A Gift for Winter

Job 37:5  God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

Snow, ice and cold can make winter a hassle. “Snow days” due to a blizzard may thrill students but usually inconvenience parents. But now and then, winter blankets the earth so heavily that it seems to quiet everything.

We’re granted permission to hunker down at home, snuggle close with family or pets, enjoy a book or movie, make cocoa or cookies, and rest. It’s like a surprise sabbath — the gift of grace-time — when no one’s expected to get out the door or the driveway.

Perhaps indeed, as Job declared, God sees fit on such days to put our busyness on hold and shut us all indoors so we pause and remember his work — his place — in our lives. Praise God for snow days! —Heidi Mann

SMART OR LAZY

“This little computer,” said the sales clerk, “will do half of your job for you.” Studying the machine, the senior VP said, “Fine. I’ll take two.”

Politician in Action

A Senator in the USA was once asked about his attitude toward whisky.

‘If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it.  But if you mean the elixir of a New Year toast, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I’m for it.  This is my position, and I will not compromise.’

New Year’s Day Party – That Never Was?

As in many homes on New Year’s Day, Donald and Sue, a happily married couple, faced the annual conflict of which was more important: the football match on television, or the lunch itself.

Hoping to keep the peace Donald ate lunch with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-lunch chat before retiring to the living room to turn on the television.

Some minutes later, Sue looked in to see how he was and graciously even bought a cold beer for Donald. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Donald told her it was half time and that the score was still 0-0.

‘See?’ Sue said happily, ‘You didn’t miss a thing.’

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Jesus Is The Best Gift

Jesus is the best gift ever sent from above,

God’s only Son, filled with His perfect love;

He came down by way of a holy, virgin birth,

To be the Savior of our sinful, wicked earth!

Jesus is the best gift we’ve ever been given.

The perfect Son of God, who came from Heaven;

He became a man to understand our emotions,

What an honor to give Him our love & devotion!

Jesus is the best gift this world has ever seen,

Who shed His blood for our sin upon Calvary;

He gave His life on the old rugged cross,

So no soul will ever be condemned or lost!

Jesus is the best gift we will ever receive,

Salvation is ours, when on Him we believe;

All we need to do is give Him our trust & faith,

Praise Him for providing the way to be saved!

The real Christmas story

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Small Packages


Big Things !

Remember that candy commercial declaring, “Big things come in small packages”? The prophet’s message to tiny Bethlehem is similar: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2).

We’ve all felt too small for a certain role: too little to play with the big kids … too skinny to make the football team … short on the skills needed for a choice assignment. Perhaps we fear our gift of money is too little to make a difference, or the small amount of time we can volunteer isn’t even worth it.

But God brings big things out of “small packages.” From a newborn baby — merely six to eight pounds of helplessness — God brought salvation for the whole world. Rest assured, he’ll do big things through you, too.

May my offerings of praise and worship — as well as of money and time — be pleasing to you, Lord (Malachi 3:4)”Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”

Friday Funnies

Christmas Funnies

As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?”

The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped, “Didn’t you get my E-mail?”                                       —Adam Sandler

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In a small Southern town there was a “Nativity Scene” that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.

At a “Quick Stop” on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, “You Yankees never do read the Bible!”

I assured her that I did, but simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible. She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage.

Sticking it in my face she said, “See, it says right here, ‘The three wise man came from afar.’ [fire]

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It was Christmas and the judge was in a merry mood as he asked the prisoner, “What are you charged with?”

“Doing my Christmas shopping early”, replied the defendant.

“That’s no offense”, said the judge. “How early were you doing this shopping?”

“Before the store opened.”

Tuesday With Karen

So thankful for the Christ of Christmas! Merry Christmas to you all! KI
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas is what we’ll always say,
For Christ is the One who came as a babe;
Wrapped in swaddling clothes in the inn,
We’d see no Christmas if it wasn’t for Him!

Merry Christmas are proper words to say,
To honor the Lord, upon this special day;
God sent Him as our Redeemer & Saviour,
Providing salvation, giving grace & favor!

Merry Christmas will forever be said,
About our Lord, who rose from the dead;
He came to earth to pay for every sin,
Shed His blood, for man to be born again!

Merry Christmas our heart will proclaim,
This is how we choose to glorify His name;
He came to earth to be our Faithful Friend,
We say Merry Christmas & we think of Him!

 

Sober

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” – Romans 6:6

The word “sober” has become a one-definition word these days—to be free from alcohol. But in Bible times, the word “sober” meant to be serious-minded about the things of God.

It’s half past late and Satan knows it. Now you need to know it, too. Do you think that the closer we get to Christ’s return, Satan is just going to roll over and play dead? Absolutely not.

Revelation 12:12 says that Satan is going to come in “great wrath” because he knows there is but little time left. You are going to see all of the artillery of hell let loose upon the believer as Christ readies for His return.

It’s time to wake up, time is passing; look up, Jesus is coming; and sober up, Satan is working.

 

Stressed Out?

David wrote: “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. . . . He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented [came upon] me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:6, 16-19).
You can rest assured that if you are being afflicted, it is because God delights in you. “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” (Hebrews 12:6). Your afflictions are a sign of His love.
You must also remember that whatever you’re going through will pass. In his devotional book David Wilkerson writes, “Recently, I read a passage in one of my journals that I had written while going through a great trial. Three months’ worth of entries all ended with the same phrase: “Oh, God, when will this nightmare end?” Then, finally, these words appeared across a page in huge letters: “IT’S OVER—HE HAS DELIVERED!”
I can honestly say I have learned more in my afflictions than I ever did in good times. Prosperity doesn’t teach us—afflictions do. The humanitarian Albert Schweitzer said, “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” No, happiness is remembering all the ways God has brought us through.
I ask you again: How are you reacting to your afflictions? Are you wasting them, becoming a doubter and complainer? Or are you building up your faith, knowing that your God delivers?
There is only one way to endure your present troubles: Remember that your heavenly Father delights in you. He has a plan at work, a great investment in you. “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Your Father is preparing you to be a veteran of spiritual warfare, an example of faith and trust to this generation. Sometimes the change we are looking for spring up from the tears we shed.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

 Keep Christ in Christmas, He’s the reason it began,
He was sent from Heaven to be a Saviour for man;
He came down to a manger by virgin birth then,
To shed His own blood & save our soul from sin!
 Keep Christ in Christmas, this day honors His birth,
By the Father’s hand, our Lord then came to earth;
God’s mercy & grace sent Christ down from above,
Displaying to man, His awesome favor and love!
Keep Christ in Christmas, He was there at the start,
Sent by God for us, to become the Lord of our heart;
False teachers come along, to mislead & deter,
Christmas without Christ, makes it not even a word!
We’ll keep Christ in Christmas, give Him glory & praise,
God gave His gift with Christ in the manger that day;
He came to earth as Lord, to be the Saviour of men,
There’d be no Christmas at all if it wasn’t for Him!