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It’s here again, the pressure, stress, anxiety, bitter-sweet feelings, and a long wait for Christmas. The night is here, yet the streets still look busy, the market is as full as though there is no tomorrow.
Everyone looks busy and in a haste to get something done. Some keep shopping for new stuff, others go through nice dresses bargaining with traders to arrive at a favourable price. While some few go through rejected ones tossed out by traders and as well end up with something for themselves. Some traders still hung around with the hope of selling out more before Christmas while others close early to prepare for Christmas.
The night before Christmas, I took a long walk through the market with no definite purpose in mind. But before retiring to bed, I figured out one special thing. Everyone was busy yet happy since they each had an expectation the…
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This poem written by English country clergyman Robert Herrick in the 17th century, was put to beautiful music by John Rutter 3 centuries later. It so beautifully expresses the heart from which we look upon this Christmas Day, that I had to include the words for you here.
What an amazing season of Advent! We saw how Emmanuel’s coming was foretold and how Jesus fulfilled those prophecies down to the very last detail! We learned that Jesus is the “monogenes” the One and Only Begotten, Unique Son of God which qualifies Him to be victorious over sin and death. Born among sacrificial lambs, He is the perfect, spotless Lamb of God who washes us whiter than snow. He is the Bread of Life born in the House of Bread. We saw God’s wisdom in the story of Ruth, and that through her, God grafted the Gentiles into the…
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It’s so hard to believe, but the year has almost passed… again! Can you even believe it? This pandemic really screwed everything up for the whole world…
Anyways, besides this, the year hasn’t been that bad. It got extremely better at the beginning of November when I started this website and I met YOU! Thank you very much for being here and for letting me be part of your life. It’s the best gift I could ever ask for!
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For the Christmas of
my sixteenth year,
I wanted one thing over all else.
It was my most brilliant idea, too.
So much so, I went straight to
the place of my parents work,
and bounding in,
immediately declared that
I wanted a new car for Christmas.
My dad and mom both stopped working,
and looked over at me.
My mom put down her coal shovel.
“Why do you think you deserve a new car?” My mom asked.
“Well, I said, thoughtfully,
“all of my friends have new cars.”
But my mom was clever and
prepared for such an answer.
“If all of your friends
were to jump off a bridge,” she asked,
“No.” I replied.
“All right,” she said.
“But would you for a new car?”
That Christmas morning
I awoke to find a long
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There are many different holidays celebrated at this time of year. Our family celebrates Christmas; other friends celebrate Kwanzaa, Yule, and Hanukah. This is why I choose to say “Happy Holidays” today. This blog has readers from all across the world — a fact which still astonishes me — and I am grateful for each of you.
Each year, I like to paint a winter scene for Christmas. Here is “Road Through the Snow”, my holiday greeting for 2020.
No matter what traditions you follow, what religion you practice, or what holiday you choose to celebrate at this time of year, I wish you the best, the brighest, the most beautiful of blessings.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.
This practice will help you experience the power of the pause. Read it first then try it for yourself.
Choose a time when you are involved in a goal-oriented activity such as reading , working, cleaning, eating – and explore pausing for a moment .
First , stop what you are doing , sit comfortably and allow your eyes to close . Take a few deep breaths and with each out-breath, let go of any worries or thoughts about what you are going to do next . Release any thightness in the body as best you can.
Now, notice what you experience as you inhabit the pause .
What sensations are you aware of in your body?
Do you feel anxious or restless as you are to step out of your mental stories?
Do you feel compelled to get back to whatever you were doing before?
Can you simply allow…
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Silent night, holy night,
Stille nacht, heilige nacht.
Millions of Christians around the world will sing this beloved hymn “Silent Night” during the Christmas season. This favorite Christmas carol has been translated into just about every language in the world. What a joyous thought to know that so many people will be remembering the day of Jesus’ birth in spite of the challenges of the year.
One Christmas Eve 1818 in Oberndorf, north of Salzburg, Father Joseph Mohr knew that St. Nicholas Church would be completely full of people. Father Mohr had a sermon in mind, a message for his flock on this sacred night, but he wanted a carol, something special this Christmas Eve service.
“Silent night, holy night” was the first line from a poem that the young Austrian priest had written two years before. Now he can’t get the phrase out of his mind. “Silent night, holy…
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John begins his account of the life of Jesus with the reading you just heard. It is rich, meaningful, complicated and an entire PhD dissertation could be written about those few paragraphs. Many dissertations, in fact, have been written about them. And books too. And courses taught. And lives fully dedicated to their understanding.
It is not at all like the versions from Matthew and Luke that we see on Christmas cards and hear in carols. John’s Gospel does not have the shepherds, angels, a bright star, the manger or magi.
Instead, John tells us: “… the light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.“
So much about our faith can be summarized by this simple expression: “There is more there than meets the eye.”
There is more there than meets the eye…
A light shining in the night sky signifies the greatest…
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Be sure to follow the news over the holiday, our professor told us as we headed out the door. It was 2002, and I was a freshman journalism student in Washington, DC. Because this is when the powers-that-be do their worst. When no one is paying attention, he practically had to shout over us to […]
The author of this excellent piece really struck a chord with a similar vein of thinking I’ve mulled over this holiday season.
Positive thinking here doesn’t correlates with the positive thinking that psychology preaches. However, the difference is that while psychology believes’ system, draws its strength from scientific research, Christianity or faith-based positive thinking draws its strength from the word of God. Christianity is not a believes’ system nor a religious theory. “It’s drawing life from the fountain of truth revealed.” Anonymous. It’s the manifestation of the power of God in His people.
Psychological rooted positive thinking is prone to failure while faith is not. Psychology positive thinking is premised on reasoning, faith is a mind-based activity (it’s rooted in the heart). Faith does things that human logic sometimes perceives as stupid.
Faith means the mind is killed by the head, air of fear and doubts cannot be perceived when faith is active. Faith-based positive thinking secures divine attention and provokes the release of miracles, signs and wonders.
I remember a night…
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2Corfintians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
If Jesus didn’t suffer, did not die and rise again to be with Our Farther in heaven, we HAVE NO HOPE. However because His mercy abounds He sends us His Holy Spirit, to comfort us in our sorrow, in our joy and in our peace of mind, that His power to redeem us has no end, no expiration date. He is not a bag of potato chips that goes stale.
His Righteousness, is the MORNING STAR, THE LIGHTS, like we see hanging all around the Christmas trees, the neighbors porch, the garage with colored light, against the hedge surround by “snow”.
God has no need “of sacrifices of burnt offerings.” He is not pleased with the…
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Let us keep hope alive by stoking the fire that drives us to thrive. Let love and light conspire to win our heart’s true prize, and let fortune come sure as the sunrise. Thank you for being such awesome readers! Wishing you all that only the best, and most wonderous blessings come home to nest!
Merry Christmas! 🎄