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Chaplains Christmas Message. 2016. Semper Fidelis.

The Marine Corps has a long and lustrous history dating back to November 10, 1775. Over the years Marines have picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck". We have the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, that must be earned to be part of the Corps. Members of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines certainly did their part in upholding the traditions of the United States Marine Corps and adding to the proud history of the Corp and the Regiment.

We also have the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis". Always Faithful. This is a common greeting among Marines, shortened to Semper Fi.

"Semper Fidelis" signifies the dedication that Marines have to "GOD, Country and Corps" and to their fellow Marines. It is a way of life. As a young Marine, it was drilled into me, GOD, Country, Corps - Always Faithful.
GOD was part of the equation regardless of religious beliefs. GOD, Country, Corps.

While with Echo Company, I spent many hours in prayer asking for "strength, wisdom and courage". I was comforted by my Christian faith and belief in a righteous GOD, Savior and Holy Ghost. I was encouraged by my fellow Marines and never doubted the great combat team that was Echo Company. 

This message is about the meaning of Christmas, a Christian holiday to celebrate and remember the birth of the Savior and Son of GOD, Jesus Christ. Christians throughout the world have the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and the wonderful gift the world received through the Son of GOD, Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

John 8:12 of the King James Bible states:  Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

There are many great Christmas songs. Among the many Christmas carols about "Santa" and "Happy Holidays" there are many songs celebrating the birth of our Savior. One of theses Christmas carols that was popular in Europe in the 70's is Mary's Boy Child. It is uplifting with a great Caribbean beat that is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. "Mary's Boy Child" Look it up on youtube if you get the chance! You wont be disappointed.
Here are part of the lyrics.

  Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord by Boney M

Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day
Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible said
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day
Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day


The following was copied, edited and condensed from one of the past Billy Graham Christmas programs.
Once again the world celebrates Christmas in the midst of crisis. Millions are not certain they will survive to see another Christmas. In many parts of the world, Christmas carolers will stand outside their neighbors’ doors and sing. Everyone is busily preparing for the holiday season.

Yet, in the midst of this preparation, millions have missed the real meaning of Christmas.

In the midst of the Christmas rush, Christ is often left out as we forget that it is actually His birthday we are celebrating. The precise meaning of that first Christmas is clear: God came to earth in human form.

Some 2,000 years ago, the angel revealed to the wondering and trembling shepherds the glorious news that there was born that day “in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). The angel had already announced to Joseph the character of Christ’s Saviorhood: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Israel had looked for One who would deliver them from the bondage of Rome and restore the nation to an even greater glory and prosperity than was enjoyed in the days of King David. They never dreamed that this little Babe in Bethlehem’s manger was the anointed One, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Only a few devout people living in close communion with God, such as the aged Simeon, saw the spiritual significance of Christ’s birth. Looking into the face of the holy Babe, Simeon saw One who had come to be “a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of [God’s] people Israel” (Luke 2:32).

In Bethlehem, He became bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh and “dwelt among us.” The Christmas message is this: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Christmas emphasizes the glorious truth that salvation is provided apart from us, that into this sin-cursed world came One whose supreme mission is to save sinners.

Christmas tells us what it cost God to save the world: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Christ is God’s great Christmas Gift to the world: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). Christ does for us what no other has been able to do: He removes our guilt and reconciles us to God. He raises us from the death of sin to the life of righteousness. This hope was given to those shepherds on that first Christmas morning.

The Christmas angels praised God and proclaimed peace on earth. It was by and through Jesus Christ that peace was to come to the earth. Scripture says, “He Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). “For there is born to you this day … a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Many of you long for peace in your own hearts this Christmas. By faith receive Christ as your Savior and Lord and Master. Commit your life to Him. He will come into your heart, and this Christmas you can know the Christ of Christmas.

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.
Merry Christmas to all from Echo Company, and may GOD Bless each and everyone of us with strength, wisdom and courage as we face life's challenges.

May your path be illuminated by His saving grace.

Semper Fi.


OPERATION AUBURN
28 DEC 1967
19 KIA