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CELEBRATE HIM

CELEBRATE HIM

God’s Holy Word has revealed

The Redeemer; joyous revelation!

But, has equally concealed,

WHEN, He reached this earthly destination.

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Bethlehem – the town is known,

With hill country of Judah all around;

WHERE the Divine Seed was sown,

But the When of His birth cannot be found.

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The Lion of Judah’s tribe,

Prince of Peace, Lily of the valley too,

Messiah, King; these describe

Not the day, or the month, but the Pure WHO.  

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He came to be one with man.

The God-Man died as only sinners die.

Salvation was His whole plan.

Once again, that’s not the date but the WHY.

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Every Gospel tells just HOW

His sinless, exemplary, life was all done,

Before the thorns crushed His brow.

But the month and day is made plain by none!

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There is no doubt that He came,

Was born of a virgin, lead the twelve men,

Forgave sins and healed the lame;

But has the church over-emphasized WHEN?

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Celebrate! Celebrate Him!

The Gift Divine! Greatest in every way.

Throw off worldly custom’s whim.

Celebrate Him! Not the day.      

– eab, 1991

2Pe 3. 17 – 18

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

>> The way to not fall away is to grow. <<

Donald Winter quote

“What parents use in moderation,

the children will take to excess.”

– Donald Winter, sermon, 7/1/2000

The institution of marriage was initiated in The Garden and has survived in various forms (at times hideous forms) in all inhabited lands. Yet each marriage is its own-stand-alone entity! YOUR marriage never existed in any civilization or previous century. When you and your wife/husband became one a new unit was formed. Your unique two-into-one mutation survives until death and then, as extreme as it sounds, it vanishes to never ever exist again. God’s creative hand is seen here. Only He could make such a unique invention, allow it to survive for your years only, and then disappear forever. Not only does God love you, He loves your mate, and loves seeing the two of you love each other “as Christ also loved the church.”

– eab, 2/1/16

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What is the number of the beast?

What’s his mark? Do we know the least?

Chapter thirteen is where it’s found.

Look it up, Read it, Write it down.

Dark days may come ere the Lamb’s feast!    

– eab, 12/2/06

We respected our country’s flag

(didn’t worship it) years ago without making it an issue. We said “Merry Christmas” perhaps too freely (most of us did not go to any kind of mass, let alone a midnight one) but the expression didn’t divide us. We liked or dis-liked policemen based on their personalities more than their uniforms. Recently the above (and other items) have been used to swing us from neutral to very pro or very con. Think Friend; don’t get pulled into extreme stands on issues that were MEANT to polarize us.

The only extreme for which we should be remembered by future generations (if such come) is our stand of Jesus Christ and His lasting Word.

– eab, 12/1/16

GIFT WRAP

GIFT WRAP

Some packages are wrapped

In tinsel and green

And plaid or stripes in red and gold

Are often seen,

But the greatest gift at Christmas

Came so warmly wrapped

In flesh, human flesh, like a Baby,

When He napped.

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Wrappings serve for weeks

Or for a few hours,

To hid the gift from brown and blue eyes

And their prying powers.

The Father’s Gift was with Him

Before He was born,

Yet He stayed wrapped thirty-three years

From that fine morn.

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Paper, be it as pretty

As paper might,

Is not as valuable as what it hides

From other’s sight.

So it was with God’s Present:

Covered with mortal flesh.

The inside was of more value

Than skin, so fresh.

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Paper is torn, left,

Forgotten in haste,

Considered, by the receiver,

As nothing but dull waste.

Unfortunately, God’s Christmas Gift

Also was torn;

That fleshly wrapping

Felt the point of nail and thorn.

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Gifts wear out in months,

Or decades, at least;

Rust, decay, or some other harm –

From germ to mighty beast.

But God’s gift, old by centuries, Is still very new,

And though the Wrap was torn,

The Giver always knew,

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His Present would lift,

Allow the Great Shift,

For all lives adrift.

What a wondrous Gift!

God and Man inside –

Man and God without

Is it any wonder

Angels did shout?

– eab, DEC. ’90