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+++ The Christian Banner - December 2019 +++
 

  

The Beauty of Christmas 

The real beauty of the story of the birth of Jesus is its simplicity. In the fullness of time, God did not reveal Himself to man in thundering and lightening. Instead, He revealed Himself in the person of a tiny baby, born to a humble woman. The coming of the Son of Man was not announced from the steps of the Temple with the blast of trumpets. But the angels announced it instead to a group of lowly shepherds who were keeping their flocks on the hills of Judea during the night. 

The promised Messiah was not born in splendor of the king’s palace, but in a stable “because there was no room for them in the inn”. In those days, shepherds were generally held in contempt, and looked upon as unworthy and unclean. Because of their tasks, they could not observe the laws of ceremonial purification. Yet it was to the shepherds and not to the proud Pharisees, nor the haughty scribes, nor the political leaders of the day that the first announcement of the Savior’s birth was made. 

This does not mean that the rich, learned and the successful may not come to Christ, but when they do come, it has to be with a simple faith and humility. “Except ye be converted; and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven”. 

May our faith be increased, our hearts pure and humble this Christmas season. 

Reprinted from the December 1973 issue of The Christian Banner
Written by: Betty Linthicum
 

 
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The Birth of Jesus, Matthew 1:18-23 (KJV) 

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 

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The Christmas Story is Such a Delight 

The Christmas story is such a delight

Reminding us of that special night

The Virgin Mary tending to her chores

When suddenly an angel appeared at the door

Knowing she was somewhat alarmed

The angel said, “Fear not for I mean you no harm”

For I come bringing good news, for GOD has found favor in you

And a miracle He is about to do!

Ye shall bring forth a child, whom shall be GOD’S SON.

And His name shall be JESUS who shall bring salvation to everyone!

“How could this be?” Mary pondered, “For I am just an ordinary girl

And why should I be so blessed to give this special child to the world?”

Now the land ruled by Herod, a cruel King

Put out a tax decree that would change everything

Putting a burden on every man

For each had to register in his own homeland.

Joseph and Mary made their journey to the little town of Bethlehem

While praying all the way that GOD would take care of them entering Bethlehem’s gate

They wondered what might be their fate,

For Mary being great with child needed a place to stay

“And no room in the inn” was the cry and it was getting late in the day.

Wondering around for quite awhile

GOD looked down and smiled

Fear not and follow me

And I will guide you where you need to be.

Led by His hand, a crude old stable came into sight

And GOD watched over Mary that night!

Just as the angel had said, JESUS was born

On that special Christmas morn!

And Heaven’s bells rung

As the angel choir joyfully sung

News traveled far and wide

And there on the countryside

While shepherds were watching their flock by night

Suddenly saw a bright illuminating light!

And an angel appeared unto them and said, “Fear not for I bring you good tidings of great joy

For unto ye a child is born which all shall be redeemed by this special little boy”

Just believe for these words are true

And this shall be a sign unto you.

Just follow the bright and shining star that appears in the sky

And when it stops ye shall find where the tiny babe lies.

Then there in that old stable the tiny baby was found

And the glory of the LORD shone all around!

As they presented Him with Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh they could see

He truly was a miracle, they only had to believe!

Herod claimed to want to worship Him but wanted to do Him harm

So being warned in a dream, the wise men being alarmed,

Journeyed back home another way.

Leaving behind the secret where Jesus lay that day

One of the greatest stories that has ever been told

Has lasted through the ages of old! 

 
Written and submitted by: Irene Wright 
 
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A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?"
One child answered, "Mary."
The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?"
A little kid said, "Verge."
Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?"
The kid said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge n' Mary." 

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Winter Childhood Memories 

We got so excited as the snow was coming down and hoping it would stick to the frozen winter ground. As I recall those sweet memories of long ago with all us kids playing in the snow. A homemade sled that was half painted red but we still had fun because it was the best that we had. No fancy snowsuits or boots to compare because we had to get along on meager fare. Playing in the snow just as long as our little bodies would let us go, never thinking about going to eat much less our frozen little feet with no gloves on our hands just old socks that were worn out bad. Ice skating on the creek with no skates on our feet never a thought about falling through just skating in our winter shoes. Frozen icicles were a real treat and we thought it was better than anything we could eat.  

Arguing as all kids sometimes do but we loved each other and still do. Mom would make potato dumplings when it was cold and you know what they never got old, along with the memories that come and go and I'm so thankful we loved each other so. I miss Mom and Dad because they were the best friends I ever had and my brothers too, along with those sweet memories of the things we used to do. Mom, Dad, and my four brothers too have all gone on and sometimes it makes me feel so blue but I'm thankful for the memories I have of each and every one of you. If you still have your Mom and Dad and your brothers and sisters too, be sure to make memories with them so you can reminisce as I do. Memories are all I have left but I'm so thankful for their love that I always felt. (I love and miss you, Mom, Dad, Darrell, Jake, Mike, and Billy.) 

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt, 11/02/19
 
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I Could Die Today 

Richard and I recently stopped at a local restaurant to eat breakfast. It was a very cold, windy and rainy morning. As we ate, I overheard a conversation going on behind me. A lady told a man to wait and she’d get an umbrella and walk him to his car so he wouldn’t get wet. The man replied, “Don’t worry about me! I’m an old man and I could die today. You’re young and you won’t die today.” The lady responded, “I’m young but I could be called home if the Lord decides to take me today.” The old man replied, “Well, you’re still young and you could catch pneumonia in this weather!” That was the end of their conversation. A minute or two later, I heard someone come back inside. The young lady must have walked the old man to his car. Once the door closed, I heard her say, “He’s a strange man!”  

I thought to myself that none of us know when we’ll die. The older I get I think more often about dying than when I was younger and time seemed plentiful. Just as the young lady said, “I could be called home if the Lord decides to take me today.” None of us are promised tomorrow or even if we’ll take our next breath. I certainly don’t want to die without knowing for sure that Heaven is my eternal home. If you don’t know you’re saved, now’s the best time to ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to come into your heart to live. You too can truly enjoy your earthly life knowing Jesus as your Savior. What a difference Jesus can make in your life!  

Written by: Pat Lewallen, 11/19/19 
 
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Mother’s Cookbook  

Mother had a cookbook
And everybody said,
Since it was never written
She kept it in her head. 

Be we who were consuming
The products of her art,
Were more of the opinion
She kept it in her heart. 

Author Unknown ~ Copied poem 
 
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The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas  

I have a simple story I would like to recount. I do not have the name of the author.  

Years ago there was a little one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Virginia where the boys were so rough that no teacher had been able to handle them. A young, inexperienced teacher applied, and the old director scanned him and asked: “Young fellow, do you know that you are asking for an awful beating? Every teacher that we have had here for years has had to take one.” “I will risk it,” he replied. 

The first day of school came, and the teacher appeared for duty. One big fellow named Tom whispered: “I won’t need any help with this one. I can lick him myself.” 

The teacher said, “Good morning, boys, we have come to conduct school.” They yelled and made fun at the top of their voices. “Now, I want a good school, but I confess that I do not know how unless you help me. Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me, and I will write them on the blackboard.” 

“One fellow yelled, ‘No stealing!’ Another yelled, ‘On time.’ Finally, ten rules appeared on the blackboard. 

“‘Now,’ said the teacher, ‘a law is not good unless there is a penalty attached. What shall we do with one who breaks the rules?’ 

“Beat him across the back ten times without his coat on,” was the response from the class. 

“That is pretty severe, boys. Are you sure that you are ready to stand by it?” Another yelled, ‘I second the motion,’ and the teacher said, ‘All right, we will live by them! Class, come to order!’ 

“In a day or so, ‘Big Tom’ found that his lunch had been stolen. The thief was located—a little hungry fellow, about ten years old. ‘We have found the thief and he must be punished according to your rule—ten stripes across the back. Jim, come up here!’ the teacher said. 

“The little fellow, trembling, came up slowly with a big coat fastened up to his neck and pleaded, ‘Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like, but please, don’t take my coat off!’ “Take your coat off,’ the teacher said. ‘You helped make the rules!’ “Oh, teacher, don’t make me!” He began to unbutton, and what did the teacher see? The boy had no shirt on, and revealed a bony little crippled body. 

“How can I whip this child?’ he thought. ‘But I must, I must do something if I am to keep this school.’ Everything was quiet as death. “How come you aren’t wearing a shirt, Jim?” He replied, “My father died and my mother is very poor. I have only one shirt and she is washing it today, and I wore my brother’s big coat to keep me warm.” 

“The teacher, with rod in hand, hesitated. Just then ‘Big Tom’ jumped to his feet and said, ‘Teacher, if you don’t object, I will take Jim’s licking for him.’ 

“Very well, there is a certain law that one can become a substitute for another. Are you all agreed?” ”Yes!” they all replied. 

“Off came Tom’s coat, and after five strokes the rod broke! The teacher bowed his head in his hands and thought, ‘How can I finish this awful task?’ Then he heard the class sobbing, and what did he see? Little Jim had reached up and caught Tom with both arms around his neck. ‘Tom, I’m sorry that I stole your lunch, but I was awful hungry. Tom, I will love you till I die for taking my licking for me! Yes, I will love you forever!’” 

This is the wondrous and true story of Christmas. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem of Judea is preface. The three-year ministry of the Master is prologue. The magnificent substance of the story is His sacrifice, the totally selfless act of dying in pain on the cross of Calvary to atone for the sins of all of us.  

Written by: Gordon B. Hinckley, December 2000 ~ Copied Article

 

 

  
+++ The Christian Banner - November 2019 +++
 

 

I Am Thankful For... 

...the mess to clean after a party because
it means I have been surrounded by friends. 

...the taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed. 

...the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat. 

...my shadow who watches me work
because it means I am out in the sunshine. 

...a lawn that needs mowing, windows that
need cleaning and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home. 

...the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking. 

...my huge heating bill because it means I am warm. 

...all the complaining I hear about our government
because it means we have freedom of speech. 

...the lady behind me in church who
sings off key because it means that I can hear. 

...the piles of laundry and ironing
because it means my loved ones are nearby. 

...the alarm that goes off in the early morning
hours because it means that I'm alive. 

...weariness and aching muscles at the end of
the day because it means I have been productive.  

Written by: Nancie J. Carmody ~ Copied Poem  

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Ties and Offerings 

The children's pastor carefully explained why it is important for everyone to put their "tithes and offerings" in the plate every Sunday. At offering time, following his leader's instructions, little seven year old Billy removed his clip-on tie and placed it in the plate.  

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He is our Stronghold  

As I am growing older I have come to realize that some things I cannot change. Life brings sadness, disappointments, sickness and advancing health problems with aging and if we aren't careful depression can set in and Satan will use those times to try and discourage us to the point that we feel so useless. That's his job and he is good at it but God is greater and we must depend on Him when we are weak and struggling because He has told us in His Word that when we are weak in body and soul, He is our stronghold. Claim the victory through Jesus' Name even though you may feel at times He is far away from you, just keep trusting and keep praying and He will lift you up with His righteous right hand.  

I don't know about you but with me, I have always been a very independent person but as I have grown older I realize I have limits because my body is tired and worn and it will bring on depression if I don't stay in God's Word and spend quiet time with Him. As Christians, we all will experience these times whether we're young or old but the key to survival is a close relationship with God. We all need prayers while we live on this earth because we're all human and God knows that. Pray for each other that God will make us stronger than we ever dreamed we could be. ("The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him. Psalm 103:15-17)  

Facebook Posting 10/29/19, Written by: Jean Hunt 

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Q: It seems that sin is being redefined in the present culture. Who is capable of deciding what sin really means, and are sexual sins worse than others? — S.S. 

A: Adultery and other sexual sins are forbidden and condemned by God in his word. God will not hold adulterers and sexual predators blameless. There is a day of reckoning, but today God still forgives. It doesn't mean that there are not consequences to live with, but he will teach and strengthen us in difficult times brought on by our own sinful choices. 

God makes it clear, for instance, that marriage is a commitment for life. This special relationship that God ordains between one man and one woman is a sacred trust. The commitment 'forsaking all others,' is a binding contract (Genesis 2:24). 

Sexual unfaithfulness on the part of husbands and wives has become epidemic. 

God does not excuse sin in any form. The serious student of the Bible cannot dismiss sinful acts by calling them something else. Because people may change the definition of a word, does not mean that the act is viewed differently in God's eyes. 

'For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness ... who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them' (Romans 1:18-19). 

God's word defines sin and man cannot change its meaning; God's law cannot be trifled with. When we come to Christ, we are called upon to repent of our sins and to no longer practice the ungodly patterns of living we may have enjoyed before. Doing this brings great peace to our hearts. This brings tremendous relief to the human heart.  

Article based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham ~ Copied Article 

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A man and his wife were sitting at a table at his 20-year high school reunion and he kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. His wife asks, "Do you know her?" "Yes, she's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since."  

"My goodness!" said his wife, "Who would think she could go on celebrating that long?"  

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All Alone  

It had been a very busy Saturday and I was looking forward to getting back home. I stopped by the church to print paper copies of the October “Christian Banner.” About half way through printing the church paper, I made a quick trip to the ladies restroom. I was ready to get back to printing when I discovered the restroom stall door was locked tight and I couldn’t open it. 

I banged on the door, started shaking the door and kept trying to get the lever to open. Why had I locked the stall door in the first place? (Because that’s what I always do.) How was I going to escape? My pocketbook was in the other room too. No way could I, a senior citizen, possibly get down on the floor and slide out under the stall door. Jumping up and crawling over the door to escape was simply impossible. Shouting for help would be a waste of time too.  

I thought about my car being in the parking lot. Maybe the church singers would stop by later to practice their songs for Sunday and one of them could rescue me. What if they didn’t come by the church and practice? I would have to wait to be rescued Sunday morning. How could I survive being trapped until in the morning? I was all alone and desperate for help!  

Then I remembered I’m never alone. The Lord has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. I bowed my head and prayed, asking the Lord to please help me get out of this situation. I tried the door and the lock wouldn’t budge. Then I tried a second time, the lock opened and I was free. I was rejoicing and thanking the Lord for answering my prayer so quickly! After printing all the papers, I got in my car and headed home. I was so thankful to finally get back home.  

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 (KIV)  

Written by: Pat Lewallen, 10/10/19  

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Worth the Wait  

“We eagerly await a Savior.” Philippians 3:20 

Outside the Shibuya train station in Tokyo is a statue commemorating an Akita dog named Hachiko. Hachiko is remembered for unusual faithfulness to his owner, a university professor who commuted from the station daily. The dog accompanied him on his walk there in the morning and came back to meet him every afternoon just as his train arrived. 

One day the professor didn’t return to the station; sadly, he’d died at work. But for the rest of his life—more than nine years—Hachiko showed up at the same time as the afternoon train. Day after day, regardless of weather, the dog waited faithfully for his master’s return. 

Paul commended the Thessalonians for their faithfulness, citing their “work produced by faith,” “labor prompted by love,” and “endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3). Despite harsh opposition, they left their old ways “to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven” (vv. 9–10). 

These early believers’ vital hope in their Savior and His love for them inspired them to see beyond their difficulties and to share their faith enthusiastically. They were assured there was nothing better than living for Jesus. How good it is to know that the same Holy Spirit who emboldened them (v. 5) still empowers us today to faithfully serve Jesus as we await His return. 

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20 (NIV)  

www.odb.org, 10/13/19, Written by: James Banks ~ Copied Article  

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“We talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” ~ Dwight L. Moody  

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God is Always with Us 

Looking back, God had prepared us for the accident that day. Close to the end of a leisurely bike ride, a fluke accident happened and we both went tumbling to the pavement. My husband suffered a horrific concussion. He was immediately life flighted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. I immediately knew we were in the place we needed to be: one of the best level 1 trauma centers in the country. Tim would soon be rushed into ICU for a needle drain on the top of his skull. He had severe bleeding on his brain. I immediately knew that God would take care of Tim. Whether that meant he would not survive, or that he would stay here with us, I knew He was in control. God gave us doctors who not only encouraged us to pray, but prayed with us.  

After a few days, the doctors told me there was only so much they could do medically. They said, “What is left to do now is to pray.” At the smallest sign of progress, the doctors would say “let’s close the door and praise God”. A favorite (Nurse Katie) wrote “you are loved” on the tape holding Tim’s breathing tubes in. The waiting room was a prayer circle of everyone whose loved one was suffering. I was present when a previous coma patient came walking through the ICU to thank the medical staff. Dr. Danner said, “Look, he made it and Tim can too.” He also told me this “coincidence” was God’s way of staying anonymous.  

The Caring Bridge website was therapy for me since writing to update everyone helped me focus on the good things that happened, even when that simply meant nothing bad had happened that day. It was in those quiet moments that I felt God’s presence the most. When Tim opened his eyes and kept them open for good, we still had a long way to go. One of the many things I have learned is not to think that if we love God enough we won’t suffer, but that God will bring us through the suffering, and be with us always.  

The Christian Heart, Posted 10/07/19 ~ Copied Article 

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Meaning of Veterans Day  

While many realize that Veterans Day, which always falls on November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans, few realize the historical significance behind the day. 

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on. 

In 1919, President Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with these words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” 

The day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11am on the day. 

In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday for all. However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all of our Veterans and not just those of World War I. In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” as a way to formally include all Veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance. 

Today, Veterans Day is a federal holiday which many cities celebrate with parades and ceremonies. In Washington, D.C., there are ceremonies throughout the city including a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve today. 

www.militaryspot.com ~ Copied Article

 


 
+++ The Christian Banner - October 2019 +++
 

 

Finding Love and Forgiveness 

At a very young age, I had to move in with my grandparents. I was little, and of course I missed living with my parents. But deep down, I knew it was for the best. However, my papaw wasn’t too keen on his new living situation. From day one, I felt unwanted by him. His words really hurt me, and at a young age, I didn’t like him. But when I was 11 yrs. old, my papaw fell. He hit his head on the pavement, which led to severe damage and bleeding on his brain. I remember watching my mamaw pray over him every day. I really love my mamaw, so anytime she needed me to do something, I did it. I wanted to help her, even if it meant caring for him.  

Shortly after his fall, I was helping a lot. I would help him back and forth to the restroom, I was proactive in making sure he took all his medication on time, I helped feed him, and at times I had to lift him. It was hard. A lot of times, I found myself remembering the past, and the hurtful things he used to say to me. But as I matured, I felt something inside me change. I started to really care about my papaw, and a love for him started to grow. It’s been four years since his accident and his health improves each day. Unfortunately, he still suffers from apraxia and aphasia—the inability to understand or form speech. I still help him walk, feed him, and make sure he takes his medications.  

Yet now, I can truly say I love him, no matter what was said or done in the past. The Bible talks about love and forgiveness. I could help my papaw all day long, but if I don’t have love in my heart for him, I have nothing. I can continue to remember the hurtful things he said, but Matthew 18:22 says to forgive your brother seventy times seven. Every day, when I’m helping my papaw, I’m reminded of God’s love. And that love is sometimes hard, but not impossible. 

www.TheChristianHeart.com, 08/19/19 – Copied Article 

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"Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you." - Anonymous 

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love I gain nothing Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away...And now these things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."  1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13 

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The Gift Wrap and the Jewel 

I looked in the mirror and what did I see?
But a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair
And I asked my reflection, how did you get there?
You once were straight and vigorous
 And now you're stooped and weak
When I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection's eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied
You're looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside.
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift wrap with other things more cruel
Should purify and strengthen and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift wrap's stripped away
Your jewel will be set free,
To radiate God's glory throughout eternity! 
 

Written by: Wanda B. Goins, 92 years old ~ Copied Poem  

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How Many Red Seas has God Parted? 

We were discussing our lesson in Sunday School class yesterday and it was about the children of Israel complaining after they were delivered from Egypt and headed for the Promised land, does the complaining sound familiar to you as a child of God? Aren't we all guilty? God parted the Red Sea so they could walk across on dry ground to safety. God blesses and provides for us beyond measure but yet when we are facing adversity or things that we don't understand and it causes pain or discomfort, don't we do the very same thing?  

As I thought about it I asked this question in our class: How many Red Seas has God parted for us in order that we could walk through on dry ground? How many prayers have been answered when we were on the seas of life being tossed to and fro, maybe even without hope but God came to our rescue and helped us to overcome and walk across on dry ground to safety? As we were discussing this topic so many instances came to my mind where God heard and answered my prayers and helped me walk across on dry ground. God was good then, God is good now and God will always be good and we need not forget that He is still in the business of parting those seas for us as well.  

He is still providing for us as we are walking through the wilderness of this life on our way to the Promised Land. I'm so thankful that He takes me back in time and reminds me of all those times He brought me through and restored my soul when I thought I would drown without hope. I'm so thankful for the blessed hope I have in Him, I love Him so. 

Facebook Article, Written by: Jean Hunt 09/16/19 ~ Copied Article  

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8) 

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2) 

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The Unusual Story Behind “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” 

I’ve just arranged the hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus and sometimes like to research the history of the music. This one has quite a story. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus was a hymn inspired by the dying message of Dudley Tyng, a young preacher in Philadelphia who was forced to resign from his Episcopal Church pastorate for speaking out against slavery in the mid 1800’s. 

In addition to starting a new church, Tyng and other ministers preached revival meetings at the local YMCA during lunch and soon began to attract thousands (this revival period is known as “The Work of God in Philadelphia.”) In March of 1858 Tyng preached a rousing sermon to 5,000 young men at the YMCA and over 1,000 made a profession of faith. During his sermon he supposedly said “I would rather that this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message.” 

Only a few days later Tyng left the study of his country home to visit his barn where a mule was harnessed to a machine that was shelling corn. When he patted the mule his sleeve was caught in the cogs of the wheel and his arm was badly maimed. He passed away the following week from the injury. 

Before he died, he was asked if he had a message for the ministers at the revival and he replied “Tell them, ‘Let us all stand up for Jesus.'” His friend and fellow preacher, Dr. George Duffield, was touched by the words and wrote the hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus. Duffield concluded his sermon the following Sunday by reading the lyrics as a tribute to his friend. 

Duffield’s Sunday School superintendent printed copies of the poem, the lyrics soon found their way into a Baptist newspaper and the hymn spread from there.  

Written by: Don Chapman, www.hymncharts.com, 07/27/15 ~ Copied Article  

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Question: I have a wonderful wife who has been willing to set aside her career to raise our children, as long as I provide what we need. The problem is that her definition of need and mine are quite different. My wife feels the peer pressure of keeping up with others who enjoy a two-income household. 

She passes along her pressure for me to earn more and I am learning what it means to “keep up with the Joneses.” Am I wrong to insist that we live within our means instead of being a slave to a higher lifestyle and having what my wife calls a “little heaven on earth”?—D.H. 

Answer: Someone has said, “A man’s wealth consists not in the abundance of his possessions, but in the fewness of his wants.” We have confused needs with wants. 

Heaven in this life and heaven in the life to come are not on a monetary standard. Nor can flesh and blood find the door to the kingdom of heaven with its peace, joy and happiness. Only those who are rich toward God will experience true contentment. 

Marriage is the most serious, long-term contract a couple will make in their lifetime, but many enter into it with a lack of maturity and knowledge. 

When a husband and wife are concerned only about their own individual desires, the stage is set for conflict. The Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart and contentment. Today many couples put their hopes in materialism as the marker for success. 

What is the answer? 

Turn to the Lord with everything that concerns your marriage. Husbands and wives will find answers if they both place their trust in the Lord and at the center of their marriage — and pray about everything, that the Lord will lead your minds to be one.  

Article based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham ~ Copied Article 

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It’s All or Nothing 

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Colossians 3:5-9 

Enjoying a bit of junk now and then in moderation is no sin. A little salty snack, a piece of chocolate, or the occasional Frappuccino won’t do us lasting physical harm. But it isn’t the same when you’re talking about the spiritual life. There is no “moderation” when it comes to allowing “junk” thoughts or impure feelings or actions. In other words, God doesn’t want us to tackle sin in moderation or by half measures. In today’s Scripture reading, Paul writes, “Now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips.” Notice the word all. That means we must refuse to allow such things even the smallest foothold in our lives. It’s really about seeking to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mark 12:30). When it comes to loving God and others, we don’t do it in moderation. It’s all or nothing. 

Father, I so easily lose sight of Your holiness. I tell myself a few sinful thoughts won’t hurt me. And yet I know very well how playing around with these sins gives them a foothold in my soul. With Your help, I refuse to allow room for thoughts and words that hurt my walk with You and grieve Your Spirit. 

JoniAndFriends.org, Daily Devotional, 09/25/19 ~ Copied Article  

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Ten Rules for Staying Young 

01. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her. 

02. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably a few dozen of your relatives to do the job. 

03. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain stay idle. 

04. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.  Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter. 

05. Do not worry about situations beyond your control. God is still on His throne! 

06. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only human being who is with us our entire lives is ourselves. 

07. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. 

08. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 

09. Don't take guilt trips. Shoulder only your own responsibilities. Then go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, but not to guilt. God forgives and forgets. Go to Him. 

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 

Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

 

Author Unknown ~ Copied Article