Christmas 2020 Reflections: It is hard to believe, that we have finally made it to Christmas 2020 in one piece. 2020 has been one of the hardest years in our lives and 2021 is scary to think about due to the fear of the unknown. The Great American Economy, which was created by President Donald Trump (R), is in shambles and people's lives have been turned upside down. Some people have died from the Corona Virus, some people died of other causes during their battles with the Corona Virus, and some people died of totally unrelated causes, but the cause of their deaths was labeled as Corona Virus aka Covid-19, so the hospitals and nursing homes could get paid $30,000+ from the federal government for each Corona Virus death. So much for Yahweh saying, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" and "You shall not murder." I think, many of the the doctors and nurses ignored Yahweh in the name of science. We had a Presidential Election, which was stolen from us, by former fake-Vice President Joe Biden (D) and the Democrats' voter fraud machine and Corona Virus Stimulus Checks, which were delayed many times by Speaker of the House Nancy Polosi (D). Even though crazy Uncle Joe claims to be Catholic, he ignored Yahweh's Words "You shall not steal!"
Many businesses have gone under, especially restaurant businesses, but some businesses have done quite well. Governors like Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York, Gretchen Whitmer (D) of Michigan, Gavin Newsom (D) of California, and Andy Beshear (D) of Kentucky, who stole the 2019 Governor's Election from Governor Matt Bevins (R), and many others have ruled over many Americans as Nazi tyrants. Governor Mike DeWine (R) has been absolutely horrible and he needs to be impeached or recalled immediately, but at least he has not been as bad as many of the Democrat governors. Mike DeWine wants to be reelected, even after he did such a terrible job of being our Governor, but he knows, he needs to be careful not to anger us, the Ohio Trump supporters, anymore, than what he already has.
The Jews in Roman-occupied Israel were dealing with a great deal of oppression themselves. The Jews had lost their great Kingdom of Israel many years ago, when the Babylonians attacked the Holy City of Jerusalem and sacked it. The Babylonians took many Jews back to Babylon with them. The Jews eventually made it back to their ancient homeland, but it was never the same. Macedonians and Greeks ruled over Ancient Israel under the leadership of Alexander the Great and he treated the Jews with respect and dignity, but he was not their king and he did not worship Yahweh. Alexander the Great was a Pagan king from Macedon, who worshipped the old Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and Alexander the Great even believed, that he was one of the many sons of Zeus. During Jesus' Life and Earthly Ministry, the Jews were living under Roman Rule and that was not easy for them.
So we are oppressed today and the Jews were oppressed in ancient times and even today in New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D). Why? Why are Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit allowing us to be oppressed? Why did They allow it to happen to the Jews in ancient times? The answers are clear: we are all sinners and there is a purpose to everything going on. Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are a just and Holy God, Who hate sin, but They love all people. Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were appalled by Cain murdering his brother Abel out of jealousy, but They still loved him and Yahweh promised Cain His Protection in spite of his sin. Since we are all sinners, we need a Savior and Jesus is the Man for the job. Jesus died to save each and every single person from death, Hell, Satan, Satan's demons, Original Sin from Adam and Eve, and and their own personal sins. Jesus was born on Christmas Day to save us, Jesus died on the True Cross on Good Friday to atone for each and every single sin, and Jesus arose on Easter Sunday to be victorious over death, Hell, Satan, Satan's demons, sin, and every single evil tyrant. Jesus is victorious over death, Hell, Satan, Satan's demons, our sins, and over the tyrants like Nero, Adolf Hitler, President Woodrow Wilson (D), fake-President Barack Obama (D), fake-President-Elect Joe Biden (D), and all of the tyrannical politicians around the world. Nero, Adolf Hitler, and Woodrow Wilson are burning in Hell and Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all tyrants living today will burn in Hell, if they do not repent of their sins and if they refuse Holy Baptism in a Trinitarian Christian tradition.
Let us the Christmas Gospel according to St. Luke Chapter 2:1-21:
"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made, when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her Firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the Angel of the LORD came upon them, and the Glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the Angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' 13 And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, 14 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'
15 And it came to pass, as the Angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, 'Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this Thing, Which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us.' 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying, which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all they, that heard it, wondered at those things, which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things, that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called Jesus, Which was so named of the Angel, before He was conceived in the womb" (KJV 1611).
January 2021 Book Signings(s): TBD
February 2021 Book Signing(s): TBA
March 2021 Book Signing(s):
1. I'll be having a book signing at the Hallmark Store on Elm Street in Lima, Ohio on Saturday March 6, 2021 from 11 AM to 1 PM.
October 2021 Book Signing(s):
1. I'll be having a book signing at the 2021 Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show at the Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday October 30, 2021 from 11 AM to 5 PM. (I'll be getting more information out about the 2021 Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show in the near future, which I'll be hosting.)
MAILING CHECKS TO ME FOR BOOKS: I am now accepting checks through the mail for $15 for copies of each book: The Rising of The Moon Book 1: Changing Tides Part 1, The Rising of The Moon Book 1: Changing Tides Part 2, and The Rising of The Moon Book 2: Faith, Hope, and Love. $15 checks will cover the cost of each book and shipping. Please include a note with your check saying, which books you want to buy off of me with your check. Checks may be written out to me, James O'Flannery, and mailed to James O'Flannery 1524 Crayton Avenue Lima, Ohio 45805. I also can meet up with you, if you live in the following Ohio communities, Lima, Cridersville, Vaughnsville, Fort Jennings, Columbus Grove, St. Marys, Minster, New Bremen, Delphos, and Ottoville, and sell you books directly. For my latest book Martin Luther, William Tyndale, James Ussher, and their Work in Classics: With Other Christian Essays, I will be accepting checks for $20 and $25. The checks must be for $25 ($5 covering shipping if you don't live in Lima, Cridersville, Vaughnsville, Fort Jennings, Columbus Grove, St. Marys, Minster, New Bremen, Delphos, or Ottoville. If you live in any of those communities or if you're willing to meet up with me in any of those communities, then $20 checks via the mail or $20 cash in-person or credit cards and/or debit card payments for $20 in-person work too.
My Green Irish Angel Statues: My Green Irish Angel Statues are really cute! They are only $1 each and they make great gifts. I have three kinds: 1. Cross-Bearing Angels, 2. Praying Angels, and 3. Angels Holding Butterflies. I like the Cross-Bearing Angels the best, because they are carrying Crosses. Each one bearing a Cross reminds us, that Jesus died on the True Cross to save every single person from death, Hell, Satan, Satan's Demons, Original Sin from Adam and Eve, and their personal sins. They're available exclusively at Jen's Furniture and Collectibles (JFC) on the corner High Street and Chestnut Street in between Circle K Gas Station and Zion Lutheran Church (NALC) in St. Marys, Ohio.
Stores Carrying My Books: My books, which I’ve written and published, are also available at the following stores: Brunner News Agency on Flanders Avenue in Lima, Ohio, Jen’s Furniture and Collectibles (JFC) on High Street in St. Marys, Ohio, The Menagerie at 1178 Indiana Avenue behind Beer Barrel in the St. Marys Business Complex in St. Marys, Ohio, Readmore Hallmark Stores out at Eastgate Plaza and on Elm Street in Lima, Ohio, Wagner's IGA Grocery Store in Minster, Ohio, and in the Shop section of my website ohioirishlutheranpress.com .
James W. O’Flannery, President and Founder of Ohio Irish Lutheran Press (OIL Press)