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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:00 am - December 25, 2012.
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Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for your support throughout the year.  I’d like to share two of my favorite passages from the Bible that honor of the birth of Jesus Christ.

1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. 1:4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. 1:6There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 1:7The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. 1:8He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. 1:9There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world. 1:10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not. 1:11He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not. 1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 1:14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-14)

2:1Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. 2:2This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 2:3And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. 2:4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; 2:5to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. 2:6And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. 2:7And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 2:8And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 2:9And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 2:11for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 2:12And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. 2:13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  2:14Glory to God in the highest,  And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased. 2:15And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 2:16And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 2:17And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. 2:18And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. 2:19But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. 2:20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them. (Luke 2:1-20)

Finally, God Bless America and our servicemen and women, and their families, serving around the World in the name of freedom and liberty.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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17 Comments

  1. JOhn 1:1-14 is a beautiful passage indeed! It expresses the reason for Jesus’ birth and life on Earth. Christmas is a time for me personally to celebrate the reconciliation of my faith with my sexuality nearly 3 years ago and the peace that it has brought me as I have reconnected with God and my faith, become a better person, a stronger Christian and a happier and more fulfilled gay man.

    Comment by Eddie — December 25, 2010 @ 12:20 pm - December 25, 2010

  2. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by nomobama — December 25, 2010 @ 2:26 pm - December 25, 2010

  3. Merry Christmas, peace on earth and good will to those of whom God approves.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — December 25, 2010 @ 8:06 pm - December 25, 2010

  4. lovely story about St NICK. . .

    Miracle on 22nd Street
    Two New York City men feel a tremendous responsibility to respond properly when they mysteriously receive hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus at their Chelsea apartment.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/did-he-leave-a-forwarding-address-yes-the-north-pole/?src=twrhp

    Comment by rusty — December 25, 2010 @ 10:29 pm - December 25, 2010

  5. and some more about the Miracle on 22nd Street

    http://queernewyorkblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/miracle-on-22nd-street-qny-interview.html

    Comment by rusty — December 25, 2010 @ 10:32 pm - December 25, 2010

  6. Hi I’ve been following you guys for a little bit now and was just looking for the right spot to give my first response here and Bruce set it up. Thank God for sending Jesus here to this earth, who came, taught and left words that brought light that still opens the eyes of so many people today 2000 years. It’s because of the light that he left in his word that I that I too am now at peace with him, at peace with his word, and with myself as a gay man when so many in our community still believe God and the bible stands against them. I did at one time and It was a huge issue for the larger part of my life because of the things taught “in the church”, but because of the things He himself came and taught “in His word” that one issue for me is finally gone and resolved forever and I now live everyday in peace. Happy birthday Jesus and thank you for coming and most of all thank you for leaving your word. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the birth of Christ and to those who don’t …Happy Holidays.May 2011 be a prosperous year for our country and a year that conservatives have opportunity to blow their trumpets louder than ever before regarding the standards reflected in Gods word.

    Comment by Karl — December 26, 2010 @ 5:34 am - December 26, 2010

  7. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a healthy and prosperous 2011!

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — December 26, 2010 @ 12:24 pm - December 26, 2010

  8. Merry Christmas, as a Jew in America, it’s a pleasure to be included as a guest. Last night a bunch of Jewish friends having dinner, going out to see the local magic Christmas Carol truck and dancing elves. Then on to hear a friend sing in a beautiful choir at a packed midnight Mass. Today will be a guest at a Christmas dinner. Life is great.

    Comment by Leah — December 25, 2012 @ 11:33 am - December 25, 2012

  9. Merry christmas. :)

    Comment by Richard Bell — December 25, 2012 @ 12:32 pm - December 25, 2012

  10. Merry Christmas from the Hermitage.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 25, 2012 @ 3:06 pm - December 25, 2012

  11. May everyone have a beautiful and blessed Christmas!

    Comment by NOT a Liberal Mom — December 25, 2012 @ 4:25 pm - December 25, 2012

  12. Merry Christmas to you, Bruce, and, may I wish you a (slightly premature) Happy New Year and all the best for 2013!

    Comment by Guy Jones — December 25, 2012 @ 4:58 pm - December 25, 2012

  13. [Amen]

    Comment by Passing By — December 25, 2012 @ 5:09 pm - December 25, 2012

  14. Merry Christmas, Patriots!

    Comment by Annie — December 25, 2012 @ 8:56 pm - December 25, 2012

  15. Your 2012 scriptures for Jesus’ birth were AWESOME, Bruce. Over 2 months of political Tweets, Blogs, & Facebook Friends, and I didn’t know you were a Christian. THANK YOU for sharing, and I am looking forward to supporting Gay Patriot as the years go by. In Christian Love, Haven

    Comment by Haven — December 26, 2012 @ 7:39 am - December 26, 2012

  16. I am so happy I found your site several months ago. I appreciate the work y’all do and the insightful comments, too. I wish y’all the very best and a Happy New Year!

    Comment by Stacy — December 26, 2012 @ 5:10 pm - December 26, 2012

  17. A belated Merry Christmas to all. A little late to the discussion, but was prompted by John 1:1 which is one of my favorite verses, too.

    Bruce, you might be interested to know that in the original Greek text of John the word which appears is “Logos” (translated into “Verbum,” in the Latin vulgate, “Word” in English). The Greek “Logos” refers not simply to “word” but to the rational controlling principle of the universe. This is a much more profound meaning of the text than simply “word,” and also imbues the term “Verbum” (“Word” used as a cognate) with a deeper meaning than just a means of communication (as in, “keeping one’s word” with “word” being a rational guiding principle and point of honor).

    Also, you might look up Matthew 9:13, too. A different topic, but I think just as profoundly meaningful.

    Comment by T — December 27, 2012 @ 11:56 pm - December 27, 2012

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