The Snowflake

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The Snowflake S Gsn654S GThe Snowflake reminds us that even though we are many God created us all unique and so there is a place in His heart that only we can fill but we all have a part of Uniting in Him because we became One by the gift of His Son.
And in Him we are set free and

as we Share His Light…
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Shine and Sparkle in the darkness. S G

John 8:34-36S GPenned by AnnieS G

Daniel 12:2-4  And they that be wise shall Shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.S G

Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse Nation, among whom ye Shine as Lights in the world; Holding forth the word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.S G

Matthew 5:15-17 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so Shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.S G

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God’s Love is Shown in His Creation

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As I was reading Barb’s beautiful Poem about Orchids, which was very peaceful and reflective, I remembered a Power Point about them that I had created for a friend years ago and it’s all about God’s Love which is what His creation shows us.S G

So being Christmas which is also all about God’s Love given in His greatest Gift, His Son, Jesus Christ, God in man’s flesh,  I thought I would share both Barb’s Poem and my Power point, I hope you will be blessed by both. S G

Christian Love from both of us – Anne.S G

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Click to enjoy Barbs Poem –  http://acollectionofwriting.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/a-pale-rock-orchid-sits-under-a-tree/S G

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Jesus was Born on the 25th of December…..

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Jesus in manger Why Jesus Christ’s Birth could have only been in the Month of December.

There are many unproven theories as to why Jesus Christ was not Born in December and why we should not Celebrate Christmas at this time together as Christians, this is the same with Easter but when examined in the light of Scripture by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, they have no substance or Truth and are mostly hearsay and fiction and come from man’s own logic, reasoning and understanding and fear.

During the next few weeks we will spend a few days looking at the Scriptures and Creation that confirm God’s account of the Birth of His Son, we will do this in parts so you will be able to discern for yourself its accuracy in relation to Jesus birth being on the 25th of December but first let’s look at some of the objections.  Christmas Tree 12

One thing those who discredit Christmas claim, is that the Christmas Tree was forbidden by God but as we look at the Scripture in (Jeremiah 10: 2-4 ) that they refer to, we see that the trees mentioned  were used by the Pagans to craft Idols in the images of their gods which they then adorned with their gold and silver and worshiped all year, they were not celebrating Christmas but what is important is how they used these trees not that they used them. Thy are part of God’s creation and all He made was very good and to be enjoyed but anything can be used for evil. 

No where in Scripture does God tell us not to Celebrate Christmas as Christians together,  we are not accountable for what Pagans or Heathens do, God knows our hearts but if you are indeed worshiping your Christmas Tree then you may need to seek help fast! 

God  tells us to give thanks and Praise to Him in all things but yes He also warns us not to worship false gods or to use our children as sacrifices to them, or put anything before Him including money.

God knows that unbelievers  hearts are hard, He sees them from afar, He cannot be in fellowship with them because of their unconfessed sin but He longs to be, He does not want anyone to perish, meaning Spiritually to be seperated eternally from Him. He also knows us,  His Redeemed Children and delights in us. Having accepted His free gift of Salvation by coming to heart Repentance and receiving forgiveness, we show we believe in Jesus His Son who sets us free from the slavery and bondage of sin.

Heartbreakingly many commit Suicide but not just at Christmas, all through the year because they don’t have the Eternal Hope that is found only in Jesus Christ, it is their choice if they reject Him, not His, He died to set them free.

Why should we let Pagans ungodly actions stop us from  Celebrating God’s great Love Gift in Jesus at Christmas or reject the beauty of His Creation and our God-given creativity in using it symbolically just because Pagans used Trees to worship their gods.

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Some of  the Decorations we enjoy at Christmas time were in the Tabernacle and are mentioned in other Scriptures, their Spiritual Symbolism is very encouraging and uplifting as you can see with our Post “Share with All God’s Children”on this Blog. The Symbolism of most of these treasures  have been known for years and shared, others were given recently by The Spirits empowering.

We are indeed to celebrate Jesus Birth and give thanks that He died for us while we were still sinners and of course we do this all year. If we are not thankful for His Birth we can’t be thankful that He died for us, both go together.

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 Jesus was hung on a Tree which was carved into the form of a Cross, His hands were nailed to it, His feet then tied firmly for weight support, He suffered greatly but He knew each one of us by name even before we were born, that is why He tells us we are carved on the palms of His hands, this is symbolic of the nails that He endured because of our sins and yet He considered Mankind worth it because of His great Love for us. How wonderful that He will not forget His Bride or abandon us, we are part of Him in The Spirit. 

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 The early Church Leaders being called the First-fruits who were part of the Body of Christ, His Church which was called Catholic meaning Universal and not confined to any one Race, Denomination, or Country, or Gender,  God does not have favorites but He knows those who are His even before we are Born. The early Church also called the Way and The Church of God, at that time knew the date of Jesus birth, later this date shown by events and signs in Scripture, was confirmed by those who followed. 

It would also have been very hard if God had not Ordained Jesus’ Birth to be the 25th of December, to find a day to Celebrate Christ’s birth  that was not set apart at that time by the Pagans to worship their sun-god or one of their other gods. 

It is also hard to conceive that these Leaders would just have taken a guess as to the time Jesus was Born or that God did not plan His Son’s birth down to the finest and exact detail… yes the signs that show the exact time of His birth and death are recorded in the Scriptures the same as the signs of His return.(1Thessalonians 5 :2 -6 )

AngelOne of the other things that is claimed shows Jesus was not Born in December is that the sheep would not have been in the hills in winter but the facts show different and they still are today until  the extreme cold temperatures in January and onwards. 

Also Jesus was laid in a manger by Mary, ( Luke 2: 7) this would have been lined with hay as it was being used to feed the Oxen and other animals who were sheltered in ( barns ) stables during the winter which is the rainy season, unlike the sheep who are well padded and who were being watched over by the Shepherds on the hills.

The Oxen were sheltered in the Barn, ( Stable ) of the Inns in winter but they were used to trash out the grain in the harvest season and so were grazed in the pastures. For the manger to be full it would mean that it was winter and December not October or any other month of the year. 

The Scriptures tell us in  ( Proverbs 14: 4  Where no Oxen are, the crib is clean ( or manger ) but much increase is by the strength of the Ox ) we know this is referring to the work the Ox did in the sowing, harvesting and trashing of the Grain in the dry seasons, which means the manger would have been empty during  this time but not so in December and through the colder months.

Some of those who say we are not to Celebrate Jesus’ Birth at Christmas also tell us we are not give The Godhead honour or Trinity as we call Them today, meaning Three in One, because the Pagans  worship  their Trinity consisting  of Satan, the Beast and the false Prophet? The Scriptures tell us if we can’t acknowledge The Living Word, Jesus Christ Divinity as part of the Trinity, then we don’t have The Holy Spirit.

1John 5:7 For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost and these Three are One.

Let’s not listen to the collective murmurings of those who want to cast doubt on the recorded words of Scripture or believe those who do and so cause confusion, instead let’s keep our focus on The Lord… who is The Way, The Truth, The Life and as we know, no one comes to the Father but through Him  we become one with Him as He rises in our hearts. ( 2 Peter 1:19-21 )

We will continue over Christmas until the New Year and confirm the signs in which the Scriptures and the Universe reveal the date of Jesus’ Birth as the 25th of December, until then many Blessings for Christmas and the New Year and may God’s Love, Joy, and Hope be in your heart every day of the year.

Christmas Love which is Christian Love, from both of us – Anne

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God and the Geese….

God and the GeeseS GThere was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about Christianity.

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One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to service in the farm community in which they lived.
S GThey were to talk about Jesus’ birth. She asked him to come but he refused.
S G“That story is nonsense!” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man?
S GThat’s ridiculous!”
S GSo she and the children left, and he stayed home.
S GA while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard a loud thump. S G Something had hit the window.
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S GWhen the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window.
S GIn the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldn’t go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.
S GThe man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It’s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.S G
So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside.S G
But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn’t seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them.
S GThe man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them, and they moved further away.S G
He went into the house and came with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn… They still didn’t catch on.
S GNow he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn.
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Nothing he did could get them to go into the Barn where they would be warm and safe.S G 
“Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed. S G
“Can’t they see this is the only
place where they can survive the storm?”

S GHe thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow a human “If only I were a goose, then I could save them,” he said out loud.
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Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese.
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He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn — and one-by-one, the other geese followed it to safety.

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He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind…
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 “If only I were a goose, then I could save them!” S G
Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. S G
“Why would God want to be like us? That’s ridiculous!”S G
Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the geese–blind, lost, perishing. S G
God had to become like us so He could show us the way and save us.
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As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought.
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Suddenly he understood why Jesus Christ had come.
S GYears of doubt and disbelief vanished with the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: S G

“Thank You, God, for coming in human form to carry us through the Storm!” S G

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He will Carry You…..S G
There is no problem too big God cannot solve.
There is no Mountain too tall He cannot move.
There is not Storm too dark God cannot calm.
There is no Sorrow too deep He cannot soothe.

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If He Carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders know, my Brother that He will Carry you.

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If He Carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders I know, my Sister that He will Carry you.
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He said come on to Me all who are weary and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)
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Where Did Santa Come From…..

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 Saint Nicholas is the man from whom the story of Santa Claus derives and who is also referred to or called Saint Nicholas or Saint Nick,  From  the  poem  “The Night Before Christmas.” Santa is best  known today as a fat jolly man with  Reindeer’s and escapades down Chimneys, a  Fairy Story for Children. S GBut it all began  with  Saint Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young he then lived with his uncle. S GObeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Mara while still a young man. But Bishop Nicholas was never officially Canonised this legend simply evolved.

S GBishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his Love for Children, and his concern for Sailors and Merchants.S GMany Stories and Legends have grown up around Bishop Nicholas some True and some not True, for some they are used just for material gain, but for many others they are because people what to hold onto something or someone but they have to be bigger and greater then anything or anyone else so they make up stories which are not based on God’s Truth but are creating an Illusion and they do this because they are trying to meet needs that only the True God can satisfy. S GOver the years people come to believe these made up stories were true and sadly many start to worship these people that have been created in the imagination of others and give them the glory that belongs to our Heavenly Father alone and to those He apportions it to. S GGod’s Truth in His inspired written word, tells us we have one Mediator Jesus Christ and He is the one who intercedes for us not St Nicholas or anyone else no matter how devout that person was or is, when we pray, we always do so in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, no other persons name.  Although we do respect others for their faith and their Ordained position.  But if they are in error with what they promote, we pray for them and correct them in Love and for Love, we don’t show disrespect to them but we also don’t accept the wrong they do or say and if needed we warn others. S GBishop Nicholas was a humble man and sought to serve the Lord without fanfare or promoting himself and I’m sure if he was alive today he would be dismayed by the way some people overlook the real meaning of Christmas and make him (Santa Claus) their main focus. S GThey do this instead of giving the Glory and honour to God and thanking Him for His great Love for us expressed in His wonderful Gift… His son Jesus Christ. S GThey do not accept Jesus and deny His reality and so they miss out on a relationship with the Living God because they worship the created things instead of the Creator.S GSt Nicholas as He is commonly known lived his life with generosity and good will because of his thankfulness and Love for the Lord, but he did this not only during the month of December but all year because he believed in his heart… that it is in giving that we will receive and this does not have a time frame because it comes from Love.”S GSo if you choose to remember St Nicholas at Christmas then keep in mind he is not the reason for the Season Jesus Christ is and His Name is above every other name and it is He who is to receive our Glory, Honour and Praise. S G
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The Gift Of Lasting Love…..

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Christmas will always stay the same in the hearts of Christ’s people His birth will forever be proclaimed.S G

 The Joy of His gift can never be surpassed the Hope and the Wonder will always last.S G

Be it Christmas trees, Santa, Gifts galore or Traditions handed down from Centuries before. S G

The True meaning of Christmas remains the same Love given so freely in Jesus Christ’s Name. S G

 We reflect on His Love given from His Heart knowing it was with us right from the start.S G

No one day can express the Hope that we have, or can His Love and Joy when given away end with the closing of Christmas day.S G

 So we enjoy this time but remember anew He gave His Love gift to see us through and because He Loved you and me Jesus His Son died on the tree to set us free.S G

The cruel Cross that He bore although The Fathers heart it tore was to bring us in Unity for evermore.S G

Penned by Annie

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The Power of God’s Love

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It was a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in Korea in 1952.  A pregnant young mother, Bak Yoon, hobbled through the snow toward the home of a missionary friend where she knew she could find help.  Tears of sorrow froze on her face as she mourned her husband.

He had recently been killed in the Korean War, and she had no one else to turn to. 

A short way down the road from her missionary friend’s house was a deep gully spanned by a bridge. As Bak Yoon stumbled forward, birth pains suddenly overcame her. She fell, realizing that she could go no further, and crawled under the end of the bridge. 

 There, alone, under the bridge, her baby was born. Bak Yoon had nothing with her except her heavy, padded clothes.  One by one she removed all pieces of her clothing and wrapped them around her tiny son, still connected to her body by his umbilical cord.  Then feeling exhausted she lay back in the snow beside her baby.

The next morning Miss Watson, long-time missionary, drove across the bridge in her car to take a Christmas basket of food to a needy Korean family. 

On her way back, as she got near the bridge, the car sputtered and died — out of gasoline.  She got out of the car and started across the bridge.  Through crunching snow under her feet she heard another sound — a baby’s faint cry.  She stopped, unbelieving, and heard the cry again. 

 “It’s coming from beneath the bridge!”  She crawled under the bridge to investigate and there she found a tiny, bundled baby, warm but hungry, and young Bak Yoon frozen in death. 

With a knife from her toolbox she cut the cord and took the baby home with her.  After caring first for the child, she, along with some helpers, brought Bak Yoon’s body back to near where she lived and buried her there. She named the baby Soo Park, and adopted him. 

 He was strong and healthy and so grew up among many other orphan children that Miss Watson cared for.  But to her, Soo Park was special.  She often told him,

 “Your mother had great love for you, Soo Park”, and about how she had proven that love.  He never tired of hearing of his beautiful mother.

On Christmas day, his 12th birthday, snow was falling. After the children had helped Soo Park celebrate his birthday, he came and sat beside Miss Watson. 

“Mother Watson, do you think God made your car run out of gasoline the day you found me?” he asked.  “Perhaps He did”, she answered. 

“If that car hadn’t stopped, I would not have found you.  But I am so glad it stopped.  I Love you and am very proud of you, Soo Park.” She put her arms around him.  He rested his head against her. 

 “Mother Watson, will you please take me out to my mother’s grave?  I want to pray there.  I want to thank her for my life.”  “Yes, but put on your heavy coat.  It’s very cold.” 

Beside the grave, Soo Park asked Mother Watson to wait at a little distance.  She walked aside and waited.  As the astonished missionary watched, the boy began to take off his warm clothing, piece by piece. 

Surely he won’t take off all his clothing! She thought. He’ll freeze! But the boy stripped himself of everything, laid it all on his mother’s grave, and knelt naked and shivering in the snow.  She waited one minute, two minutes.  Then she put her gloved hand on his snow-covered shoulder. 

“Come, Soo Park.  Your mother in Heaven sees how much you Love her I will help you dress.” Then in deep sorrow he cried out to the mother he never knew: “Were you colder than this for me, my mother?” And he wept bitterly because he knew of course, she was.

From “The Short Circuit,” a student publication of Asbury Theological Seminary Volume 86, Dec. 6th, 1986, No. 11S GS G
Jesus stripped Himself of His Royal garments to come and live among us.  “Was He that cold for us?” Surely we never have to wonder if He Loves us, or even how much He Loves us. He demonstrated that to us nearly 2000 years ago and He reminds us constantly, when we have ears to hear and eyes to see. 

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We Celebrate in His Love.

 Music  –CelineDion_OHolyNight