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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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