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Around The World | December 2011

It’s December and there is only one thing on the minds of most children this month. It’s not chores, shows or breeding decisions. No, it’s presents, presents and more presents! There might be some eating, some playing and maybe a little travel in their sights as well, but mainly—presents!

If you’re a Christian, there is only one present that counts and that is the present of salvation, given through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his subsequent resurrection and ascension. Celebrating his birth, life and sacrifice is the only reason for Christmas. Without it, December is just the month you prepare to go to the National Western Stock Show or watch the football season wind to an end.

I could try to make a comparison between the gift that Jesus gave with something related to the cattle business or the Limousin breed but that would be silly. Instead, I would like to share some facts for you to think about throughout the month and especially through the Christmas holiday.

I have come across this information several times in the past, but most recently it was sent in an e-mail from a friend that sends me good stuff from time-to-time. The meat of the e-mail goes something like this:

The Bible is the inspired word of God and these facts are why: It contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over a period of 1,500 years, originally written in three different languages, written on three different continents, and without historical error or contradiction. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of divine inspiration and tells a “big picture” story of God’s redemption and love. 98 percent of the Bible’s contents have been backed up by tangible proof like the Dead Sea Scrolls. Over 300 prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus, proclaimed hundreds of years before his birth. Countless other prophecies have also been fulfilled. While its message is—to some—radical, it is clear that the gospel has survived and spread since the early church.

Some of you may be thinking, “… I thought this was a cattle magazine,” and it is. My views are not necessarily those held by our readership or the magazine. However, my prayer is that this information is a present to you this Christmas—whether as inspiration to share, confirmation to encourage, or contrast to make you think. The children are correct: Christmas is all about a present.

Merry Christmas.

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