In Matthew’s account of the Christmas story, Magi from the east came to find the newborn king and worship him. And then Matthew 2:3 says, “When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” That italicized phrase is worth noting.
This Christmas, your invitation to others can be vital!
Scholars believe that “all Jerusalem” refers not to the average citizen in Jerusalem, but “all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law” (Matthew 2:4). In other words, it was the “in crowd,” those that retained power over the average citizen. Matthew’s gospel goes on to say these people knew enough about the Messiah to give Herod the information he needed to rid himself of any successor to his throne.
There was word of the Messiah weeks or months earlier. Luke’s account of the nativity says that when the shepherds saw Jesus, “they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them” (Luke 2:17-18). Those “crazy shepherds” telling stories again… telling tales of strange things that no one can fathom, almost like telling fish stories and “the one that got away.”
This Christmas, you play a critical role as God’s messenger of bringing good tidings of great joy, and KAMB is here to help. When you invite someone to listen to KAMB’s Christmas Festival of Music, you’re inviting them to hear the Christmas story every hour of every day throughout the holiday season, and beyond – without commercials. Tens of thousands of people still do not know about Jesus, even in the Central Valley and Central Coast.
Use KAMB as a tool to introduce your family and friends to the ultimate gift God offers – the gift of his son, Emmanuel; God with us.
We’ve made it easy for you to do so. Just click here to send a festive email invitation from you to anyone you choose. It’s a simple way to spread the joy of this season. Commercial-free Christmas carols and music sung by your favorite artists with the message that Jesus, the Messiah, has come.
Believe it or not, talking taxes at Christmas dates to the first Christmas. Luke 2 recounts the declaration of Caesar Augustus taking a census of the entire Roman world. So, what does a census have to do with taxes? Even today as it was in the time of Christ, a major reason for a census is to assist in the collection of taxes to support government programs utilized by its citizens. In short, Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem in preparation for the taxes they would eventually pay.
Charitable giving and filing your 2022 taxes in the new year…
Recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued two articles in a series designed to prepare taxpayers that will file 2022 tax returns. You’ll find those articles here and here. Of note, the IRS reminded readers to report all income, including income from part-time work, side or “gig” jobs, and the sale of goods. It also said that refunds will likely be smaller this year as there were no Economic Income Payments for 2022 and the probable inability to deduct charitable donations.
Your team at KAMB understands how the increased strain on your personal budget may affect your ability to give to KAMB. The commitment of listeners like you remains as overwhelming evidence of God’s faithfulness and favor in sustaining the ministry of KAMB. It takes a team to do what we all do together to spread the Good News of Jesus throughout the Central Valley and Coast.
Thank you for your continued generosity in helping KAMB remain a light in the darkness of today’s world.
We welcome your year-end gift of any size to keep us moving forward. Visit celebrationradio.com/support to make your gift today.
Over the past two weeks, we hope you’ve enjoyed KAMB’s Christmas Festival of Music. Our team feels honored to serve you with music and programming crafted to keep your heart and mind on the true meaning and significance of Christmas.
There’s still time to bless others.
But, it’s still not the same without you and your story. Between songs, you may hear stories of Christmas memories, favorite Christmas carols, and Christmas traditions, offered by listeners right here in the central valley.
- What’s your favorite Christmas carol? Do you appreciate the depth of theology in the lyric, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing or the simplicity and quietness of Silent Night?
- And what of your favorite Christmas tradition – the reading of the Christmas story, hanging that special ornament on the tree, or finding those special treasures in your Christmas stocking?
We want to hear your Christmas story.
We’d love to hear them, and bless others with those stories when you record your story. Simply click here and under the headline SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS STORY you can record a brief comment. Including your name and the city from which you live is optional; we just want to hear how God is displaying his story through your story at Christmas.