13:34 ...That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Jesus talked about people who love to give gifts to their children. (Mathew 7:11) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Christians are very loving people. At every opportunity to show love, they are right there giving gifts and flowers, and helping where needed. Christmas is just such an opportunity. I encourage you to share God's love with everyone. Give sincere love and attention to all you can. Think of all the blessings you had this year from people and try to bless them with something. If you do not have much money, you can write to them for very little cost to yourself. Let them know they are loved while they are living. While they are living is the time to let them know they are appreciated.
Birth Celebration Party Tragic Accident
|A special long awaited for baby was born. There was great joy in the family. Grandma was thrilled. All the friends wanted to come over and celebrate so a day was set and the guests began to arrive.|
|As the first guests arrived they went to look at the baby. They placed a gift right next to the quiet sleeping baby in the crib. They joined the happy parents and had fun visiting.|
|The next guests came in and saw where the present had been set and placed their gift next to it. They looked at the sleeping baby, then joined the happy parents.|
|The rest of the guests came in and put their presents with the others and did not even see the baby. Pretty soon the cradle was full and the baby was underneath being smothered. No one had planned to ignore the baby and end its life. Everyone just did what others did without even thinking.|
|In many homes and businesses, where Christmas
is celebrated, the gifts cover up the whole reason for celebrating
the birth of Jesus who came to save us from our sins.
No one really plans to ignore Jesus. It just happens while you do what every one else is doing. While showing each other love, sympathy and kindness, remember Jesus first. Start every day with time alone with Jesus. Begin your plans earlier. Remember Jesus in those plans.
Most do not think for themselves.
When was Jesus born?
|Many ask what day was Jesus born? No one knows. The important thing was that He came and lived among us and died to save us from sin. Then why have we picked the date of December 25 to think about Him?|
Where did Christmas lights come from?
|While passing the many pretty Christmas tree lights, my daughter asked, Mama where did the idea of using lights at Christmas come from?" I told her I would see if I could find that out. Here is what we found.|
|Albert Sadacca was fifteen in 1917, when he first got the idea to make Christmas tree lights. A tragic fire in New York City involving Christmas tree candles inspired Albert to invent electric Christmas lights. The Sadacca family sold ornamental novelty items including novelty lights. Albert adapted some of the products into safe electric lights for Christmas trees. The first year only one hundred strings of white lights sold. The second year Sadacca used brightly colored bulbs and a multi-million dollar business took-off.|
Where did Christmas tree tradition come from?
did people get the idea of using a tree at Christmas?
There are so many ideas about the answer to this. I have noticed in many countries, they have some festival that has a tree. In our area of the world, everyone uses a nice smelling fir, pine, or spruce tree. These are carefully grown and trimmed over several years so there are many branches to use in decorating.
In Mexico in 1976 we did not see the lights and trees decorated like we now see in 2000. The influence of television and businesses advertising have spread this custom into many cultures. This picture is from a card I received from a dear young person who came to our Bible lesson meetings in Russia.
I love getting cards. If you want to send me one from your area of the world, I would love to include it on this web site. I have just gotten my first card for the season. I am putting it up on my front door for all of us to enjoy.
Send me your unique card from your area or a hand made one. I will show it on this site:
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|There is an interesting celebration that always happened on December 25. This was a pagan celebration of an idol believed to have been born on December 25. Again I want you to know that I think Christians should join into loving demonstrations during this time. They should not get so busy that they leave God out of all their plans.|
feet are powerful in destruction. The bear humped on one side showed
Persia was stronger than the Meds. Together they overthrew 3 countries.
That is what the 3 ribs in his mouth represented. The feet hold up the
body almost like a foundation.
The god Mithra of Persia had a round ball in its hand. This ball symbol is used in the Catholic church art. It is in the hand of various statues in the museums in the Vatican.
It is on the Pope's crown.
What did it represent in history? The encyclopedia tells us Persians believed there were adoring shepherds at the birth of Mithra on December 25.
Most people think that December 25 is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But this was not His birthday. It came from this ancient god of Persia. The cult of Mithra claimed to rule the world. That is why it holds a round ball. They believed that all life sprung from Mithra."
|"Mithraism", Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia 1993-1997.|
|We all know that the best time of the
year for many business is the time of Christmas. More things are sold. The
shopping increases as everyone buys gifts to share with families and
friends and at parties at work. It is always a good thing to tell someone
you love and care about them. I really enjoy finding out someone has been
thinking about me. When I worked full time at my doctors office, I enjoyed
this time of year especially for I found out many of my patients loved me.
I was given treats, breads, cookies, and little gifts and cards of
appreciation. Every one had a happy glow of joy as they were thinking of
The Bible encourages us to love each other. The whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 describes how to be loving.
Have you noticed that few people have time for Jesus during the time of Christmas? It seems they are too busy. Does it seem strange if they are really celebrating His birth on our earth, that they ignore HIM?