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Thought For The Day 12/24/13

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And Unto Us…

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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As much as I might wish I could lay claim to the honor, their can be no more beautiful words that can weave their magic quite the same way the Bible does, when it comes to describing the birth of the Christ Child. This is especially true when those words are shared using the beautifully melodic lilt of the King James Version of the passages! So sit back, and read the story the way it was intended to be read, and paint a masterpiece in your mind of this miracle and gift that was given to mankind!

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Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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“O Come All Ye Faithful”

This Christmas Carol was performed and arranged by

Michael Fawcett

It was included in an album of Christmas music originally released in 2000.

This version was uploaded to YouTube December 16th, 2011

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
 
Isaiah 9:6-7

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Thought For The Day 12/23/13

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Dear God,

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‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.

Alice Walker

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/thank_you.html

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I shared a picture on my social media site the other day and it garnered many, many comments as well as likes from friends (and even strangers). The picture I am referring to appears above, and I share it again with and for you, for a reason. You see, I think that we forget just how easy it is to say “Thank You”.

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Now, whether you are saying it to someone you love (like your spouse, child or a friend), or someone you don’t even know well (like the person who rang up your purchases at the store), the process is exactly the same.  But did you know it as easy to say “Thank You” to God as it is to say it to those friends,  neighbors? In fact, it may even be easier, since God already knows you, and what you need as well as the things you are grateful for.

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So in an effort to share with you exactly how easy it really is, I decided that rather than write some pearls of my own, I would share some “Thank You” pearls from others!

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The things that are worthy of that gratitude to God are as numerous as there are stars in the heavens. However there is one commonality that connects each expression….and that is that they are brief and succinct!

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Dear God,

Thank you for being love. I now realize that when I am loving, I am you. When I am full of fear, hatred, or anger, then I am pushing you away with both arms. If I open those arms and expose my heart, then you are always there to give me the love I need.

Love Always,

Your son,

Kozo Hattori

http://everydaygurus.com/2013/08/04/thank-you-letter-to-god/

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dear god5

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Dear Jesus,

God, i know i never wrote to you for so long. But i know that you’re the only one that can help me. Thank you.

i love you. britt

http://ourletterstogod.tumblr.com/

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dear-god 5

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Dear God,

I just want to thank you for all of your goodness and faithfulness to me and my family. This has been a great year. In spite of all my lows and failures, I know that your blessings and goodness for me outweighs them all. Besides, I know and believe that you’re doing all these for my good. I pray that we’ll continue to keep grounded and rooted in You and Your word. I know that there are better and best days for me ahead and I thank You, Almighty Father. Please help me with all the challenges I’m now facing with my relationships, future, and every area of my life. I surrender to You, Lord. I trust in You.

In Your Most Mighty Name, Amen.

http://ourletterstogod.tumblr.com/

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dear god

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Every single image and letter I shared was simple, to the point and most importantly, from the heart! So if all of these people can manage to thank the Almighty for their blessings, why can’t the rest of us? All we need do is close our eyes, bow our heads, open our hearts and say three words. No more. You see, He knows what is inside of our hearts, and all that we need, even before we know it ourselves. So what are those magic 3 words? “THANK YOU GOD”! And I suspect that this is something each of us can manage at least once every day!

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We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”

2 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV

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Thought For The Day 12/22/13

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

 Sunday December 22nd, 2013

(The Fourth Sunday Of Advent)

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Matthew the apostle and evangelist is mentioned in the 4 catalogues of the apostles in Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15, Acts 1:13, though his place is not constant in this list, varying between the 7th and the 8th places and thus exchanging positions with Thomas. The name occurring in the two forms Matthaios, and Maththaios, is a Greek reproduction of the Aramaic Mattathyah, i.e. “gift of Yahweh,” and equivalent to Theodore.

Before his call to the apostolic office, according to Matthew 9:9, his name was Levi. The identity of Matthew and Levi is practically beyond all doubt, as is evident from the predicate in Matthew 10:3; and from a comparison of Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27 with Matthew 9:9. Mark calls him “the son of Alpheus” (Mark 2:14), although this cannot have been the Alpheus who was the father of James the Less; for if this James and Matthew had been brothers this fact would doubtless have been mentioned, as is the case with Peter and Andrew, and also with the sons of Zebedee.

Whether Jesus, as He did in the case of several others of His disciples, gave him the additional name of Matthew is a matter of which we are not informed. As he was a customs officer (Matthew 10:3) in Capernaum, in the territory of Herod Antipas, Matthew was not exactly a Roman official, but was in the service of the tetrarch of Galilee, or possibly a subordinate officer, belonging to the class called portitores, serving under the publicani, or superior officials who farmed the Roman taxes. As such he must have had some education, and doubtless in addition to the native Aramaic must have been acquainted with the Greek His ready acceptance of the call of Jesus shows that he must have belonged to that group of publicans and sinners, who in Galilee and elsewhere looked longingly to Jesus (Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:34; 15:1). Just at what period of Christ’s ministry he was called does not appear with certainty, but evidently not at once, as on the day when he was called (Matthew 9:11,14,18; Mark 5:37), Peter, James and John are already trustworthy disciples of Jesus. Unlike the first six among the apostles, Matthew did not enter the group from among the pupils of John the Baptist.

excerpted from the following:

http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/people/matthew_the_apostle.htm

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Today’s Gospel Reading  

 Matthew 1:1-24 NIV

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The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

Matthew 1:1-17

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.


After the exile to Babylon:

Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

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Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

Matthew 1:18-24 NIV

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

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What Does Matthew Mean?

The infancy narrative forms the prologue of the gospel. Consisting of a genealogy and five stories, it presents the coming of Jesus as the climax of Israel’s history, and the events of his conception, birth, and early childhood as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Matthew portrays Jesus as reliving the Exodus experience of Israel and the persecutions of Moses. His rejection by his own people and his passion are foreshadowed by the troubled reaction of “all Jerusalem” to the question of the magi who are seeking the “newborn king of the Jews”, and by Herod’s attempt to have him killed. The infancy narrative proclaims who Jesus is, the savior of his people from their sins, Emmanuel in whom “God is with us” , and the Son of God. 

Excerpted from http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122213.cfm

Mandy

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Our Second Reading

Romans 1:1-7 NIV 

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Thought For The Day 12/21/13

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Wise Men And Women

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There is a funny saying that begins something like this….. If the Three Wise Men had been Three Wise Women:

1) They would have asked for directions before they arrived.

2) They would have arrived in time and been there to deliver the baby.

3) They would have cleaned the stable, brought practical gifts, like diapers, baby wipes and a casserole.

4) They would have managed to accomplish the greatest miracle of all… Peace on Earth!

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Now we know that this is merely a “tongue in cheek” take on the assumption that women, by their very natures, are more domestic, are better organized, intuitively know what needs doing and are willing to accept the fact that not everything in life can be accomplished without asking for a little help from both friends and strangers. However there is also something else very significant in thinking about the wisdom of the Magi….whether or not you believe them to exist in male or female form. And that is that even today, wise men and women still follow that very same baby who, once upon a time, was wrapped in swaddling clothes and who was placed in a bed of fresh hay in the manger.

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The Magi were truly wise, despite the fact that they were NOT followers of God. Still, they were able to read the signs in the heavens and apply that to what they did know of the Jewish scriptures. Yes, they knew they were seeking a King! They knew He would change the world! (Matthew 2:1-2 NIV, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”) And while they may not have known of all he would give to man one day, we do! We know and understand that this single act of God’s gift to us is our second chance. Christ’s unselfish love, became the propitiation for the sin of the world. (Colossians 2:9 NASB, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form…”)

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Oh yes, He is still hated by many just as He was hated by Herod, who actually lied to the Magi in the hopes that they would lead him to the child so that he might kill this future King and ultimate Savior. Even today, it is this same mindset, infected by Christ’s opposite, who strive to undermine the faith of Christians by speaking untruths as if they are absolutes. But just as the Magi did (Matthew 2:12 KJV, “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”), so must we turn our backs on those who would try to diminish our faith. BECAUSE we DO know the truth. And it is to this that we must cling to and remember as we celebrate this most important day each and every year! Yes indeed, wise men and women still seek Him out and follow His teachings!

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“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

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Thought For The Day 12/20/13

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Appreciating The Simple Things

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Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

Frank A Clark

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I once saw a picture that shared the following inspiration: “In my life, I’ve figured out the secret for happiness. Appreciation for what you’ve got, whether it’s a little or a lot!” The “Author” is unknown but the sentiment must not be lost on any of us. You see, this one quote should give us all pause to think about the things we are blessed to have. I know I have thought about them because of it, but even more importantly, I have been forced to consider whether I am giving those blessings their due respect and reverence! And it was then that I realized that I had never before put pen to paper (or computer keyboard), to document for all the world to know, exactly what my blessings are.

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Now, I wondered, briefly, if it really was necessary for me to reveal the intimate details in such a public forum. But then I realized that my honesty might just compel you to really think about your blessings as well, and that it might just be the impetus you need to honestly document for posterity’s sake (and your own), you own blessings, as well! So here goes!!!

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I am exceedingly grateful for a spouse who has seen me at both my best and my worst, but who still loves me regardless of the challenges I present! Now I am not a “box of chocolates”, but then again, neither is he. But it is our devotion because of and in spite of all of these things that has allowed our love to endure! We laugh…. a LOT! And for every thing we have in common, we are also allowed the freedom to do things apart from one another. And if you were to ask me what the secret is to sustaining a happy marriage, I would have to say that these are at least a few of the essentials that create the magic!

I am exceedingly grateful for having been blessed with two fine children. For every single moment of their lives, INCLUDING the challenging teen-aged years when we said a daily prayer that we would, one day, witness the successful completion of High School, I have been proud of their kind hearts, their generous spirits, and their unwavering love and devotion to each other, and Dan and me. They always knew that we were their champions and that we would always love them, even if we didn’t always like them! And they reciprocated, in kind!

I am exceedingly grateful for having had parents who made sure that I would have the tools I would need to have a happy life always. They showed me, by example, what I would need to be to be successful and happy and they taught me to know the difference between right and wrong and to always remember that hearts, once broken, are often difficult to repair. 

I am exceedingly grateful for having a place to lay my head at night, shelter from the storms, food and drink to stave off hunger and the capacity to keep myself clothed. This did not happen by chance. It is part of the greater picture that included having the opportunity of working in a field that I loved, and of  learning what was needed to excel in the workplace, and to prepare for the future when my working days would be over.

I am exceedingly grateful that I am relatively healthy and that most of my “parts” work just fine…..albeit with a little help from both science and man’s ingenuity, such as the filter that is inside me that keeps blood clots from going to my lungs, for the plates and screws that hold some of my bones together and for the eye glasses that enable me to see the smile on my grandson’s face. 

I am exceedingly grateful that I am able to pay my blessings forward as a Guardian ad Litem and advocate for children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect in my community. I am grateful that I have the chance to make a difference for those who are too young, weak or powerless to speak for themselves. 

I am exceedingly grateful I have been able to witness a new generation come into the world. In Landon, and in every baby that is born, exists the promise that God is giving us a new chance to get things right! And who knows….perhaps it will be my grandson who cures Cancer, or brokers a lasting peace in the Middle East!

I am exceedingly grateful that I managed to find my way back to God. Perhaps I should have begun my list with this blessing, but it seems a bit more appropriate to end my list with Him. You see, just as He is the foundation of support for all of the blessings that appear above this last (but not least) one, He is the very foundation for my life and without my being able to turn to Him every day, all of the rest of the things listed here, really wouldn’t matter anyway! Yes, since He is my first, my last, my everything (gee…..sound familiar?), it is really due to Him and His benevolence that all of the rest of these things exist for me to begin with!

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There are so many more things I could list. Having great doctors. Not having any car accidents this last year. Having the cup of coffee that is warming my hands right this second! Not having to use a cane to walk these days. Having my husband survive 2 rather complicated surgeries just 2 weeks ago. Yes, there are so many things. But the point of this exercise is that we must really CHOOSE to think about our blessings…..every single day. Did you know that actually writing your blessings down for a single week can increase your happiness for a month?

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All too often we take those blessings for granted. The problem with that is that we might just not be able to recall what they are when we need them the most. That is why I encourage you all to take a moment and sit down and list your blessings. Simply writing them down and then saying them out loud, will increase their power and afford you a greater appreciation for exactly what it is that they bring to your life. And it will give you a greater appreciation for exactly how many gifts God delivers to our lives every day. And on this nearing celebration of the birth of His Son, isn’t about time we remember to thank Him?

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“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

Colossians 1:16-18

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Thought For The Day 12/19/13

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I Believe

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God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;

the warmth of Christmas, which is love;

the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;

the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;

the belief in Christmas, which is truth;

the all of Christmas, which is Christ!

By Wilda English

http://www.cathye.com/xmas/xmasquotes.htm

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 I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is more than just a time for the spreading of good cheer.  I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is more than just a time for exchanging gifts.  I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is more than just a time for enjoying those tasty “delectables” that we save especially for this time of the year. I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is a time for the very special magic that comes from celebrating the love that is family.  I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is a time when we, as members of an earthly family, whatever that means to each of us, are inexplicably tied to the miracle of the family of the Christ child.  I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is a time when, as we exchange our gifts with those we love, that we remember God’s greatest gift to human kind!  I BELIEVE that the Christmas season is a time of LOVE! And  I BELIEVE that it is this Christmas LOVE that we carry forth and share with others throughout the year, that has the capacity to work its very own miracle on each and every heart, each and every single day, all year through! I BELIEVE!

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I BELIEVE

Elvis Presley

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I believe for every drop of rain that falls
A flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come
To show the way
I believe, I believe 

I believe above a storm the smallest prayer
Can still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word 

Every time I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe 

Every time I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe

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“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:26-29 NKJV

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Thought For The Day 12/18/13

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Carol Of The Drum

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Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Norman W. Brooks
“Let Every Day Be Christmas”

http://blog.quotabl.es/2010/12/21/top-100-christmas-quotes/

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I was listening to Christmas songs on the radio yesterday when one of my all-time favorites began playing. It was a version recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale in 1958, and it was the one I always called “The Little Drummer Boy”. The one I heard was a version of a song was first recorded in 1941 as “Carol of the Drum”, by Katherine Kennicott Davis. The song was loosely based on a Czechoslovakian carol. Recorded again and again over the years, perhaps my favorite version these days was recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers and was recorded as part of a medley in 1962.

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Now in case you do not know this classic, it is a tale of a poor boy who was called by the Magi as they followed the star to the manger where the Christ child lay. The boy knew he was seeing the King of Kings, and he wanted to honor the babe with a gift, but was too poor to give Him something tangible. And so, with Mary’s permission, he came near and played  a song for Him…..playing his finest rendition, as a matter of fact, on his tiny drum. 

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I believe that the reason this song resonates with such power, is that it speaks of gifts in their purest and most perfect sense. Firstly, the Gift of Himself that He gave to man in the form of that tiny baby born pure and without sin, all those many years ago. And secondly, the Gift that He asks of us in return, which is the gift of ourselves, returned to Him. We read this in  Acts 17:24-27 NIV, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” And it is this second gift that is demonstrated for all the world to see, in the simple, uncomplicated gift, that the poor boy in this song gives to the Christ Child! You see, he gives Jesus the gift of LOVE!

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Love was, is, and always will be the greatest gift we can ever give another. Were we not told this in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”? And it is this LOVE that resonates throughout each perfect phrase in this, my very favorite Christmas Carol  of all time!

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CAROL OF THE DRUM

recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers, 1962

Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum
When we come. 

Baby Jesus, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gifts to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That’s fit to give our King, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum?  

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum.

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“Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.

Psalms 112:1-9 NIV

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