Christmas and the God of All

Greetings and Holy Felicitations and Blessings,

I have long been remiss in sending out updates, and for that I give my sincere apologies. The links between me and you, my family of friends, are tenuous, and they should be guarded and tended with greater thanks and care than I have. The hardest part of this trial, by far, is the separation from those I love. The food and lack of liberty I can handle. You, my brothers and sisters in Christ — including those who have been part of conflicts, and for whom I pray continually that God would bring reconciliation between us — are my dearly loved and missed family.

Christmas is one of my favourite feast and celebration times. I love holidays and birthdays and traditions, like the rest of my family. I have so many beautiful memories of Christmases past (like when we got a set of huge dictionaries and screamed like a ‘normal’ family getting a gaming system), of times with my family having fun. And somehow with all the presents our parents were able to keep our focus on the giving, not the getting. We loved the gifts, but the joy of giving is what I remember most. People say that’s what Christmas is about — because it is when we celebrate God giving Himself to us. And they are right. But there is more to that picture…

God is infinite, awesome, and great. The Creator, the King of kings, Lord of lords. God and Father of glory itself. Eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, the beginning and the end. He cannot possibly be arrogant because however much He thinks of Himself, He’s right. He is the only person who is perfectly justified in being selfish and self-centered. We glorify Him and He glorifies Himself and He deserves it. He doesn’t owe anyone anything. He could have wiped out the universe and been perfectly right in doing so; we deserve it.

But Jehovah God is greater than that because He is more than Sovereign. He is humble. He is meek and He lowers Himself to care about us, His rebellious creation. “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly.” (Psalm 138:6a) He stoops. He brought Himself down to our level and walked in the dirt with us. He didn’t value His Godhead and glory more than His desire to love, to give.

There are other religions with powerful gods, gods who can do great things. But that’s what’s so special about YHWH. He is not only the greatest God, He is also Jesus. He is a person. He loves. He feels. He hurts. He isn’t any less because He gives.

That’s why, in all the honour and glory and praise we give Him as the God whom all things glorify, and for whose glory all things are done, the ultimate standard of worth, and joy, and righteousness, and truth, we must also remember the other side of His amazing greatness. Our God is more than Everything — He is also humble. He accepts us and our infantile, half-hearted, stumbling love, our weak and dust-made efforts, our offerings of service broken and poorly wrapped… He accepts us.

And that is the greatest gift of all. That when He gave us Himself, wrapping His infinite greatness in finite weakness, He was giving us the ability to give to Him. Not in greed, for what can we give or add to Him? But in generosity, opening Himself up to a relationship of love and humility.

And that is something we should celebrate every day. The Christmas season isn’t over, not for my family (we tend to go from the day after Christmas to January 6th), but the time for giving and loving is never over. So give as Christ gave: humbly. And accept His gift of love.

May the God of all comfort grant you the revelation of His nearness and love, opening your heart as a channel to receive and give His passion and affection,
In the name and love and hope and joy of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus the Christ,
Your brother, Jaymes Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

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What if Mary had Twitter?

Hello everyone,

A while back (early this year actually), I acted in a really special event: the Easter Twitter Reenactment. I played Jeriah, a Roman centurion… the one who led the soldiers who executed Jesus. A hard part to play in many ways, but one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was able to personally experience something that is pivotal to my life, the Crucifixion, in a completely unique way.

This Christmas I am honored to be able to reprise that role… only this time I am playing Jeriah as a young soldier a few decades earlier. And his station is in Bethlehem.



How did Mary feel as she rode into Bethlehem on that fateful night?  What went through Joseph’s mind as he searched for lodging, turned away at every door?  How did the inn keeper react when the shepherds came to his stable, looking for the Messiah?

What if they could tweet?

This December, join the group that brought you “EaTR” (URL:  http://easter.christianfilmmakers.org) as they return to explore the birth of the Messiah in Christmas: A Twitter Reenactment.  Follow a group of actors as they recreate the Christmas story in real-time, delving into the emotions of that historic night – all in 140-character tweets.

To witness the entire reenactment, follow the official CaTR 2010 list (URL:  http://twitter.com/cf_narrator/catr) on Twitter.  Watch for the excitement on Thursday, December 16th, 2010, from 7-10pm CT, with scattered rehearsals beforehand.  In the meantime, please explore our website or follow the Narrator (URL:  http://twitter.com/cf_narrator) for updates and more information.  We’ll see you there!

I am very excited about this opportunity, and I would love to have you all participate. Make sure to follow us, and make sure to let everyone else know about it!

And there is even room for you to actually act in it, if you want. Just let the producers know and they will get you going (if you get lost and can’t find ’em, let me know, I can get you to them). 🙂

Holy Worlds Christmas Contest!

Hey everyone!

I got great news for you all: Holy Worlds is having a writing contest for Christmas! Here is the announcement:

Greetings and Excited Felicitations,

I am pleased and proud to announce that Holy Worlds will be having a Christmas Contest, with the prize being a free book from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

They have kindly given us five copies of The Skin Map to give away to you all. This is Stephen Lawhead’s latest book, and highly recommended by me and the others who have read it. You can read my review of it here, and our very own Robert Treskillard’s review series of it over here.

The contest will have five categories, one for each book. You will have to pick your category, because you can only enter once. Here are the five categories:

  1. A short story consisting of exactly 100 words. No more, no less. This is known as a Drabble, and you can read more about them over here.
  2. A poem consisting of not more than 1500 words.
  3. A short story consisting of 1000-2000 words.
  4. A story hook, consisting of no more than the first 2560 characters of a story.
  5. A description of a fantasy creature consisting of not more than 1000 words. You can choose out of the following creatures to describe:

We have judges right out of our very own Honor Roll Members and Forum Team, ready to judge these categories, so make sure you do a good job on those entries!

Submissions should be submitted by email as attachments (in .doc, .odt, or .rtf format) tocontests@holyworlds.org, or by private message as attachments (in one of the same formats as above) to me, Sir Emeth Mimetes, on the Holy Worlds Fantasy Forum. If you submit it via email, make sure you mention your username on the forum, so we know who you are.

This is open to members of the forum only, so if you aren’t a member yet, register now!

The deadline is Christmas day (December 25th), so you better get moving with those writing utensils.

Make sure that your entry is clean, Christian, and fantasy based, or we will disqualify it. The judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry for any reason (we won’t be mean about it though, haha). We want to be able to publish the winners (and maybe even Runners Up) all over the place, so we don’t want stuff that we wouldn’t want our little siblings to read.

Speaking of which, if you are worried about copyright, you retain all rights and ownership of your entries, just we get permission to post the entries for promotion purposes and whatnot.

And it all free! We will even pay the shipping costs to get the prizes to y’all!

So here is what you need to do:

  1. Get excited! Well, you probably already are, so check that one off.
  2. Register for the forums. Of course.
  3. Pick your category.
  4. Start writing!
  5. Tell everybody about it!

Yes, even though it might mean more competition, we want as many people as possible to participate. The main point of this contest is to get more people on the forums and to encourage you guys by giving you something to participate in.

If you have any questions at all, email them to contests@holyworlds.org, or to me at jay.lauser@sir-emeth.com, or private message a Marcher Lord on the forums.

The lines are open, get started! Have fun, and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

With joy and peace in Christ on behalf of the Holy Worlds Forum Team,
Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

Merry Christmas!

Greetings and Felicitations,

Many times the mere mention of a person’s name will elicit a joyful response in his heart. Many times a simple Thank You, or a You Are Welcome, will do the same. Many times a little gift given unasked will lighten a person’s day.

There have been times where a person has given his life for another’s, but that sacrifice is not received with joy, but with apathy. This is tragic, but it is true.

Over two thousand years ago, a great gift was made. It was a greater gift than even the gift of life itself, which had been given around four thousand years earlier. God came in human form to walk among us. He taught us many things and gave us hope.

Yet although this gift was great, it was only the prelude to the greatest gift of all. Christ, the Son of God, gave His life to us. Sacrificing Himself for our sakes, He hung on a cross in our place. Yet, all too often, we neglect to even thank Him.

I pray that this Christmas season you will think on what we are remembering and celebrating: the coming of Christ, God’s gift, and also Christ’s subsequent gift to us: His life, for our liberty.

May God bless and keep you on this festive day for His glory!

With joy and peace in Christ,
Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

P.S. This is a copy of the Christmas email that I sent out. If you missed it, you should have commented or dropped me a line so that I have your email address. 🙂