Paul – A love letter to Corin

I have written the title, as if Paul is writing to an individual, but he is actually writing personally to a group of people who had received Jesus Christ as their Saviour. When you read the Bible you can actually put your name in there, as if everything is addressed to you personally. That is one way that God can speak to us. Paul stayed and preached in city of Corinth (Greece) for a year and a half (Acts 18). Later on, he wrote three love letters to them, to encourage them in their faith, and to instruct them in the things of God. In the Bible there is first and second Corinthians, but he actually wrote an earlier letter to them that is not available. (1 Corinthians 5:9). Here are a few selected verses from the book of First Corinthians.

I am using the words of The American King James Version of the Bible because it is not copyrighted. It is Public Domain.

God bless you all.

 

Sing unto the Lord a new song

Today I decided to go to the Gateway Bible program and see what the Bible teaches about singing. Here are some verses that were of interest to me:

Sing

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Exodus 15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Numbers 21:17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

Judges 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

1 Samuel 18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.

2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

1 Chronicles 13:8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 15:16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

1 Chronicles 16:23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

1 Chronicles 16:33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

2 Chronicles 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;

2 Chronicles 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Chronicles 20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

2 Chronicles 29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lord with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

2 Chronicles 30:21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord.

Nehemiah 11:23 For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

Psalm 7:17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psalm 13:6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 18:49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalm 33:2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.

Psalm 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Psalm 61:8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

Psalm 71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:

Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Psalm 96:1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

Psalm 96:2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Psalm 98:1 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Psalm 104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

Psalm 104:33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Psalm 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.

Psalm 137:3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

Psalm 137:4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

Psalm 138:1 I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

Psalm 146:2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Psalm 147:1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Psalm 147:7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Proverbs 25:20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. 

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Isaiah 12:5 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.

Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

Isaiah 38:20 The Lord was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.

Isaiah 42:10 Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel

Isaiah 48:20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob.

Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Jeremiah 20:13 Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

Habakkuk 3:19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Zephaniah 2:14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

“THE LORD HAS FORGIVEN YOUR SINS”

When I was a little boy growing up in Salisbury, Rhodesia, I remember my mother telling me how she got filled with the Holy Spirit. Apparently my brother and I had been naughty, and she had spanked us, and was in a very bad mood. At the same time, the preacher was coming to pray for her to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Apparently when Pastor Price prayed for her she went into some kind of dream where she was in the sea, and the waves were coming over her. Then she felt she had drowned. (When she was young her daddy drowned in Illovo Beach, South Africa, while saving a girl from drowning).

Then it seemed like, far away someone was speaking in tongues. That person just kept on and on speaking in tongues for a long time. Then she got curious as to who was doing that. When she woke up, she found it was herself speaking in tongues, and she was lying on the floor! The pastor said she had a mighty baptism in the Holy Ghost.

Many years later when we were having house meetings in Bulawayo, every now and then she would speak in tongues, and expect someone to do the interpretation. But there was no interpretation. When I was a teenager I remember going with my mother to a ‘Keswick’ meeting somewhere outside of Bulawayo. There were about a hundred people there from all different churches. Then during prayer time, mother started speaking in tongues! I thought: “No mother, don’t do that here! These people don’t believe in that sort of thing!”

After the meeting, when we were outside, I remember seeing Pastor Bob Beatty speaking to my mother. He was a missionary from America. She told me later that he was asking her what languages she spoke, etc. Apparently she was speaking in some African language that he had learnt, to minister to a particular tribe in Rhodesia. Some years later, in the early 70’s, I remember Bob Beatty inviting me to sing at a mission station somewhere near Gwelo.

In the late 70’s I remember Pastor Marks inviting me to sing at his church outside of Que Que. I remember the church building being next to the main road between Bulawayo and Salisbury. There were banana palms behind the church, and the pastor’s house behind the banana palms. Before going to that church, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me the words of the Apostle Paul in the Bible. “Let him that speaketh in tongues, pray that he might interpret.” (1 Corinthians 14:13). Then I realized that my mother should have asked the Lord for the interpretations when she spoke in tongues. She had the anointing on her, so it was her responsibility to do the interpretations as well, and not expect someone else to do it.

In one of the meetings, I invited people to come forward for healing. I seem to recall there were six people. The last person I prayed for was a woman. I laid my hands on her shoulders and prayed for her. Then she started speaking in tongues. So I said to her: “Now, give the interpretation.” There was a bit of a silence. Then she said: “The Lord has forgiven your sins.”

Straight after that I gave an invitation for people to received Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and about twelve people came forward.

The next morning, my wife and I were sitting in their living room talking to Pastor Marks, when the phone rang. We heard half the conversation. Apparently some woman who was in the service the night before, was asking Pastor Marks what languages the other woman spoke when I prayed for her. He explained that she spoke English and a bit of the local African language, then he asked her why she was inquiring. She said that last night the woman spoke in Hellenic, and with her being Greek, she understood what she was saying. So he asked her what she had said, and she replied that she spoke in Hellenic, then she said the same thing over again in English!

So Pastor Marks explained to her what happened on the day of Pentecost, how the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke in various languages the people knew, who had come to Jerusalem from all different parts of the world. (Acts chapter 2, in the Bible).

Many times since then, the devil has attacked me, telling me that my sins are not forgiven. Beloved, the devil is a liar. Keep serving God, as best as you know how, and we’ll meet again on the streets of gold, in a land where we’ll never grow old!

Paul – A Love Letter to Roma

Paul wrote a letter to the believers in Rome, hoping to visit them later on, when he was on his way to Spain. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out the way he had planned. Anyway, here are a few verses from his letter, on how to get saved. To get saved is the most important thing in the whole world. All over the world people are dying every day, and I always wonder: “Where will they spend eternity?” Please read these verses and receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour today, before it is too late!

I am using the American King James Version of the Bible because it is “Public Domain.” All the other versions of the Bible are copyrighted.

Build up your faith

Build up your faith (Jude verse 20).

Many times in my life, people have come against me, to try and destroy my faith in God and the Bible. To destroy someone’s faith is a very bad thing. Jesus warned that if you cause one of his little ones to stumble, it is better for you to have a millstone tied around your neck and to be thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42).

When I share things about the Bible, my intention is to try and direct people to believe the proper way. I say that, because what most people believe, is what they have been taught, and by traditions that are completely different to what is recorded in the scriptures. The Holy Spirit has taken a lot of the ‘blinders’ off my eyes, and I see things differently from the way other people see them. Jesus said: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).

Bob Joyce sings gospel

Pastor Bob Joyce sings real good gospel, and plays the piano real good too. Lots of people seem to be getting very blessed by his ministry. I hope you do too.

  1. Acres of diamonds
  2. Alive for evermore
  3. Along the river
  4. Amazing grace
  5. Amazing grace – (He looked beyond my fault)
  6. Angel’s God servants
  7. Are you washed?
  8. Band of Angels
  9. Beautiful song – (Let me walk with you Jesus)
  10. Closer walk with Thee
  11. Come unto me
  12. Come unto me – beautiful pictures
  13. Dixieland – with son Matt Joyce at Denton’s Back Porch restaurant
  14. Draw me nearer
  15. Ever be near to me
  16. Everybody ought to know – with Marti Cook
  17. Everybody will be happy over there
  18. Give me Jesus
  19. Give me Jesus (official)
  20. Give thanks
  21. Glory to His name
  22. Go tell it on the mountain
  23. God’s way is the only way – (Put your hand in the hand)
  24. Got to get going
  25. He brings them safely home
  26. He hideth my soul – nice pictures
  27. He is my everything
  28. He is my King
  29. He is my reason – (He is my everything)
  30. He looked beyond my fault (radio pic)
  31. He touched me
  32. Hedge all around me
  33. His hand in mine – with Greg Holland
  34. Hold my hand – (Where no one stands alone)
  35. Hole in the sky
  36. Homeward bound
  37. House of gold
  38. How great Thou art
  39. How I love Jesus – lyrics and roses
  40. I believe
  41. I exalt Thee, Oh Lord
  42. I gotta keep going
  43. I met the Master
  44. I need Thee every hour
  45. I won’t be satisfied – nice pictures
  46. If I can help somebody – Bob Joyce sings gospel
  47. I’ll fly away
  48. I’m bound for that city
  49. I’m not looking for a hole in the ground
  50. I’m on my way
  51. I’m saved
  52. In the garden
  53. In the shelter of His arms
  54. In times like these
  55. It is no secret
  56. I’ve got a mansion
  57. Jesus on the main line
  58. Jesus set me free
  59. Jesus signed my pardon
  60. Joy down in my heart
  61. Just knowing You – (palm trees)
  62. Keep falling in love with Him
  63. Keep looking up
  64. Lead me, guide me
  65. Lead me home
  66. Let me know Thy will
  67. Let me walk with you Jesus
  68. Let My people go
  69. Loving hands
  70. Loving hands – beautiful pictures
  71. Mansion over the hilltop
  72. Music service – I’ve found a new way of living – Mar.28.2021
  73. Music service – Amazing Grace – Aug.14.2022
  74. Music service – God is so good – Dec.4.2022
  75. Music service – Sweet, sweet Spirit – Dec.11.2022
  76. Music service – Above all powers – Jan.1.2023
  77. Music service – We have come into His house – Jan 15.2023
  78. Music service – There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit – April.2.2023
  79. Music service – Because he lives – April.9.2023
  80. Music service – Every day with Jesus – May.7.2023
  81. Music service – Are you washed? – May.21.2023
  82. Music service – In the name of Jesus – May.28.2023
  83. Music service – Let’s just praise the Lord – July. 9.2023
  84. Music service – Are you washed in the blood? – Aug.13.2023
  85. Music service – I just came to praise the Lord – Aug.20.2023
  86. Music service – God is so good – Aug.27.2023
  87. Music service – It’s not by might – Sept.3.2023
  88. Music service – I just came to praise the Lord – Sept.24.2023
  89. Music service – Arise, shine – Oct.8.2023
  90. Music service – It is joy unspeakable – Oct.15.2023
  91. Music service – He’s God in the Father – Oct.22.2023
  92. Music service – The joy that I have – Oct.29.2023
  93. Music service – I will enter His gates – Nov.5.2023
  94. Music service – He is Jehovah – Nov.12.2023
  95. Music service – Open our eyes Lord – Nov.26.2023
  96. Music service – We have come to this house – Dec.3.2023
  97. Music service – Old time religion – Dec.10.2023
  98. Music service – Wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me – Dec.17.2023
  99. My God is real
  100. My living shall not be in vain
  101. My Master calls me
  102. Neither do I condemn thee
  103. Oh, how I love Jesus
  104. Oh, what a Saviour
  105. One pair of hands
  106. Pass me not O Gentle Savior
  107. Peace in the valley
  108. Praise Him – July.2. 2023
  109. Put your hand in the hand
  110. Reach out to Jesus
  111. Remind me
  112. Rock of ages cleft for me
  113. Safe in the arms of Jesus
  114. Safely home
  115. Silent night
  116. Sing Hallelujah
  117. Softly and tenderly
  118. Somebody bigger
  119. Soon and very soon
  120. Stand by me – with Matt Joyce
  121. Stand by me
  122. Steal away
  123. Sweet, sweet Spirit
  124. Swing low, sweet chariot
  125. Teach me Lord to wait
  126. Thank you Lord for saving my soul
  127. The greatest thing – interesting pictures
  128. The King and I
  129. The Lord is my Shepherd
  130. The Lord is my Shepherd – nice photos
  131. The Lord’s prayer
  132. The old rugged cross
  133. There’s a light guiding me
  134. Trumpet is about to sound
  135. Turn your eyes upon Jesus
  136. Until then
  137. What a day that will be
  138. What a day that will be2
  139. What child is this?
  140. When He reached down His hand for me
  141. When I met the Master
  142. When the roll is called up yonder
  143. When we all get to heaven
  144. Where could I go but to the Lord?
  145. Where no one stands alone
  146. Where the soul never dies
  147. Who am I?
  148. Why me Lord?
  149. Winds of grace
  150. Wings of a dove
  151. With You always
  152. Without Him
  153. Wonderful, wonderful
  154. You found me – (Let me walk with You Jesus)
  155. You saw me crying in the chapel I hope these gospel songs by Pastor Bob Joyce have blessed you as much as they have blessed me. If you live or travel near his church, it would be nice to pop in there and enjoy. God bless. Don

New Year

I wanted to work full-time for God again, and tried to fit into churchianity. However, I realized that I cannot fit into a church that believes differently to what is written in the Bible. I knew that January was brought into the calendar by Julius Caesar, and that January was named after an idol that he worshipped as his ‘god of beginnings and endings.’ I obeyed the preacher, and ended up in trouble with the Holy Spirit. I was shocked at what the Holy Spirit said to me because I had never associated Nebuchadnezzar’s idol with Julius Caesar’s idol. All idolaters are going to end up in the lake of fire. Revelation 21:8.

Every church that I have ever had membership with has put Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory higher than God, and an idol higher than Jesus. Three times in the Book of Revelation, Jesus Himself said that He is the beginning and the ending. Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6 and Revelation 22:13. God’s New Year begins 14 days before Passover. Exodus chapter 12. In the Bible, a day ends at sunset, not midnight. What churches believe is not the same as what is written in the Bible. If you don’t believe me, read the whole Bible and study the Roman calendar. Then make a decision. I have been in Israel and I have been in Rome. I have seen all the idols in Rome, which is completely different to the word of God.

So beloved, we all have to give an account one day on the day of judgment. I have to tell you the truth even though so many church people have hated me. I don’t want to go to the lake of fire! Many times I wonder how many church people will actually be saved because so many things that they believe are completely different to what is written in the Bible. I have had so many preachers lie to me.

In fact every Bible I have ever bought, has had maps at the back. In the Bible it is written that Mount Sinai is in Arabia, Galations 4:25, and that is where the Land of Midian is. Exodus 3:12. Yet every Bible map has put Mount Sinai in Egypt. So all the Bible maps have lied to me! Wakey, wakey, Bible producers! Give us the right books in the Bible and the right translations! Every writer in the New Testament quotes scriptures that are from a different Bible. So why aren’t they giving us the right books? Why isn’t the Book of Jasher in the Bible? Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18. There are 2 witnesses! Jesus said that: “by the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses shall every word be established.” Matthew 18:16.

I just want to tell the truth. Jesus said we are supposed to follow the word of God. “Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and do what He says.”Luke 11:28. Paul wrote to the church in Rome and said: “Do not be conformed to the world (Rome), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2. I sometimes make my own translations. I have the Books of Mark and Jude in pictures on this website, that I have done in my own translations.

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. Third book of John verse 2.

Blessed is the womb

I heard about Santa when I was a little boy growing up in Southern Rhodesia. I also heard about the snow and the reindeer, etc. However, it was the middle of summer in our country, and I remember hearing people say it was “A 100 degrees in the shade.” (Fahrenheit).  Yet I heard about Santa, and the snow, and the reindeer, and the chimney, etc. Our chimney was too small for anyone to come down, and we never had any snow in our country, and we didn’t have any reindeer either! So it all felt like “fairy stories!”

Churches are also into all the “fairy stories.” There is no such word as “Christmas” in the Bible. That word may also be taking Christ’s name in vain, because Jesus never gave authority for his name to be used in that way. Jesus never gave authority for the use of his name in the word “Christian” either. In fact that is opposite to what Jesus taught. Jesus said: “Many shall come in my name saying ‘I am Christ’ and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5). When I was a kid, I too was deceived. I read in the Bible that the disciples were called “Christians” first in Antioch, but some ‘unknown person’ is not a credible witness. (Acts 11:26). Jesus said: “By the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (Matthew 18:16). King Agrippa used the word “Christian“ right in front of Paul, but Paul never used that word. (Acts 26:28). King Agrippa is not a reliable witness either. His ancestors tried to kill baby Jesus, they killed John the Baptist, they killed James, and wanted to kill Peter. Peter is the only disciple in the Bible to use that word “Christian,” and he uses it in connection with persecution. “If any man suffer as a ‘Christian’ let him not be ashamed, but glorify God on this behalf.” (1 Peter 4:16). Peter got beaten by the leaders of Israel for believing that Jesus was the Christ. (Acts chapter 5). He got imprisoned a few times, and Herod wanted to kill him. (Acts chapter 12). Peter said: “Love the brotherhood.” (1 Peter 2:17). Jesus means “Saviour” and Christ means “Messiah.” There is only ONE Saviour and ONE Messiah, and that is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Faith in that name can cause the lame to walk, and dance with joy! (Acts chapter 3). All my life, I have basically had three teachers: 1. Church people. 2. The Doctor of the Bible School. 3. The Holy Spirit. I choose to follow the Holy Spirit, even though church people get very angry with me at times. I don’t want to tell any lies to try and please people, I want to go to heaven one day! All liars are going to go to the lake of fire! (Revelation 21:8). There is also no such thing in the Bible as December the 25th. There is nothing in the Bible about the shepherds being with their sheep on a cold winter’s night. A Rabbi on the internet said that the sheep in Israel only have babies in the springtime.

I am of the opinion that Jesus was born in the springtime in Israel. Let me give you my reasons. In Exodus chapter 12, God himself told Moses that His New Year starts 14 days before Passover. Then one year later at Mount Sinai, in Arabia, (Galations 4:25), God told Moses he must erect the tabernacle on the first day of God’s New Year. (Exodus chapter 40).That was when the glory of God came down from heaven into the tabernacle. When Jesus got born, the angels sang: “Glory to God in the highest.” When Jesus got born, that is when the glory of God came down to earth in the form of a baby. “A body hast Thou prepared me.” (Hebrews 10:5). We met a preacher that went to heaven and back, and he said that Jesus was born at Passover, and died at Passover. I have never been to heaven and back, so I didn’t argue with him, but it was in the “springtime” that Jesus got born, not in the winter.

The Romans believed in the sun-god, and when the days got shorter in the winter, they thought that the sun-god was dying. So, 25th of December is the day of the re-birth of the sun-god according to Pope Gregory’s Calendar. Sun worship is death penalty in the Bible. (Deuteronomy  chapter 17). When the Israelites were in Egypt, God made the sun go dark, to show the Egyptians that the sun is not a god. (Exodus chapter 10).  So beloved, I urge you to follow the teachings of God as found in the Bible, and forget all the pagan stuff that comes out of Rome. Paul even wrote to the church in Rome and said to them: Be not conformed to the world (Rome), but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2).

Jesus told the religious leaders of his day that their traditions made the word of God of none effect. (Mark chapter 7). Most people seem to be very bound by their traditions. They make their traditions higher than the word of God. Beware. One day there will be a day of judgment. There are only two places to go: the new earth or the lake of fire. (Revelation chapter 21).