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meaning behind the song..interesting… December 23, 2008

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the 12 days of Christmas……

In 16th Century England, it was a crime to be a Catholic. Catholics were forbidden to practice their faith publicly and privately. Throughout history, when Catholics were persecuted they found little traditions to practice their faith and to recognize other Catholics. Thus came along “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to help young Catholics remember the tenets of their faith without getting caught.

The twelve days of Christmas represent the days after Christmas until Epiphany (December 26-January 6). Epiphany is the day the wise men went to Baby Jesus bearing gifts. In some cultures this is called the Day of the Kings or Three Kings Day. In many cultures, gifts are given this day or all twelve days rather than Christmas Day.

The “True Love” refers to God. The “Me” that receives the gifts refers to every baptized individual. Each of the gifts have a special reference as well.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . .” (Luke 13:34)

Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

Three French Hens – The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Four Calling Birds – The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God’s reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.

Five Golden Rings – The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

Six Geese A-laying – The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

Seven Swans A-swimming – The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

Eight Maids A-milking – The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)

Nine Ladies Dancing – The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

Ten Lords A-Leaping – The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God’s name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

Eleven Pipers Piping – The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

Twelve Drummers Drumming – The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

There is some controversy over the actual history of this song. Although, church historians have declared this account basically accurate. Some people say it originated in a children’s book as a memory game. Some say it came from France many years before.

So know you know the rest of the story..

 

This was copied from another web site, I just enjoyed the history of it, and the disclaimer:  

allbeliefslisted abovedonotnecessarilyreflectallthoseofmyown- said very fast and in a deep commercially voice

 

thought of the day…. December 12, 2008

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‘Not called!’ did you say?
‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army

 

 

think of this the next time you pass a bell ringer, the intention was not to feed the belly, but to rescue the soul….

 

the meaning of Christmas December 8, 2008

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We’ve attempted to instill in Josh and Abbie a meaning of Christmas, of course they want toys and gifts- but we have tried our best to show them the real meaning of Christmas and what God did for mankind by sending his son to earth.  We want them to think of others before themselves.  This weekend we saw Christ in so many things we did, and I’d like to brag on God for a while.

 

Every 2 years Whtifield Baptist Church does something I’ve never seen before, they host a Christmas store.  Starting in October, they start requesting toy donations from people and local businesses.  And in November, the children 6th grade and below, start earning points in Sunday school, for attendance, memory verses, bibles, and visitors brought.  Then on a cold December morning, it’s as if the anticipation and excitment explodes as the gym is transformed into a toy store.    Kids from homes that are broken and wounded, kids that may not have a Christmas without the kindness of strangers as well as “church kids” come together in one gigantic bubble of energy as they get to cash in their hard earned points. 

20 tables have been set out and on these 20 tables are more toys than you can imagine.  In the middle sit 23 bicycles waiting on new homes…. it was fantastic, almost magical!!! God is too good to us!!! These children had bags that weighed more than they did dragging behind them. The buses left out full of children with bags and a pick-up truck followed with bikes.  It was simply amazing!!

We are also blessed with an opportunity to bless another family in our church that is in need- the father just lost his job, and they are just struggling!! Well tonight we are taking Christmas to them and I am on cloud nine!!!!  Thanks to the kindness of an angel, we are using some gift cards to bless this family with presents and food.   I can’t wait to get to their door and surprise them!!!

 

The meaning of Christmas is a gift, a gift that wasn’t laviously wrapped or topped with a bow.  It was a small child.  A child that would bring peace and salvation to the world. 

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life..

We would all like to go to heaven!

Each person is unique and sees life from his own perspectives! However, we all know that one day our lives on earth will end. Is everyone going to heaven? Can a person know his eternal destiny for sure? 

Take a moment right now and ask yourself two important questions. 

 1. If you were to die today are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven? 

 2. Suppose you were to stand before Jesus Christ and he were to ask you, “Why should I let you into heaven?” How would you respond? 

a. I’ve tried to live a good life. 
b. I am a church member or attender. 
c. I’ve been baptized. 
d. I remember a day when I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior. 

 The Bible is clear!  You can know your eternal destiny for sure! 

These things have I written unto you…that you may know that ye have eternal life” (1 Jn 5:13) 

Most people have never had the opportunity to read or hear in a clear and concise for what the Bible says about eternal life. 

The following truths are taken from the New Testament of the Holy Bible. 

We Are all Sinners

 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)

 

We are sinners by birth.   The Bible says in the book of Romans that sin began with the first man, Adam.

 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) 

 Adam disobeyed God. the sinful nature of Adam was then passed on to every person born thereafter. Every one of us inherited the sinful nature of Adam.    We are also sinners by choice. 

The Bible says in James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” 

 We sin by choosing to do wrong. All of us are guilty of choosing occasionally to dosobey God in action, attitude, or thought.   Do you realize that you are a sinner?

The Payment for Sin is Death

 

“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)

 Death is a reality that we all must face. We can face death with confidence if we have the assurance that we will spend eternity with God in heaven.  We need to understand two things about death:  Physical death is when we cease to physically live on this earth.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

 Spiritual death is referred to in the Bible as the “second death.”  If a person dies without receiving God’s gift of eternal life, he experiences the “second death,” or eternal separation from God.  The Bible reveals this in Revelation 20:14-15,

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 Do you realize that if you do not receive God’s gift of eternal life, you will spend eternity separated from God?

Jesus Died for You

 

 

 

 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

 Jesus never sinned, but he took your sin on Himself. He died in your place to pay the price (wage) for your sin.

 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 Not only did Jesus die on the cross for you, but He was buried and rose again three days later. 

 “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose again the third day? 

You Must Receive Jesus Christ by Faith

 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

 Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sin, so that you could have eternal life (heaven). So, the logical question is, What must I do to receive the gift of eternal life?

 First, you must stop depending on your own effort,good works, baptism, church membership or any other “good work.” The Bible syas that salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and not by good works!

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 What have you been depending on to get you to heaven?

 Second, you must put your faith in Jesus Christ alone. Believing on Jesus Christ is transferring your trust from self-effort and good works to trusting Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

 What do we all have in common? We all would like to go to heaven.

 Do you believe that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way to heaven?

 Would you like to Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today?

 Right now, wherever you are, sincerely pray a simple prayer like this. Prayer is the way we express the desires of our hearts to Jesus.

 “Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I am a sinner and deserve to go to hell. I believe that you died on the cross and paid the penalty for my sin. I believe that you arose from the dead three days later.   Lord, I am no longer depending on my own good works to give me eternal life. Instead, I am placing my faith in you alone to forgive my of my sin and to give me eternal life. Thank you Lord. Amen.”

 

If you have just received Jesus Christ as your Savior, please email me so that we can help you learn more about this new life that Jesus gives.   And remember what the true meaning of Christmas is..

 

quick updates December 5, 2008

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this will be fast, as I’m pressed for time, but here are some pictures from Josh’s concert – he was first chair trumpet for his band.  He did very well and was very excited.

Hope you enjoy.

I also enclosed one of my christmas tree…. it’s soooo pretty!!

 

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Selflessness November 11, 2008

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This is an attribute lost on most people now days. I myself have my moments, shocking as it might be -that I am selfish!  It is human nature to be selfish, to want what I want, when I want it, and not worry about whom it is going to affect or offend.  Being selfless is something that is learned, something that one has to work at. 

Last night, I saw a bright light glowing in our children, and selflessness dripping from their very pours.. I saw Christ in my kids ever so much last night, and I wanted to share the story.

Abbie wants to have a luau birthday party this year.  She is determined to have the limbo bar, the tiki hut, and some sort of coconut cups to drink out of… So we developed a plan, she had this huge Barbie castle that she no longer played with and was just taking up space in her room so we decided we would post it “for sale” and whatever we got from that we would use for the birthday party.  A wonderful plan for the young entrepreneur.  So, a month passed and we still had it (althought now it was occupying space in my dining room!! LOL)  Well, last week I received an email inquiry to see if it was still available.  We corresponded and I found out that this sweet lady and family were having a hard time right now, husband was the only one working as she’d been laid off from the carpet mill.  But she wanted the castle for her girls for Christmas. I went home that day and told Abbie about their story and she looked at me and said, “well, can I give them other stuff too?”, I said, “yes, of course, but she’s only BUYING the castle” 

So last night this wonderful young lady came by the house to get the castle, and walked out of there with the castle, 6 Barbies (3 for each girl) a two horse carrige, a barbie car, a barbie RV, furniture for the castle, a gallon Zip lock bag full of clothes and accessories for the barbies, a Barbie cash register, an Easy bake oven, a box of blocks and some stuffed animals for their son who’s 2 1/2 and 2 goodies bags of STUFF.  My daughter cleaned out her room of items that she wanted these girls to have so they would have a good Christmas.  She wanted to give them more and more, kept finding stuff that they “needed”.  I am most proud of my children when I see in the a picture of Christ’s love… WOW. And Abbie has never been much of a “sharer” so to see her express this type of selflessness made my heart nearly burst.

Today as I turned on my computer I received an email from this lady, thanking us for exceeding her expectations  – this is from her email – I’m not posting this to brag on us, but the God we serve, because I know we wouldn’t be who were are without HIM in our life.   Selflessness is HIS attribute, not ours, it is one HE demonstrated on the cross of Calvary and one we humbly try to imitate.

“My husband was so surprised when he came out to help me bring the stuff in the house. He said it’s nice to know that there is still good people out there. He is so right; that is pretty much rare now days. Most people try to play off like they are good people, so it’s really nice when you finally meet the real deal.”

 

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