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  Merry Christmas
Dear Brothers and Friends of Wingspread,
     
     This year has taken us through many a trial of our faith which is exactly what the Lord wanted to do. I was studying my Bible today along with my Commentary and I read, “Persecution is permitted because of its moral values, but it can continue not one moment longer than God has decreed.”
     
     I think on this word, and I look at the condition of the Church today and I fear it does not resemble the Lord Jesus as was God’s eternal intention. We hear daily that “God never lets a child be killed,” and “God never wants us to be sick, we can all be healed,” and “God never wants anyone to be poor, we are all entitled to prosperity”
     
     This is a lie - the great lie - that will eventually introduce physically the anti-Christ who, up until this present time, is merely working behind the scenes preparing those who are ignorant in the faith for the final count down.
     
     I glance backwards, to that glorious night when the Son of God was born. His Mother was not permitted the luxury of a suite of first class hotel rooms, nor was she given an special consideration for her condition. She had traveled along with her husband Joseph on the back of a little donkey because they were ordered there by the decree of Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be registered, and everyone went to be registered in his own city.
     
     Since Bethlehem was Joseph’s city (the city of David), he and Mary had to go there to register and it was there that she delivered Jesus. The Bible does not dwell upon her circumstances. She would suffer from the day that she was willing to bear this wondrous Child, because of who He was, and how He would be hated. A mother suffers WITH her child.
     
     It is significant that “there was no room for them (Joseph and Mary) in the Inn. The world would never receive Jesus Christ. And there will never be any room for Him in any heart which is not totally committed to His divine will.
     
     But God Almighty took note of Him, and without the world having seen them, the angels appeared unto shepherds by night who were tending their sheep and God put on a magnificent display of His joy at the birth of His only begotten Son.
     
     The Bible tell us, “. . .And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, and angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were very much afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,’ and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
     
     Can you imagine how these men felt? When the Bible speaks of “an Angel of the Lord” the meaning is usually that the very essence of God’s Being is made manifest. And he actually announced the birth of His Son to those who cared for their sheep.
     
     We have of course turned Christmas into a time of eating and drinking and giving of gifts, usually to those who will give back. But at least we have Christmas and I love this season when for a little while, the hearts of people are changed a bit, and the spirit of giving comes upon the world.
     
     While Rodney was putting up the lights out front, my hope was that people who drive up our highway will see those beautiful lights in the darkness that surrounds us, and for a moment think upon the Lord Jesus, who is the Light of the World. By our remembering His wonderful birth, we present testimony to the reality of His Life, and his definite return. May each of you reflect that Life, and enjoy this beautiful season.
     
     Billie Marie Zal
     December, 2000





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