Tag Archives: Jesus

The Shepards and the Angels

25 Dec

Luke 2:8-20 ( The Message)

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

 

 

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The Christmas Candy Cane

23 Dec

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!


The candy Cane symbolizes multiple things. Hold it upright and it looks like a shepherd’s staff. Turn it around and you have the letter J for Jesus.The poem above describes how the red represents the blood of Jesus and the white represents purity. However I have also read that there are candy canes with 3 small bed stripes running around it symbolizing the Trinity – God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son and you shall call Him Jesus for He will save His people from their sins

 

Printable coloring page from coloringkidsboys.com Candy Cane

Christmas Traditions

22 Dec

What does it all mean?

Candy Cane – While you may think of candy canes as a delicious treat or decoration for a tree, the candy cane was originally made by a Christian candy-maker as a simple reminder of shepherds in the Bible, shaped just like the staffs these men once carried. The red color symbolizes
the love of Christ in giving up His life and the white color represents His purity.

 

Angels – According to the Bible, it was angels that first told the shepherds that Jesus was born and where to go to find Him. (Luke 2:10)

Christmas Tree – In the Christian faith, the triangular shape of the tree is meant to represent the Trinity with the tip of the tree pointing towards God and the evergreen color representing life.
Christmas Lights – For Christians, these lights are a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12).

Holly – Holly symbolizes the crown of thorns Jesus historically wore on his head, while the red symbolizes the love He had for us in giving up His life and the green symbolizes the “eternal life” we have thanks to Christ (John 3:16-17).

The Star – In the Bible, the star of Bethlehem guided the Three Wise Men to the place where the baby Jesus was born.

Poinsettia – The star shaped foliage pattern of the poinsettia is said to resemble the Star of Bethlehem. The red leaves symbolize the love of Jesus in giving up His life for all of the world.

Christmas Prayers for Children

20 Dec

Let us all with gladsome voice
Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice,
His own Son hath given.
Amen.

O Lord Christ, our Savior dear,
Be Thou ever near us;
Grant us now a glad New Year.
Amen, Jesus, hear us!
Amen.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in.
Be born in us today.
Amen.

O welcome, little Christmas Guest,
Dear Jesus, from above;
Upon Thy face, so pure and mild,
We see God’s smile of love.
Amen.

Precious Babe of Bethlehem,
Gift of love to sinful men,
Thou, our Savior, Lord, and King—
May we all Thy praises sing!
Amen.

Ah! dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

19 Dec

Lord Jesus, increase our faith so that we might believe that nothing is impossible with God. May we continue to be a people with dreams and visions of the possible – a human community of understanding and acceptance. May we be ready to risk as Mary did to make these dreams come true. Open us to know the power of Your presence today and everyday. Amen.

Third Sunday of Advent

12 Dec

Lord Jesus, help us prepare well for the celebration of Your birth and Your second coming. Keep us from being too wrapped up in the mateiral things of this world. Set our eyes on the message of Christmas, a message of light and peace for the whole world. Help us find our way to forward Your kingdom and work toward Your peace on earth today and everyday. Amen.

Wendy shares helpful hints to help you get started

7 Dec

Be Creative

The first time I read through the Bible, I intentionally went to sit in carline, 20 minutes early each day so that I could complete my reading. You may not have a carline to go to but maybe you have a lunch hour. Perhaps you don’t work outside the home, turn off Dr. Phil or one of your other favorite shows to complete your daily reading. You can make up missed reading waiting at the doctor’s office or ballet class.

Set Boundaries for Yourself

Determine a time and place that you will do your reading and do your best to stick to it. Protect your reading time and place within reason. It is important to be flexible in order to accommodate your responsibilities. The daily reading should take you 15-20 minutes, depending on how fast or how slow you read. Me? I read slow.

Give Yourself Grace, Grace, Grace

I am really hard on myself when it comes to goals. If I seem to be “slacking off” or not quite as excited about the goal as I once was, I am likely to quit. Start this goal with this in mind, “I am going to do this and quitting is NOT an option.” There will be times that you miss. Life happens, so expect to and extend yourself grace. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Either on the inside cover or an index card keep track of the date you miss and make up the reading when you have the opportunity. If you don’t get the opportunity, don’t sweat it. God is looking at your heart’s desire, not a checklist. He will not stop working through His Word just because you miss a day or two.

Support

As I have already made plans to read through the Bible for 2011, I have invited some people to pray for me as I strive to meet the goal. These individuals will also be my accountability during the journey. Ask God who He would have you invite. We will also pray for each other. I will NOT forget to pray for you.

Take Notes and Highlight

In addition to the spiral notebook, purchase a  highlighter, pen, and sticky notes. God speaks through His Word and He will speak to you, so be ready to write down what He says. I mark up my Bibles with pen and highlighters. I write prayers and praises in the margin. I use the sticky notes if I discover something that I want to research further at another time. The little yellow sticky notes come in handy when a distracting thought comes to mind while I am reading, i.e. grocery items and to-dos.

Beware

There is an enemy, a real enemy who is very happy with a believer’s status quo relationship with the Living God. This enemy does not want you to become wise in the Word because then he will lose any power he may have over you. When you committed to read the Bible, you added fuel to the fire of Hell and upset the enemy’s plan. I have read the end of this book and you win, he loses. Don’t let the enemy distract you.

What Can I expect from this site?

The number one thing you will receive from this site is accountability and support. It is comforting to know that others are on the journey with you. It is also comforting to know that others are struggling to get all the reading done. (And it will happen. Life happens.) As far as my role in the journey, I am an vessel that is willing to be used by the Holy Spirit who will set the stage of our hearts to be written upon and changed by the power of the ancient words of scripture. I too am a student with a desire to be enlightened, inspired, transformed, and surprised by what I will learn on the new journey I am taking.

Disclaimer

You have read all the above and now for the “fine print.” I am not an expert in anything. I am not a Biblical scholar or person with a seminary degree who knows the Bible inside and out. Honestly, I still have to sing the books of the Bible song sometimes to remember Micah comes after Jonah. I give the stage over to the Holy Spirit who is our Counselor and Teacher. (John 14:27) The stage has been set for Him to do a work in our lives.

Who am I then? I am a little i in the story of the great I AM. I am a woman who loves Jesus and His Word and wants you too also.

What’s Next?

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