Was The Baby Jesus REALLY ever a refugee?

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(Re)Discovering The Bible Vol. 2: The Gospels And ActsHappy New Year, y’all. How in the world are you? You are listening to the “ReDiscovering the Bible” online radio show. My name is Sam Burton, I’m your host. Thanks so much for tuning in to this very brief Holiday episode. Stay tuned to the end, because I have a special announcement concerning volumes 1 & 2 of the Rediscovering the Bible series of ebooks.

One of the crazy WOKE Church ideas I keep hearing, and it drives me nuts, is that the Baby Jesus, and his family were refugees. I’ve seen it all over the internet. I mean, yes, it’s been going around a while, but this year, it seems to be epidemic. Ok, let’s make it technologically accurate, it’s been Viral.

And it sounds so good, especially to the Woke world. It sounds like Jesus cares for refugees, because he was one. He understands. It appeals to Christians, to stand up for those suffering political or financial persecution.

By the way, we should. There are millions upon millions of people who are living in camps, or right near our homes, who have had to risk much to get here. We should be sympathetic, or at least empathetic, to their needs. We need to offer shelter, food, clothing, and whatever help we can offer them. Because every single person on planet earth was made in the image of God. And God loves us ALL, regardless of our language, race, political leaning, education, or social standing. Jesus came for every person on planet earth, past, present, and future.

But the idea that Jesus was a refugee, is historical nonsense. And to support that view makes us look totally ignorant to anyone who understands history. In the first place, Jesus was not born a refugee. He was born in a stable, yes, because there were no vacancies in the hotels in Bethlehem when he was born. No one was trying to be cruel to Joseph and Mary. There just wasn’t room. The town was overcrowded due to the Roman Census being carried out at the time.

Joseph and Mary weren’t on the run, hiding from anyone. There is no evidence they were poverty stricken, either. Shocking? Look it up. Find it in Scripture. Yes, if history had worked out differently, Joseph would have been King of the Israelis. But it doesn’t mean he was some bankrupt, political exile. In fact, withing just a few days, of Jesus birth, they moved into a house. Matthew tells us about it. By the time the Wise Men arrived, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house. The weren’t in cages.

Shortly afterward, because of Herod’s Jealousy, they left, to hide out in Egypt. But you see, they weren’t traveling only in the dark, or in a caravan of other refugees, they were just moving away from Herod and his threats. People moved regularly between Egypt and Judea. And had done for 600 years. Read the book of Jeremiah.

They weren’t running from somewhere in Asia or South America to hide out. It was like moving from Kentucky to Arizona. See both Judea and Egypt were part of the Roman Empire. They were under the same political system. They didn’t even have to learn another language. Everyone in both countries spoke greek.

One more thing. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were flush with cash. The wise men had just unloaded loads of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. It wasn’t like they dumped twenty bucks and a couple bottles of perfume. These men would have brought gifts worthy of a King. Read about the gifts people brought Kings in the Old Testament.

I don’t say any of these things to upset anyone, I just want us to understand that people come up with all kinds of rubbish when they try and talk about Jesus. All this does is muddy the water, create division amongst Christians, and confuse the daylights out of people seeking Jesus

and the truth. Jesus cares about refugees. And so should we. Jesus healed them, he fed them. He taught them, and He died for them. He rose again, and he is going to return for them. For each one of us.

Don’t fall for the propaganda. Just because something looks cool on Instagram, doesn’t make it correct. If we’re going to change the world, we have to tell the Truth.

Please let me know your thoughts. Use the comments section, or send an email to samburtonpresent@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And thanks for sticking around. I want people to love God’s word. I want you to read it, and understand it. I also know a lot of people start the new year with a goal to read the Bible. I want to help you with that. I am announcing that from today, until January 31, 2020 I’m offering a special price for both volumes of ReDiscovering the Bible. During this time, you can get each volume for only $.99. 99 pence for those of you in the U.K. Just go to amazon.com or amazon.co.uk and search ReDiscovering the Bible. In it you will also get my Bible reading plan to help you read the Bible in the best order for understanding it. Write me if you have any questions. They are currently available onle as Kindle ebooks.

That’s all I’ve got. Y’all have a very great week. And have a Happy New Year.

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Who Wants To Go Debt Free in 2020?

I know. I know. That headline sounds awfully click baity. But it’s not. I promise.

It’s time for many of us to set our 2020 goals, and make our New Year’s Resolutions. One of them for loads of people is to get out of debt. Or at least to reduce IOU NO MORE: A Quick Start Guide For Becoming Debt Free And Living Debt Free Forever by [Sam Burton]debt and get money working for them, rather than the other way around.

One of the best known sources of help out there is Dave Ramsey. I’ve listened to Dave for years. He offers some great advice. Check out his information at www.daveramsey.com. And for what it’s worth, I don’t get any financial kickbacks from Dave at all. None. Zero. Nada.

I also know that creating a budget, and a financial plan that will work, can be a nightmare. I know it, because I’ve been there. My wife and I were on the fast track to oblivion, and we overcame it. After we had created out plan and were working it, I discovered Dave Ramsey. I was amazed at how similar our plans were. Way back in 2006 I published a book called, IOU NO MORE, a quick start guide to becoming debt free, and living debt free forever. It was available as a paperback. Last year, I felt like some of the illustrations were getting a bit old, so I stopped publishing the paperback and made it available only as an eBook.

The information is still really good. The stories are still true. The plan still works. In fact, I believe with all my heart that it’s the simplest money management plan out there.

From December 26,2019 – January 31, 2020, I’m reducing the price to $.99. I want to help you change your life. The forms alone, are worth more that the price you pay for the book. And, if you email me, or send my your email via the comments section, I will send you the ‘basic’ budget form, for people who are in debt. I will send it absolutely free. No gimmicks. I’m not going to sell your email address. I wouldn’t dream of doing something that sleazy. I know how much I hate it when someone does that to me.

I want to help you help yourself. I want to see men and women set free from the stress of money worries. Also, just in the spirit of full disclosure, every one of you who buys the book and writes to me for the budget form, will immediately go on my prayer list through January 2020.

That’s it. Just a quick announcement about this deal. I believe in you. 2020 is your emancipation date.

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NIGHT OF THE ROUGAROU

It’s Halloween in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but unbeknownst to the residents of a small community on the outskirts of Iron Mountain, an unstoppable evil has appeared to ruin their holiday. The U.S. Army has arrived, and with the help of Doc Stone and his Mastiff, Tuck, they try and hunt the beast. Terror and death meet them. In the end, the only hope for Iron Mountain is a famous ancient sword, Doc’s ability to wield it, and Tuck’s courage. Welcome to fear. This is The Night of the Rougarou!