Ignatius of Antioch on the Divinity of Christ

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ignatiusWhosoever, therefore, declares that there is but one God, only so as to take away the divinity of Christ, is a devil,3 and an enemy of all righteousness. He also that confesseth Christ, yet not as the Son of the Maker of the world, but of some other unknown4 being, different from Him whom the law and the prophets have proclaimed, this man is an instrument of the devil. And he that rejects the incarnation, and is ashamed of the cross for which I am in bonds, this man is antichrist.5 Moreover, he who affirms Christ to be a mere man is accursed, according to the [declaration of the] prophet,6 since he puts not his trust in God, but in man. Wherefore also he is unfruitful, like the wild myrtle-tree.

Beware, therefore, of those that hasten to work mischief, those “enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose glory is in their shame.”7 Beware of those “dumb dogs,” those trailing serpents, those scaly8 dragons, those asps, and basilisks, and scorpions. For these are subtle wolves,9 and apes that mimic the appearance of men.

3 Comp. John 6:70. Some read, “the son of the devil.”

4 Or, “that cannot be known.”

5 Comp. 1 John 2:22, 4:3; 2 John 7.

6 Jer. 17:5.

7 Phil. 3:18, 19.

8 The text is here doubtful.

9 Literally, “fox-like those,” lynxes being perhaps intended.

Pseudo-Ignatius of Antioch, “The Epistle of Ignatius to the Antiochians” In , in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume I: The Apostolic Fathers With Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson and A. Cleveland Coxe (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 111.

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Forever As One

The morning sun rises and traces the Philippine skies
You awake and rise to wipe the sleepy from your eyes

The evening sun lowers to rest below the Texas skies
I lie down to rest and let sleep fill my sleepy eyes

Same sun, but seen from two different places
Same sun, but seen by two different faces

Two different places, but forever together with one heart
Two different faces, but one in mind and never apart

Separately planned to be specifically conformed to the Son
And yet eternally planned to be united forever as one

– James Monroe Almon

The Angel He Sees

The Angel He Sees

Do you see him sitting there?
His smile full of joy and happiness;
The light in his eyes confess
The warmest affection his heart bears.

For before him in the sweetest memory
Someone in the most majestic grace proceeds.
For the expression he bears is a lover’s indeed,
And his expression tells it is an angel he sees!

Do you see him sitting there?
His smile full of joy and happiness;
The light in his eyes confess
The warmest affection his heart bears.

For before him in the sweetest memory
This angel speaks in the sweetest voice.
Telling him how in Christ her heart does rejoice,
And his expression tells of the one whom he sees.

Do you see me sitting there?
My smile full of joy and happiness;
The light in my eyes confess
The warmest affection my heart bears.

There’s no mistaken this angel’s identity.
Beautiful black hair, beauty beyond measure,
Soft sweet smile, eyes that shine, and a heart to be treasured.
That beautiful angel could only be you my sweet Janlie!

– James Monroe Almon

Article Written for My Unit’s Newsletter

The Real Santa Claus
by Chaplain Candidate (2LT) James M. Almon

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May I have your attention please? Won’t the real Santa Claus please stand up, please stand up, please stand up?

If someone were to ask you who Santa Claus is, what would you tell them? I’m sure most of us would describe him as a man that lives in the North Pole, has a long white beard, wears a red suit, flies through the air in a sled powered by reindeer (one with a shiny red nose), he brings gifts to good boys and girls (now a days bad ones as well), and a guy that could lose some weight. Am I close? Am I conjuring up familiar and warm images, songs, and stories?

May I have your attention please? Won’t the real Santa Claus please stand up, please stand up, please stand up?

So who is the real Santa Claus? Well for starters his real name is Saint Nicholas of Myra. He was born in the 3rd Century in Asia Minor. He used his entire inheritance to help the poor, the sick, and children in need. He gave in secret, expecting nothing in return. He attended the Council of Nicea in AD 325. Greatly loved for his faith, compassion and care, he is venerated by Christians in both East and West. Tradition also has it that Saint Nicholas saved young women from slavery, protected sailors, spared innocents from execution, provided grain in a famine, and rescued a kidnapped boy.

So, knowing a little more about the real Santa Claus, how does this change even a portion of our perspective on the Christmas season? Let me offer two areas to consider and find application in our lives during this Christmas season and afterwards.

First, Saint Nicholas gave to meet needs not wants. Our wants during the Christmas season usually involve things that aren’t necessary for life.

Second, Saint Nicholas’s giving to those in need was a lifestyle.

The Christmas season is a very special and holy time for many. It is the time of the year where Christians celebrate God giving us His Son for our salvation and the eventual restoration our fallen world. In the gift of Christ, God meets our greatest needs. For some there is not a religious element, but universally it is a season of giving.

Whether it is family, friends, or perfect strangers, by considering how to and living a lifestyle of meeting needs rather than wants, just like Saint Nicholas, we help sustain and enrich one of God’s greatest gifts, human life.