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CHECK YOUR MANGER SCENE

 Have you ever noticed that most witnessing involves travel?  The Lord told His disciples to go (Mt. 28:19).  If we are to be witnesses for Jesus, we will have our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel (Eph. 6:15)!  And if we are to be His witnesses, we ought to know the truth about our Lord’s miraculous birth. 

Jesus, the Savior, was born in the City of Bethlehem, “a little town” in Judea, to Mary, a virgin (Mt. 1:23; Lk. 1:27), who was from Nazareth, a city in Galilee, approximately seventy miles due North “as the crow flies.”  Joseph, the Lord’s soon-to-be stepfather, had accompanied his espoused wife on the arduous journey which must have taken several days (Lk. 2:4-5).  I am not sure of the route they took, but looking at a map of Israel, it is likely that Joseph and Mary travelled via the Jordon River Valley Road, east of the mountain range which runs the entire length of the country.  They could have travelled west of the range, but that would have taken them through the much-hated Samaria (Mt. 10:5; Lk. 9:52-53; Jn. 4:9).

Near the City of Bethlehem, there were shepherds tending their flocks (Lk. 2:8-20).  On the night He was born, the Angel of the Lord told them of the Savior’s birth, and they left their flocks and travelled to see Him.  The Scriptures say that after they had seen Jesus, they became His witnesses (testified about Him to others), and returning to their flocks, they glorified and praised God (Lk. 2:17, 20)

On the eighth day, Joseph took Jesus and Mary from the place they were staying in Bethlehem, and travelled to the temple in Jerusalem so that He could be circumcised according to Jewish Law (Lev. 12:3).  There, two witnesses saw the fulfillment of prophecies given to them by the Lord:  Simeon and Anna (Lk. 2:25-38).  Following their blessing of Jesus, Joseph took Jesus and Mary to live in Nazareth, their home (Lk. 2:39).

Some time must have passed before the wise men arrived to make their offerings to the King of the Jews, because by the time they arrived, the family was staying in a house in Bethlehem (Mt. 2:2, 11).  It is very likely that these travellers had arrived on the first of one of the Lord’s yearly trips to Jerusalem for the seven day Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread, where His family would have been staying with family or friends (Lk. 2:41).  Based upon the fact that Herod had all the children of Bethlehem killed up to the age of two (Mt. 2:16), and that Jesus was no longer called a “babe” but was now called a “young child,” it is likely that Jesus was about a year old when the wise men arrived with their gifts.  Fearing Herod’s wrath, the wise men return home via a different route than the one they had used to get to Bethlehem (Mt. 2:12).   Although it is not stated, there is little doubt, thatin explaining their long journey, they were witnesses for Jesus. 

Following the Angel of the Lord’s warning and their sojourn in Egypt, most likely financed by the gifts of the wise men, Joseph took his family back to Nazareth (Mt. 2:21-23).  We have no indication that anyone in Egypt had a clue who was living in their country, so, it is doubtful that any of them became His witnesses.  Just as the wise men had done before, Joseph took an alternate route on his return to Nazareth (Mt. 2:22-23).

 Like the wise men, you and I are not witnesses of the Lord’s birth.

        But if we truly believe in Him, our birth will be a witness for the Lord! 

 http://skipslighthouse.blogspot.com/2012/12/check-your-manger-scene.html

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DAYS OF PRAISE

December 25, 2012
Thanks for the Greatest Gift “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

 We who have known and sought to follow the Lord for many years have received many, many blessings for which to thank Him. “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19), we can pray again and again.

 But there is one blessing which is so great that it cannot even be put into words–it is unspeakable! That gift is so great that when we try to comprehend it, the sense of awe and gratitude becomes so overwhelming (or at least should become so overwhelming) that our joy is also unspeakable–indescribable! That gift, of course, is the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Redeemer and Savior, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, . . . ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

 It is significant that the Greek word translated “unspeakable” occurs only these two times in the entire New Testament. God’s unspeakable gift to us produces unspeakable joy in us. We who deserve nothing but eternal separation from God in hell, instead will enjoy eternal life with God in heaven, and all because of that amazing and truly inexpressible gift!

 To think that the mighty Creator, God the Son, would not only humble Himself to become His own creature, man, but then also suffer the unimaginable agony of the cross and separation from God the Father in order to deliver us from the just penalty of sin! This act speaks of such love and grace that all we can do is whisper softly, “Thank you, Lord, for this unspeakable gift,” and then shout it over and over again in our hearts wherever we go, and share its unspeakable joy and blessing with whomever will listen to its message. “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3). Thank you, Lord! HMM

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66759_125806824245834_155895332_nUCB Word 4U 2Day – GOD WITH US

LUKE 2:10

Frost-bitten, cold to the bone, back-breaking work and lonely as hell. The life of a shepherd was not to be envied. It was a thankless task – people looked down their noses at you. Poorly paid because it required minimal intelligence and even less personal hygiene. Looking after sheep was for the stupid. Stinking like a farmyard won you no friends. Yet God chooses to be born in the stench of a cattle-shed. And the angels choose to bypass the universities and theological colleges and churches to announce their good news to the lonely forgotten figures on a hillside. God is down-to-earth in more ways than one. The text tells us God is with us, whoever we are. Today God isn’t in the tinsel and the trappings. He is with the frost-bitten, cold homeless on the streets. He is with the lonely pensioner in her flat. He is with the drunk on the park bench. He is near the addict with the dark pipe. He is in the midst of all of us, but wherever there is a forgotten figure on a spiritual ‘hillside’, God’s heart is particularly there. And this Christmas we could be His messenger of good news. The pair of gloves we buy for the homeless guy tells him God is with us. The visit to the lone pensioner tells her God is with us. Joy to the world. Emmanuel. God is with us. What now? Pray that those around you would notice the difference in the way you enjoy Christmas, and how you celebrate God-with-us. Does the way you treat it show that it’s about Him, not you?

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All-University Christmas Chapel 2012 – Biola University

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nM3o1L3tAoU#!

Published on Dec 15, 2012

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Johann Sebastian Bach in Weimar

Johann Sebastian Bach in Weimar (Photo credit: pittigliani2005)

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Johann-Sebastian-Bach (Photo credit: tölvakonu)

Johann Sebastian Bach und Familie in Weimar / ...

Johann Sebastian Bach und Familie in Weimar / Johannes Sebastian Bach and family in Weimar (Photo credit: pittigliani2005)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (Photo credit: Robert Scarth)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (Photo credit: Robert Scarth)

J.S. Bach - autograaf Canonische Veraenderungen

J.S. Bach – autograaf Canonische Veraenderungen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Statue of J.S. Bach close Thomaskirch...

English: Statue of J.S. Bach close Thomaskirche in Leipzig. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: First page of the libretto of the Chr...

English: First page of the libretto of the Christmas Oratorio from Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 248 Deutsch: Johann Sebastian Bach, Erste Seite des Weihnachts-Oratorium von Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 248 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: First page of the first part of the Christmas Oratorio from Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 248 Deutsch: Johann Sebastian Bach, Weihnachts-Oratorium, Autograph der ersten Seite des ersten Teils von Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 248 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas Oratorio

Christmas Oratorio (Photo credit: rao.anirudh)

English: Opening Chorus of the Christmas Orato...

English: Opening Chorus of the Christmas Oratorio from Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 248 Deutsch: Johann Sebastian Bach, Weihnachts-Oratorium, Autograph des Eingangschors aus dem ersten Teils von Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 248 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J.S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

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UN SINGUR MIJLOCITOR

1 TIMOTEI 2:5

Caci este un singur Dumnezeu si este un singur mijlocitor intre Dumnezeu si oameni: Omul Isus Hristos,

UN SINGUR MANTUITOR

FAPTE 4:12

In nimeni altul nu este mantuire: caci nu este sub cer niciun alt Nume dat oamenilor in care trebuie sa fim mantuiti.”

UN SINGUR  SI UNIC FIU

IOAN 3:16

Fiindca atat de mult a iubit Dumnezeu lumea, ca a dat pe singurul Lui Fiu, pentru ca oricine crede in El sa nu piara, ci sa aiba viata vesnica.

Dragii nostrii

Craciunul are farmec, doar daca este sarbatorit Domnul Isus.

 Va dorim Sarbatori Fericite si multa binecuvantare!

  Tot odată la finalul anului 2012 vă dorim  binecuvântarea Domnului şi pentru anul care vine. Nu ştim ce ne aşteaptă, dar vă dorim putere de a merge mai departe, sănătate, împlinire şi bucurie!

La mulţi ani sarbatoriti  în Lumină!

IN LUMINA FETEI LUI CHRISTOS A CARUI NASTERE O SARBATORIM ACUM

Dear beloved in Christ,

I would like to pray that you will have an extremely blessed Christmas season filled with CHRIST.

  Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’ Mat 1:23 May He be always with you and yours-

If you know He is the God who is with us,

then be the person in whom others see as being with Him! 

Merry Christmas!282920_483270135057806_653159942_nISAIA 9:6

Caci un Copil ni S-a nascut, un Fiu ni S-a dat, si domnia va fi pe umarul Lui; Il vor numi: “Minunat, Sfetnic, Dumnezeu tare, Parintele vesniciilor, Domn al pacii.”

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