God in prayer every day.3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a churchwere Christ is preached and the Bible isfinal authority.4. Tell others about Christ.
 J 
esus
said, “I am the way,
the truth, and the life: Noman cometh unto the
Father, but by me.” 
 John 14:6NODOBY CAN SAVE YOU.TRUST JESUS TODAY!
“That if thou shalt confess with
your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved” Rom. 10:9
 
O C
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, O C
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Christmas is all in your heart
“And she shall 
bring forth a son,and thou shalt call his name JESUS[God saves]: for he shall save hispeople from their 
sins.” 
 Mat 1:21
 
For the wages of sin isdeath; but the gift of God is eternal life through JesusChrist our Lord.
Rom 6:23
 
Behold, a virgin shall bewith child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel,
whichbeing interpreted is,
God with us.
Mat. 1:23
 
 
T
he story of a man who wasborn of a virgin, died and wasresurrected occurred even indates before the birth of Jesus Christ.For instance, written in 1280 BC, theEgyptian book of the Dead describesa god,
Horus
, he is the son of thegod Osiris, born to a virgin mother,died and resurrected.
Khrisna
whowas in India at least 1000 years BC,was a carpenter, was born of a virgin,died and resurrected. The Persiangod
Mithras
, 600 years beforeChrist was born on December 25th,was known as the savior of theworld.So, was Jesus Christ a copycat of theones who preceded him long ago?Like them there are stories in allover the world, all of them have ashared origin in one event whichtook place about a hundred yearsafter the Deluge (aprox. 2349 BC).See
Gen. chapters 10 and 11.
 
Nimrod
, descendant of Cush, son of Ham, rebelled against God declaringhimself god, led the construction of the Babel Tower as his center of adoration. God decided to stop hisproject by confounding their languageNimrod established the cult to him-self as the god Sun and proclaimedSemiramis, his wife, as mother god-dess, Queen of Heaven. After Nim-rod was assassinated, Semiramis
conceived “miraculously” a son who
was named Tammuz, who was toldto be Nimrod himself. After Tammuzwas assassinated and rose again tolife as a tree, Semiramis establishedInshtar on December 25th to cele-brate the rebirth of the god sun, withgifts, decorated trees, sweet bread,and painted eggs.After all people were scattered overthe surface of the earth they took with them all the cult to the god sun,the virgin mother holding the child inher arms, the savior of the world.This was the stratagem of the devil todeceive all people making them tobelieve that Jesus Christ is not theSon of God but just an impostor.
(from The Prehistory according to Jesus)
 
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proclaim them to all the world?
In “The Unique person and work of  Jesus Christ” redacted by the Re-
formed Ecumenical Council (REC)we find and important declarationwhich can help Christians as testimo-ny and guide.
1. Jesus Christ is outstanding asunique Savior and Reconciler.
Neither is there salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.” 
Acts 4:12
 
2. Jesus Christ is outstanding aspeacemaker between races,tribes and nations.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who some-
times were far off are made nigh by theblood of Christ. For he is our peace, whohath made both one, and hath brokendown the middle wall of partition be-tween us; Having abolished in his fleshthe enmity, even the law of command-ments contained in ordinances; for tomake in himself of twain one new man,so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity there-
by:” 
Eph. 2:13-16
 
3. Jesus is outstanding as master,and of revelation of truth and justice.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know 
not whither thou goest; and how can weknow the way? Jesus saith unto him, Iam the way, the truth, and the life: noman cometh unto the Father, but by 
me.” 
 Jhon 14:5-6
 
4. Jesus is outstanding as uniqueconqueror over Satan and sin.
“And he said unto them, Go ye, and
tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils,and I do cures to day and to mor-row, and the third
day 
I shall be
perfected.”
Luk. 13:325. Jesus Christ is outstandingbecause he is the only one Beingthat offers resurrection andeternal life.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrec-
tion, and the life: he that believeth inme, though he were dead, yet shall helive: And whosoever liveth and believethin me shall never die. Believest thou this? 
 John 11:25-26
(adapted from Go and Make Disciples! AnIntroduction to Christian missions)
H
owever who is this Jesus?Is Jesus Christ unique,definitive, absolute, univer-sal? Is the only Savior and Redeemerof the world? Is He God, and theonly begotten Son of God? Or Hewas just one human being more, apartner in the pursuit of the truthand the life, maybe an example tofollow? Maybe, at least, He was areligious genius, worth to be togeth-er with or superior to Buda, Zoroas-ter, Mohammed, Lao-tse, Confucius,Krishna, etc.?Is Christianity the absolute and ulti-mate religion or it is just one more, asister of the other religions, each oneelaborated and adapted to the uniqueethnic character that produced it?Has Christianity the mission of con-quer all the world or it has to beadapted, adjusted and come togetherwith other religions? It has toacknowledge its essential unity withregard to the fundamental conceptsand ideas, and come to an agreementwith other non-Christian philoso-phies?What we mean when we speak aboutthe finality of Jesus Christ? Have weright to make this declarations and
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Neither is theresalvation in any other: for there isnone other nameunder heaven[Jesus Christ] given among men,whereby we must 
be saved.” 
 Acts 4:12
“I am the Resurrectionand the Life” 
 John 11:25
 Semiramis and her sonTammuz, the first 
“mother of God holding 
in her arms the god 
savior child” long ago
before the cult to thevirgin Mary. (Jer. 7:18)

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