CHRIST in CHRISTmas

The roots of “Santa Claus” are not found in the snows of the North Pole but in the region now known as Turkey. Ancient Christian writings indicate that the real person was a wisp of a man little more than five feet tall. As a cardinal in the early church, Nicholas of Myra would have been seen in flowing red robes, and early Christian art reveals a white beard and balding head. Yet what made this church pioneer a model for the Christmas icon of goodwill was not his physical appearance but rather Nicholas’s giving spirit, great compassion, and unending generosity that inspired a holiday legend now known by billions around the globe.

Nicholas’s exposure to local culture was tempered by his parents—committed Christians who showed their faith not just through their words but also through action. They gave to missionary work and helped feed the poor. They also took Nicholas to church services and enrolled him in theology and history classes. Young Christians were taught The Didache, an early guide to righteous living that asked believers to fully embrace the two greatest commandments: to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37-40). These lessons had a great impact on Nicholas. As a teen, he shared part of his allowance with poor children who didn’t have enough to eat. Yet the act which really set him apart began with a family friend’s business failure.

A Legend Is Born

The man and his three daughters lost everything and were forced to move to a slum outside the city. In an act of desperation, the penniless father began to negotiate with local brothel owners. He was seeking to sell his oldest daughter into slavery to provide for the two younger children.

When Nicholas became aware of the situation, he felt a call to action. The night before the girl was to be sold, Nicholas went to the family’s home, waited for the lights to go out, and tossed a bag of gold through an open window. He vanished before the father could open the door to see who had provided such a great gift.

Nicholas must have either asked his parents if there was a way they could help, or gone “on mission” at their request. Yet, no matter who suggested the action or provided the funds, this act of kindness was an example of the family’s devotion to Christ’s teachings. And it wouldn’t be just a one-time act of charity.

The money lasted the family more than a year. When it ran out and the father again contemplated selling one of his daughters, another bag of gold was secretly delivered at night. A year later Nicholas returned again, but this time was caught. The father was overcome with emotion when he saw that the person who had provided the lifeline was a boy.

But nevertheless let us not forget that all glory belongs to God. This does not change the fact that Jesus is the reason for the season!!!

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Psalm 35:9
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord:
it shall rejoice in his salvation
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in God’s Service
Lady Bee


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1088. Pray for Sarah

She will be having surgery soon. Has been in lots of pain for a couple of weeks.

Psalm 140:6
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God:
hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.


Humbled Brothers and Passionate Sisters

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1087. Pray for Those Who Feel Alone

Let us pray for all those who are alone at this time of year.

Psalm 140:6
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God:
hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.


Humbled Brothers and Passionate Sisters

♥~♥~♥

Stairway to Heaven

One song can spark a moment

One flower can wake a dream

One tree can start a forest

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship

One handclasp lifts a soul

One star can guide a ship at sea

One world can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation

One sunbeam lights a room

One candle wipes out darkness

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey

One word must start each prayer

One hope will rise our spirits

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom

One heart can know what’s true

One life can make a difference

You see it’s up to you.

Remember….One can never consent

To creep when one feels an

Impulse to soar!

Prayer for Everyone
Humbled Brothers & Passionate Sisters

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We Appreciate You & Love You
God Blesses You
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Talk About A GREAT Day in Church…

I thank God and give Him glory for my Husband, children, grandson and all of my extended family members, my Pastors & Church Family at City of Life Church (COL) Kissimmee FL and my other home Church Family up north, Overflowing Love CLG in Springfield MA.

Today our Pastor Jeffrey Smith preached about CHRISTmas “Truth and Traditions”. I mean he ripped it and just told it like it is “THE TRUTH”!!!

Did you know that “CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE ARE WORTHLESS”? If not, read Jeremiah 10. In God’s eyes our customs are worthless. Pastor talked about the truth of who St. Nicholas was (I will be writing about that tomorrow)…stay tuned.

We need to realize, Its not about us, It’s about Jesus!!! We can try to follow traditions because that is what we’re used to but, we are best to make God first in everything. That means no matter what time of the year, season, month, week, day, hour, minute or micro second. God wants to be first in everything and He will be first with or without us. He doesn’t have to follow us, we have to follow Him. He doesn’t have to understand us, we need to get an understanding of him. Guide us Holy Spirit!!! We need to understand God enough to do and live the way he wants us to do and live. Even if we don’t understand we still need to do it. In other words be obedient to His word.

Do you remember that TV show way back in the day “Father knows best”, well He is the Father and He knows best!!! If you or I created something we would know exactly how it worked right? I know I would, so therefore God created us and he knows how we work and he knows what will work for us.

Something to consider doing for 2010 is make a vow to the Lord God that you want to get closer to Him. Pray for increase in God’s Love & Understanding!!!

Be richly blessed my wonderful family and dearest friends ✿

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Psalm 35:9
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord:
it shall rejoice in his salvation
.
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in God’s Service
Lady Bee


Friendship,

Lending an ear, even when the timing is not covenant. Being patient to try and understand, to understand from their point of view. To accept them unconditionally, although we might not approve of their actions or comments. When possible gentle hold them accountable and correct them.

To be there when possible. To help them with a project, even if it does not benefit you. To share dinners and holidays when possible. To share our lives. To accept and receive comments, opinions, and advice. To lift each other up with our words. Being patient and loving toward one another.

Prayer for Everyone
Humbled Brothers & Passionate Sisters

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We Appreciate You & Love You
God Blesses You
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1086. Pray for Volunteers

Lift up the volunteers for all the charities like toys4tots and others for they are just as important as those who gave. Thank you.

Psalm 140:6
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God:
hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.


Humbled Brothers and Passionate Sisters

♥~♥~♥