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DECEMBER WITHOUT DISASTER

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DECEMBER

WITHOUT DISASTER

How to Celebrate Christmas

Without crisis

 

 

By:

 

BRO. CHRISTOPHER U. EBIALA

AKA

CHRIS FOR CHRIST

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DEDICATION

 

This book is dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth. Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

 

My profound gratitude goes first, to Almighty God, who inspires me through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, in company of the Holy Spirit. And to his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. John E. Ayah the Bishop of Ogoja Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. George Chokpa. Vicar General of Ogoja Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Vincent Betus Undie, the parish priest of St. Mulumba’s Parish, Ogep Osokom, Rev. Fr. Patrick Abem, the secretary to the Bishop, all Hallows Chancery, Ogoja Rev. Fr. Peter Ejim, Rev. Fr. Mikel Godwin Arakor, Parish Priest, Christ the King Parish Okpoma, Rev. Fr. Mark B. Binang, Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Parish, Okuku Rev. Fr. Martin Ohiero Wonah, SS Peter and Paul, Ukpah. Rev. Fr. Godwin Alleh; Parish Priest of St. Finian’ Iso-Bendeghe. I say a million thanks to you all for your fatherly love for me.

I also appreciate His Royal Highness Chief Akan Leonard Eshua. Officer Emmanuel Ojohu. Brothers Cornelius Patrick Awusa, Michael Aboyi Ogar, Lawrence Ochoga, Mike Ebirku, Oliver Eriba, Simon Akpa Emmanuel Bisong Alex Ageh, and Melford Bisong, Raphael ayogu. I thank you all of you support and encouragement.

I also thank all members of Amour of God’s prayer group of St. Molumba’s Parish, Ogep Osokom. All members of mustard seed prayer group of Christ the King Parish, Okpoma, a million thanks to you for your encouragement.

My Uncle, Christopher Ukwa Ebinyi, my mother Agnes Aduma, my younger sister Regina Ebiala, my cousin Fidelis Ukwa, and the entire members of my family. I thank all of you for your kindness to me.

May the good lord bless all of you who have helped me in one way or the other, even those of you whose names are not mentioned her, and may you receive equal blessings in Jesus name Amen.

FOREWORD

The month of December is a very unique and important month in the lunar calendar. This is due to the fact that December is a grey line month that ends the year past as well as ushering in another new year that starts with January. It is often regarded as a leap month because it carries people from the past year into the new-year. It is a month of resolution making pregnant with many activities. Because of this unique nature of the month, it is characterized by oxymoron activities and celebrations coupled with ceremonies. Now for us to celebrate all these ceremonies and pass through December without disaster and have crises free celebration within this month of December, the author Brother Christopher U. Ebiala, brought us this wonderful write up in which he guided us through the light of living a disaster free December. Going through December without disaster we must be prayerful in everything we do and do everything to the glory of God. We must also apply moderation on everything we do knowing that God requires moderation in everything about our life. One important thing worthy of note, here is that it takes only the grace of God to pass through December without disaster and celebrate all ceremonies that go with it especially Christmas without disaster or crisis. As a month of stock taking, we have to be careful of what we do. One important thing again that should not escape our memory is the fact that we have thank God with gifts as we harvest from the fruit of our labour. So let us always pray for the God who love s us to see us through. And if you want to celebrate with joy then pick this simplified book digest it so as to help you in this December.

Very Rev. Fr. Vincent Betus Undie.

PREFACE

CHRISTMAS MADE EASY

 

This scholarly work of Brother Christopher U. Ebiala is a practical guide and therapy of celebrating Christmas with ease. I see this book as “Christmas made easy”.

The advent of the “Mber” months connote disaster and negatively in the minds of many. To some it is a period where the devil is greatly at work. A moment of great fear. We are warned by the Bible that we should not give the devil its opportunity (1 Peter 5:8) and we should not be afraid, (Matthew 10:28) therefore, our mindset should be positive and not negative towards December.

December as we know is the month of the birth of our savior. It is a savific month, a month of joy, of fulfillment, of hope and life. Our savior in John 10:10, said “I have come, so that they may have life and have it abundantly” December is a month of perfect abundant, a month of divine harvest. Thus, the glory of December is so great that everybody look expectantly, especially the children.

In his message, Christopher urges us not to be afraid, we should look forward in celebrating Christmas with joy. In doing so he proposes some useful guidelines; we should being preparation for Christmas quite on time in order to arrive at it without crises. To avoid spiritual and physical crises during December we must plan well and on time. Careful planning and proper stock taking is necessary. Paramount, we must start the planning with the Lord. According to proverb 16:1-3 (Begin your plans with the Lord and He will execute it for you”. It is a period of praying always without losing heart (Luke 18:1). It is a moment of metanic (returning back), contrition and reconciliation; so that the savior will find a home in you (Rel. 3:20). You need proper financial management or else December will land you into deathly financial crises.

This will result to sadness at the beginning of the New Year.

To arrive our destination safely during December, we must be patience on the road (for being in haste and rushing will rush blood). We should begin our journey early.

Going through this book, I see it as already “Christmas rice and stew and clothes”. We must not miss it. It is a light to peaceful celebration of Christmas without fears and disaster. The work is “Christmas made ease” get it for yourself.

 

 

Rev. Fr. Mark B. Binang

St. Joseph’s Parish

Okuku Yala.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATION

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

FOREWORD

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

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p<>{color:#000;}. BUYING AND SELLING WITHOUT DISASTER

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p<>{color:#000;}. BALANCING OF ACCOUNTS WITHOUT DISASTER

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p<>{color:#000;}. CEREMOIES WITHOUT DISASTER

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p<>{color:#000;}. TRAVELING WITHOUT DISASTER

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p<>{color:#000;}. ADVENT WITHOUT DISASTER

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p<>{color:#000;}. BOXING DAY WITHOUT CRISIS

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INTRODUCTION

December, the last month of the year is a very important month in the calendar year, it is a unique month because of the celebration of Christmas, which mark the birthday of Jesus Christ. It is a month characterized with so many activities, such as harvesting of crops, harvests thanksgiving and bazaar for funds raising to support the church, buying and selling of goods and services, balancing of account, marriage ceremonies, birthday ceremonies, etc. it is remarkable a month for which people travel from place to place in preparation for the CHRISTMAS celebration, many churches and other organization do organize conferences, revivals, crusades, and retreats during this month of December, which it the time of preparation and great expectation.

Finally, comes the Christmas celebration, which is paramount among all. At the mention of the month-December, what comes to the mind of everybody is Christmas.

Price of goods and services rise higher than necessary. This makes things difficult for the less privilege one in the society, such that some people say that Christmas is not for the poor.

However, we thank God for some philanthropists in our society who are helping the poor. Through Christmas season is the time of giving and receiving, but people give with different intentions. Some give because of what they can get in return from the recipient. But some give because they want to give, and they know that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Some children during this season form the habit of begging even from strangers, which may be detrimental to them as no one knows “who is who”. These strangers may be ritualists or kidnappers who use money or other gifts as baits to catch the children. This bad attitude which some children see as fashionable may be caused by parental irresponsibility or by the greed or the children. Whatever be the cause, parents should try to give their children proper home training in order to avoid future regret. As the saying goes “doing the right thing today means no regret tomorrow”.

I hereby enjoin all parents and guidance to read proverbs (22:6), which says, “teach a child how he should live, and he will remember it all his life”.

Immediately after Christmas comes, Boxing Day, this is a special day that employers present gifts in boxes to their employees. Masters also present gifts in boxes to their servants on this day.

After the Boxing Day comes the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, which is celebrated the Sunday after Christmas. On this day couples renew their marital vows and exchange gifts to each other. Parents are also reminded of their parental responsibilities, which is the only debt they owe to their children. Children are also reminded of their obedience to their parents, which is the only debt they owe to them.

Husbands are reminded to show love and honour their wives. Wives are also reminded to submit completely to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4)

Finally, comes the new year, which is celebrated every 1st day of January. On this day the church honours and celebrates the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

The unfortunate thing about all these celebrations is the “get rich quick” syndrome, which has become the order of the day. This leads to all kinds of crimes such as artificial scarcity of commodities and skyrocketing rise of prices, armed robbery, ritual killing, and prostitution in which young women sell their bodies in order to buy the latest wear in town just to show up!

As women use their bodies as baits to catch men, so do men use their money to catch women, like every other seasons though more obvious this season, not minding the consequences that follow.

Now for us to celebrate all the ceremonies and pass through December without disaster and have a crisis free Christmas, we must be prayerful in everything we do, and do all to the glory of God. We must also apply moderation in everything we do, knowing that God requires moderation in everything about life.

CHAPTER ONE:

HARVESTING WITHOUT DISASTER

 

Harvesting is one of the many activities that normally takes place in December; it is often celebrated as a joyful or sorrowful event, depending on what you reap.

You can only celebrate it joyfully when you plant the right crop at the right time and give it the proper maintenance.

If you give your crop all that requires and your crop does will, don’t go borrowing money unnecessarily just because you expect a good harvest, also learn to live within you income for extravagant spending will make you a debtor.

Now, I want you to know that habitual indebtedness is self enslavement and it is disastrous.

Always remember that it is the Lord you God that makes your land to be fertile and produce good crops.

The Lord placed you in the land where you will never go hungry or ever be in need.

You would have all you want to eat, and will give thanks to the Lord God for the fertile land that He have given you.

Make sure that you do not forget the LORD your God; do not fail to obey any of His laws. When you have all you want to eat and have built good houses to live in and when your cattle and sheep, your silver and gold, and all your other possessions have increased, make sure that you do not become proud and forget the LORD your God who blessed you with the good things of life.

So then, you must never think that you have made yourselves rich and wealthy by your own power and strength. Remember that it is the LORD your God who gives you power to become rich. He does this because He is till faithful today to the covenant that he made with your ancestors. Read (Deuteronomy 8:7-18).

Furthermore, don’t be like the rich fool in (Luke 12:13-21). Jesus said, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because a person’s true life is not made up of the things he owns, no matter how rich he may be”. Then Jesus told them this parable: there was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. He began to think to himself, ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store my corn and all my other goods. Then I will say to myself, lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat drink and enjoy yourself!’ but God told him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have left for yourself!”

And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’ sight. St. Paul warns the Christians in Corinth. (1 Corinthians 3:6-10). I sowed the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. The one who sows and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because He makes the plant grow. There is no different between the man who sows and the man who waters; God will reward each one according to the work he has done. For we are partners working together for God, and you are God’s field.

Here we are made to understand that God alone can make the crop grow, if God does not put His hand there all our efforts will be in vain. Therefore, we have to appreciate God with proceeds from our farms to make our harvest free of disaster.

CHAPTER TWO

BUYING AND SELLING WITHOUT DISASTER

 

The month of December really is the month, where buying and selling of goods and services take place the most every year. Some farmers, who have heavy harvest in December, never remember the month of January. They sell everything they harvest from their farms, even at give away prices. Then they start buying flashy things at high prices, just to show that they are big farmers. As soon as the month of December is over, they start borrowing again against the next December.

For you to have disaster free December, start planning whatever you are going to do by December from January. Do not sell everything you harvest from your farm at once. Try to sell some and leave some for the rainy day, that is, leave some for the time of scarcity.

If you have children buy their wears on time before the approach of December. This is applicable to people in all walks of life, not only to the farmers. If you are a civil servant, learn to live within your income. Some civil servants finish their salary before the middle of the month then they start owing, such that as soon as the next salary enters their hands, they use it to pay the debt, thereby going home with empty hands.

Please let us learn our lessons from past mistakes as this will enable us pass through December without disaster.

 

CHAPTER THREE

BALANCING OF ACCOUNTS WITHOUT DISASTER

 

Life is a perpetual balancing of accounts, where all the good deeds are credited and all the bad deed are debited. Every good business man usually takes stock and balances his accounts at the end of every year. But the unfortunate thing is that many people are only concerned about balancing the account of their business, but have nothing to do about their real lives.

Some don’t even check their business, not to talk of their real life accounts, forgetting that an unexamined life is not worth living.

As Christians we must constantly balance the accounts of our spiritual lives. This will enable us to know the areas we are doing well and the areas we are not. So that we can adjust in order to live better. This is most importantly done by the end of the year so as to let us enter into New Year with new lives that is pleasing to God.

Financially too we must check our spending habit so that we can manage our income very well. This is so because it is not what you earn that matters but how well you can utilize your income.

On the physical aspect too, we must try to settle any difference or quarrels we might have had with our neighbours. It is very important to reconcile with God by going to confession, so as to have our sins forgiven and be purified before entering the New Year.

Now if you are a servant, remember the story of the three servants in (Matthew 25:14-30) then emulate the two good and faithful servants to enable you have a disaster free December. But if you decide to behave like the unfaithful and wicked servant who went and buried his master’s coin, your December will be disastrous.

Now the choice is yours.

The scripture tells us that on the last day all of us shall stand before the judgment throne of God and give accounts of our lives.

CHAPTER FOUR

CEREMONIES WITHOUT DISASTER

 

As earlier stated, December is a month full of ceremonies, such as marriage ceremonies, birthday parties, naming ceremonies, launching of new uniforms by age grade and associations etc.

But paramount among all these is marriage ceremony, mostly church weddings. People get married more in December than every other month of the year.

Some men go into borrowing for wedding ceremonies, after which they live in sorrow because of the difficulties they face trying to pay their debts.

This is a very clear indication that many people are prepared for wedding, but only few are prepared for marriage. Marriage is not all about wedding. The real matrimonial responsibility comes after wedding.

Now in order to experience a disaster frees December in this regard, you must learn not to raise your hands higher than your ability. Do not allow a day’s ceremony to rob you of your everlasting joy.

 

CHAPTER FIVE

TRAVELING WITHOUT DISASTER

 

The month of December is known for traveling more than every other month of the year. Many people who work in different cities usually travel home to celebrate Christmas with their family members and their loved ones.

Many drives over speed, during this season just to make fast money to celebrate Christmas, not minding the safety of their lives as well as that of their passengers, forgetting that over speeding kills, and that, only the living can celebrate.

There is higher rate of accident in December than every other months of the year. This can be as a result of the carelessness of and recklessness of the drivers or as a result of evil operation in opposition to the Christmas celebration, which is in honour of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Remember that as Herod killed little children during the time that Jesus was born, the devil is still trying to kill people in our days so that the joy of Christmas will be killed. Therefore, if you want to travel pray very hard before embarking on any journey especially during Christmas season.

Sometimes you may be attacked by armed robbers on the way, mostly during Christmas season. They too are looking for money to celebrate Christmas, “what an irony”! Many of them have been killed in the process.

Now for us to travel without disaster in this respect, let us travel before December or earlier in December, knowing that the earlier the better, because the last hour is always disastrous.

CHAPTER SIX:

ADVENT WITHOUT DISASTER

 

Advent is one of the most important events of the season in the month December. It is a period that calls for and reminds good spirited Christians to prepare their lives for the coming of Christ.

In other words, it is the time of great expectation. As we wait expectantly for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We get ourselves prepared through spiritual activities such as conferences, crusades, revivals and retreats.

This we do in obedience to what the scriptures say through the prophet Isaiah. A voice cries out “prepare in the wilderness a road for the Lord, fill every valley; level every mountain. The hill will become a plain, and the roughed country will be made smooth. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind will see it. The Lord himself has promised this” (Isaiah 40:3-5).

At that time John the Baptist came to the desert and started preaching “Turn away from you sin” he said, “Because the kingdom of heaven is near!” John was the man the prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said, “Someone is shouting in the desert, prepare a road for the Lord; Make a straight path for Him to travel!” (Matthew 3:1-3).

“Stay awake so that you may be ready for the Lord’s coming”. (Matthew 24:37-44). Our salvation is nearer now than it was. You know the time has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer now than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be day light soon-let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark: let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the day time: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your amour be the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 13:11-14).

This time of great and joyous expectancy requires great preparation for our expectation to be fulfilled; we must be well prepared for it. Or else the Devil will turn this joyful celebration into a sorrowful disaster. Know that the devil is not happy seeing God’s children rejoicing.

CHAPTER SEVEN:

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CRISIS

 

Christmas, 25th December is the day when Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebrated in honour of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Though history tells us that this 25th December is a day the Romans were celebrating the sun god. But the Christians seized it and decided to use it for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

This they did in order to discourage the Romans from worshipping the sun god.

Now the whole world is celebrating Christmas on the 25th December every year. People have different perception and conceptions about Christmas, some have wrong perceptions, and others have right perceptions. Just like blind men who described the elephant according to the part of the elephant each of them touched.

Those with wrong conception and perceptions about Christmas remove Christ and replace it with X thereby calling X-mas instead of Christmas. As we all know X can mean anything. Those who call X-mas do anything they like to glorify the devil, rather than God. When the real Christians are celebrating Christmas, some people, especially those who call X-mas are busy celebrating “evilmas”.

But the main lesson for all of us to learn about the birth of Jesus Christ is humility. Though Christ is a King, there is nothing kingly about His birth.

As he was born and wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manger-there was no room for them to stay in the inn. (Matthew 2:7).

Now do you have a room in your heart for Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ said, listen! I stand at the door and knock, if any one hears my voice and opens the door! I will come into his house and eat with him, and he will eat with me. (Revelation 3:20).

Here the story about Faith, Hope and Love comes in. These three were waiting for the Lord in prayer. The Lord decided to come in form of a gentle young boy. He first went to Faith and knocked at his door, Faith said get out from me, don’t disturb me, I am waiting for the Lord. He left and knocked at the door of Hope. Hope said get out of my door, don’t disturb me, I am waiting for the Lord. He left again and knock at the door of Love, Love said come in I am waiting for the Lord. You look gentle, come let us wait together and the Lord entered into the house of Love. You see the power of Love! The scripture says, there are three things that last, Faith, Hope and Love. Love is the greatest of all. (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Without Love and humility, we cannot open the door of our hearts for Jesus Christ to enter. Thus let us pray for the gift of abundant Love to enable us welcome Jesus into our hearts. If you have Jesus in your life every day is a Christmas day for you.

The most unfortunate thing about the Christmas celebration is that some Christians do not go to church on Christmas day. Those who do not go to church do so because of the preparation for the celebration.

Just like a woman who was celebrating the birth day of her child and decided to leave the child with the grandmother somewhere outside the feast. When her friends visited her and asked her, where is the child! She said, I leave him with the grandmother because he will disturb us.

That is how some people celebrate Christmas without Christ, and they celebrate it with physical and spiritual crises, as any life without Christ is full of crises.

Christmas day which is supposed to be a day of sober reflection is the day that the worst sins are committed, such as alcoholism, quarreling, fighting and prostitution.

Some people use this one day celebrating to ruin their glorious future.

One important thing worthy of note here is that these sexual immorality which now becomes the order of the day, endangers our lives. Having sex before and outside marriage is like eating unripe fruits, as the unripe fruits can wound our tongues and lips, that is how the consequences of sexual immorality can destroy our bodies and souls.

You can be infected with sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS, Syphilis, Staphylococcus, Gonorrhea etc. it can also lead to unintended pregnancy, which results in abortion and eventually leads to untimely death. You see how one sin attracts another!

Many people have ruined their lives because of over consumption to alcohol. Some people would spend all their money on Christmas after which they will be living in abject poverty. Some people will want to eat everything they see on that day, thereafter you see them vomiting even in their wares. What a shameful celebration!

Christmas is a day of reconciliations with God and humanity. It is a day of sharing love with the poor, relatives and friends. Your gift should first to the poor who cannot give back to you. Giving to the poor is like having an account in heaven where you can withdraw without stress as you kneel down and talk to God about your needs which He provides generously. The first day you start giving to the poor, you have opened your heavenly account. Each time you give again, you service the account. Giving to the poor is also a way of giving yourself away from poverty into prosperity.

But some people give only to their friends and relatives who will give back to them. It is another way of saying, taste my own let me taste your own.

Just as the wise men seek Jesus when they heard about His birth, that is how the wise people are still searching for Jesus today. Only the foolish people who celebrate “evilmas” instead of Christmas, refuse to search for Jesus.

When the wise men reached where Jesus was born, they went into the house, and when they saw Jesus and His Mother Mary, they knelt down and worshipped Him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him. In the same way, the wise men still present gifts to the church, which is the body of Christ today. (Matthew 2:11).

Now for us to celebrate our Christmas without crisis we must learn to avoid all the negative attitude to Christmas and celebrate it to the glory of God.

 

CHAPTER EIGHT

GIVING WITHOUT CRISIS

 

December, Christmas season is the season of giving. This began with the wise men. As they visited Jesus, they went into the house, and when they saw the child with His Mother Mary they knelt down and worshipped Him. Then they brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense

and Myrrh and presented them to Him. (Matthew 2:11). There are many ways by which we can give. Peter said to the lame man, “I have no money at all, in other words; silver and gold I don’t have, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I order you to get up and walk!” then he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong; he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around. Then he went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. (Acts 3:6-9).

Note; living is giving. Don’t say; I don’t have enough to give! You don’t have to get enough to give, you give to get enough. Everybody has something to give, either by material gift, service, encouragement or advice.

God gives everybody something, but He doesn’t give anybody everything. When you give, give according to your capacity; don’t go borrowing money during Christmas season just to satisfy everybody, lest you end-up dissatisfying everybody including yourself.

But if you have not done anything for somebody who will not be able to pay back today, it means you have not lived properly today. Don’t count your daily success by the harvest you make, but count your success by what you give.

Your success is not successful until you help others to succeed with you, as there is no success without succession. You are not remembered by what you have but by what you give. The quality of your life is not determined by its duration but by its donation. It is good to praise a man by what he says, better by what he does, best by what he gives.

Remember that your little act of kindness can go a long way to heal a great wound in the heart of somebody. Always try a little kindness, shine your light for everyone to see. Try to put smile on the face of somebody. For a man who carries sun shine to others cannot keep it from himself.

As you are pouring out goodness from your jug, no one can pour any bad thing into it; instead God will pour more goodness into your jug. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Note that as you give to the poor you are giving yourself away from poverty into prosperity. So try to do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can and as long as you live.

Sharing with the poor means you are a share holder in heaven and you know what it means to be a share holder in heaven! It means you are lacking nothing. As the popular adage goes, “givers never lack”. (Read Luke 12:32-34).

Your goodness is gathering some cloud in the sky, one day the rain of Jesus will fail on you with all it goodness.

In Joppa there was woman named Tabitha, who was a believer. (Her name in Greek is Dorcas, meaning a “Deer”). She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor. At that time she became ill and died, her body was washed and laid in a room upstairs. Joppa was not very far from Lydda, and when the believers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda. They sent two men to him with the message, “please hurry and come to us”. So Peter got ready and went with them. When he arrived, he was taken to the room upstairs, where all the widows crowded around him, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats that Dorcas had made while she was alive. Peter put them all out of the room, and knelt down and prayed; then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha get up” she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. Peter reached over and helped her get up. Then he called the believers, including the widows, and presented her alive to them. The news about this spread all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:36-42).

That is how your goodness will one day bring you back from death to life. Don’t worry, those who receive gifts from you, especially believers are praying for you and God will soon answer their prayers, and your Peter will soon arrive. And when he arrives, your case will never be the same again.

(Psalm 41:1-3) says, Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble. The Lord will protect them and preserve their lives; He will make them happy in the land; He will not abandon them to the power of their enemies. The Lord will help them when they are sick and will restore them to health.

(James 1:27) says “what God the father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this; to take care of the orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.

For our Christmas celebration to be without crisis; we must try to help the poor, the widows and orphans and avoid all forms of corrupt practices.

CHAPTER NINE

BOXING DAY WITHOUT CRISIS

 

Boxing Day is the first day after Christmas. It is an official holiday in Britain and some other countries.

Boxing Day is a day when employers and Masters present gifts in boxes for their employees and servants respectively. This they do to appreciate the services of their employees and servants, especially during Christmas season.

In the Church, especially Catholic Church we have a special box where people put gifts to support the poor.

This day is a special day for giving. A husband gives some gifts to his wife to appreciate her effort during the Christmas season. The wife in turn appreciates her husband. Parents appreciate their children, they in turn appreciate their parents. Friends appreciate one another. The families appreciate one another.

This day indeed is a day of giving to appreciate humanity.

Gratitude is what makes life rich. So let us learn to develop an attitude to of gratitude to make life enjoyable. Boxing Day comes and goes but giving continues. The seen and unseen nature of our kindness does not count what counts is the spirit by which we show kindness.

Christmas season with the boxing day inclusive is a time we get our past forgotten and our present remembered. It is a time of forgiveness and forgiveness heals, but unforgiveness is self imprisonment. As long as you refuse to forgive somebody, you are a prisoner to that person. You must forgive to set yourself free. unforgiveness causes friction to the heart, but forgiveness lubricates the heart.

Christmas season is a time to get closer to Christ for him to come closer to us. (James 4:8). If we make Jesus the head of our family, whether we have enough or not, “with Jesus in the family, happy, happy home”, as we all know, “the family of the Lord is always full of joy”.

Let us not try to use Jesus like our spare tyre, which is only useful in the time of trouble, and forgotten in the time of joy. Instead let us be in constant fellowship with him, both in the time of trouble and the time of joy.

CHAPTER TEN

NEW YEAR WITHOUT CRISIS

 

First January every year is celebrated as New Year day. It is every body’s birth day.

In Catholic Church, it is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Many people make New Year resolution on this day and this has to do with a firm decision to do or not to do something.

Some people decide to be more devoted to God. Others decide to stop their bad habit like smoking, drunkenness and the rest. Whatever decision you take as your New Year resolution, it takes commitment and will power to keep it. It is not just saying it that matters, you have to be mindful of what you say and act accordingly.

As the popular saying goes, “New Year new fashion”. Many people change fashion every year, some change positively, others change negatively.

Though everything changes, except change, some people don’t want any change at all in their lives. For such people, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. If you refuse to change, you will be in chains. You need to train your mind to accept new ideas.

Remember that, rejecting all new ideas will save you a lot of headache and any hope of progress. Learn to be flexible in your decision. Don’t be too rigid. When there is a wind storm, the flexible trees that bend easily are able to withstand the storm, but the trees that are rigid are broken down. That is how the flexible people are able to withstand the storm of life, and those that are too rigid are broken down by the storm of life.

The Lord our God requires flexibility in everything we do in life, and He uses flexible people. For example Moses was a very flexible man and the most humble man on earth.

Many people make New Year resolution, but only those with commitment and with will power are able to keep it to the end, and they end up successfully. (Read Mark 13:13). Some people make New Year resolution just for formality.

Just as some people repent every Sunday and backslide every Monday, so do some people make New Year resolution every first January and break it every second January.

Any change of bad habit is a “do it yourself project”, no one does it for you. Though habit dies hard, but it can be changed if you are willing. The scripture tells us not to make any promise which we are not ready to keep. Any promise you make becomes a debt which you must pay. You are in prison until you fulfill it. It is like setting a boundary for yourself. Living a life without boundary is heading for destruction.

So you better set your life boundary now, by way of a New Year resolution, before it is too late. It takes discipline and the spirit of self control to keep the New Year resolution. Discipline is an act of maturity. Therefore, whoever is not discipline is not mature. Maturity in this regard does not depend on age. It is a thing of the mind

Now for us to have New Year without crisis, we must be well organized. For if you are not organized, you will agonize, and we must also learn to drop all our bad habits and pick up some good ones in addition to the already existing ones. Whoever joins his life with Christ becomes a new person. The old things are washed away by the blood of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Lord our God said, forget the things of the past, I am doing something new in your life. (Isaiah 43:18-19).

You must have made several mistakes in the past years. That doesn’t stop you from moving forward, only learn the lessons from your past mistakes and forget about the detail. Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. If you keep on reminding yourself about your past mistakes, it is like taking revenge against yourself. It is self punishment. Learn to forgive yourself because un-forgiveness is like driving your car with the parking brake on. And you know what that means. You cannot move forward and it is very disastrous.

You cannot get hold of the present blessings until you let go of your past mistakes. Your success begins with your ability to let go of the past. Never look back, unless you plan to go that way. No one lives in the past; we are always living in the present.

Every New Year opens a new page in our lives. And what the New Year presents to you depends on what you put into it in the previous year and now.

Remember that life always presents you with opportunities, but what you do with them is left for you.

Another important point is your time. Your time is your life. Your time is the currency of your life.

If you waste your time, you commit suicide, if someone wasted your time he commits murder.

Furthermore, try to know the design of the tower you want to build this year, and plan well for it. Know the kind of raw materials required, for that is the most important step to your success this year. (Read Luke 14:28-30).

Create your plan, make it specific, make it measurable, make it achievable, make if realistic, and make it with dead line. Plan your work and work your plan. Be committed in your work, success in life is basically on commitment. And commitment is a thing of the mind and not just of the mouth. Success is deliberates, learn something new. You need to challenge your mind. Don’t die in that your field. There are many unexplored potentials in you, which can be explored this year, if only you are ready to work on them.

Learn to live your life with Christ all through the year, for every day with Christ is a plus, but every day with the devil is minus.

CONCLUSION

Finally, for us to pass through December without disaster and celebrate Christmas without Crisis, we must know that Christmas, in the month December is a time of preparation.

We need to reflect on our lives from January to December, so as to adjust ourselves for the New Year, in order to live a better life.

Let us not forget that the month of December, Christmas season is full of oxymoron. It is the time of joy and the time of sorrow. Just as some people where rejoicing over the birth of Christ, while others were crying over the death of their children killed by Herod. That is how it is today. Many people die during Christmas season and their relatives are weeping, while others are rejoicing. (Read Matthew 2:1-8).

Another important thing worthy of note is that it takes only the grace of God to pass through December without disaster and celebrate Christmas without Crisis. So let us always pray to our God who loves us to see us through. (Romans 12:12).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Ukwa Ebiala hails from Itega Okpame Okpoma, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. He is a Renowned Teaching Minister in CCRN, Muster Seed Prayer Group, Christ the King Parish, Okpoma. Phone No: 09036472396

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DECEMBER WITHOUT DISASTER

December, the last month of the year is a very important month in the calendar year, it is a unique month because of the celebration of Christmas, which mark the birthday of Jesus Christ. It is a month characterized with so many activities, such as harvesting of crops, harvests thanksgiving and bazaar for funds raising to support the church, buying and selling of goods and services, balancing of account, marriage ceremonies, birthday ceremonies, etc. it is remarkable a month for which people travel from place to place in preparation for the CHRISTMAS celebration, many churches and other organization do organize conferences, revivals, crusades, and retreats during this month of December, which it the time of preparation and great expectation. Finally, comes the Christmas celebration, which is paramount among all. At the mention of the month-December, what comes to the mind of everybody is Christmas. Price of goods and services rise higher than necessary. This makes things difficult for the less privilege one in the society, such that some people say that Christmas is not for the poor. However, we thank God for some philanthropists in our society who are helping the poor. Through Christmas season is the time of giving and receiving, but people give with different intentions. Some give because of what they can get in return from the recipient. But some give because they want to give, and they know that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Some children during this season form the habit of begging even from strangers, which may be detrimental to them as no one knows “who is who”. These strangers may be ritualists or kidnappers who use money or other gifts as baits to catch the children. This bad attitude which some children see as fashionable may be caused by parental irresponsibility or by the greed or the children. Whatever be the cause, parents should try to give their children proper home training in order to avoid future regret. As the saying goes “doing the right thing today means no regret tomorrow”. I hereby enjoin all parents and guidance to read proverbs (22:6), which says, “teach a child how he should live, and he will remember it all his life”. Immediately after Christmas comes, Boxing Day, this is a special day that employers present gifts in boxes to their employees. Masters also present gifts in boxes to their servants on this day. After the Boxing Day comes the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, which is celebrated the Sunday after Christmas. On this day couples renew their marital vows and exchange gifts to each other. Parents are also reminded of their parental responsibilities, which is the only debt they owe to their children. Children are also reminded of their obedience to their parents, which is the only debt they owe to them. Husbands are reminded to show love and honour their wives. Wives are also reminded to submit completely to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4) Finally, comes the new year, which is celebrated every 1st day of January. On this day the church honours and celebrates the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The unfortunate thing about all these celebrations is the “get rich quick” syndrome, which has become the order of the day. This leads to all kinds of crimes such as artificial scarcity of commodities and skyrocketing rise of prices, armed robbery, ritual killing, and prostitution in which young women sell their bodies in order to buy the latest wear in town just to show up! As women use their bodies as baits to catch men, so do men use their money to catch women, like every other seasons though more obvious this season, not minding the consequences that follow. Now for us to celebrate all the ceremonies and pass through December without disaster and have a crisis free Christmas, we must be prayerful in everything we do, and do all to the glory of God. We must also apply moderation in everything we do, knowing that God requires moderation in everything about life.

  • Author: Christopher Ebiala, Sr
  • Published: 2017-06-08 16:20:17
  • Words: 7433
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