The True Origin of Christmas

Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible or paganism? What is the real origin of Santa ClausmistletoeChristmas treesholly wreathsand the custom of exchanging gifts? Many are concerned about putting Christ back into Christmas. Was He ever there? Here are the stunning answers!

Every year after Thanksgiving, most peoples thoughts turn to Christmas. It is the time when professing Christians are supposed to focus on Jesus Christ. After all, it is the Christ-mass season!

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, holly wreaths, decorated trees, mistletoe, seasons greetings, seasonal music, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Santa Claus are all associated with this holiday. These all bring warm feelings to those who celebrate it.
I grew up in a family that kept Christmas, and it was a very big event in our household every year. We left out none of the usual trimmings of this occasion. On December 24th, excitement grew with every passing minute. My parents even brewed black coffee for Santa just before sending us off to bed. I always wondered how they knew Santa liked his coffee blackjust like my parents liked theirs. After going to bed on Christmas Eve, I could neither sleep nor wait to get up in the morning to see all that Santa had brought me.
Christmas is thought by most to be a wonderful time, focusing the participants on giving, family togetherness, beautiful music and decorations, feasting on special foods and singing Christmas carols throughout the neighborhood (as my family did every year). All of this is supposedly centered around the worship of Christ. Surely the Bible instructs us to do all thisright?
The answers will shock you! Read more

Do you know your hymns?

Dentist’s Hymn…………………………..Crown Him with Many Crowns
Weatherman’s Hymn…………………..There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
Contractor’s Hymn………………………The Church is One Foundation
The Tailor’s Hymn……………………….Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer’s Hymn………………………There’s a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician’s Hymn…………………..Standing on the Promises!
(Who ever picked this, hit IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD !!!)

Optometrist’s Hymn………………………Open My Eyes That I Might See
The IRS Agent’s Hymn…………………..I Surrender All
The Gossip’s Hymn………………………..Pass It On
The Electrician’s Hymn…………………..Send The Light
The Shopper’s Hymn………………………Sweet Bye and Bye
The Realtor’s Hymn………………………..I’ve Got a Mansion,
Just Over the Hilltop (Betty and Geraldine)

The Doctor’s Hymn………………………..The Great Physician

AND for those who speed on the highway – a few hymns:

55 mph …………………….. God Will Take Care of You
75 mph ……………………… Nearer My God To Thee
85 mph ……………………… This World Is Not My Home
95 mph ……………………… Lord, I’m Coming Home
100 mph …………………….. Precious Memories

A True Story of the Titanic

John Harper was born to a pair of solid Christian parents on May 29th, 1872. It was on the last Sunday of March 1886, when he was thirteen years old that he received Jesus as the Lord of his life.

He never knew what it was to “sow his wild oats.” He began to preach about four years later at the ripe old age of 17 years by going down to the streets of his village and pouring out his soul in earnest entreaty for men to be reconciled to God.

As John Harper’s life unfolded, one thing was apparent…he was consumed by the word of God.

When asked by various ministers what his doctrine consisted of, he was known to reply “The Word of God!”

After five or six years of toiling on street corners preaching the gospel and working in the mill during the day, Harper was taken in by Rev. E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England.

This set Harper free to devote his whole time of energy to the work so dear to his heart. Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896. (Now known as the Harper Memorial Church.) This church which John Harper had started with just 25 members, had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later. During this time he had gotten married, but was shortly thereafter widowed. However brief the marriage, God did bless John Harper with a beautiful little girl named Nana.

Ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life.

When he was two and a half years of age, he almost drowned when he fell into a well but was resuscitated by his mother. At the age of twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a reverse current and barely survived, and at thirty-two he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean.

Perhaps, God used these experiences to prepare this servant for what he faced next…….

It was the night of April 14, 1912. The RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history. On board this luxurious ocean liner were many rich and famous people.

At the time of the ship’s launch, it was the world’s largest man-made moveable object. At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments. The sea poured in.

On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana.

According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat.

It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday.

The flares going off in the dark sky above reflected the tears on his face as he turned and headed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. As the rear of the huge ship began to lurch upwards, it was reported that Harper was seen making his way up the deck yelling

“Women, children and unsaved into the lifeboats!”

It was only minutes later that the Titanic began to rumble deep within. Most people thought it was an explosion; actually the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half.

At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the icy, dark waters below. John Harper was one of these people.

That night 1528 people went into the frigid waters. John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal. Mr. Harper swam up to one young Man who had climbed up on a piece of debris.

Rev. Harper asked him between breaths, “Are you saved?”

The young man replied that he was not. Harper then tried to lead him to Christ only to have the young man who was near shock, reply no.

John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said”Here then, you need this more than I do…” and swam away to other people. A few minutes later Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.

Of the 1528 people that went into the water that night, six were rescued by the lifeboats.

One of them was this young man on the debris. Four years later, at a survivors meeting, this young man stood up and in tears recounted how that after John Harper had led him to Christ.

Mr. Harper had tried to swim back to help other people, yet because of the intense cold, had grown too weak to swim. His last words before going under in the frigid waters were

“Believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

Does Hollywood remember this man?


Oh well, no matter. This servant of God did what he had to do. While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…”

John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!

“God is so rich in mercy,

and He loved us so very much,

that even while we were dead

because of our sins,

He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.”

Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)

Sources for this article: “The Titanic’s Last Hero” by Moody Press 1997,

Scriptures are quoted from the King James Bible. John Climie, George Harper, & Bill Guthrie from “Jesus Our Jubilee Ministries” in Dallas, Oregon.

Now its our turn to fill in the shoes of John Harper

Beautiful 10

Someone has written these beautiful words. Must read and try to understand the deep meaning of it.

1] Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.

2] So a Car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.

5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away todays PEACE.