Merry Christmas!

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  1. LInn says:

    Michael,
    For me, the biggest message of Christmas is He came, He lived, He died, and He rose again! That gives me hope for the future because what He has done to save my soul is my future-with Him and all others who know Him, in heaven. That, to me, is the biggest message of Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours (Princess Cats included!).

  2. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, Linn…

  3. Elena says:

    Merry Christmas 🎄 and blessings for healthy and happy 2022 🎆

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

  5. Michael says:

    Elena,

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you, my friend…

  6. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas, Dan!

  7. pstrmike says:

    Merry Christmas Michael!

  8. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas, Mike!

  9. Em says:

    “for ALL people..”
    God help us to not be discouraged by the rectors of the incredible gift!

    Our PBS is broadcasting the Wheaton College choir singing Christmas music. I am taking time out to sit, read here and enjoy

    A God blessed Christmas to all who visit Michael’s website, I pray

  10. bob1 says:

    Duane,

    Thanks so much for all your contributions on here. My walk with Christ has been deeply enriched.

    I’m going to use this prayer tonight with my family — wife and kids and their spouses. I deeply appreciate the background you gave, too.

    A blessed Christmas to you and to all here!

  11. Captain Kevin says:

    Merry Christmas, Preacher!!

  12. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas, CK!

  13. Em says:

    @1:56
    It did it again! ! ! … sigh…..
    NOT rectors! Rejectors of the Faith

  14. Alex says:

    Potent words, Michael. I too feel weary tonight. Of so much that has been and perhaps even more of what will come.
    I was sitting here, in silence earlier, and I thought that I might never before have identified as closely with the weary mother Mary feeling all of her humanity. Yes has a cost.
    I look forward to the birth and the angel choir. Merry Christmas to you, and All Peace.
    Alexandra

  15. Michael says:

    Alexandra,

    Prayers for peace and blessings for you and yours…may it be a Merry Christmas for you all…

  16. Nonnie says:

    Wishing everyone here at PP a blessed Christmas.
    Tonight our grandson (that we live with and see everyday) is playing in a Christmas orchestra, but I honestly don’t have a peace about sitting in an enclosed room with 200 people for 2 hours.. We have all our family 10 grandkids (3 families) coming to visit us 2 days after Christmas. We are all going to take covid tests and after that just hug, laugh, play, and have a great time. I do not want to take a chance of missing out of seeing all the kids because I go to a concert tonight, but I feel so conflicted. We have decided to play it “better safe than sorry.” What crazy days we live in. I don’t post much these days, but I love you all and pray for you as I see your needs. God bless us all this Christmas.

  17. Michael says:

    Nonnie,

    You’re always welcome and much appreciated.
    Those are hard decisions, but I think you chose the right course…we couldn’t find any home tests to buy…

  18. Duane Arnold says:

    Bob1

    Merry Christmas!

  19. Captain Kevin says:

    A Nonnie Appearance!!!

  20. Officerhoppy says:

    My family is here, my wife spent 3 days preparing the house, bought a ton of food. Had a great meal and hang time with my 5 year old grandson. Tomorrow, open gifts and stockings and I’m cooking prime rib on the traeger…and it’s snowing and sticking. Expecting between 1 and 3 inches in the am. Hoping to take my grandson sledding in the morning.

    You all enjoy this Christmas…and your family.

    Great time of ch

  21. London says:

    Merry Christmas Michael!

  22. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas, London!

  23. Linnea says:

    Merry Christmas, all PP folk!

    Michael, it’s been about 14-15 years since I first came on your blog. Thank you for your patience, acceptance, and understanding of the process of detoxing from bad church situations. I have learned much here and appreciate the perspectives. Most of all, I am so grateful to understand how others worship the Lord outside my own traditions. You have always emphasized the fundamentals…the gospel is the beginning and the end and all other ancillary doctrines merely take a stab at informing that mystery.

  24. Em says:

    Amen, Linnea, AEN!!!
    Chores are down here, Roast is roasting and expecting four neighbors to share Christmas dinner.
    **** MERRY. AND BLESSED JESUS’ BIRTHDAY CEKEBRATION TO ALL. ***

    LONDON SIGHTING? YEA!

  25. Nonnie says:

    Looks like a few of the old gang showed up. Just goes to show you…when we come together in the name of Christ, in the Spirit of grace, and in the hope of healing and reconciliation…..all things are possible. God bless us all.

  26. Officerhoppy says:

    London!!!
    Wow! Long time no see

  27. Michael says:

    Linnea,

    Thank you for the kind words and for being such a faithful friend for so long…blessings to you and yours…

  28. Xenia says:

    You all know our family had a tragedy this year, so this was a difficult Christmas for us all.

    Since the week preceding Thanksgiving til today, we have had company. Normally everyone goes back home after Thanksgiving, but our daughter’s health became dire the Friday after, so they all started coming back, including Minnesota friends, and even more for her funeral. I’ve been fixing large meals and changing sheets for over a month now, and it was helpful to have something useful to do, but I am looking forward to some quiet time now and letting the house go to wrack and ruin for a while. We have such a wonderful family.

    Russian Orthodox Christmas is Jan 7 and we are going to minimalize it this year because we are exhausted from hospitals, holidays, picking fam up from airports, funeral arrangements, Thanksgiving/Western Christmas/ family birthday meals, baking, thank you cards, financial complications, getting presents for/from folks, etc. I just might sleep thru Ortho Christmas- I don’t think Christ will be upset.

    I am so glad our daughter was able to move back to California, even if she only lasted for the month of November. I am so blessed I got to be with her when she took her first breath and her last breath.

    Nevertheless, Christ is born! Glorify Him!

    And I love you all. 🙂

  29. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    Our hearts and prayers have been with you through this tragedy.
    You are greatly respected and loved…may our Lord be with you and your family as you move forward.

  30. Duane Arnold says:

    Xenia

    We continue to pray for you and yours…

  31. Linnea says:

    Oh Xenia…I’m so sorry. Agree with Michael– you are respected and loved. I pray that the Lord in his tender love, will gently restore you and your family and give you much needed rest, peace, and encouragement.

  32. Xenia says:

    Thank you Michael, Duane and Linnea. We are having a tough time, but we’ll be ok.

  33. Nonnie says:

    Xenia, I know many here are praying for you. May our Heavenly Father embrace you and your husband in His loving care. To lose a child has to be one of life’s most difficult experiences. Weeping, in hope, with you.

  34. pstrmike says:

    Xenia,
    I’ m so sorry to hear this. God’s blessings upon you and your husband. You’ve been a good example here over the years and I appreciate your input.

  35. dusty says:

    Xenia, I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I had no idea, I hardly wander from the prayer thread these days. (((((hugs)))))

  36. dusty says:

    Merry Christmas to all my friends/family at Phoenix Preacher. Much love to Captain Kevin,, Michael, Em, Nonnie, Linnea, Xenia, pstmark, bob1, Dan form Georgia, Duane, London. to everyone….always remembering each of you in prayer. The love I have for each of you makes it such a privilege for me to pray for you and with you.

    Praising God for giving us His Son to save us. And that we get to pray to Him. That He brought me to this safe place to form lasting bonds with so many here.

    Happy Birthday Jesus!!! Thank You, our Redeemer, for saving us and loving us so much. Thank You for showing us how to walk in the will of the Father. Thank You for teaching us how to pray and how to love.

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