Merry Christmas/Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests
Bible Quotations For Today
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus 2 that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. 3 She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. “When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.”
Detailed LCCC English News Bulletin For December 25/15
Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin analysis & editorials from miscellaneous sources published on December 24-25/15
Lebanon’s Mercenary Politicians are the actual Trash/Elias Bejjani/December 24/15
The True Meaning Of Christmas Is Love/Elias Bejjani/December 25/15
Samir Qantar is no hero, and Hezbollah is no resistance/Abdulrahman al-Rashed/Al Arabiya/December 24/15
Will the next US president scrap the Iran deal/Barbara Slavin/Al-Monitor/December 24/15
Is Iran retreating from Syria/Arash Karami/Al-Monitor/December 24/15
Salehi reveals new details of secret US, Iran back-channel/Mohammad Ali Shabani/Al-Monitor/December 24/15
Jordanian Journalist: Hatred Toward Christians Is The First Step On The Path To Terrorism/December 24, 2015 Special Dispatch No.6246/MEMRI
How American weapons are ending up in the hands of IS/Wilson Fache/Al-Monitor/December 24/15
President Sisi, Egyptian Grand Mufti: Offering Christmas Greetings To Our Christian Brothers Is Part Of Our Religion/December 24, 2015 Special Dispatch No.6245/MEMRI
Turkey’s Dangerous Ambitions/Burak Bekdil/Gatestone Institute/December 24/15
Iran’s Next Supreme Leader/Lawrence A. Franklin/Gatestone Institute/December 24/15
Middle East Christians: Caught in crossfire/Joyce Karam/Al Arabiya/December 24/15
What Mubarak was better at than Sisi/Mohammed Nosseir/Al Arabiya/December 24/15
Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin for Lebanese Related News published on December 24-25/15 Lebanon’s Mercenary Politicians are the actual Trash The True Meaning Of Christmas Is Love Abdulrahman al-Rashed: Samir Qantar is no hero, and Hezbollah is no resistance/ Salam Meets al-Rahi, Stresses ‘Importance of Perseverance during this Difficult Time’ Rahi: Presidential Initiative Must be Taken Seriously Mashnouq Meets Daryan: Settlement to Nominate Franjieh Ongoing Lebanese Army Uncovers Weapons Depot in Akkar Based on IS Detainee’s Confessions Red Bishop Gregoire Haddad Passes Away General Security Arrests Four-Member Terrorist Cell Report: Hizbullah Will not Back Down on Aoun’s Nomination Israeli Rocket, Filled with Cluster Bombs, Discovered in South
Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin For Miscellaneous Reports And News published on December 24-25/15
Violence clouds Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem
Russia identifies groups behind Egypt plane crash
U.S. readies New Year push to expel migrants
Belgium Charges 9th Paris Attacks Suspect
Syria Says Ready to Enter New Peace Talks
Iraq ‘Nets 40 IS Operatives’ in Major Swoop
Syria Regime Raids Kill 20 People including 7 Children
Israel Charges Two Arab Cousins for IS Ties
Israeli-Palestinian Clashes, Three Attacks Rock West Bank
Sinai Road Bomb Kills Egyptian Police Captain
Lebanon’s Mercenary Politicians are the actual Trash Elias Bejjani/December 24/15
The majority of Lebanon’s politicians, political parties and the high-ranking clergy are the actual trash, and not the trash that is pilled in the streets. Those rotten and mercenary thugs are the vicious cancer that is killing around the clock the Lebanese oppressed and tortured citizens. In reality they are the reason why Lebanon is still an Iranian occupied and rogue country. These “Mafioso” gangsters found a way to export Lebanon’s trash, but definitely they will not find a place in history, and not even in its dustbin because they are evil Trojans and merchants whose conscious is dead.
On the Christmas eve let us pray that Almighty God may save Lebanon and the Lebanese from these cancerous creatures and safeguard them from their venomous conspiracies.
The True Meaning Of Christmas Is Love Elias Bejjani/December 25/15
Christmas simply means, love and Fatherhood, Equality and modesty, Sacrifice and forgiveness.
Love and Fatherhood: Almighty God Is Our Father and that’s why He created us in His image and likeness.
Modesty and Equality: Jesus Christ, the begotten God was born in a manger to be a role Model in Modesty & Equality.
Sacrifice and Forgiveness: Almighty God has sent His begotten son to be humiliated, tortured, persecuted and crucified in a bid to absolve our original sin and to be a role model in love and sacrifice.
The true meaning of Christmas is love. (John 03:16-17) says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. The real Christmas story is the story of God’s becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate. The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way—for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). (Got.Question.org)Understanding and fully practising the above faith pillars makes us the kind of holy God’s children that He wants us to go back to His heavenly homes that He Himself built for us. The Holy Bible teaches us to be love care, help, and forgive every one, but in particular those who hate, harm, betray and curse us. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 05:44) .In this context let us on this Holy Christmas Day, Pray For all the evildoers and all those who fell prey for temptations. Let us offer our authentic and honest prayers for the repentance and salvation of all sinners Let us pray for those evil and wicked world leaders, rulers, politicians, fundamentalists and outlawed militants whose devastating culture of greed and vicious acts of terrorism are threatening peace and tranquility all over the world, and especially in the Middle East.
Apostle Paul in his Letter to the Romans speaks about these evil people and describes thoroughly their thinking and conduct (Romans03/10-18: “As it is written, ‘There is no one righteous; no, not one. There is no one who understands. There is no one who seeks after God. They have all turned aside. They have together become unprofitable. There is no one who does good, no, not, so much as one. Their throat is an open tomb. With their tongues they have used deceit. The poison of vipers is under their lips; “whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and misery are in their ways. The way of peace, they haven’t known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
One might wonder why we should pray and particularly on the Christmas Day for those that are creating world-wide havoc, advocate grudges and hatred, classify us as infidels, allege we are their worst enemies, call openly for our death, and proudly legitimize our slaughter?
The answer is very simple. We should pray for them because they are lost, evil, morally sick and need our help. Jesus has already answered this question in (Matthew 9/12 & 13): “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. But you go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”.
The faithful and righteous have an obligation to love their enemies and forgive them as well as to bless those who hate, persecute and curse them. (Luke 6:28): “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
The secret and magic formula word in all this holy cycle of forgiveness, meekness, patience, endurance and acceptance of others is LOVE, and as the bible teaches us LOVE is GOD. (Proverbs 19:11): “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense”.
Apostle Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians explains what love is and what it encompasses: (1 Corinthians 13/4-13): “Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 1 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.”
If we love those who love us, help those who do not need help, pray for those who are righteous, and feed those who are not hungry, we do nothing different from anybody else including the sinners and wicked. But when we can tame ourselves to love those who hate us and help those who need help, than we are making something different. (01 Samuel 24:17): “You are more righteous than I, he said. You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.”
Almighty God loves us, we His children, and wants us to return back to His heavenly mansions that have been prepared for us. Therefore, He has sent His begotten son to be humiliated, tortured, persecuted and crucified in a bid absolve our original sin and be a role model in love and sacrifice.(John15/12 & 13) “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends”
With the Christmas Spirit let all genuinely pray for those of us who are hurt, lonely, feel betrayed and deserted by their beloved ones. Those who are enduring in silence pain, anguish, and are deprived of happiness, warmth and joy on this holy and adorned day.
Let us all take Jesus a role model in our lives. Let us learn from Him the graces of forgiveness, sacrifice, love and the obligation for helping those who need our help and even those who hate and hurt us. (Romans 12:20:) “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
May God Bless you all and shower upon you, your families, friends, and beloved ones all graces of joy, health, love, forgiveness, meekness and hope. (01 Thessalonians 05:15): “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else”.
Let us all to pray for the salvation of our beloved country of Lebanon and ask Almighty God to lead and bless the peace endeavours of righteous politicians and leaders all over the world.
On this Christmas Day may Jesus Christ, God of love, justice and mercy, dwell in your hearts, minds, souls and conscience to purify you and lead your steps into righteousness.