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The REAL Santa Claus Was Nicholas, Pastor Of The Church At Myra!

Posted by Job on November 27, 2009

Teach your children the truth, not the lie!After reading this Christian parents, you have absolutely no excuse for lying to your children about the lie, which is an evil combination of pagan mythology and American capitalism (i.e. Coca-Cola and department stores) plus the obvious fact that this world much prefers to talk about Santa Claus and other works-based pagan “the spirit of giving” nonsense than about Jesus Christ. Well, the REAL Nicholas was a man who began preaching about Jesus Christ at a young age and suffered mightily for the gospel. Now even this recounting is not totally free of pagan Catholic myth (though not some of the worst pagan nonsense that was developed around this preacher is in here) but the truth of a man who lived and suffered for the gospel of Jesus Christ is still here. Folks, “Santa Claus” is the main reason why Christmas is much more significant in the west than is Easter, a holiday which is much harder to separate from the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lots of people think St. Nicholas is just another name for Santa Claus.

After all, Santa also is called “Father Christmas” and “Kris Kringle” and other names. Actually, “Santa Claus” is itself a mispronunciation of the Dutch name “SinterKlass,” which was their way of saying St. Nicholas.

But behind all the names is a boy who actually lived in what was then Lycia in the fourth century A.D., about 1,700 years ago. His name was Nicholas. There are many legends about this boy and the man he became, and behind those legends is the story of St. Nicholas.

When Nicholas was a little boy, a plague struck Patara, the town where he lived. Both his parents got sick and died, so Nicholas went to live with his uncle who was a monk in a monastery. His uncle, the abbot, taught him all about God and Jesus from the Bible. Nicholas wanted to become a monk when he grew up.

Nicholas’ parents were wealthy when they died and monks are supposed to be poor. So Nicholas resolved to give away all his money to help those who were needy, especially other children in trouble. He determined to be sneaky, so they would not know from where the money came. For example, a man was selling rugs to pay his debts. His wife and children had no food. Nicholas bought some Turkish rugs from the man, paying him much more than they were worth. Then, making an excuse, he gave the rugs back to the man’s wife.

The most famous story about his generosity involves three girls who could not get married because their father had lost all of his money and could not pay their dowry. The only option for these girls was slavery or, worse, prostitution. Nicholas heard about that and came up with a plan.

When the first daughter was ready to marry, he tossed a stocking full of gold coins through her bedroom window late at night. Using that as her dowry, she was able to marry. Soon after that, Nicholas tossed a sock full of money through the second daughter’s window. She, too, married.

But when Nicholas crept up to the house with a third sock full of money for the youngest daughter, he found all of the windows shut. So he climbed up on the roof of the house and dropped it down the chimney.

It landed in a stocking that had been hung on the fireplace to dry, giving us the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings.

After helping many people, Nicholas started having a strange dream. Not just once but several times — and always the same. In his dream, Jesus gave him a book of Gospels covered with jewels, and the robes of a priest.

When Nicholas told his uncle about the dream, his uncle told him that Jesus must want him to become a priest. Soon he did just that, even though he was still in his teens. As a priest, Nicholas was zealous to tell people about Jesus, and always looking for ways to help people in need or children in trouble. People talked about the kind “boy priest.”

Nicholas lived in a time when the Roman Emperor forcefully ruled much of the world. Nicholas went on a trip to see the Holy Lands. He sailed on a ship to Egypt, famous for its monumental temples and the library and lighthouse at Alexandria. But Egypt was in ruins; the Romans had persecuted and killed many people. Many others were left hungry and poor.

Nicholas also traveled to Palestine to see the places where Jesus had walked — but Jerusalem was also in ruins, the temple torn down and burned. That, too, had been done by the Romans. Nicholas visited with Christians and churches along the way, and encouraged them to help the poor and needy. While there, he had a dream that Jesus was placing a bishop’s crown on his head.

On his way home, the ship he was on got caught in a terrible storm. The ship was tossed and the rigging torn. Some of the sailors were lost at sea, others abandoned the ship and the three left were terribly afraid the ship might crash on the rocks, praying to God for mercy.

Nicholas came up on deck and joined them in their prayer. Just then, the storm stopped and the waters became calm. Very early the next morning, the little ship limped into the nearest port, a city called Myra-in Lycia, a long way from Nicholas’ home.

The three sailors told everyone how their ship had been saved when the young priest, Nicholas, had prayed with them.

“It was like a miracle!” they said.

Nicholas hurried off to a church for morning prayers, to give thanks.

The city of Myra had no bishop at that time. The previous one had died, and the remaining priests could not agree on who to elect as the new bishop. There were three priests at the church that morning, maybe more. They had been praying all night and each had had the same dream, that they were to make the first worshipper who came for morning prayers the new bishop.

Nicholas, a stranger in Myra, and still a youth (but a priest), was the first to arrive. How surprised he was when the priests told him he was to become the bishop. At first he hesitated, but they insisted, telling him of their dreams. Then he remembered his own dream.

So young Nicholas became the bishop of Myra.

Myra was an important city. As its bishop. St. Nicholas was known for his piety and zeal for Jesus and his holy church. When Nicholas taught the gospel, people said it was like receiving precious gems. He was equally concerned about the poor and needy, and helping children and others in trouble. He set a constant example, often helping people in secret ways. Many pagans were converted and baptized through his loving ministry.

But soon Nicholas was imprisoned.

The new Roman emperor, Diocletian, hated Christians and was determined to hunt them all down and kill them, or make them deny their faith. That was someone between 303 and 311 A.D. It was one of the greatest persecutions of the church; many Christians were cruelly tortured and murdered.

The three jailers guarding Nicholas tried and tried to convince him to deny his faith in Jesus. They tortured him. He was hungry and cold and wearing chains, but he taught them about Jesus and his church. He was kind to them, despite their insults. His hair and beard grew long and shaggy. In his suffering, he entrusted Jesus to protect him, and prayed for the other Christians to stand firm.

Eventually, things changed. A new emperor, Constantine, took the throne. He made Christianity the official religion of the empire. Nicholas and other imprisoned Christians were set free. Bishop Nicholas went back to his people in Myra, with his beard white and his face wrinkled.

His eyes sparkled when he talked about Jesus and the church, and he always had something for the poor and needy. He loved children and they loved him, too. Although he still was secretive about helping people, many knew about his kind deeds. But Nicholas could be firm, too — especially when false teachers would try to influence his churches.

In 325 A.D., 300 bishops gathered in the city of Nicaea to discuss the teachings of a man named Arius. He questioned Jesus’ divinity and his teaching had infected many — but not in Myra, thanks to Nicholas’ constant vigilance. Arius claimed that Jesus, as the son of God, was not eternal but created by the father as an instrument for the salvation of the world. Therefore, he was not God by nature, but a changeable creature.

Though Nicholas was not a major figure in the council, it is said that in the midst of the discussions, Nicholas actually slapped Arius for his false teaching. Because of that, some bishops wanted Nicholas removed as bishop — until Jesus and his mother appeared in their dreams and told them differently.

Nicholas died on Dec. 6, 345 or 352 A.D. Hundreds of churches have been named after him.

So this is the real St. Nicholas — an orphaned boy who became a priest and then a bishop. Who gave away all his wealth to the poor and especially to children in trouble. Who stood firm for his lord Jesus and his holy church in the midst of terrible persecution, and opposed false teachers as well.

A movie about the pastor of Myra has been made, but it has had trouble finding a distributor.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1058094/

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Neuroiconoclasticskeptisiser Alert: Disney Film The Golden Compass Promoting Atheism

Posted by Job on November 27, 2007

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“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach.
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16

The assault on the Christian faith continues in earnest, while some are
fighting back! There is a new movie hitting theaters worldwide the first
week of December to cash in on the Christmas season. This is a wonderful
movie geared to teach children there is no God and to indoctrinate them from
their earliest years to become atheists. The movie called “The Golden
Compass” is a movie adaptation of a book series by the atheist and a bold
and brazen hater of the Christian faith, Philip Pullman. The Golden Compass
is the first in a fantasy trilogy of books entitled “His Darkest Materials.”
Pullman’s books are designed to spread his atheistic beliefs to children,
and the hero of his story acutally kills “god.”

The movie version of Pullman’s book intentionally left out the Godless
themes. Many feel this was not only done to make the movie more accepted by
a mainstream audience, but in an attempt to create a hype around Pullman’s
books which are clearly written to teach children the Christian faith is a
myth, there is no God, and the church is an organization that tortures and
kills children. There is no doubt that if the movie does well at the box
office, sales of his books will sky rocket. For a complete review of this
movie and book series written by my dear friend Dr. Ted Baehr for
WorldNetDaily, go to: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58341

I am sharing this with you today for several reasons. First of course, is
to warn parents to keep their children away from both the movie and the
books. Second though, is to make the case again that in this dark, fallen,
and increasingly Godless world, Christians better start speaking up, better
start competing for the hearts, minds, and SOULS of men since that is the
real battle! While most Christians are too busy with their lives to care
about the world around them, tools of satan like Pullman are busy spreading
their gospel of death and destruction, and without conscience purposely
targeting children.

They understand the better percentage of 2 full generations have never been
to church, so they have virtually no resistance in lying to children there
is no God, Christians are weak and pathetic, and the church is only about
money and power. JK Rowling already proved how easy it is to reach children
with her “stories” glorifying witchcraft, wizardry, and sorcery, while
parents were either too busy to care what their children were reading or
actually helped in making her garbage available to them. Why would a parent
who has a weak belief in God or none at all, rejects the Bible as Truth,
doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus, and never goes to church, care if
their children were reading books that promoted atheism?

On the positive side of the movie theater aisle is the movie “Bella.” Bella
is a small, independently produced film that won the People’s Choice award
at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. It isn’t riddled with sex and violence,
but is a wonderful story of life. It is about a young woman who finds
herself pregnant, contemplates having an abortion, but decides to KEEP THE
BABY! It is a movie where God is a prominent thread throughout and takes a
clear stand that life is precious. This is a movie families SHOULD see with
their children, since it gives you great opportunities as you eat pizza or
ice cream afterwards, to reinforce the powerful lessons of life this movie
portrays.

So my friend, the battle wages on. That shrinking minority of people who
love Jesus will stay away from “The Golden Compass,” while the masses flock
to it and then to the books. This movie and the books will only reinforce
in the minds of those who are growing up void of God that there is no such
being, that Christians are mentally unstable people who hate everyone, that
the Bible is a book of fictional stories, and believing in Jesus is no
different than believing in Santa Claus! This is the growing mindset of the
masses my friend, and now God-haters like Pullman are helping to
indoctrinate and reinforce these ideas in the impressionable minds of
children!

What can you do? KEEP SPEAKING OUT WHEN YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY! Don’t back down at work, at school, in the gym, in the grocery store line. Rise
up and take your stand for Christ and His Truth. Why are those who follow
satan fearless and bold and never hesitate to state what THEY believe, while
followers of Christ are afraid and timid and will hold their tongue instead
of speaking out? WE HAVE THE TRUTH!!! GOD IS REAL!!! THE BIBLE IS THE
ABSOLUTE TRUTH WE CAN STAKE OUR ETERNAL SOULS ON!!! JESUS IS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE AND NOBODY COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THRU HIM!!! Either you believe it or you don’t, and if you believe it, have the guts to DECLARE IT!!!!

I love you and care about you so much. A newspaper reporter recently wrote,
“Bill Keller says what many feel and would like to say, but simply don’t
have the nerve to or the platform.” I agree with that. I understand
everyone is not called to the marketplace to battle with men like Howard
Stern, the homosexual activists, those who promote the false religion of
Islam, those who aggressively promote atheism, members of the cults like
the Mormons, the JW’s, the Scientologists, the Masons, Kabbala, and others.
We all have our calling. God has called me to the front lines to battle
these tools of satan with His Truth and the eternal hope we have in a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Listen, I could have easily built a huge Christian organization over these
past years. I could have a staff of hundreds, a new glass building, a new
Gulfstream, mansions, new luxury cars. All I had to do was play the same
politically correct game everyone else is playing, target my message to
those who I know will agree with it, don’t offend people by warning them
they will die and go to hell without Jesus, compromise the absolutes of the
Bible when it makes good business sense, and play the political games to be
in the right circles. Trust me my friend, I could easily do ALL of that and
build a nice personal empire. BUT I AM NOT HERE TO BUILD MY KINGDOM, BUT
GOD’S. THIS ISN’T ABOUT BILL KELLER, IT IS ABOUT THE ETERNAL SOULS OF MEN.

John the Baptist preached in the wilderness, I preach out of the back of a
used car lot. I am shunned by the religious establishment of the day
because I refuse to play their games. Those who have become “leaders” by
virtue of their building big organizations simply dismiss me as some fringe
loudmouth in Florida who doesn’t get it. No, I do get it. I don’t get
these “men of God” whose motivation is the mammon and temporary pleasures
and power of this world rather than the souls of men. But that is OK since
when I take my last breath, it won’t be any of those men who I will stand
before, it will be God Himself! When I lay my head down for the few hours
of sleep I get each night, it is God who I have to be at peace with.

I challenge you today. For those who love the Lord and have committed your
life to Him, GET BUSY SERVING HIM! Now more than ever God needs His
children busy about His business. I know we have all been called to serve
Him in different ways. Some God has blessed with great positions in the
business community, others with lots of resources. I can only ask you to
pray about helping me. I am willing to put my life literally on the line
for the Gospel, to take His Truth to the heart of where satan operates in
the secular TV arena as well as aggressively and interactively on the
Internet. I have nothing but my faith. My wife and I live month to month
by the grace of God. I am only able to bring God’s message of hope and
everlasting life through Jesus because of the prayers and sacrifice of so
many friends like yourself. So while you pray about how you can serve the
Lord each day, also pray about how you can help me as we take our bold and
visible stand for Christ in the marketplace each day. Together, we have, we
are, and we will continue, to make an impact for Christ!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

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