Detailed LCCC English News Bulletin For December 25/17
Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin analysis & editorials from miscellaneous sources published on December 24-25/17
Prayers & Wishes On The Christmas Holy Day/Elias Bejjani/From the 2015 Archive
Our Prime Struggle Is within our self/Elias Bajan/December 24/17
Are Children Found On Trees?/Elias Bejjani/December 24/17
Colourful like a Rainbow/Elias Bejjani/December 20/17
Modesty is a Priceless and Everlasting Fortune/Elias Bejjani/December 24/17
Born on the Eve/Walid Phares/Face Book/December 24/17
Europe: The Islamization of Christmas/”An unbearable, involuntary submission to Islam”/Soeren Kern/Gatestone Institute/December 24/ 2017
Rockets over Riyadh: A reminder of why Tehran must be confronted in Yemen
Baria Alamuddin/Arab News/December 25/2017
Why this Yemen ‘solution’ is impossible/Abdulrahman Al-Rashed/Asharq Al Awsat/December 25/2017
2017: A look back at Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East/Fahad Nazer/Arab News/December 25/2017
Corruption is the Middle East’s political gangrene/Amir Taheri/Al Arabiya/December 24/17
Thanks Britain/Sawsan Al Shaer/Al Arabiya/December 25/2017
The West’s Steadfast Misunderstanding of Turkey and Islam/Uzay Bulut/Gatestone Institute/December 24/ 2017
Titles For Latest LCCC Lebanese Related News published on December 24-25/17
Prayers & Wishes On The Christmas Holy Day
Our Prime Struggle Is within our self
Are Children Found On Trees
Colourful like a Rainbow
Modesty is a Priceless and Everlasting Fortune
Born on the Eve…
Violence against women in Lebanon ‘structural and systematic’
Aoun sends Christmas wishes
Riachi Hits Back at Moussawi over ‘Civil War’ Remarks
Alloush: Mustaqbal-LF Talks Ongoing, Albeit without ‘Drastic Progress’
Aridi Says March 8 to Win Elections, Warns of Israeli Attack on Lebanon
Lebanese Hold Candle-Lit Vigil for Murdered Women
Mashnouq to Run for Parliamentary Elections
Rahi: We are responsible for telling the truth, practicing justice
Kabalan: We look forward to a national action that restores citizens’ confidence in State
Geagea: Christmas has the taste of hope
Tourism Ministry Office at Beirut Airport welcomes arriving guests with roses, warm hospitality on Christmas occasion
Labor Minister: Let Christmas be an opportunity to meet
Arslan: Birth of Christ means to all humanity
Guidanian: Lebanon today is safer than any capital abroad
Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin For Miscellaneous Reports And News published on December 24-25/17
Egypt detains 15 after attack on Coptic church in Cairo
Gunmen kill 3 at cafe south of Cairo
Egypt, Ethiopia to hold key talks over controversial dam project
12th Palestinian Dies since Trump Declaration on Jerusalem
Dense Fog Disrupts UAE Flights ahead of Christmas
Dozens Feared Dead in Philippine Mall Inferno
N. Korea Slams New U.N. Sanctions as an ‘Act of War’
Trump Slams FBI Deputy, who Reportedly Plans to Retire
Mosul celebrates first post-ISIS Christmas
Moscow tells Syrian opposition it does not support Assad’s departure
Israel court releases Turks after Jerusalem ‘incident’
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Prayers & Wishes On The Christmas Holy Day
Elias Bejjani/From the 2015 Archive
Thinking of the great fatherhood love that Almighty God carries for us helps in appreciating and understanding the actual meanings of Christmas.
God for the sake of our salvation and freedom from the original sin, He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to be incarnated, live on earth like each one of us, endure all kinds of torture, pain, humiliation and to be crucified.
Jesus made us His own and called us to carry His holy message and preach it.
Hand in hand with all those who believe in righteousness and in the ultimate prevalence of good over evil, let us ask Jesus Christ, the incarnated God, to grant peace and stability to the whole world, and to shower all the oppressed with the graces of faith, perseverance, patience, and to bestow them the power of endurance to face the hardships inflicted on them by Evil of Axis, the Syrian-Iranian occupation..
As far as oppressed Lebanon, and despite all the sufferings, the majority of our faithful and patriotic people will always hold on to the hope of Lebanon’s resurrection and to its eventual mere liberation from occupation, traitors and all evil.
History always repeats itself, and victory shall inevitably be for those Lebanese who courageously and faithfully carry Lebanon’s torch of freedom, dignity, and human rights, as has always been for the past 7,000 years.
All wishes to everyone of you, in occupied Lebanon, and in the Diaspora, to enjoy with your beloved ones a holy and glorious Christmas, and a very Happy New year.
Our great happiness as patriotic Lebanese will reach its prime when, and only when, our beloved Lebanon, home and land of our great fathers and ancestors reclaims its confiscated independence, redeems its marginalized sovereignty, restores its oppressed freedoms, and regains its hijacked free decision-making process.
Our joy and happiness in celebrating Christmas will be at peak the day:
When hundreds of our country’s arbitrarily held detainees are released from the fascist Syrian jails and horrible detention centers, where they have been deprived for many years of all their basic human rights.
When our free and patriotic comrades, individuals, leaders and dignitaries are no longer prisoners of conscience inside Lebanon, and not exposed to intimidation, fear, terrorism and assassinations
When our exiled people from South Lebanon who are taking refugee in Israel are welcomed back in Lebanon, officially and publicly with open arms.
When Lebanon’s fertile fields are again green, ploughed, sowed, guarded and harvested by our men and women.
When our factories are re-opened, productive, and run only by Lebanese hands.
When our borders are patrolled solely by the Lebanese army and security forces,
When all militias, Lebanese and non-Lebanese, are disarmed and dismantled,
When the law of the land and the legitimate authority of a sovereign Lebanese people are fully and independently applied and enforced on all Lebanon’s soil.
When conscientious and patriotic Members of Parliament (MPs) are elected freely by the people who deserve MPs who, in turn, understand that they have the obligation and the privilege to represent the people’s hopes, aspirations and wishes.
When Lebanon’s markets are open for the country’s products with no foreign hegemony or unfair and arbitrary competition.
When Lebanon’s judiciary is fair, unbiased and non-politicized, and when the judiciary and judges fully respect the constitution and abide by the law of the land and the Charter of Human Rights.
When Lebanese identity is honored and hailed by all the Lebanese communities, and is placed above all other political, regional, ethnic and religious affiliations.
Then, and only then, we can rest our case for the struggle.
Let us all pray that the birth of Our Lord Jesus will coincide this year with the re-birth of a new Lebanon that is free, independent and sovereign.
On the Holy Christmas Day, Let us pray for Peace, tranquility, Love, Forgiveness and prosperity all over the world .
Best wishes for A Merry Christmas .
Our Prime Struggle Is within our self/صراع الإنسان هو مع نفسه
Elias Bajan/December 24/17
The most dangerous challenge and the prime struggle that we encounter in life and around the clock lies within our self …It is actually between our conscience, which is the voice of the Lord in our minds and thinking, and the instincts of our earthly bodies. the instincts if not tamed and controlled turns into a demon that leads us into temptation. Let us on the Christmas Eve pray that Almighty God helps us to not fall into temptations.
Are Children Found On Trees?هل الأطفال يسقطون عن الأشجار
Elias Bejjani/December 24/17
Definitely grown Children are not found on trees as adults .. ready to start their own independent life..Grown children are born as babies.. helpless babies that are nurtured and raised with tears by their parents, hard work, sweat, pain, hardships and sacrifices, a lot of sacrifices.. Grown children are ought to keep this reality in front of their eyes as long as they live…If and only if they have faith, know what is gratitude, fear Almighty God and His Day Of Judgment.
Colourful like a Rainbow/الحياة متعددة الألوان كقوس القزح
Elias Bejjani/December 20/17
Life with all its complexities is so colourful like a rainbow, and its for your own taste, tolerance, wishes, capabilities and choice to envisage it the way that pleases you
Modesty is a Priceless and Everlasting Fortune/الياس بجاني: التواضع كنز لا يفنى
First published on 18/01/13
“He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down princes from their thrones. And has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things. He has sent the rich away empty”. (Luke 01/51-54)
Those who falsely delude themselves into thinking they are superior to others, super wise and can do everything and any thing, fall into the evil trap of arrogance. By doing so they badly detach themselves from the reality of God’s love. They build delusional castles in their minds, imprison themselves inside its imaginary gates and ultimately become completely blind in both heart and soul .
Arrogant individuals inevitably become hostile, angry, childish, selfish, antisocial and narcissists who are not welcomed anywhere. People avoid those who brag and exalt themselves. Arrogance is a very serious social problem caused by lack of faith that needs to be fixed before it gets worse. God does not bless those who are arrogant.
Almighty God has made it very clear in His Holy Book that He does not like those who are pompous, proud, and conceited because He Himself is a caring, humble, and meek Father. “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Meanwhile, we cannot solve any problem unless we admit that it actually exists, and at the same time become fully aware of its causing factors. We cannot defeat the evil of arrogance and the destructive self-exaltation that results unless we know our own capabilities, means and resources. And most importantly, recognize that all people are brothers and sisters to one Father, the Almighty God.
One might wonder why some people tend to behave in such a way that they end being socially hated and isolated. Mainly because of their ignorance, distorted self-image, and most importantly because they have very little or no faith at all. They fail to gain genuine friends and have no room for intimate and long lasting relationships. Even their close family members avoid them and do not feel comfortable in their presence. They cannot love others because of their narcissism.
These disturbed individuals need to be humble, loving, and honest to overcome their arrogant behaviour. They need to call on Almighty God for the grace of humility. God always responds to our calls and prayers when we put our full trust in Him, recognize His love, and lay our lives in His generous hands. “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done. All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21/21-22)
Humility is the magic curing medicine for arrogance. This heavenly grace is always there for us if and when we pursue it with faith and unquestionable trust in God. Knowing what humility means to our lives and for our salvation is critically important.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:10)
There is humility that comes from the fear of God, and there is humility that comes from God Himself. Some are modest because they fear God, and some are modest because they know how to live with all the heavenly endowments that banishes all doubts, fears, selfishness, hatred, covetousness and grudges from our earthly nature.
Those who fear God are humble because they enjoy peace within themselves. Those who fear God watch what they say and do, find sweetness in their bodies which are God’s temples, and experience the priceless grace of balance in their senses, granting them full control over their instincts and a forgiving heart at all times.
Those who are humble because they know and experience genuine happiness with purity, enjoy great simplicity all the time with a cheerful and transparent heart. God loves the humble and always comes to their rescue so that no hardships or evil things can weaken their faith, entrap them into the temptations of the wicked and unrighteous, or makes them slaves to sin. Jesus Christ Himself has set the rules in regards to humility: “But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23/11-12)
The Bible (Malachi 4/1-6), Tells us exactly what the proud and wicked will be facing on the Day of Judgment. Let us never forget this or keep a blind eye on it:
“For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all who work wickedness, will be stubble; and the day that comes will burn them up,” says Yahweh of Armies, “that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall. You shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,” says Yahweh of Armies. “Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
In conclusion, humbleness is a blessed grace that we need to pursue via faith, love and fear of God. To be really God’s children we must dearly hold on to this grace and integrate it into our every day life, heart, mind and practise. We are all equal and have one Father who created us on his image. We are all one family, brothers and sisters no matter who we are. That we are all children of God the Father is true no matter where we live, what our racial identity is, the language we speak, the social status that we enjoy, the wealth that we have, the strength that we possess, and even whether we are good or sinful. Almighty God is our loving Father and accordingly we must learn to be humble before Him and love each other more intimately as members of His one family.