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revised christmas card…

[Christmas --2013]

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             Twas a month  before Christmas

When all through our land, 

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             Not a Christian was praying           

             Nor taking a stand.

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             Why the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas – no one could say.           

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             The children were told by their schools not to sing                        

             About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.           

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             It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say             

             December 25th is just a ‘Holiday.’

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             Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit                        

             Pushing folks down to the floor just to get  it!           

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             CDs from Madonna, an X-BOX, an iPod             

             Something was changing, something quite odd!           

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             Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa       

             In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

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             As Targets were hanging their trees upside down           

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.           

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             At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears           

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.           

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             Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty             

             Are words that were used to intimidate me.           

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             Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen             

             On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

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             At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter             

             To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.           

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             And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith             

             Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

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             The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded           

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.                        

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             So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’                    

             Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.           

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             Choose your words carefully, choose what you say.      

             Shout M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S ,

not Happy Holiday! 

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             Please,  all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet …

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             M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S !          

             Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!

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am I in the shadow of HIS wings

“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast ………….”  [Psalms 57:1-11]

                 

”The inscription of this psalm locates it at the time when David hid from Saul in the cave. The psalm divides into two main sections—the first being prayer: and the second praise. In the first part of the psalm, he is deep in the cave, and then he comes to the mouth of the cave and stands in the sunlight. He begins with a repeated cry for mercy. He does not hide in the cave alone, but under the shadow of God’s wings. David cries out, and does so in complete faith. God is the one who performs “all things.” He shows his confidence, knowing that God will send deliverance from heaven. God sends forth salvation, mercy, and truth.

inside cave

The devil has sharp teeth, as also his servants. Whatever happens, David wants God to be exalted and glorified. Caught in a trap, David prays that God be glorified above heaven and earth. David mentions the trap prepared for him, and declares that he knows that his adversaries will fall in it themselves. Saul pursued David, but David managed—more than once—to catch Saul.roaring lion

The prayer is offered, and David knows it is heard. He turns at this point in the psalm to praise the Lord. Where does his praise begin? He says “my heart is fixed”. That is where praise begins. What is necessary to praise God rightly? Three times David exhorts himself to wake up . David resolves not to limit his praise service to the back of the save, but rather to sing among all nations, a thing which he has successfully done. His mercy is great, and his truth ascends to the sky. Our praise of Him should do its level best to match that.

[-------------is my heart "fixed" upon HIM?----------------]

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thanksgiving jokes…[if you read last years? its the same]

Q: if pilgrims were alive today, what would they say?
A: do not resuscitate

Q: what do yo call the age of a pilgrim?
A: pil-grimage

Q: what kind of cars would pilgrims drive today?
A: plymouth

Q: what kind of tan did pilgrims get at a the beach?
A: puritan

Q: what kind of face does a pilgrim make when he’s in pain
A: pil-grimace

the word

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Q: what’s the smallest unit of measurement in the pilgrim cookbook?
A: pil-gram

Q: what do you call a pilgrims “vocabulary”
A: pil-grammar

Q: why did the pilgrims eat turkey at thanksgiving?
A: because they couldnt get the moose in the oven

Q: why do pilgrims pants keep falling down?
A: because their belt buckles are on there hats

Q: if april showers bring may flowers, what do mayflowers bring?
A: pilgirms & furniture

Q: where did the first corn come from?
A: the stalk brought it

Q: rich people eat what on thanksgiving?
A: 14 karats (carrots)
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Q: what was the turkey suspected of?
A: fowl play

Q: why did the turkey get to join the band/orchestra?
A: because he already had some drumsticks

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I come to the garden alone…

How To Plant Your Garden

First, you Come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses….

garden 1FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING, 

garden 2

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul 


PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH
:

garden 31. Squash gossip
               2. Squash indifference 
                3. Squash grumbling 
                    4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

garden 4

1. Lettuce be faithful

2. Lettuce be kind

            3. Lettuce be patient 
4. Lettuce really love one another


NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

garden 5
1. Turnip for meetings 

  2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE  THYME:

garden 6

1. Thyme for each other 
        2. Thyme for family 
                        3. Thyme for friends

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE.   THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU  SOW.

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passin the pumpkin

pumpkin mice

Being a human being is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up,
takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you
up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff–
including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves
you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for
all the world to see. This was passed on to me from another pumpkin.

passin the pumpkin

Now, it’s your turn to pass it to a pumpkin. I liked this enough
to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch. Happy Fall!

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the buzzard, the bat & the bee

buzzard

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top,

the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.

The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.

Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,

but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

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    *****THE BAT*****

bat

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air,

cannot take off from a level place.

If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,

no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the  air.

Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

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*****THE-BUMBLEBEE*****

bee

  A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out.

It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.

It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

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****PEOPLE*****

people

 In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.

We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!

That’s the answer, the  escape route and the solution to any problem…

just look up! 

baby looking up

———– Sorrow looks  back,————-

Worry looks  around,

But faith looks  up!

Live  simply,

love  generously,

care  deeply,

speak kindly,  and

trust in our Creator,

who loves  us.

frog

Share this with a  friend… I just did.

God  Bless You
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if we were Jesus?

18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”

21“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

28Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”

29“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”—[Luke 18:18-30]

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“If We Were Jesus”

If we were Jesus, here’s how this conversation may have gone:

Rich young rulerWhat must I do to obtain eternal life?

UsKeep the commandments.

RYR:  I’ve done that since I was a kid at age 10

Us:  Great!  Sounds like you’re our kind of people.  By the way, that’s a stunning tie you have on? Did you get that at Brooks Brothers?

RYRWhy yes I did.  If you like it, I could get you one.  They’re only a $100 each, so not really expensive.  As a matter of fact, take this one, and I’ll get another one later.

Us:  Well, thanks.  Say, let me tell you about our plans to build the largest synagogue in the world.  God has given me a great vision for reaching people, and you can play a big part in that.  Here’s a donor card.  Could I put you down for a lifetime membership for only $10,000.  Of course, for just $5,000 more you could be in the “Pastor’s Circle”, a very special group of those who support the ministry.

RYR:  And that will get me eternal life?

Us Actually, no, but we can talk about that later.  Of course, God will be very pleased with you if you’re a good steward of the things he’s blessed you with.  Could I put you down for a gift today?  Our books close on June 30, so you’ve only got a couple of days left.  Oh, of course, it’s all tax-deductible.

RYR: Well, I was really looking for eternal life today, but sure, why not.  Maybe this is a first step in the right direction.

Us: I’m sure it is.

Okay, you get the point.  If we were Jesus, we would not have told this guy to sell all he had.  Or if we had, we certainly would not have told him to give it to the poor.

Have you ever thought about how he would give it to the poor?  Would he of handed out 100-drachma coins on the street?  Would he build a new homeless shelter in downtown Jerusalem?  Would he have people sign up, and make sure they qualified by filling out a lot of paperwork?  How would he actually give this money away to the poor?

And if he gave all his money away, he would still be young, but would he be a ruler?  Probably not.  Why, because money is power.  Always has been, always will be.  The rich young ruler knows that money is power, and asks “how can I obtain (get, purchase, acquire) eternal life.”  He’s been able to parlay his wealth into position and prestige, now perhaps it will help him get a guaranteed ticket on the Heaven Express.

[what am I willing to give away......is my eternity "secured" through HIM?]

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