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pinions Ideas PAGE 4A — HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016 JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR ANDY KOBER ASSOCIATE EDITOR JACK BAGLEY LAYOUT EDITOR THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 (011mm anh (bismuth Ifiy "drill lfluhlimtiuna. 31m; ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President Qtl'icial Legal Organ for the City quogmsvi/Je KIM MITCHELL BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star-mercury.com P. O. Box 426 Manchester, GA 31816 God’s Command For Christ’s Gift I know we have heard it so many times but we needed to be reminded each year just what Christmas is about. It is about the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. As we go through the hol- ' iday with our beautiquy dec- orated homes and trees, eat those holiday foods we love so much and purchase presents for everyone on our list, have you ever stopped to think that Christmas is a time to cele- brate the Savior’s birth. What present did you get for him this year? So, as my present to Him this year, I’m going to give up my weekly space for “The Story of the Birth” as told through Matthew. Matthew 1:16: And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, ofwhom was bornJesus, Who is called Christ. 1:17: Soall the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David mail the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen gen- erations; andfrom the carry- ing away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen genera- lions. . 1:18:Nowthebirthof.les w Juras ‘» espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost. 1:19: Then Joseph her hus- band, being a just man, and not willing to make her a pub- licexample, was minded to put her away privily. 1:20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the anch of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy ivife: for That which is con- teived in her is of the Holy Ghost. ,« 1:21: And she shall bring firth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall Save His people from theirsins. 1:22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the by the prophet, saying, 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God With Us. .7 1:24: Then Joseph being iaised from sleep did as the itngel of the LORD had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her first- born Son: and he called His Name JESUS. 2:1: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2:2: Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? its His mother *4 Mary? was f TIIE HOGANSVILLE HERAu) is published weekly by Trib Publications, for we have seen His Star in the east, and are come to wor- ship Him. 2:3: When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4: And when he had gath- ered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 2:5: Andthey saidunto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 2:6: And thou Bethlehem, inthe landofJuda, artnot the least among the princes of Judo: forout of thee shall come a Govemor, that shall rule My people Israel. 2:7: Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them dili- -~228: And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also. 2:9: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the Star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 2:10: When they saw the Star, theyrejoicedwithexceed— ing great joy. 2:11: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother; andfelldowmandwor— shipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. so , THERIyou have it. The story of Christ’s birth and his first birthday present as told by Matthew. My question is as you give presents to those on your Christmas list, what are you giving Jesus for Christmas? The Bible tells us what we should give. Romans 12:1: Therefore, my brothers, in view of God’s mercy, urge you to present your bodies as a living sacri- fice, holy and pleasing to God; this is you Spiritual worship. Basically, the verse says “give your life back to Him as a generous, sacrificial and on going I wish you and yours a very “Merry Christmas.” saith. what ,rtamus . Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville and its goal is to produce quality, profitable, community oriented newspa- ‘ pets that you, our readers, are proud of. We willreach that goal through hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troop, Harris or Mcriwether Counties; $3250 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230 .Single copy 50¢- FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or Mile to Circulation Manager, TIib Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. Send address changes to P. 0. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816 ‘ \a Jesus Is The ReasOn For The Season Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season that we fail to cele- brate its real purpose. TWO ladies were shopping for Christmas gifts and one of them commented about a manger scene, “Look at that religion is trying to take over Christmas.” We all know that the birth of Jesus is the rea- son for the season. Luke’s gospel shares facts about the birth of Jesus. Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Mary was pregnant and about to give birth to Jesus, who would be her first child and that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He goes on to mention that there was no vacancy at the Inn and that Jesus was born in a stable. If the innkeeper was insensitive perhaps he . turned Joseph and Mary away without caring that she was about to give birth. If the innkeeper really cared he ~ could have asked one of his guest to give up their room by explaining Mary’s cir— cumstances and needs or he could have given Mary and Joseph his own living quar- ters. There was no evidence that the innkeeper did not care. Luke seems to leave it up to us to decide. History does suggest that inns of that day were simple and rustic. Many stables back then were similar to the inns. They were reasonably clean, usually quieter and more private than the inn. Guest usually brought their own food and the innkeeper would provide a place to heat the food as well as a place for the guest to sleep. The innkeeper would also provide a place for the ani- mals to stay and food for them. Therefore, in Mary and Joseph’s case the innkeeper may have been caring by pro- viding them with the most privateaccommodations that he had available. Chuck Swindoll, a popu- lar and respected Bible teacher and preacher, tells a story regarding the presen- tation of a Christmas pag— eant. Wally wasasocially pro- moted fourth grade student who desired to be Joseph but had been chosen to be the innkeeper because he was larger than the other boys in the fourth grade. During practice Wally did as he was told by responding to Joseph’s request for a room with a gruff voice saying “I have no more rooms!” HOWEVER, DURING the pageant’s first presentation after Wally said gruffly “I have no more rooms” he watched Mary and Joseph as they walked away. Suddenly, overcome with emotion and teary eyed, Wally cried out “Come back Joseph and Mary you can have my room!” For a moment the Director and the audience thought Wally’s emotional outburst would negatively affect the pageant but instead it added new depth. Christmas is usually a busy time for most of us and unfortunately even we Christians can get so busy that we do not observe Christmas for the right rea- son. Let us all make room for Jesus in our life this Christmas Season. More importantly if you have not already done so make room for Jesus permanently in your life as I did 71 years ago at age ten. In closing let me share with you this Christmas poem written by Helen Sleiner Rice that is title “Gift of Love.” Christmas is a gift of love that cannot be bought or sold. It is ours for the asking and v is worth more than gold. And this priceless gift of Christmas is within the reach of all. The rich, the poor, the young and old, the greatest and the small. So take God’s Christmas gift of love, reach out and you will receive, and the only pay- ment that God asks is just that you believe. May you all have a won- derful and Blessed Christmas Season and enjoy the time you will have to spend with your family always remembering that “Jesus is the reason for the Season.” The History Of Christmas Okay, let’s get this over With There is no empirical proof that Jesus was born on December 25. Now, before you begin to chase me with tar and fea- tures, there is no empirical proof that he was not born on December 25, either. The selection of December 25 as the day of celebration was not com- pletelgar cogding 2 more. cf January 2, March 25, April 18 and 19, May 20, November 17 and November 20, were all considered as being the date of Jesus’ birthday. Complicating the issue was the use of the Macedonian calendar, Gregorian calendar and Julian calendar all of which are different. So why was December 25 selected? Who knows? From history we know December 25 was the date Romans marked as the win- ter solstice. The Romans had a number of festivals about that time period so it has been suggested the date of cele- brating Christmas was scheduled to compete with or perhaps appropriate one or more of the Roman cele- brations. Despite what some peo- ple, who paid a few dollars and got an ersatz doctoral degree from a post office box u... the dates : Bible School somewhere might profess, in actuality nowhere in the Bible is December 25 ever identified as the birthday of Jesus. With all that acted, I ask this question: Does it really make any difference? That answer is — it should not. For the Christian, December 25 has been and will continue to be the day theChrist-clnldr * that celebrates the birth of so HOW did we get from the birth of Jesus to the leg- end of Santa Claus. That’s another story and much easier to explain. We can trace the modern version of Santa Claus to Saint Nicholas who was a Christian bishop in the fourth century. Saint Nicholas’ actual his- torical name was Nicholas of Myra and there is little defin- itive historical data about him. History tells us that Saint Nicholas was cast into exile and imprisoned during the reign of Emperor Diodetian and later released by Constantine. He died about the year 350. Some of his remains and relics are preserved in the Church of San Nicola in Italy. Legend has it that Saint Nicholas gave gifts to the poor, helped maidens, and saved a city from famine among other good deeds. He was the patron saint of a num— ber of groups, including fish- ermen. ‘ We know the Feastof-St. Nicholas was Observed‘dur- ing medieval times through- out Europe and in honor of St. Nicholas, the Dutch placed small gifts in their children’s wooden shoes. When the Dutch people came to America, they brought with them the leg- end of Sinter Klaas, which owed its heritage to Sint Nicholaas and further to St. Nicholas, and that became amalgamated with Christmas. GETTING Tomorerecent history, in 1809, Washington Irving described the first modern Santa Claus as “an old man in dark robes who arrived on a flying horse on the Eve of St. Nicholas to give gifts to children.” In 1821, Duncan Emrich published the poem “The Children’s Friend” in which Santa was given a flying sleigh and reindeer. About a year later, Dr. History at Or Fingertips Opening the Time Capsule Clement Clark Moore, pub- lished the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that starts out with the words, “'IWas the night before Christmas...” It was illustrator Thomas Nast, working for Harper’s Weekly, who actually drew the visual image of the mod- ern Santa Claus. He also developed the concept of Santa residing at the North Pole, along with a. workshop ,filled-wittigelves and the lists "of good and had. children.“ The most modern réndi- tion of Santa Claus was devel- oped by the Coca Cola Company in 1931 as part of an advertising campaign. Santa was no longer an elf, but a full-size person enjoy- ing a Coca Cola. . So there you have the story of Santa Claus. On the cusp of being polit- ically incorrect — which does not bother me —- to all of you, our loyal readers, all of us in the newspaper offices and our families take this oppor- tunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. That’s my opinion. Andy Kober is a regular columnist for Trib Publications. He can be reached at andykober@hotmail.com 70 Years Ago in the Hogansville Herald From the front ge of the December 19, 1946 Edition 0 the Hogansville Herald: Survey To Be Made To Ascertain Cost Of Piping Natural Gas Here Natural gas may be had in Hogansville, within the next year or so, according to plans discussed at the called meeting of the City Council, last Friday night. Representatives of an Investment Banking company, of Birmingham, Ala., Messrs. J.R. Harrison, Bernie Perry, and GO. Knight, were present at the meeting, with Civil Engineer John W. Goodwin. City Council Accepts Three Resignations All members of the Hogansville City Council together with Mayor Zachry, city attorney Render Terrell and city clerk M.P. Hill, were present at the regular meeting of the board last Monday evening. Increased Earnings Are Essential For Improved Telephone Service In Georgia Earnings of the Southern Bell Telephone Company in Georgia are dangerously low and must be increased if the Company Is to be able to provide adequate and dependable services, F.J. Turner of Atlanta, vice-president of Southern Bell, declared last week in his testimony before the Georgia Public Service Commission. Compiler's note: These front pages are from the first year of publication of the Hogansville Herald, which printed its inaugural issue on March 4, 1946. It is incredible to realize how much the city and the surrounding area have grown and changed over the past 70 years. 7719 newspaper has changed as well, even becom- ing the “Troup County Herald and “Hogansville Home News” for a time in the 19805-19903. Front pages from those issues will be featured soon. ' compiled by Jack BagIey