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Friday, December 25, 2009

Santa was the celebrity today

Today is Christmas a time when we cherish spending time with friends and family as we take part in the celebrations of the day. However, for some, the hard times produced by a sluggish economy makes it difficult to provide a Christmas meal. Many communities help by providing a place for people to gather while also providing a hearty Christmas dinner. One community is Wasilla Alaska. The Frontiersman newspaper has a great article about today’s Christmas Friendship Dinner.

As the former vice-presidential candidate served up mashed potatoes and turkey to a long line of hungry visitors, Santa was still wide awake after pulling an all-nighter delivering gifts around the world. Both were all smiles as they chatted with and served up food and presents to hundreds at the 18th annual Christmas Friendship Dinner at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center.

According to The Frontiersman, even Sarah Palin couldn’t upstage Santa! But the truth of the matter is I bet that she would not have even tried. It is all about the season and the spirit of giving, not about celebrity or status. Even Sarah said as much in her tweet this morning “Merry Christmas morning from the Palins! Joy,peace,rest&increased faith for you&your family this season. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!” May God bless us all and we head into the new year and new challenges.

Christmas Message to All

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas is more than gifts and a tree. Christmas is even more than precious family time. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus--the Christ, the Anointed One.

It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that the God of the universe knew that man needed a Savior, so He sent...Himself. He wrapped Himself in flesh and came humbly as a man, fully God and fully man. What an amazing love! Meditate on that for a while and see if it doesn't change your perspective on, not just Who He is, but who you are, for He did what He did...for you! He did it for me!

Yes, He is God. That's why when Philip asked to see the Father, Jesus responded in John 14:9 (emphasis added):

9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

I delight in sharing the message of Christ. Enjoy your family, enjoy your gifts, but most of all, enjoy the Lord.

Isaiah 9:6:
6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

A few points from this passage in Isaiah:
1. They were expecting Jesus for generations.
2. He alone is in control.
3. Jesus is God in the flesh.
4. There is no peace apart from Him, for He IS peace.

Luke 2: 1-20:
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

A few points from this passage in Luke:
1. Jesus came humbly to the earth; a King came as a servant.
2. We must never despise where we are in life now. God's plan is often bigger than what we can see today, but may our motive always be to serve.
3. The Good News of Jesus causes us to rejoice and praise God vehemently.
4. Encountering Christ makes us want to share Him with others. You just can't keep it to yourself!

God bless you all.

Merry Christmas 2009 from SPWB!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Sarah’s Web Brigade and the Sarah Palin Web Brigade to all of our readers! May your day be blessed as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whose birth, death, and resurrection guaranteed eternal life for all who would accept His free gift! As we spend time with friends and family today, let us take time to thank Him for all he has done and continues to do for all of us.

The famous poem below describes the impact of His life on the institutions and history of the human race. What the poem fails to mention are the many deeds of Jesus while on Earth. The Book of John ends with this statement:

John 21:25 (King James Version):

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty

He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself

He was only thirty three

His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth

When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend

Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind's progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life


Merry Christmas Wish: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

I just wanted to take a minute to wish you and yours a very, very Merry Christmas. I know many of you are very busy with planning today and tomorrow's festivities, but remember to stop and take a minute to reflect on the true meaning of the season: Jesus. He is the light and the hope of the world!!! I am so thankful to have been brought up in a family in which I was reminded of this each and every day of the year, and most importantly at Christmastime when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Let us all be thankful for everything we have as a nation. I love our military, and I am so grateful for the sacrifices our brave men and women make for us each and every day of the year! I have included a link to a Youtube video that will put everything into perspective. Click here to watch!!! Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!!

On a cool side note, below is a photo I was presently surprised to find on the internet yesterday of Sarah's awesome dad, Chuck Heath. He is pictured at the Wasilla book signing, wearing one of the red Going Rogue Book Tour 2009 shirts we embroidered Sarah's family. How cool is that?

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