Christmas greetings from Dispensational Publishing House!
May God bless you and your family with incredible peace as you meditate
upon the immeasurable grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Here are some Christmas greetings from the DPH staff
as well as some of your favorite dispensational authors and friends:
From the promise of Genesis 3:15 to the arrival of the Promised One, God spoke “at sundry times and in divers manners” (Heb. 1:1, KJV) to keep fallen humanity informed about the progress of the greatest plan of the ages, that of sending a Redeemer to crush the serpent’s head. What joy and wonder began to unfold when Gabriel said to Mary, “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son” (Luke 1:31). The virgin Mary did not have to ask questions; she knew exactly what the implications of this announcement were. In fact, she knew so well that she exclaimed, “From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:48).
The Christ was born under the law, lived under the law and died under the law but, in time, freed all mankind from the law and its demands, providing the “propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). This wonderful dispensation of grace is now ours, and “we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20), proclaiming not only His birth, but also His sinless life, propitiatory death, victorious resurrection, physical ascension and His future glorious return. At this Christmastime, let us recommit ourselves to faithful proclamation of the grace message—from now until that next great event on the prophetic calendar, the rapture of the church.
From My House, and the Dispensational Publishing House, to Yours—Merry Christmas!
To watch Dr. White’s candlelight Christmas Eve service from Taos, NM, click here.
My wife Lynnette and I have so much to be thankful for in this holiday season! This year of 2015 has been a remarkable one for us in several different ways—not the least of which has been the opportunity for me to join Dr. Randy White in the launch of Dispensational Publishing House. What a joy it is to work every day to bring you the very best Biblical information and material from the dispensational perspective. At this time in which we pause to remember the birth of our Savior, we realize again how that birth is so intertwined with the issues of Biblical prophecy and the dispensational understanding of Scripture. May these truths thrill your hearts and help you to have a very meaningful and memorable Christmas, and may all of us find ways to share this glorious message with the many who yet need to hear it—at Christmastime, and all the time—until Christ returns.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, May God grant to each of you and your families a Christ-filled Christmas. This Christmas is one of those special milestones for my wife Barbara and me, because it is our 50th together as man and wife. May God also grant to all of you a New Year filled with His blessings as you remain faithful to Him and His Word.
Bill and Barbara Barrick
The warmest of Christmas greetings is extended to the readers of Dispensational Publishing House. With all the busyness of this time of year, may we not let our plans and schedules become so difficult that we do not stop and focus upon the true meaning of Christmas. May we all remember that this time of year is a celebration of the most important anniversary in world history, for it is a celebration of the birthday of Jesus. God loved the world so much that He gave humanity the greatest gift: a Savior, who is Jesus! May we all have the boldness and courage to proclaim the reason for the season: a Savior has been born to you—He is Christ the Lord!
Merry Christmas from Maranatha Village in Sebring, Fla! At Maranatha Village we celebrate Christ’s first coming every week in our uniquely Christian community, and we look forward for His expected coming in the air every day.
Dean Bible Ministries hopes that this celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be a time of special blessing for Dispensational Publishing House and its readers. The birth and death of our Lord marks the ultimate dispensational distinction, ending the centuries of the law and providing the basis for the church age and the future Messianic kingdom. We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
In John 18 we find the crucial thematic discussion about truth between Jesus and Pilate. Jesus says the reason He came into the world was to bear witness to the truth. This right away sets truth in a different frame than we are used to thinking of it. Truth is personal and is an appeal to persons—to us! Jesus came to witness to something that is often absent from the corridors of power and the cities and hamlets of the world. Truth! Where is it? But the Lord does not stop there. He then says that, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (v. 37). Truth answers to truth. Error does not hear it, so Pilate asks, “What is truth?” (v. 38). It is at the point of truth that Plate will be tested and will capitulate to evil and lies. Who will hear the truth? Who will rejoice in it? This was the very reason that Jesus came, died and rose. Truth may be obscured and hounded, but it cannot die. If you know Jesus you know the truth and ought to celebrate it over Christmas. Happy Christmas. Here’s to Truth!
Paul Martin Henebury
Christmas—a special day for family and friends, a special day in the history of a corrupted world. “God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). Wow, what an awesome thought—an awesome reality. No offering of a lamb today—that demand was “finished.” May this Christmas be special for you and yours as the first was and is for all the adopted.
John Mark Holland
We all have our favorite Christmas carols. Mine is “O Little Town of Bethlehem.“ Not so little anymore with a population of just under 30,000, the message of this Phillips Brooks carol still resonates in the world today:
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years, Are met in thee tonight.
Imagine. All the world’s fears met face-to-face with all the world’s hopes in a baby in Bethlehem. This Christmas give your fears to Jesus and receive hope from Him. May this be real in your life and the lives of your friends and family.
This year, the importance of watching for Christ’s return has been underscored in my mind as the Holy Spirit has drawn my attention to the blessings that attended those who were watching for His first coming. I have especially reflected on Anna and Simeon and their networks of friends, but also Joseph of Arimathea. May we all receive “the crown of righteousness” because we love Christ’s “appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8).
Christmas greetings to all who celebrate the birth of the divinely-promised and long-awaited Coming One (Gen. 3:15). We rejoice that “He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26). We rejoice that He is now appearing before the Father on our behalf. And we further rejoice that all this carries the promise of His appearing again to consummate the redemption of all His people (cf. Heb 9:24-28).
Greetings to all the readers of Dispensational Publishing and blessings to you during this wonderful Christmas season. The birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago provided the foundation for His subsequent death, burial, resurrection and ascension, which resulted in the God-ordained venue for the dispensation of the church age, or age of grace, in which we are currently privileged to live (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 1:9; Eph. 3:1-7). One of the great blessings of 2015 includes the formation of Dispensational Publishing House, which provides the needed framework for those of us who embrace the Word of God rightly divided and handled (cf. 2 Tim. 2:15), using the historical, contextual, grammatical and literal hermeneutical principles. May the Lord richly bless each and every one of you during this Christmas season as we await the imminent appearing of Jesus Christ to take His saints to our heavenly home (cf. 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for many reasons. It is also a very significant time for dispensationalists. Dispensationalism holds to a literal interpretation of Bible prophecy. In other words, dispensationalists believe that the prophecies of Scripture are reliable and will actually transpire in real history. Nothing validates this perspective better than looking at some of the prophecies that were already fulfilled in Christ’s birth. One such prophecy that comes to mind is Micah 5:2, which was written 700 years in advance. Amazingly, this ancient prophecy pinpoints the city of Bethlehem as the exact birthplace of the Messiah. The chief priests and the scribes interpreted this prophecy literally. The New Testament records how this prophecy came to pass reliably, accurately and literally (cf. Matt. 2:1-6). If this is how God’s past prophecies were fulfilled, then the remaining prophecies that are yet unfulfilled will surely also come to pass in the same literal and reliable manner. In other words, Christmastime gives us great confidence in the prophetic veracity of the part of God’s Word that is yet to come. Thus, there is hope for our beleaguered and war-torn world. It is just a matter of time before God moves His hand in history and fulfills the remainder of His prophecies in the same way that He fulfilled the prophecies related to Christ’s birth. This time of the year, as we contemplate the many blessings Christ’s birth has given us, let us also factor in this issue of prophetic truth. Doing so will only add to our joy at this very special time of the year. Merry Christmas!
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