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2001 Christmas Cheer

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FIRST-PERSON: Commercialization, secularization needn’t diminish real celebration

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)--In his book "God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas," John MacArthur writes, "I read a haunting newspaper story several years ago about a wealthy Boston family who had a christening party for their new baby. They invited all their friends and relatives to their magnificent home to celebrate the birth of their precious infant. A half-hour into the party, when it was time to bring the baby out for everyone to see, the mother made a tragic discovery. The large bed where she had left the baby asleep was piled high with the coats of the guests. The baby was lying dead underneath the mound, suffocated by the carelessly discarded wraps."

FIRST-PERSON: Christmas: a time to remember that God is thinking about us

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--When one thinks about the meaning and message of Christmas, the miracle that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ must immediately come to mind. The Apostle John declared, "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14, NASB).

God ‘opened up the doors’ for 25,000 copies of church’s CD

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)--For the fourth time in the past five years, Brentwood (Tenn.) Baptist Church has produced a Christmas recording which members are giving away as a church outreach project.

NOBTS students seek to buoy missionary couple’s Christmas

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Students involved with the Baptist Campus Ministry of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are sending a Christmas care package to International Mission Board missionaries in Kenya as part of an effort to see Christmas from a more global perspective. (file photo by Morris Abernathy)

Church spreads ‘Joy to the World’ & looks to year-round ministry

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--A crisp Sunday afternoon with unseasonably warm temperatures was the backdrop for a Christmas gift Dawson Memorial Baptist Church presented to the greater Birmingham, Ala., area.
      Some 660 Dawson members shared the gospel Dec. 2 in three communities through "Joy to the World" evangelistic parties with free food, music, face painting, children's games and a host of other activities.

Strengthened bonds, warm memories: Families recount holiday traditions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--The endearing character of Tevye in the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof" understood the importance of passing on family traditions.

FIRST-PERSON: Why Bethlehem of all places?

KENNER, La. (BP)--I've been to Bethlehem. It's fairly indistinguishable from many other Judean towns, except for the Church of the Nativity built over the traditional site of Jesus' birth. Bethlehem is located on a ridge some 2500 feet above sea level, and five or six miles southwest of Jerusalem. Why, with all the grand locations in the world to choose from, did God choose for His Son to be born in Bethlehem? I can think of three good reasons.

FIRST-PERSON: A new you for a new year

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--In the ancient world there were no bottles, no recyclable cans. They would put liquids into animal skins that were tied together and used like canteens. Obviously, as time went on, the skins would become brittle, and they would eventually break, spilling out the liquid.

Choir’s living Christmas tree graces Guatemala City’s National Theater

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--While Alabama Baptists were celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays in the traditional turkey and football fashion, 101 members of Birmingham's Lakeside Baptist Church choir experienced a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas ministry 1,800 miles from home.
     The choir spent five days in Guatemala performing in Spanish their Christmas musical drama, "Laura's Christmas," along with their living Christmas tree on the stage of the National Theater in Guatemala City.