Christmas 2006 Welcome Page ~ Anchored In Him


Matthew 1 (New American Standard Bible)

Matthew 1:18-25

Conception and Birth of Jesus
 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly

 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

 21 "She will bear a Son; and  you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."

 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,

25  but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.


Luke 2 (New American Standard Bible)

Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem
 1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.

 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

 15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."

 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.

 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

We at Anchored In Him would like to wish everyone a Joyous and Merry Christmas with Blessed Holiday Greetings from our family to you and your family.

Now that you have read our Christmas message above the full and true meaning of the title is clear. There has been and will continue to be much controversy as how Christ was conceived. It is plain and simple as the above scripture says, but mankind in his infinite ways and wisdom will always question things. God's word is the same as was then and is now. The only difference now is that many attempt to water down God's word down to make them feel good.

I will not expound here on the above scriptures into a sermon, I know and believe that it is important for all to understand as to the "How, Who, Where, and Why" of what we call Christmas. You will not find any holidays as we call them mentioned in the Holy Bible. The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is what you will find in the Scriptures as to what we constitute and call two of the most holiest holidays for Christians.

This year as we hurry and scurry about the busy Holiday Season with family and friends, the greatest gift that you could give to one that does not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior is the good news about the gift of salvation and eternal life with Jesus Christ. There is not one of us that does not know of a family member or a friend that is on the fast road to eternal separation from Jesus Christ. What a gift we could give to them, the understanding of eternal life with Christ.

You see my friend God's love for us is apparent in Matthew 1:21 as well as in John 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Our greatest human need here on Earth is love and to be loved. Many have human love for one another, but lack in their lives God's unconditional love. Make this Christmas the one that you, a loved one, or a friend come and know the "true" meaning of Christmas.


Christ is and was love ! ! !