December 24, 2020
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December 24, 2020      

Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:

  • The best gift this Christmas is giving to others
  • Movies You Don't Want To Miss
  • Sometimes Santa deserves hazardous duty pay
  • The greatest gift
  • 'The Hungry Times'

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Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

The best gift this Christmas is giving to others

By Mike Huckabee

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the One who told us, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” But on holidays like this that emphasize parties and socializing, many people feel lonely or abandoned. This year, even people who normally get invitations may be feeling lonely and isolated. They may not realize how many people really do care about them. Let this story from Linda in North Carolina be a reminder:

"Several years ago, we had a family up the hill who were having a very rough time. They had broken glass in their windows, no heat and no prospects for a nice Christmas.

We got neighbors together and one day when they were gone, the men went up and put in new glass, bought heaters and warmed up their trailer and went to get them a Christmas tree. The ladies and kids made ornaments, went to stores and got donations of toys and clothing, food and electric blankets. We all met at the trailer, cooked, decorated, put up the tree, wrapped packages, and made beds with the new blankets then went to our home to wait for them to return.

A while later, the family came running down the hill in the snow and flew into our house, trying to tell us through tears what someone had done. The mother couldn't believe that so many people cared about them. She didn't realize it, but being able to do that for them made Christmas very special for all of us.”

Thank you, Linda, for that perfect story to remind us that the gifts that give us the most satisfaction aren’t those we get, but the ones we give to others.

Movies you don't want to miss

By Mike Huckabee

Not all movies are CGI smash-‘em-ups or dramas about how evil and greedy business people are. Some great movies are now being made for conservative, Christian and pro-life audiences. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss and that would make excellent gifts for your like-minded friends and relatives. 
 
 
Climate Hustle 2”: This documentary casts a skeptical eye on apocalyptic climate change predictions. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, who with his wife Sam is one of the best friends of our show. Kevin is leading a box office revolution by producing and acting in a number of high quality, faith-based films. You can check out all his projects at www.kevinsorbo.net and get “Climate Hustle 2” on DVD here: www.climatehustle2.com
  
 
Divided Hearts of America”: NFL great Benjamin Watson visited “Huckabee” to discuss his documentary on the divide over abortion. His books are at www.thewatsonseven.com and you can purchase the film as a streaming download at https://salemnow.com/divided-hearts-of-america/   
 
 
Free Burma Rangers”: A gripping documentary about a Christian humanitarian organization that faces impossible odds to rescue children in war zones. Available as a download: https://www.amazon.com/Free-Burma-Rangers-David-Eubank/dp/B0876N9341
God’s Not Dead 2”: How could I not include the movie I was actually in? The entire three-film “God’s Not Dead” series is now available in a single DVD collection: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Not-Dead-3-Movie-Collection/dp/B07DVM7QHZ
  
Gosnell”: This 2018 real-life horror film about abortionist/serial killer Kermit Gosnell was directed by Nick Searcy, an actor so good he continues landing great roles in Hollywood despite his in-your-face conservative beliefs. The media tried to hide this film, the same way they tried to hide Gosnell's crimes, but they failed both times. “Gosnell” is on DVD here: https://www.amazon.com/Gosnell-Americas-Biggest-Serial-Killer/dp/B07KBQN1MM 
 
At his website, Nick Searcy also sells boxes of his own fine cigars: http://www.nicksearcy.com  
He’s building a pro-America, family-friendly Netflix-like streaming entertainment service free of politics and leftist Hollywood gatekeepers. Target launch date is next March, and it will be called Creado, so watch out for that. 
 
 
Home Sweet Home”: Stars Natasha Bure and Ben Elliot dropped by “Huckabee” to promote this light, fun romantic comedy with an underlying Christian message. Available as a download here: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Sweet-Natasha-Bure/dp/B084X4P3KN/ 
…Or with a subscription to PureFlix, the streaming service with hundreds of family-friendly and faith-based films: https://app.pureflix.com/videos/311474214649/home-sweet-home  
 
 
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland”: A stunning, faith-based historical biography filmed in the actual places where it happened. Star John Rhys-Davies visited “Huckabee” to talk about it. Now available on DVD, only at www.iampatrick.com
 
 
I Can Only Imagine”: The mega-hit based on the true story behind the biggest-selling Christian single of all time, written by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard about his relationship with his father. The 2018 Dove Award winner for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” https://www.amazon.com/Can-Only-Imagine-Madeline-Carroll/dp/B07BLJ4MD7 
 
 
I Still Believe”: The inspiring true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and how his faith was tested by tragedy. Featuring Huck’s Hero Gary Sinese: https://www.amazon.com/I-Still-Believe-Gary-Sinise/dp/B085RR61P9 
 
 
Infidel”: One of the most powerful faith-based dramas of the year, starring “The Passion of the Christ’s” Jim Caviezel. It’s still in theaters but will be available to buy streaming on December 1st or preorder the DVD available December 15, both at www.infidel911.com.  
 
 
Jesus”: The spectacular Broadway-style production seen by over 1 million people, filmed in front of a live audience (originally a Fathom Event.) https://www.sight-sound.com/store/95 
Trailer for “Jesus”: https://youtu.be/Wrbpv7LRknE 
 
 
No Safe Spaces”: Possibly the most important documentary of the year, as Adam Carolla, Dennis Prager and other guests take on campus speech police and rising threats to our First Amendment rights.  To stream the film or get it on DVD, visit www.nosafespaces.com.
 
 
The Last Full Measure”: One of the best dramas of the year, a true story of military heroism and deep state skullduggery, features an all-star cast, including my wonderfully gracious TV guest, Diane Lane. Now on DVD and Blu-Ray.   
 
Trump Card”: The latest documentary from conservative filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza is an expose of the socialism, corruption and gangsterization that now define the Democratic Party. You can order it on DVD, along with his books and other movies, at www.DineshDsouza.com
 
 
Unplanned”: The movie that Hollywood and social media tried and failed to abort, it’s the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who had a pro-life conversion after seeing what abortion really was and how PP operates. With a great lead performance by Ashley Bratcher, who appeared on “Huckabee.” 
 
 
You Can’t Take My Daughter”: The true story of Analyn Megison, founder of Hope After Rape Conception, who fought to prevent her rapist from taking her baby. Available as a download from Amazon, the film also stars Kirstie Alley, who deserves our support after being viciously attacked by her former colleagues in Hollywood for supporting President Trump:  https://www.amazon.com/CANT-DAUGHTER-ANALYN-MEGISON-STORY/dp/B084V11VV2
 

Sometimes Santa deserves hazardous duty pay

By Mike Huckabee

Recently, police officers have become targets of hatred, assaults and even deadly violence. Right now is a perfect time to stop and reflect on the many ways in which police officers and other first responders such as firefighters and EMTs give up their holidays so that we can enjoy ours in safety. Many officers also go above and beyond the call of duty by performing incredible volunteer work. One of those was a listener of mine named Randy, a retired police sergeant from Wyoming. He shared a memory of a time when playing Santa Claus should have come with hazardous duty pay.

Randy wrote:

"For many years, it was my distinct pleasure to assume the role of 'real Santa' at Christmas time. Though my sleigh was still a black and white sedan, my uniform changed from dark blues to a genuine Santa suit. I appeared on Christmas Eve, right at bedtime, delivering toys to needy children as well as my fellow officers…who had small children. What made this all work was the 'understanding' of the parents to make sure the kids were close to the front window upon my arrival, that they were not allowed out on the porch (where I left their gifts) until I was out of sight, and under NO circumstances were any pets to be loose.

All the parents were following Santa's instructions to the letter...until I got to my Chief's house. I gently placed (his sons') gifts on the porch (and) began to shake the bells, anticipating three squashed, tiny faces peering into the frosty night, trying to catch a glimpse of Santa. To my surprise...No faces. I shook the bells harder and added a hearty ‘HO, HO, HO!’ Still, no faces.

Now in mid-‘HO,’ I heard the front door open and a small dog barking. 'For cryin' out loud,' I muttered, as I jumped toward the driveway. If only I'd remembered the small wire fence surrounding his wife's flower bed. There was no time to pick myself up, as I heard high-pitched giggles floating on the cold night air. A quick double combat roll placed me out of innocent eyes' way, underneath my boss's pickup truck."

Then Randy heard a noise that seemed to be very close: "I smelled the dog food on his breath a scant millisecond before he yapped out the alarm. The 'WHOA!' that jumped from my lips was cut painfully short as I rammed my head into the pickup's driveline... The thought crossed my mind to reach out and pinch off his little windpipe, but that seemed a bit ugly for Christmas Eve."

A pair of cowboy boots suddenly replaced the dog: "I recognized my boss's voice as the words, 'Merry Christmas, heh, heh, heh," settled onto the cold concrete... 'Merry Christmas, Chief,' I replied as a solitary drop of black engine oil struck me dead center in the forehead. 'THANKS FOR NOT TURNING ON THE PORCH LIGHT!'

I continued on my rounds, a black greasy racing stripe running from my white curly beard to my belt, a well-lubricated lump on my forehead. I finished just as a soft snow began to fall, covering everything in a glistening blanket of white. It seemed the perfect punctuation mark to end another Christmas on Patrol."

Thanks again for that great story, Randy. And thanks to all the police officers and other first responders and military members who go above and beyond, and sometimes even roll underneath, to keep us all safe during the holidays and all year ‘round.

The greatest gift

By Mike Huckabee

One of the hardest jobs a parent faces is answering all those questions kids ask that sometimes force us to think about things that hadn’t occurred to us as adults. Mary from Ohio wrote:

“Our 6-year-old grandson, Isaiah, who was adopted from Guatemala, posed this question to his parents: ‘Was Baby Jesus adopted?’ Wow! The answer is so deep, and leads to so many other Biblical references to adoption. Joseph wasn't Jesus' father - God was, but Joseph raised him here on Earth. When we accept Jesus, we're adopted into His Heavenly Family, so we're all brothers and sisters. When we become a member of Jesus' family, we're also adopted into the Family of His chosen people, the Jews. So...it seems to me, not only was Jesus adopted, He was the author of Adoption. From the mouths of babes.”

Thank you, Mary. I have a feeling that as that special little boy has grown up, he’s given your family a lot to think about and a lot to be thankful for. And here’s a story that highlights another aspect of adoption, from the other point of view:

Tia from Kansas wrote that Christmas was always the hardest time of year to face, until she discovered a very personal connection to the true meaning of Christmas:

"When I was 16, I was alone and scared on Christmas -- having a baby that I decided to give up for adoption. For years afterward, I didn't like Christmas and never did much during the season. But the Lord changed my heart, showing me that I gave a beautiful gift to some family, my only son, just like He did. I've enjoyed and celebrated Christmas ever since."

Thank you, Tia. I know your son's adoptive parents would thank you a million times over, if they could, for the greatest Christmas gift they ever received. I’m sure Mary from Ohio would agree.

'The Hungry Times'

By Mike Huckabee

These days, too many people are trying to take religion out of the Christmas season. It sometimes makes me think, “Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do…or what they’re missing.” Maybe this letter will make it clear.

A Reverend wrote to me from Malawi:

“After having been raised up in urban North American culture, it was refreshing, but also a bit disorientating, to spend my first Christmas in Africa in 2009. There was a Baptist Church of course, but no Christmas Trees and no caroling in the streets, and no mad dash to the Mall to buy presents. The mixed congregation of ex-pats and nationals who attended the Christmas Sunday service sang the carols we were accustomed to, but there appeared to be far less excitement…

This is the ‘Hungry Times’ when most folks, aside from us ex-pats, are living off of the stored up remnants of last year’s harvest, with an eye to how little there is left and how long until the next harvest comes in. Nevertheless, on the morning after Christmas, we were all called to return to the Church and bring food and clothing and the Word of God and prepare to visit Zomba Central Prison to distribute some hope and good cheer.

This Prison is a daunting facility built by Colonialists in the 1930's that, today, houses twice as many inmates as it was designed for. We shared the goods and the Gospel with inmates, in both men's wing and women's wing. And so, for me, began a ministry of Prison Chaplaincy in the Prisons of southern Malawi.

…It’s ‘Hungry Time" again, but I thank God that the inmates are hungry for the Gospel. In the six Prisons and Prison Farms where we work, we have seen over 240 decisions to accept Christ (including many from Muslim backgrounds) and 160 inmates Baptized and inmates are being transformed by the power of God. Some of those counseled before release are eager to return to their villages and tell others of the one who came as our Savior that first Christmas morning. And for that, I'll forever enjoy a different kind of Christmas.”

Thank you, Reverend, for sharing your unique Christmas experience with us. If you’d like to learn more about the fine work done by Emmanuel International Mission in Malawi and elsewhere, you can read about it online at www.EIM-US.org

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  • Stephen Russell

    12/25/2020 11:28 AM

    Christmas Eve dinner idea:
    Baked potato bar
    Smoked meat ( ham, turkey, etc)
    Salad
    Appetizer trays: cheese, shrimp etc.
    Vegetables
    Wines,
    spice cake
    egg nog
    ( from So CA)

  • Stephen Russell

    12/25/2020 10:42 AM

    Rev from Africa:
    Post more stories like this in news feed, worldwide
    Needed
    & Merry Christmas.

  • Jerry korba

    12/25/2020 10:14 AM

    Defund Congress China virus relief fund needs that foreign aid directed to Americans first take care of America first after we get on our feet in a few years maybe we can help with our Friends around the world we should help with food now after all Americans are fed we can’t help others till we get healthy ourselves just like the airline commercial put your mask on first then assist others

  • LeeMar Zarr

    12/25/2020 09:41 AM

    I am writing this on Christmas day as it would be a very nice present for so many of us...I may be "old school" BUT, you can NOT tell or convince me or any logical thinking person with the common sense GOD gave us to "Believe" there are NO PAPER / ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER TRAILS FROM SON TO HIS FATHER, UNCLE AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. If that was discovered would that NOT disqualify the DEMONcratic Candidates from taking the PRESIDENT's office? Would that not also STOP all demoncrats in their tracts...especially the VP plans to TAKE OVER AS PRESIDENT JUST AS SOON AS SHE CAN by declaring the president mentally incompetent to perform his duties properly? This is where the PRESENT president while in office needs private people to do through investigations, and make the PROOF mass media dispersed to the entire world. We the people can NO LONGER trust our "sworn protectors" of the people or the laws to do their jobs responsibly with dedication, truth, integrity and legal justice anymore. IT IS TIME THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON LEGALLY FIND THE TRUTH AND MAKE IT KNOWN WORLD-WIDE SO IT CAN NOT BE HIDDEN ANYMORE OR IGNORED! Everyone of us "Little People" ask what can I do as an individual...WELL WE THE LITTLE PEOPLE THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES, HOMES, OUR WAY OF LIFE, JUSTICE, AND OUR NATION THAT IS BEING DESTROYED FROM THE INSIDE BY OUTSIDE BRIBES AND FOREIGN INFLUENCES! That would be a nice present for so many of us....Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 to us all "little people."

  • James Drury Jr

    12/24/2020 09:05 PM

    Thanks Mike & Staff, and Merry Christmas.

  • PAUL SCHABER

    12/24/2020 09:04 PM

    Those where great articles you printed today.

    This is for the Woke people that have been demanding
    that statues of Confederate officers and military
    bases have their names changed or removed from history
    those leaders had the Union Army with was commanded by
    Generals and political Appointees who did not know how to
    fight or win a battle at any cost.

    Since you want Robert E Lee statue and other Confederate Leaders
    and people you feel do not meet your standards removed from
    the Capital and other places hen you must also remove go to
    Arlington National Cemetery and have all the remains of
    those buried there removed too.

    If you knew your history, Arlington National Cemetery and all the
    buildings on that property was previously thehome of Robert E, Lee
    and his family and was forcefully taken from his
    family for him leading the Confederacy and you will also have
    close Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia, his grandfather is
    the name on the fort.

    Merry Christmas

  • Steve Fay

    12/24/2020 07:37 PM

    Merry Christmas! God bless!

  • Christine G Anderson

    12/24/2020 06:42 PM

    God Bless You Gov. Huckabee and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Floyd Unger

    12/24/2020 06:07 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee