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THE FINISH LINE author unknown

Some people understand life better, And they call some of these people “retarded”…

At the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the startiAPPRECIATION_AWARDng line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except …one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry.

The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back. Then they all turned around and went back…every one of them. One girl with Down’s Syndrome Read the rest of this entry

RECIPE FOR A HAPPY YEAR – author unknown

image Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t … Read the rest of this entry

WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT? – by pastor bill

image Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:6b “It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view” MSG

What is the most important part on an automobile? You might say the motor, tires or even the brakes. But Carol and I learned the hard way several years ago when the starter failed. For it appears the most important part is the part that is broken.

Perhaps our Father is heaven has a similar outlook toward what is important.

If he would have considered… Read the rest of this entry

ANOTHER YEAR OF THANKS – by judith johnson kypta

image It’s hard to believe a year has passed
Since we last sat here, saying “Grace”
Counting blessings, this year to last
A happy smile …..Shining on each face

So many new things to talk about
As we enjoy our …… Read the rest of this entry

THE RETURN TO NAZARATH – scripture from The Message

imageMATTHEW 2:19-20 Later, when Herod died, God’s angel appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt: “Up, take the child and his mother and return to Israel. All those out to murder the child are dead.”

21-23 Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child …and his mother, and reentered Israel. When he heard, though, that Archelaus had succeeded his father, Herod, as king in Judea, he was afraid to go there. But then Joseph was directed in a dream to go to the hills of Galilee. On arrival, he settled in the village of Nazareth. This move was a fulfillment of the prophetic words, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

          ISAIAH 9: 1-2 But there’ll be no darkness for those who were in trouble. Earlier he did
bring the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali into disrepute, but the time is coming when
he’ll make that whole area glorious— the road along the Sea, the country past the Jordan,
international Galilee. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light!
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THE ESCAPE TO EGYPT – scripture from The Message

imageMATTHEW 2:13 After the scholars were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”

14-15 Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. They lived in Egypt until … Read the rest of this entry

JESUS PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE – scripture from The Message

imageLUKE 2: 21 When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived.

22-24 Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: … Read the rest of this entry

THE VISIT OF THE MAGI – scripture from The Message

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Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”… Read the rest of this entry

HIGHLY FAVORED – by willetta

image The scripture introduces us to Mary in this manner. Luke 1:26-28 “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

The term “highly favored” simply means, you are being endued with special honor. And what an honor it was to be chosen to be the mother of the very Son of God. That honor did not come without price however. As Simeon said as he prophesied over the young child, “a sword will pierce your own soul.” (Luke 2:34-35)… Read the rest of this entry

NO GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS – by bill keller

imageI am saddened every morning as I open the business page to read about another company laying off thousands of people. While it is only a number in a story to most, the fact is each number is a very real life, with a very real family, that will probably be facing very real financial issues because of losing their job. While there is never a good time to lose your job, it is especially difficult at this time of year.

We are expected… Read the rest of this entry