Dear fellow worker of the Christian Worship Hour:
“Thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save
his people from their sins”. Matthew 1:21
THERE IS WONDER IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY. My first recollection in life is my sweet Mother reading a story from the Holy Bible every night. As a 5 or 6-year-old, I was filled with wonder as she read the story—and now, as a 97-year-old, I am still filled with wonder as I read it. A Baby born in a stable, with the angels, the shepherds, the glowing skies and an angel preaching! No wonder we wonder at such a grand story. (Luke 2: 8-14).
THERE IS MYSTERY IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY. A holy mystery that fascinates me as an old, old man as it did to me as a little child. How could the God of the universe fit into a tiny baby! (II Cor. 5:19; I Tim. 3:16). And how can this Child be the seed of a woman when all of mankind is the seed of a man? (Gen 3:15; Isaiah 7:14). Yes, the virgin birth of our Lord is a mystery. And the magi, why did they come and give gold and other expensive gifts? (Matt. 2:11). And, oh yes, what about that moving star that came and shone over Bethlehem! (Matt. 2:9). Mystery, well I guess so!
THERE IS A BEAUTY IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY. There is a beauty in the innocent Mary who wonders how she can have a child without a husband. (Luke 1:34). Joseph is beautiful in keeping watch over Mary though he knew he was not the father of her child. (Matt. 1:25). And old Simeon, holding the 8-day-old Child and praising God. (Luke 2:25-35). And, oh yes, the ancient prophetess Anna, praising God for the redemption this Child would bring to this world. But the most beautiful person there was the Christ Child, who came to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21).
THERE IS LOVE IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY. Love is all over the place. We see the Heavenly Father’s Love for a lost world in the gift of His Son. (John 3:16). Let’s not forget for a moment, God would not have had to do it! And besides that, we were His enemies, St. Paul tells us. (Romans 5:10). How much love does that call for? And Joseph loved Mary, no matter what the gossips said about her being pregnant outside of marriage. (Matt. 1:20). And Mary loved her firstborn and would cry her eyes out when she saw Him crucified! (John 19:25). Love, well I guess so, a love that would take the whole world in, if they only would receive Him. (John 1:12; II Peter 3:9).
THERE IS HOPE IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY. I have preached for over 74 years—-I love to preach because I can offer hope to anyone who will believe and receive Jesus into their heart. (Rev. 3:20). No one is hopeless, there is no such thing anymore as an unpardonable sin! Jesus said “whosoever will may come”, (John 6:37). So you can come, if you want to. Just tell Jesus you are a sinner and ask Him to come into your heart and save you from your sins. (John 5:24). Then live for Him the best you can! Your condition may seem to you to be hopeless, but not so to the Savior. (Heb. 7:25; I Tim. 1:15).
Yes, the Christmas Story. We tell it all the time! We go by television and short wave radio and tell the Christmas Story to all the world!
But we can only go so far and so long as you pray and give. Maybe you can’t give much, maybe you can give a fortune, just ask God what he wants you to give. I do pray you will have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR in our Lord. This may be the year He will come; I do not know—–I only know we are to labor in the vineyard until He comes. (Acts 1:6-9).
I’ll be looking for you this weekend!
In Our Savior’s Love,
Harold E. Salem, pastor
THANK YOU FOR WRITING…
We look forward to watching you every Sunday. I love how you use the Bible as a compass to guide your flock. Thank you. Would you say a prayer for my wife please? P.S. Would you please send us “Heart of a Shepherd”? Thank you. We love you.
I feel bad because I don’t recall the date that I accepted Christ as my Savior. Does it mean that I’m not saved?
Will you please send me another “Heart of a Shepherd” as my pastor would like to have one for the church to use.
SAINT JOSEPH, MINNESOTA
Thank you dear brother for your good words. Since I have found your program on Saturday late afternoon, I am not as lonely. I look forward to your good teaching. God bless you in our Father’s Holy Name.
I still follow you on TV and the internet. Thanks to you, through Jesus Christ I was re-born!!! All my love and prayers!
I would love to have the brochure “Watch me Grow”. I work for a Pregnancy Care Center and I wanted to see what your brochure says about abortion. Thanks
Dear Pastor Salem, I also remember repeating a word my father said to my mother and she took a bar of that old time soap and put it in my mouth and I remember it took a long time getting that taste out of my mouth. (It was terrible).
I asked Jesus into my heart. I have asked for forgiveness of my sins. Love to all.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA
I’m thinking of the nautical term today “steady as she goes” and feel that is how you are helping me in my faith now that I’ve had a small stroke at age 82, homebound with chronic pain disease and needing the “fellowship of the saints”. I look forward to 9 a.m. Sunday like a lighthouse on my journey.
Telephone gift and order for “Heart of a Shepherd” and CD sermon.
TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND
I am sending this seed-gift to support the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are many countries in the West Indies. If you do not use the above address, the reply will be sent to another island of the Caribbean. One such letter was mis-sent to Jamaica.
TRINDAD AND TOBAGO, WEST INDIES
Maybe our race is about over till we cross the finish line. We have to keep going. Remember in a horse race the horse gives it all he’s got at the end.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Thank you for telling me how to bring Jesus to me. I’m a better person now not perfect but better. Ha. Please say a prayer for my wife. She has lung cancer. Thank you.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
(For the month of December 2018)
In Loving Memory of…
ADELINE MCCOWN, by JOHN & KATHY STONE, Joliet, MT, $50
ALEX BAUER, my grandson, by LOIS BAUER, Fertile, MN, $100
ALL THE SHOOTING VICTIMS, by RICHARD KANGAS, Peoria, IL, $100
ALVIN VON HOLDT, by EVELYN VONHOLDT & FAMILY, Hoyt Lakes, MN, $50
ARLENE KNUTSON, a dear friend, by MARILYN MOORE, Hendricks, MN, $25
BERNICE DEIBERT, my wife, by WILMER DEIBERT, Ipswich, SD, $100
CAROL WOSJE, our mom, by JODI PHELPS, ERIN OSTER, CHRIS WOSJE, & FAMILIES, Badger, SD, $300
CHARLES MERLE BITTLE, my dad, by MERLENE MADDOX, Casper, WY, $1,000
CONRAD & JUNE SCHLEMMER, by daughter, MARTHA SPETMAN, Council Bluffs, IA, $100
DELORES SENN, by DARLA SENN, Cottage Grove, MN, $10
DENNIS PRIEBE, by WENDY ENVIK, Moorhead, MN, $25
DOLOTH PEARSON, by JOLENE PEARSON, Allen, NE, $100
DON ROSS, by SHIRLEY ROSS, Mill Creek, WA, $20
DOROTHY SCHMITT, by JOSEPH & HELEN ENGESMOE, Hendricks, MN, $25
ED PREITAUER, my wonderful husband, by JANICE PREITAUER, Fergus Falls, MN, $100
EDIE BOOMSMA, my sister, and SAM & EMMA SPITZER, my parents, by ELLA SPITZER, Sioux Falls, SD, $1,500
ELEEN OLSON, by NORMA SWENSON, Lake Park, MN, $30
ELIZABETH BERG, by PHYLLIS KOHLER, Brookings, SD, $20
ELMER & LUELLA FEIOCK, my parents, by LES & CONNIE FEIOCK, Hartford, SD, $50
ESTHER STEVENS, my mom, by LINDA BODENSTAB, Concordia, MO, $25
FRIENDS and FAMILY, by SHARON BLEKESTAD, Edmore, ND, $25
GERALDINE KAY AMES, by her husband, STEVE AMES, Virgil, SD, $100
GLADYS SIEFKES, by JOYCE COOKE, Minneapolis, MN, $25
HARM LOVERINK, by his wife, LOLA LOVERINK, Rose Creek, MN, $100
HAROLD BERKLAND, by MAVIS BAKKEN, Sioux Falls, SD, $10
HARRY SCHAEFFER, my uncle, by DOUGLAS BUCKLES, Tucson, AZ, $100
JAMES ACHER, by BETTY ACHER, Casper, WY, $100
JANE & GEORGE MILLER, SR., my mother & father, by LAURIE & GEORGE JR., Orange City, FL, $100
JOAN KLIPPING, my wife, by HARVEY KLIPPING, Red Lake Falls, MN, $100
JOANN PAYNE, my wife, by BILL PAYNE, Mitchell, SD, $200
JOHN MYSLAJEK, my father, by MARY VICTORIA MYSLAJEK, Robbinsdale, MN, $20
JOSEPH ARMSTRONG, my husband, by MILDRED ARMSTRONG, Frannie, WY, $40
JULIA FRANSEN, by LARRY & LYNETTE FRANSEN, Casper, WY, $35
KATHY HATHAWAY, by GLADYS TENNISON, Minneapolis, MN, $25
LESTER FORD, my brother-in-law, by EILEEN FORD, Mobridge, SD, $20
LOIS “COOKY” NORMAN, my wonderful wife, by JIM NORMAN, Norfolk, NE, $50
LOUIS & JEAN JOHNSON, my parents, by RENEE LEHMKUHL, Pinole, CA, $50
LOUIS ZUPANCICH, my dear husband, by LORRAINE ZUPANCICH, Chisholm, MN, $125
LOVE OF MY LIFE, by JOHN MOBERG, Richfield, MN, $50
LOVED ONES, by ELEANOR VEURINK, Milaca, MN, $50
LUCILLE LENHART, by MR. & MRS. DONALD LENHART, Danville, CA, $50
LYLE BJORKLUND, by JOAN BJORKLUND & FAMILY, Volga, SD, $500
MACK BIGGS, my dad, by Gretchen Anctil, Edgewater, FL, $25
MARJORIE KRATZER, my wife, by FRANK KRATZER, JR., Bellevue, NE, 25
MARK WIEN, my father, by HEIDI WIEN, Amery, WI, $25
MARTIN & JEANETTE KRAMER and ROBERT & LORETTA JONES, by DARMON & JANICE JONES, Oakdale, MN, $100
MERLIN STOLT, my husband, by DOROTHY STOLT, Gaylord, MN, $25
MR & MRS ARNIE BANIK, by VIRGINIA KIENAST, Aberdeen, SD, $20
MY DAD, by BONNIE DANIEL, Muskogee, OK, $50
MY FATHER & MOTHER, by PEGGY GOODWIN, Aurora, MN, $25
MY LOVED ONES WITH THE LORD, by PATRICIA ROHRBACK, Rapid City, SD, $50
MY MOTHER, by PHYLLIS CRAIG, Melbourne, FL, $100
NEIL T. ADKINS, my grandson, by MARIAN CHARRIER, Cody, WY, $1,500
NELSON & EVELYN MUNDT, by ARTHUR SILL, Benton Harbor, MI, $25
NORRIS SOLBERG, by MAVIS BAKKEN, Volga, SD, $10
ORVILLE DAHME, by ROBERT & SHIRLEY JACOBS, Aberdeen, SD, $100
OUR DAUGHTER, by TERRY & CAROL RUST, Alexandria, MN, $185
PATRICIA PIKE, my mom, by JAMES TOWERY, Ogden, UT, $15
PAUL J. HANSEN, my husband, by JUNE HANSEN, Traverse City, MI, $500
RALPH E. PALMER III, my son, by HANNELORE BROMILEY, Fort Myers, FL, $50
RANDY MILLER, my neighbor & friend, by BEV BRENNER, Chancellor, SD, $35
RAY EGGERT, by GERI EGGERT, Springfield, MO, $100
RAY EGGERT, my husband, by GERI EGGERT, Springfield, MO, $100
RAYMOND (RAY) STALEY, by MARSHA HOLWEGER, Northwood, ND, $50
ROBERT & MAYLAND LINDQUIST, by their daughter, NANCY VANLISHOUT, Fargo, ND, $1,493
ROGER ESSEM, my brother, by MIKE & KATHY ESSEM, Sioux Falls, SD, $20
SANDRA LEE BEINGESSNER, my wife, by RONALD ANDREW BEINGESSNER, Weiser, ID, $100
SHANNON M. BROCH, by PEGGY GARDIPEE, Havre, MT, $5
STELLA MAE, my wife, by FLOYD HILDEN, Watertown, SD, $300
STEPHANIE HENDRICKSON, by CARLOTTA BRUNS, Fargo, ND, $25
SYLVIA & JAN FATLAND, my wife and daughter, by DEAN FATLAND, Fargo, ND, $25
TAD MELICHAR, son & brother, by AL MELICHAR & FAMILY, Caldwell, KS, $100
TAMRI ISRAEL, our daughter, by CHUCK & JANICE ISRAEL, her parents & KIRK ISRAEL, her brother, Huron, SD, $100
THOMAS LEACH, my husband, by ANNA LEACH, McGraw, NY, $50
TRISTEN LARSON MERRIMAN, my daughter, by DONOWAN LARSON, Alcester, SD, $100
TY, by GAVIN HUTCHISON, Norwood, MO, $25
VIVIAN MOBERG, the love of my life, by JOHN MOBERG, Minneapolis, MN, $50
WILLIAM TUOMALA, my husband, by JOYCE TUOMALA, Hoyt Lakes, MN, $100
WILLIAM WAITS, my husband, by HELEN WAITS, Nocatee, FL, $35
ZEFAN ABRAHAM, my mom, by TADESSE HABTEMARIAM, Winnipeg, CA, $25
(Any Memorials after 11/13/2018 will be listed in the January New Song)
(For the month of December 2018)
In Honor of…
BARBARA CROSSER, celebrating her 80th Birthday, by MAVIS BAKKEN, Volga, SD, $20
BERNIECE SPINELLI, prayer warrior & family spiritual leader, by DAVID SPINELLI, Aurelia, IA, $40
BRYAN ENVIK, my son, celebrating his Birthday, by WENDY ENVIK, Moorhead, MN, $25
DAN HAHN, my brother, celebrating his Birthday, by DENNIS & JUDY BLOCH, South Sioux City, NE, $20
DANA KELLER, our son, by BARB & ERNIE KELLER, Bruno, MN, $100
EARL JOHNSON, my husband, celebrating his 84th Birthday, by SHIRLEY JOHNSON, Manson, IA, $25
EVELYN JORGENSEN-SMITH, celebrating her 99th Birthday, by PEGGY HUELSMAN, Foxhome, MN, $100
FRANCIS STACEY, celebrating his 92nd Birthday, by his wife, LOIS STACEY, Bradley, SD, $25
GOD, for His blessing, by LORI TURNBOW, Gainesville, FL, $10
GOD’S PRECIOUS WORD TO US, by CAMILLE THOMPSON, Mesa, AZ, $100
IRMA HEMMINGSEN, our mother, celebrating her 98th Birthday, by ARDELLA & GERALD MCGEE, Trimont, MN, $200
JESUS & ALL RELATIVES & FRIENDS, by JOHN HAWLEY, Cheyenne, WY, $403
JESUS CHRIST, by NILES & PATRICIA SWANCUTT, Spencer, IA, $50
JOHN B. SCHELHAAS, my dad, by MARSHA SCHULZ, Canova, SD, $200
LORI, SHERI & KELLY, my three daughters, by MARY O’BRIEN, North Chesterfield, VA, $10
LUCILLE WOODSON, by JERRY& ELIZ BROWN, Warrensburg, MO, $20
MARYBETH JARES, by EMIL JARES, Colorado Springs, CO, $200
MR. & MRS. ROBERT DREWES, celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary, Palm Coast, FL, $100
MY FAMILY, by HELEN MOEN, Lakota, ND, $25
MY GRANDCHILDREN, by PHYLLIS CRAIG, Melbourne, FL, $100
MY LORD, by SHEILA TERRELL, Cheyenne, WY, $210
MY MOTHER, celebrating her 91st Birthday, by BERT KELLEY, Wichita, KS, $75
NORMA DEJONGH, by NORMAN DEJONGH, Luverne, MN, $25
OUR LORD & SAVIOR, by RONALD DYKSTRA, Sioux Falls, SD, $200
OUR LORD, for my health, by CATHIE MUELLER, Omaha, NE, $25
OUR PARENTS, by DELBERT PETERSON, Mitchell, SD, $100
PASTOR SALEM & CWH STAFF, by CONNIE YARBER, Corinth, MS, $500
PASTOR SALEM & STAFF, by JOHN & PATTY BEYERS, Roscoe, SD, $500.
PASTOR SALEM, 97th Birthday, by DARRELL SPARKS, Missoula, MT, $50
PASTOR SALEM, 97th Birthday, by FRAN RANDALL, Canistota, SD, $50
PASTOR SALEM, by DAVID BURROW, Hillsboro, OR, $100
PASTOR SALEM, by KATHY BATTLES, Homosassa, FL, $100
PASTOR SALEM, by LORI CHAMBERS, Fargo, ND, $500
RAY & FERN CARROLL, my parents-celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary, by LINDA TAYLOR, Tulsa, OK, $65
SHIRLEY DOERR, my sister, by LEANN KEIFER, New Hope, MN, $100
SON & GRANDSON, in loving honor, by LAURA CAREY, Minatare, NE, $15
(Any Dedications after 11/13/2018 will be listed in the January New Song)
DECEMBER 2 “WHERE IS HE? IN THE MESSAGE OF PROPHETS” MATTHEW 1:18-25
DECEMBER 9 “WHERE IS HE? IN THE ANNUNCIATION OF GABRIEL” LUKE 1:26-28
DECEMBER 16 “WHERE IS HE? IN THE SONG OF ANGELS” LUKE 2:8-14
DECEMBER 23 “WHERE IS HE? IN THE MANGER OF BETHLEHEM” LUKE 2:15-20
DECEMBER 30 “WHERE IS HE? IN HEAVEN INTERCEDING FOR US” HEBREWS 7:23-28
DECEMBER 3 “THE KING IS COMING” ISAIAH 9:7
DECEMBER 10 “MARY’S BEAUTIFUL SUBMISSION” LUKE 1:38
DECEMBER 17 “LISTEN TO THE ANGELS” LUKE 2:10
DECEMBER 24 “UNTO YOU IS BORN A SAVIOR” LUKE 2:11
DECEMBER 31 “JESUS, OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST!” HEBREWS 7:25
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