The Christmas Ten Commandments

The Christmas Ten Commandments

The Christmas Ten Commandments 1. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas list. 2. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten. 3. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality. 4. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands. 5. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever. 6. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold. 7. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous. 8. Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season. 9. Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. 10. Thou shall not forget to share your joy, peace and faith with those around you. – Author Unknown Meditation: But seek first the kingdom of God

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Christmas Love

Christmas Love

Each December I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations: extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet I still found myself exhausted, unable to fully appreciate the precious family moments, and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas. My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six-year-old. For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s Winter Pageant. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher who assured me there would be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise. So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early and found a seat in the cafeteria. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then each group, one by one, rose to perform their song. Because the public school system had stopped referring to the holiday as “Christmas” I didn’t expect anything other

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Angels in Indiana

Angels in Indiana

In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket. Their father was gone. The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two. Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared. Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds. He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries. Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either. If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana, at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it. I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress. I loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job. The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town. No luck. The kids stayed, crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince whoever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job. Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer

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Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy JOB DESCRIPTION: Tell the living and the dying world about Jesus Christ AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Preachers, teachers, singers, musicians, missionaries, custodians, food servers, and YOU PRINCIPAL (BOSS): The Holy Spirit QUALIFICATIONS: Must have previously sinned and recognized this; Must be willing to press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus EDUCATION: The Holy Spirit will teach you all things EXPERIENCE NEEDED: None necessary; experience will be earned on-the-job BENEFIT PACKAGE/SALARY: God (the employer) shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus INSURANCE: Access to the Divine Master Physician PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES: Love, joy, peace, patience, long suffering; Lawyer, Comforter, and a Wonderful Counsellor RECOMPENSE FOR COMPLETING THE JOB ASSIGNMENT: The most important benefit, ETERNAL LIFE with the employer. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Before the return of Jesus Christ; date/hour not known; wise to apply TODAY, RIGHT NOW All are welcome to Gods’ Kingdom JOY TO THE WISE. Meditation: Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. – Matthew 9:37 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: Rescue at Sea Never too Late The Price Jesus Paid

The Price Jesus Paid

The Price Jesus Paid

One day Satan went to visit Jesus in the Garden of Eden, and Satan came all happy and boasting. “Yes, Lord, now I have everybody captive, well nearly everybody down there. I set traps, I used the baits of temptation; I know well what each one of them can’t resist. I nearly caught them all!” “What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked. He was praying to God the Father. Satan answered “Oh, I am going to have some fun with them! I’ll make them divorce after they have married so the foundation of humanity [the family] will never be established. I will make them hate each other and abuse each other, make them fall into alcohol and drugs without control. I will teach them to make weapons and bombs, so they kill each other. I am really going to have fun! “And when you are tired of playing with them, what will you do?” Jesus asked. And continued praying. “Oh, I will kill them all and their souls will be mine forever. Lord, by all respect, it will be their decision.” “How much do you want for all of them?” Jesus asked. “Oh, you can’t want these people. They aren’t anything good. Why do you want them if they neither follow you nor love you? Many hate

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