2012.12.26 Chip Connin: Read God's word

Written by David Green.

Merry Christmas to all.  We the people used to almost all say it and mean it. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, God the Son coming to His creation in the most humble of circumstances to be a servant of the creation. Whether you personally accept Him as God or not, it is beyond logical dispute that Jesus did in fact exist. So, the celebration of His birth should not be the controversy it has become.

Why would the God of the universe come here as He did? He came to die a horrible death, and even worse, to have our sins placed upon Him and for the only time in eternity be separated briefly from God the Father. If there were any other way (i.e., doing more good than bad, being enlightened, being baptized, taking communion, Mohammed, Buddha, Joseph Smith, the Watchtower) to bridge the gap between God and ourselves (created by our rebellion against our creator) , He would not have done so. He repeatedly tells us these things in scripture (and unlike anyone else, He backs up His claims in front of eyewitnesses who could have refuted them had they been untrue).

In 14:6 "Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” You could also look at Jn 3:16, Jn 6:40, and myriad other places.  But like any other gift, we must accept it to receive it.  Rev 3:20 "Here I am!  I stand at the door and Knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Sadly most will not. Mat. 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

I implore you reader. Don't let imperfect Christians be your only witness. Read God's word for yourselves. It is the most difficult book to start and even harder to finish. This is because you have an active enemy who is trying to prevent it. You will be distracted and find a hundred other important things to do. Read it anyway!

– Chip Connin

West Main St., Morenci

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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