What kind of state are we in when Christians complain we have Christmas music playing too early or the stores decorated too soon? We should be cheering when we have any opportunity at all to bring up the name of Christ.
Let’s stop whining about music in the mall. If we don’t, everything will be festive this and festive that. Festive is the replacement word for anything Christmas. It means anything cheerful: it means anything related to a celebration of feasts, festivals or holidays. Christmas is slipping out of our hands. All we hear is festive trees, festive school concerts and festive holidays.
Do we want festive sales, festive music and festive decorations? Before you know it we will have the festive Christ, a Christ whose only purpose is to festive!
Rejoice in every Away in the Manger, or Noel, Noel. Those are scriptural words echoing into malls and halls; a word that we are still allowed to share. Grab onto it with both hands and turn up the sound of Christians rejoicing in the Christ.
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! (Philippians 4:4-5, MSG
If you are not a sewer you might miss the importance of an inspirational life well-lived. Nancy Zieman passed into the arms of Jesus this week. For 30 or more years, I watched her sewing show on PBS all the while improving my sewing skills.
When I had my parotid tumor (Facial gland cancer) I wrote to her to say that we were likely the only two in the same boat. Both TV hosts and both with some facial difficulty;( Nancy had Bells Palsy as a child.)
She called me to tell me from Wisconsin to encourage me and talk about where to get treatment. We had a great discussion.
I said “Nancy are you a Christian?”
I sure am, Maam!”She replied.
Nancy lived her life with dignity and honor and I am proud to have known her even a little bit.
Today and every Monday for a while you can hear chapters of my book The Pregnant Pause of Grief. It’s been almost 6 years since my Dear Ronald went to be with Jesus. I started to read the book again myself, just to see how far I have come since that first horrible grief. And then Hopestreamradio.com added it to their Monday roster. Tune in, won’t you? I pray it helps you as it helped me. Brenda J Wood
Here is the address….http://ahpspeakerdirectory.ca/
Tired of radio stations with no Christmas music or scripture readings from Luke and Isaiah? Try hopestreamradio.com. You won’t be disappointed! Merry Christmas to all! Brenda J Wood
Some specialty cakes are served with a small token of some kind to represent the Christ Child. Others are shaped to remind us of the baby in swaddling clothes.
That may have been the goal but what happens when your cake comes out of the oven looking more like Herod on a rampage? People so easily get the wrong idea!
Parents are you trying to determine your adult child’s lot in life? Get out of the way, pray and let them find their own way to Jesus.
At the salvation Army church, Barrie, Saturday, Oct 22 at 11 am… followed by the guest speaker (me)
The tickets are 12.00 and I have some if you wish to attend.
Also on the 23, I am the guest preacher for the church service (no charge but the collection plate!)
Message titles-Saturday-The Butternut Squash Conspiracy
Sunday- Happy Daze, Life after 40, or 50 or more!
Why is it that stay-on lipstick lasts longer on cup rims than on lips?
Why is it that birds start to chirp at least one hour before the alarm clock goes off?
Why is it that babies need another diaper change right after you change them?
Why is it that a permanent wave treatment is not permanent?
Why is it that my phrasing here is such bad English?
Why is it that a God who could do anything he wants, bothers with us?
I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. Do you?
And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. (Judges 14:14, KJV)
Prayer – Thanks God, for making life confusing and so interesting at the same time!
Lord, I’ve been muddling through life without you.
I tested my abilities against yours.
And failed mightily. Repeatedly.
Thanks for grabbing onto me when I am at my worst,
And holding me close to your heart,
So I can become your best.