One thing that Rhonda and I have always loved about Hallelujah Diet is that it isn’t just a business. It is s a ministry with a mission to help people make God the center of their live and to adopt the diet that He gave us. And we believe that our success is based on the fact that we put God and the welfare of others ahead of our own interests.
In other words, we think that God has blessed us and Hallelujah Diet because of our dedication to spiritual and physical health, empowering ourselves and others to lead a rich and fulfilling life, full of prayer and vibrant life.
Through the years, well meaning people have often said something like this to me: “If you would just remove the Christian emphasis from Hallelujah Diet and your writings, you would appeal to far more people and sell more products.”
But my retort has always been the same: “I believe that if we were ever to do that, God would remove his blessing, and Hallelujah Diet would slowly fade away, and for good reason. We don’t have to separate our work from our spiritual beliefs. The spirit can guide our daily endeavors if we just allow God into everything we do.
The Bible says:
Each year at Hallelujah Diet, until Rhonda and I moved to Florida, we held a Christmas party for our staff, and every year at that Christmas party I read the Christmas story as found in Luke chapter 2 and commented on the true meaning of Christmas, while encouraging staff to keep Christ in Christmas. Since moving to Florida, my son Paul has assumed my role.
If we were to ever remove Christ from Christmas, all we would have left is a “MASS.”
During recent years, it has become the custom for many businesses during the Christmas season to say to use the politically correct expression, “Happy Holidays.” At Hallelujah Diet, you will not hear “Happy Holidays” coming from Rhonda, from me, or our staff, but rather “Merry Christmas” or “Have a Blessed Christmas.”
Sadly, many of the people seem to have forgotten “the reason for the season.” We find what Christmas is all about in Luke 2:1-11, with an emphasis on verses 10 and 11:
Christmas should be the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ!
Christ is missing at most of the parties as well in the hearts of many at “holiday” celebrations.
So who is this “Christ” whose birth we celebrate December 25?
In Genesis 1:1 we read:
Have you ever wondered who was with God in the beginning? Or who was with God in Genesis 1:26: “And God said let US make man in our image, and after our likeness”?
The answer is “In the beginning” in Genesis 1:1, in John’s Gospel, the first chapter, verses 1-14:
And notice whom the Bible tells us this “Word” was that was “with God in the beginning.” In verse 14 we learn who this “Word” was, and is, and forever more shall be:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The birth of Jesus Christ had been prophesied by the prophet Isaiah some 750 years prior to His birth with these words:
And this prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-23:
According to the clear teachings of the Bible, God took upon Himself a body of flesh and came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ:
I will conclude our reading of the Scriptures with these verses from John 1:10-14:
Yes, the true meaning of Christmas is that it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ! Now you know why we here at Hallelujah Diet and in the Malkmus family will be celebrating Christmas this year. I trust that you who are reading this will be celebrating Christmas this year as well.
A Christmas Wish
Rhonda and this editor wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas! If you were among those who sent us email best wishes or a postal Christmas card, thank you! We love and appreciate you. Thank you for standing with us, and for your prayers and encouragement this past year. We send our love and prayers back to you!
Feel free to share this Christmas message with friends and loved ones.
If you only know Jesus as a babe in a manger scene or someone whose birth is celebrated each year, may I encourage you to come to know Him in a personal way by asking Him to come into your heart, forgive you for your sins, and become your Saviour.
I personally invited Jesus into my heart to be my Saviour on May 29, 1957 at a Billy Graham Crusade rally at the age of 23. That was a very long time ago, and I can truthfully say that He has never left me nor forsaken me. And I know that He lives because He is the first person I talk to each morning and the last person I talk to each night.
If you would like more information on how to personally get to know the Christ of Christmas, click here to write me and I will send you some literature or have someone personally contact you with more information.