Archive for December, 2012

Gift of the Magi

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:1 Magi were wise men who relied on astrology and astronomy for wisdom and insight. As they watched the sky, a bright star in the east alerted them of the Savior’s birth. They […]

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Cranberry Hootie Creeks

I won a national recipe contest with this recipe and it’s a much loved family favorite.- Debbie Cranberry Hootie Creeks ½ c. butter or margarine, softened 1 egg 1 t. vanilla 1 c. plus 2 T. all-purpose flour* ½ t. baking soda ½ t. salt ½ c. rolled oats 1/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed […]

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Joy to the World

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 Can you imagine how excited the angels were to announce the birth of Jesus? There are only two named angels in the Bible (Gabriel and Michael) and Gabriel was sent by God to deliver the message […]

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Good News

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” Luke 2:8 Imagine a starry night in the Bethlehem countryside- every constellation visible because it was far from city lights. A bonfire roared as sparks flew toward the sky. Sheep baaed incessantly as the watch dogs circled around […]

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God the Father

I don’t mean this lightly, but when I think about God watching Jesus’ birth from Heaven, I think of the end of the Karate Kid movies, particularly the part just before the credits where Mr. Miyagi nods and smiles at Daniel. The camera is tight on his face and it’s just a powerful moment. It […]

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Like Father, Like Son

“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him,” Psalm 127:3 Joseph was probably more concerned in growing in his trade as a carpenter than daydreaming about his future. Of course, every year, as he joined with his family and all the rest of the Israelites going to temple, he would have […]

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Spicy Crackers

These are a new favorite for me and my husband! So easy and perfect for holiday entertaining!- Helen Spicy Crackers 1 box Ritz or saltine crackers 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix 1 C. vegetable oil 1 T. cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper Mix oil, ranch, and cayenne together. Toss with crackers.

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Just a Man

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’.” Matthew 1: 20 Joseph was a righteous man, weighing his […]

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Joseph’s Mind

“Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:18-19 “i have a mind to” is a common prefix on many things in the south. Sometimes, it’s not so nice like “I have a mind to go […]

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Sideshow

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18 Have you struggled with watching someone in the spotlight bask in the desire of your heart? Maybe […]

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