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Think of the Christmas story in your head.  How much of it is according to the Bible? We have a song sang at Christmas called We Three Kings. It was most definitely not kings who visited Jesus. It was magi or wise men who came. They would have been magicians, astrologers and other counsel of the king. While we do not know exactly where they came from, we do know that they came from the East. Interesting side note, Daniel was chief of the magi while in Babylon. So some scholars believe they may have come from that area. The number of magi is also never mentioned in the Bible. No where is it stated that there were three.  The number was more likely higher than that. If you think about the distance they had to travel, they would have had more than 3 for security purposes. They also didn’t visit Jesus in the manger as normally depicted. By the time they visited Him he was in a home.

Lastly, I want to look at one verse in Matthew that usually gets overlooked in the story. Matthew 1:21 – “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” I love this verse. Already before the birth pointing to the cross. He will save His people from their sins. Even the Christmas story is about the cross. We should celebrate his birth not because of the birth, but because of what He did with His death. This Christmas celebrate His birth, but remember the big picture. Jesus was born in order to die, to die for us. He died to save us, His people, from our sins. Take time to read the story of His birth this year from the Bible.

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Indiana Planned Parenthood is selling gift certificates this year for Christmas. These gift certificates can be used for anything including abortions. Are we now at a point where it is considered morally acceptable to fund an abortion as a gift? Abortion is big business today. Indiana Planned Parenthood performed around 5000 abortions last year. With the cost of an abortion costing up to $900, Planned Parenthood is making tons of money on death. This is not a respectable organization and has not been from its beginning. The website guides minors how to go about getting an abortion if they don’t have parental consent. Recently at the Bloomington, IN clinic, a nurse informed a woman pretending to be 13 to lie about the age of the father. It makes one wonder how many other times they encourage women to lie.

Planned Parenthood from the outset has been about getting rid of babies thought to be less valuable. Margaret Sanger, the founder, was heavily involved with the promotion of eugenics. That being the idea of creating a better race by limiting reproduction of those thought to be inferior. Blacks, Jews, immigrants and anyone considered to have low value were the early targets of Planned Parenthood. Sanger’s views were very similar to those of Hitler. Today people embrace this organization and it policies that were formed from hate. Yet it are those who oppose Planned Parenthood who are labeled as haters today.

As Christians, we must continue to oppose Planned Parenthood. While they want to offer death for Christmas, we have the gift of Life to give. We are called to care for the poor and persecuted. Christians need to stand for those Planned Parenthood look to profit from. They have the message of death, darkness and despair. We have the knowledge of the One who can deliver them from it all. Jesus conquered death and brought light to the darkness. He is the hope for all who despair. Share this message of hope to those around you. Even those who have already had their lives changed by abortion, can find hope in the Savior. It is never to late to let go of the pain and guilt. 200o years ago, Jesus came to die on a cross. He died for all of our sins no matter how bad we think they are. He was buried and 3 days later He arose and conquered death. We have the Light that conquers darkness. Now, what are we going to do with it?

Matthew 5:14-16;  14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.