Merry Christmas!

Jesus in MangerIn Bethlehem

A Christmas Cantata

by L. A. Marzulli

This was written in the fall of 1995 and was first performed at Malibu Presbyterian Church.  In Bethlehem was also performed at the Malibu Vineyard,  The Church of the Nazarene, and Church of the Living Christ.  It is a musical production taken straight from the Gospel account of Luke.

Years later I was finally able to get the Cantata recorded in my studio. Thanks to all who made this possible as you are listening to hundreds of hours of work by many wonderful people. It has some great moments and it is my gift to all of you… Send the link to your loved ones and friends.

The King was born, lowly in a stable, and laid in a manger.  Later he would die horribly on Calvary.  We celebrate His Virgin Birth but look to His sacrifice by which all men and women can be reconciled with God.

Merry Christmas:

L. A. Marzulli

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His Birth and Our New Birth – Oswald Chambers

’Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ’God with us’ —Matthew 1:23

His Birth in History. “. . . that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of— He is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate— God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent— the appearance of God in human form.

His Birth in Me. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you . . .” (Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God? I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me. And once “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.

God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus Christ.

38 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. LA I would love to see you do a blog about the pagan origins of this holiday. Even if you support the holiday itself, I think a blog educating people about the origins would be beneficial to everyones spiritual growth. If you have never seen the film “The Unwrapping of Christmas” by Jeremiah Films I encourage you to look it up on YouTube and watch it.

    • Matt you have responded to a few of my comments. Are you the same guy who dresses up like Santa and attacks messianic jews at the home depot in Great Falls because they don’t let their children sit on Satans lap?

    • I want to reiterate to all my night crew friends on LA’s blog.. that I am not in agreement with much of the current Christmas practice. Most of its participants are fixated on material goods and want Christ to be nowhere in their festivities. However, we Christians need to realize that this holiday has been celebrated by the Church for about 1600 years and should continue to be embraced by members of the faith despite what the religious fanatics think. From its commencement the holiday was a ‘holy day,’ a day consecrated to the Lord. There weren’t any Christmas trees in living rooms, any Santa Clauses, nor was there an obsession with gifts. These things all came later. I will touch on the specific practices with pagan roots, such as the Christmas tree, since I admit I do have one..a nice one at that ..a scotch pine😉 I do agree that many traditions that have been introduced into Christmas are not beneficial. For example, the Christmas tree, yule logs and other things of this sort derive from pagan practice and have no connection to Christ. These aspects of Christmas I could do without and will not defend. Now I don’t think that God is condemning Christians like myself who put up trees; however, I do think that those of us who actually want to make the holiday about Christ need to take intentional steps at doing so. We don’t have to celebrate exactly as the world does. We don’t have to conform to every modern aspect of the holiday because such has become socially expected. We can insert more that explicitly points to Christ. Instead of a tree, next year I may try a nativity scene. Instead of hanging up holly, I will hang up verses from the Gospels pertaining to Christ’s advent. You get the point…….And as for the fact that it was chosen to replace a pagan celebration and resides on the same day: good! I’m glad to participate in something that was chosen to eclipse and dissolve error-filled false worship. If God can redeem a sin-ridden human being like me, he can definitely redeem a certain day in December. Celebrate Christmas with Christ in mind and you’ll be fine.
      By the way, it’s been many years since I sat in Satan’s lap, and I have never been to Great Falls,and have no issues with Messianic Jews. However, I do love Home Depot as that is where I purchased my CHRISTMAS TREE😉 Do you happen to be JC from Coast to Coast ?
      Whether your name is James or JC, it doesnt matter, Merry Christmas to you anyway.

    • Merry Christmas, Matt!
      🙂

      And all, to you a Merry Christmas from the Great South Land under the Holy Cross (Aussie)!

      Thank God for Christ coming to rescue us! Several times 🙂

      God Bless!

      Maranatha.

      Glory to God and thanks to Mr Marzulli and all of you for prayers and discussion and reports and encouragement and knowledge and wisdom and humour and love in Christ Y’shua. Thank God for Christ! Amen!

      Matt, I’ll pass on my skype/email to Mr Marzulli to contact you. Much to discuss! God bless you, friend. Thanks for comments.

    • LOL probably the same thing as that Yeti. On a related note, my mac will say the word “Yeshua” the true hebrew name of Jesus is misspelled. When I go to see what it tells me I need to replace it with it tells me the proper word is “Yeti”. I do not think that is coincidence. I think it is an attack on Yeshua.

    • Muslim Turkeys say Noel Baba poo poo
      “http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/26/world/europe/turkey-santa-protest/index.html?eref=edition”

  2. for the record… odd skull find in a nearby county:
    “http://www.krgv.com/news/starr-county-celebrates-archeological-find”

    There are 2 videos at the news report web page. Top portion of a skull found. Not a long skull, but possibly missing the suture between the parietal bones.

  3. Something very strange happened as I was going through pics on my phone this morning that was taken Xmas day. I was looking through them when I noticed a very bright light shining behind my Grandson. Before I came across your teachings I would have said it was a ghost of my mum who died in 2002. My youngest daughter Kayla is in the photo. My oldest daughter Asha said that she had a ghost of a little girl in her apartment. I’ve been trying to prove to my family about what you’ve been saying but it falls on deaf ears. I’m heartbroken for them cos to you and me everything you ‘ve said makes perfect logical sense about the history of our planet and nephilim and the future too! I bought my daughter Kayla her first bible for Xmas a youth bible and she said thank you.Must have been in shock cos I hardly hear her say thank you. I am at a loss as how to reach them for Jesus. Can you please give me some advice. I’m always praying for them. God bless you.

    Sent from my HTC

    • I think, Gary, that as the day goes by and evening comes on, you’ll start getting a lot of answers to your seeking of advice. Thing is, they’re going to vary wildly in approach. So I’ll hold you in prayer that you be given discernment for what will work best with your family’s particular personalities.

      The things we talk about here- all things to do with God- are spiritual. If someone isn’t saved, doesn’t believe in Christ’s salvation for them, their spirit is dead, and then they can’t make heads or tails of the things you are trying to help them understand. The very first order of importance is that they hear from you the gospel: That Christ died for their sins, that He rose from the grave on the third day, and that His perfect sinless sacrifice is all that’s needed to set them right with God.

      I have never been exposed to anything remotely connected to supernatural ghost/orb/ufo/occult activity. I’m not going to have any advice at all how to present the gospel to someone who’s used to that. This is where I’m hoping you get a lot of advice from people who have been there. And this is why I’m going to keep praying today for God to provide you with the opportunity and the best way to say it (and there’s not a thing wrong with just straight-up saying it, either! The work to convict them is the job of the Holy Spirit, any which way they hear it).

    • Here is another incredible journey

      The designs of the creator can be seen in the Monarch Butterfly

      Video
      “http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/journey-butterflies.html”

      An article on The Magnificent Migrating Monarch

      “http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v20/n1/magnificent-monarch”

      Excerpt: Designing navigation equipment to take men beyond the confines of this planet and safely back again took an enormous amount of intelligent effort. The fact that the monarch can do these unbelievable feats with such an amazingly miniaturized ‘control centre’ reveals a level of design engineering which demands an overwhelmingly great intelligence. The Bible indicates clearly who that intelligent Creator was—Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, (John 1:1–3) God the Son, ‘in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Colossians 2:3, KJV).
      The same Bible makes it clear that at the return of Christ, those who now arrogantly scoff at and reject the Creator of the universe will be left with no excuse—no arguments, since to those who are not willfully blind, the evidence of this almighty power is everywhere. At that time ‘every knee shall bow’ to Him (Isaiah 45:23). Those who bend the knee now in repentance will receive His loving forgiveness—those who refuse to do so now will do it later, receiving His righteous judgment instead.

  4. Go figure that I wouldn’t link to a story in the “Business Insider” today that goes by a title very close to “Abduction Porn.” Suffice it to say that I’m convinced that monsters, aliens, robots, gods, superheroes, and such are disguises for demonic or even enemy angel activity. Add to that intoxication, torture, and bloodletting — even in fantasy forms — and things rapidly devolve.

    What if it’s Christian Fantasy? Like “the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?” Or Christian derived, like LOTR…. Or even (heaven forbid) … muppet fantasies!? With a little eggnog… or new years cheer… or if you’re in a cannabis-legal state … well you get the idea. (note: in Mexico, personal use quantities of even the most addicting drugs have been decriminalized)

    I live in a area where there are dozens more holidays that are cultural, (cinco de mayo, dia del muerte, the grito, and king cakes). Not such a good thing for those prone to diabetes, (see ref). And of course, we have an office custom at work of celebrating birthdays with cakes … and often enough tamales. Office holidays, family holidays, church holidays, cultural holidays, etc. etc. etc. There’s always a call to party.

    Gotta say … the trap is a bit too obvious. Even if you try to dedicate all those holidays to the Lord. Kinda like a preacher eatin’ chicken with the congregation’s families, again, and again and again. Or going out to restaurants or fast food chains for most every meal. Quail anyone?

    There’s no call to tag along as society goes to hell in a handbasket. If the salt has lost its savor … how can we make a difference? If our actions are no different than the rest of the culture…. what difference is there? Which brings to mind lying down with dogs, and wallowing with swine, but I’ll spare you the details.

    Let me know how dedicating festivities to Christ is working out for you?

    ref:
    neander gene likely involved in hispanic’s propensity for diabetes
    “http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iHcDFbi2IixHrMeKSMfmI9PHo0uw?docId=4d044529-1196-41e8-af9c-10a9137b3866&hl=en”

    • The increase in mind altering drugs and the legalization of same is a tool of satan. Many drugs open the pineal gland which is a gateway for demonic activity in humans. Take some one who normally would not be prone to violence add demonic activity and the result is all kinds of violence. In the aftermath we often hear those that know or knew the violent perpetrator saying how surprised they are at what happened and that’s not who knew them to be.

    • Yum Yum, I’ll raise you a “Fish on a Roof Tile” Peixe na Telha.

      “http://nordestebrasil.com/peixenatelha/” :mrgreen:

  5. Those who trust in the Lord sleep peacefully

    “http://standeyo.com/NEWS/13_Pics_of_Day/131223.pic.of.day.html”

  6. I had a wonderful Christmas. Turkey with my son’s family. The evening before, “children’s Mass” with the Catholic family across the street. I had spent an awful day on Dec.24 and wasn’t sure I’d go to the children’s Mass, in part because of myriad warning comments about his satanic majesty in Rome. But I felt so much better–connected to other Christian people in my neighborhood–after going to church with this blessed little family and driving around with them to see Christmas lighting in our little town. Just little people who take Jesus seriously, not Vatican Assassins.

  7. When babylon is destroyed in Rev. 18 — the merchants weep.

    Their merchandise certainly has a festive nature as described…. Of course, they’re also in bed with babylon — which the saved are told to come out of. That’s in clear contrast with the letters to the churches in Rev. 2-3 — where the point is to get that which defiles out of their churches — and focus on overcoming.

    (overcome: John 16:33, 1st John 4:4, 5:4-5, 2 Peter 2:20)

    In both cases in the Revelation, there’s a clear separation between the holy and profane (Ezk. 22 & 44). Mixing the holy and profane is abomination, and babylon is seen as the mother of abominations. The cost of not coming out of babylon is to suffer her plagues. The cost of tolerating abomination in a church is even more intense.

    Note particularly Rev. 2:20-23…

    Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,
    – because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess,
    – to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication,
    – and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
    – And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

    Behold, I will cast her into a bed,
    – and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation,
    – except they repent of their deeds.
    – And I will kill her children with death;

    and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts:
    – and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

    For this group, you’ll recognize that “her children” are at least spiritual hybrids — if not physical. Our Lord is consistent … the remedy for such abomination is double destruction — including their offspring — for those that do not repent. And if that wasn’t bad enough — the penalty includes “great tribulation.”

    Great tribulation clearly isn’t reserved just for a future “Great Tribulation.”
    The warning in the Letters to the Churches — is for the churches.

    • Nome… I can’t help but think that the people who are told to come out of her “my People” are none other than the Jews who will go through the tribulation period. They are told to come out of Mystery Babylon lest they become partakers of her plagues, says scripture. Upon close examination of the current New World Order that is presently being constructed, one will find that there are a large number of people in the Jewish community that are responsible for creating this New World Order. I know that probably sounds rather anti-semitic or anti Jewish, but my intent is not to be anti semitic or anti jewish. I do realize that God has his hands upon the Jewish nation and that they were chosen to present the bible to the world etc. etc. but at the same time, he tells them to come out of Myster, Babylon the Great that they be not partakers of her plagues.

      It’s as though God himself is acknowledging that they are at the same time propogators and initiators of this New World Order system currently being constructed that we hear so much about. It would only make sense that Satan would use God’s people for his own evil purposes… especially considering that they are largely unredeemed and children of the wicked one. In fact, one will find a large number of Jews in very important organizations, government leadership, corporations etc. that effect the entire world and it’s destiny. Alot of them, if not most or all of them, practice occultism having to do with the worship of Satan, or Lucifer. This is the dark, occultic power that is behind the New World Order. I believe the word I could use is “Kabbalah”. This is where alot of this resides. Kabbalah is largely a Jewish occultic practice if I’m not mistaken. If you’ve ever read anything over at Joseph Herrin’s website “Parables blogspot.com, you will find him acknowledging this as well. He is well researched. He himself is also Jewish. Understand that his is not “anti Jewish or anything (nor am I), but one cannot deny the large number of occult practicing Jewishness behind this New World Order being constructed. Revelation even acknowledges this. I believe this is what the Lord judged them for many times in the Old Testament (worship of idols), and it appears as though he is going to do it again when he destroy this Mystery Babylon system that is being constructed.

    • Corey,

      It must be really frustrating for satan to read the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37) and know that he doesn’t have the final say.

      I leave what to Yeshua Messiah what He will do with His people.

      Ezekiel 37
      11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

    • We don’t put up a tree anymore ,but we do exchange gift just as did the wise men, but the most important thing is the celebrating the birth of the savior of the world my Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
      God Bless you all.

    • You’re very welcome Mark!

      Will the new year bring the prospect of eternal life?

      PBS says… people can become transhuman beings like gods that live forever, through technology.
      “http://youtu.be/OLftXInDxhM”

      But there’s some bad news with that proposition — sin.
      Who will protect them from becoming slaves?

      Paul says… “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

      Christ’s resurrection and ascension to the Throne of Heaven is the guarantee.

    • new again,
      2Cor. 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new”.

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