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This Christmas edition of the True Witness is all about Christmas - learn about Advent, Chrismons, and the history of some of your favorite Carols. It also contains personal Christmas Memories and real live Gifts.

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  • T H ET R U EW I T N E S SO N - L I N EM A G A Z I N E

    SISTER VERNELL TURNERAssociate EditorSISTER BEULAH PRI EST-W H I TE

    Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, Inc.

    Chr istm as 2015

    Editor

    Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given

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  • 3TABLE OFCON T EN T S4 Editor 's Note 5 Unto Us..... 9 Jesus is the Reason17 Chr istm as Tradit ions 23 Chr istm as Gifts28 Chr istm as M em or ies 35 After Chr istm as

    Publications BoardBishop P.L. Frazier Jr.,

    ChairpersonSis. Glenda Adams

    Rev. Charles BeamerDr. Anne W. Fannin

    Sis. Elizabeth HallumsSis. Nadine C. Houston

    Sis. Jeanete HuntJr. Mother G.Y. Johnson

    Mother Odessa W. McCoyRev. Dennis Moore

    "But ye shall receive power; after that the Holy Ghost is

    come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in

    Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Sumaria, and unto

    the uttermost parts of the earth."

    Acts 1:8

  • 5I love Christmas! It's my favorite holiday. I still "ooh" & "aah" at the lights and Christmas displays. I like everything about it: the hustle & bustle, the decorations, the traditions, the food, the celebrations, Christmas out-reach, family, & friends. I even like how people show their generosity during this season more than any other time of the year.Christmas is all about love. For God so loved the world... I'm glad about God's love, H is great gift of love, and what He's done for me. Every day with Jesus, I love H im more and more. He saves & keeps me, He is the One I adore! This edition of the On-line True Witness celebrates this joyous season. I hope you learn some new things about the season and are inspired to research some of the information presented. Special thanks to Bishop Patrick L. Frazier Jr., Pastor Valeria Jackson, and Sister Cathy Brezeale, South Carolina District #1, for being our guest columnists in this issue. I truly appreciate everyone who contributed to this special edition of the On-line True Witness.

    Vernell Turner

    EDIT OR'S N OT E

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  • 7?I want to see the blessed face of H im who died for me sacrificed his life for my Liberty He saved my life (before I ever knew it) He paid the price (He didn?t have to do it) And I Know

    (I never can repay H im)But All M y Life (I will ever praise H is N ame)"

    If you have never heard this song, I urge you to do so. It is an expression of what this sacrifice should mean to us as believers.During this Christmas Season, let?s look at the son that we all hear about as our rescuer and our Savior. He is looked at as a baby, born lowly, but mightily. He took away the Sins of this world just for us.Jesus did a great thing for us! These words were found in the (N IV) Student?s Life Application Bible -John 17: 1: Jesus Prays for himself?When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he looked up to heaven and said,? Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone in all the earth. He gives eternal life to each one of you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life-to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do. And now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began."Jesus is God?s Son, a suffering servant of all people.Did Disobedience Come: Let this Cup pass from me.But True Obedience Won: N ot my will but thy will be done.Parents are usually the best judge of their children?s character. Sometimes, after knowing this, they still try to make all (if they have more than one) of their children the same. Sometimes, even choosing the one they feel is best fitted for a task. Character is what helps us be who we have been called to become, whether its stubbornness, creativity, or outspokenness. Who we are on the outside is who we are on the inside. We might try to pretend, but eventually it will be showcased. H is obedience, H is devotion to H is father and H is humility toward all people showed that he was raised to HON OR.

    Sister Cathy BreazealeSouth Carolina #1 D istrict

    God?s Sacr ificial Love Toward M ankind"Unto us a child is born? .Unto us a son is given. She shall

    bring forth a son, and thou shalt call him Jesus"

  • 7H is N ame describes H is attributes, H is character, H is Power, and Work.Wonder ful - from the Hebrew word ?pela? which actually means wonder or miracle.The angel, Gabriel, came down to announce H is birth. H is conception was wonderful. M ary questioned, how could a virgin give birth? "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35H is childhood was wonderful."And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." Luke 2:40H is ministry was wonderful. It consisted of teaching, preaching, and healing. H is teachings were wonderful. "And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power." Luke 4:32Jesus clothed H imself in worthless human flesh, endured the weakness - the prison of sinful flesh, set H is face toward Golgotha, and willingly submitted H imself to to the horrors and torture of crucifixion on our behalf. Yes, He is Wonderful!Counselor - from the Hebrew "yaats" (a verb): to advise, counselIn ancient Israel, a counselor was portrayed as a wise king, such as Solomon, giving guidance to his people (1 K ings 4:34; M icah 4:9). Isaiah uses this word again in 28:29 to describe the LORD: ?This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.? Jesus is a wise counselor. He is able to advise H is people thoroughly because He is qualified in

    ways no human counselor is. In Christ is "hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge""(Colossians 2:3), including the knowledge of all human nature (Psalm 139:1?2). Jesus always knows what we are going through, and He always knows the right course of action (Hebrews 4:15?16).M ighty God - Hebrew - "El Gibbor" - "El" - God, "Gibbor" - strong, mightyThe Hebrew word "gibbor" describes heroes like N imrod, ?a mighty one ? a mighty hunter before the LORD? (Genesis 10:8-9), and the ?mighty men? of K ing David of Israel (2 Samuel 23:8). It?s a word depicting bravery, courage, and action. Here God reveals H imself in words that portray H im as a great warrior and points to the day when all of God?s enemies, physical and spiritual, will be vanquished. Everlast ing Father - Hebrew word "?Avi?ad"He is the Father of Eternity, time, & all creatures made in time. In union with the Father, & the Holy Ghost, He is God, one with the Father & Father of all things, the maker & upholder of all creatures - John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:2-3. He is the Father of all believers and the author of eternal life & salvation to them - Hebrews 5:9. He is the Everlasting Father who will affirm, guide, correct, forgive, and love us.Pr ince of Peace - Hebrew "Sar Shalom" - "Sar" - Prince, "Shalom" - PeaceSar means Commander, Chief, Ruler, Captain, Prince. The Hebrew word for ?peace? is shalom. It is often used in reference to an appearance of calm and tranquility of individuals, groups, and nations. The deeper, more foundational meaning of peace is ?the spiritual harmony

    "? .and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting

    Father, The Prince of Peace"

  • 9brought about by an individual?s restoration with God.?Because of Christ?s sacrifice, we are restored to a relationship of peace with God (Romans 5:1). This is the deep, abiding peace between our hearts and our Creator and the ultimate fulfillment of Christ?s work as ?Prince of Peace.?- excerpts from gotquestions.org. Bible Hub, the

    Mud PreacherA Story of PeaceN ovember 21, 1873, in the icy waters of the Atlantic, 2 ships suddenly collided. When told her passenger ship, the Ville de H avre was sinking, a young mother gathered her 4 daughters on deck for a family prayer meeting. This young mother knelt with her daughters Annie (10), M aggie (8), Bessie (5) and Tanetta (2) and prayed that they might be saved or else be made willing to die. Ira Sankey revealed in his memoirs that Annie and M aggie had come to know Jesus in a small meeting in Chicago just months before. As the family huddled together, 3 of the daughters were swept away by the icy waves. Anna Spafford clung to her remaining daughter, Tanetta, but the force of the waves was too strong. Her daughter was snatched away by the angry sea, and the distraught mother was knocked unconscious. She was rescued by sailors from the Loch Earn.Back in the US, Horatio Spafford was waiting for news of his family, and at last, 10 days later (after the rescue ship had reached Cardiff), it came. ?Saved alone, what shall I do? was his wife?s message. Imagine the effect of this horrible tragedy. It had only

    been a few months since the Chicago fire on October 8, 1871 caused the destruction of most of his real estate investments. N ow God had not only taken his wealth but also his family. For Horatio, it was a loss which could not be reversed in this life, yet he found that peace which indeed passes all understanding. Toward morning he told a friend named M ajor Whittle, ?I am glad to be able to trust my Lord when it costs me something.? Then, sometime later, as he reflected on the disaster at sea, he wrote this well known hymn:

    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,When sorrows like sea-billows roll; Whatever my

    lot, Thou hast taught me to say,It is well, it is well w

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