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For A Child Is Born

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In a Fox News editorial, Rev Bill Shuler writes:

Christmas compels us to remember what matters most, in a world that too often forgets. The people and places central to the Christmas narrative have a message that is as relevant today as it was on the very first Christmas.

10 reminders at Christmas time:

1. Mary reminds us that even though you may feel vulnerable and shut out, God has not abandoned you.
2. The stable is a reminder that God’s blessings are often hidden in unexpected places.
3. The wise men remind us that God is often found where others fail to look.
4. A manger reminds us that God’s touch brings dignity to the ordinary.
5. A crowded inn reminds us that God only enters where he is invited.
6. The shepherds remind us that the good news of the Christ child came first to the lowly.
7. Herod reminds us that no enemy of the truth will triumph.
8. Joseph reminds us that each act of obedience is vital to the success of God’s plans.
9. The angel, Gabriel, reminds us that nothing is impossible with God.
10. Bethlehem reminds us that Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled with the birth of Jesus. (Micah 5:2)

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December 25, 2009 at 3:18 am

Merry Christmas

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This time of year at Christmas, I become filled with admiration and love for my dear friends and family and realize how much they mean to me. My wish for them is to know how much I love them and to have a healthy, worry-free, filled with love, new year.

Enjoy the following two songs. Straight No Chaser are a brilliant a cappello choral group that first performed in college ten years ago. They moved on with their lives and careers until last year when one of the group put a tape of one of their songs on Youtube where it immediately received 6,000,000 hits. A recording company executive saw the video and brought the young men back together last year. This is my favorite 12 Days of Christmas.

Casting Crowns is a Christian modern/rock band. I never knew the poignant story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” until seeing Casting Crowns perform a modern version of the carol. The timeliness of this Civil War song is so needed in these still violent days. The song touches my heart and it’s my favorite song of this season. It inspires me so much that I can’t play it enough. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Must see’s for Christmas:

Midnight Mass Libretto at the Vatican

Pope Celebrates Midnight Mass At Vatican

Barney Cam – A Red, White, and Blue Christmas

Track Santa on Christmas Eve via NORAD (one way to get the kids in bed on Christmas Eve!)

God is not dead. He does not sleep.

May Jesus Christ keep you and your loved ones in his arms this year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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December 24, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Yes, Kensley There Is A Santa Claus

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Who says toddlers don’t know that their parents are gone? Kensley Penny had been a good little girl since her Daddy left for duty in Afghanistan and missed him. She asked Santa for only one thing this year. Watching the video of the little 3 year old’s cries at seeing her Daddy, given special permission from the Pentagon to return home for the holidays, just breaks my heart.

God bless Mr. Penny for his service to our country and for being such a special person to his daughter.

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December 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Crossing The Line According To Leftists

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Mike Huckabee’s ad is brilliant. All the uproar over the subliminal cross in the background is wasted. If I hadn’t read about the cross, just watching the commercial I wouldn’t have correlated the Christmas-wreathed window panes to a cross. The ad company that created the advertisement did a good job in making a political ad that is not offensive and actually makes you feel good. That’s what voters want to do – feel good.

AP reporter (cough – can you say liberal?) Jennifer Skalka calls it “blatant pandering” and whatever happened to “Happy Holidays?”

Well, I want to know what’s wrong with politicians who blatant pander? Is it wrong that Pelosi, Reid, Clinton, and Obama blatantly pander to left wing lunatics? Or is it only wrong when politicians blatantly pander to Christians? I don’t get it.

Merry Christmas, Jennifer – You can thank God for the Happy Holy Days.

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December 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Say It Isn’t Christmas Yet!!!

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First holiday lights up on my street and it’s only November 13th. Not even post-Turkey Day.

Is it Christmas yet?

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November 13, 2007 at 11:23 pm