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WHAT WAS ON HIS MIND?

By James G

“Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. Continue reading “WHAT WAS ON HIS MIND?”

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Epiphany

Author: Betsy Nelson

Epiphany is my favorite day in the church year.  It is the 12th day of Christmas – the one of the 12 drummers drumming.  It celebrates the day that the Magi arrived in Bethlehem and saw Jesus, Emmanuel, God-With-Us.

The birth of Jesus was unremarkable. It happened to two weary travelers, swept up in the hubbub of a random government mess.  There was a census.   Everybody had to go to their birth-towns to be registered, without any consideration of ability or inconvenience.  Here were these two ordinary people, doing what they had to do.  There was no place to stay for them, even though the woman was very noticeably pregnant.  Nobody took mercy on them.  They weren’t special.  They weren’t anybody to look twice at.

The child was born without any midwives or even friends around.  The story could have ended here, with this tiny new family just doing their duty in a strange town, strangers themselves.

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May You ALWAYS Stay Beautiful!

I wonder how different this world would be if by looking at the mirror, we could see a reflection of our soul, instead of just our physical appearance…

How much better we would want to become and how much more attractive we would want to be?

Instead of jewelry and makeup, fine perfume and fashionable dresses, we would make LOVE, FORGIVENESS, HONESTY, PEACE-MAKING AND COMPASSION our true standards of beauty. Continue reading “May You ALWAYS Stay Beautiful!”

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The Savior is Born!

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. Luke 2:4-21