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It’s Christmas

December 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

I know that you have probably thought about the true meaning of Christmas several times through out the season but here is a simple reminder.

I enjoy watching old movies and “The Bishop’s Wife” is one of my favorites.  The story begins with an angel coming to earth to restore the lack of love for everyday life and help with the self doubt that both the Bishop and his wife are experiencing. 

In the end the Bishop regains God’s perspective and delivers a sermon that we can still appreciate today.  It’s Christmas…

“Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child’s cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.

But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. Its his birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth.”

As we celebrate Christmas Day …”let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and stretched out hand of tolerance.”  ~Deb

Linus

December 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

With Christmas just around the corner I was reading both accounts of Jesus birth  from Matthew and Luke.

As I was reading from Luke 2:8 I could hear a little voice…Linus, from Charlie Brown as he recites the true meaning of Christmas.

Notice what happens when he says “Fear Not”…

We should all take note of the Gospels and the HEART of this little boy! 

“And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 18:3, NIV)

When you think about it…it all come down to the changing of your Heart! ~Deb

Do You See What I See?

December 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

I heard a story about a man while waiting on his flight at the airport decided to enjoy an art exhibit provided for passengers to view while waiting.  

He described the art as wonderful but took him all of 20 minutes to view.  As he was leaving he noticed that a woman who had been looking at a particular piece of art when he arrived was still standing staring at the same picture.

How odd, he thought but it made him ask the question.  What does she see that I don’t??

I wonder if people look at me as a believer and ask the same question.  What does she see in Christ that I don’t see?

Do they notice a difference, uniqueness, a peace in knowing that I am a child of God?

Do they see a difference in my attitude when someone cuts me off in traffic, takes MY parking space, or when a screaming child sits next to me while I’m trying to enjoy my lunch?  

Or are they like this man…seeing nothing that catches their interest?  I want to make a difference…how about you? 

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses it saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no long good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on it stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:13-16, NIV)

During this Christmas season and into the New Year…Let others see Jesus in You! ~Deb

Linus

December 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

“And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 18:3, NIV)

Merry Christmas! ~Debra

Believe

December 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Have you read the book or watched the movie The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg?  It tells the story of a young boy who’s near the age where he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.

On Christmas Eve he is awakened by a train that has pulled up in his front yard.  The conductor steps out and tells him to get aboard.  He gets on the train to find other pajama clad children questioning just like him.   

The train stops in a magical city which turns out to be the North Pole.  Santa appears and hands out gifts.  The little boy receives and silver bell from Santa’s reindeer harness. One catch…he has to believe in order to hear the bell.   Santa takes off on his rounds and the children load back up on the train for their trip home.  The boy reaches in his pocket for his bell realizing it has fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.

He wakes Christmas morn with all the packages under the tree but his eye catches a small box.  Inside is the bell and a note from Santa telling him to fix the hole in his pocket. 

The last line of the book reads…“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them.”

You must believe for the spirit to work!

Scripture tell us “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” (I Thessalonians 2:13, NIV)

Hmmm, you have to believe before the word of God can be at work in you.  Maybe you are a non believer and don’t understand the ways of God or maybe you are like Santa’s friends and believed at one time but His voice has been silent.

Believe in the Spirit today! ~Deb