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Merry Christmas!

Luke 2 (New King James Version)

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “ Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Because it’s been so long…

I’ve been reading a lot of good stuff in my Google Reader lately. For a while I was sharing articles on Facebook until I had a whole bunch in one day, and then I decided I should just put them all in a blog post, especially since I can’t seem to sit down and write out a post myself. They are all from various Christian blogs, but that isn’t to say that the other blogs I read aren’t interesting. These are just articles/posts that spoke to me, for lack of a better term.

The God of the Unexpected – This hit a chord because my parents were married for 16 years before I was born. They never used any method of birth control, and had long since figured they would never have children. Then, surprise!

Why shepherds?

Luther’s Prescription for Despondency – I have found lately, that when I am feeling depressed or angry, it helps to sing. I got that little tip from Joni Eareckson Tada.

God Uses Critics to Help Us

What is a Peacemaker? – I was going to write a whole post about what a peacemaker is, but it would have been spiteful and petty. haha But, the word translated to “peacemaker” from Matthew’s account of the sermon on the mount (“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”) is the Greek word “eirenopoios” which is defined in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible as “peacemaker, one who restores peace and reconciliation between persons and even nations.”

Now these last 2 are directed at pastors, but when I read them, I saw my pride. In fact, the reason I started reading them to begin with was because I figured I could use them passive aggressively to point out other’s pride (and no, that isn’t directed at my pastor). Instead, I just saw myself. Funny how that happens… ;)

Pastoral Narcissism

When pastors update and tweet (Do’s and Don’ts)

And in the time it took me to copy and paste all those URLs in, I could have probably written a real post. LOL

“I didn’t wanna be this late…”

I have been working on trying to write a post for like over a week now. And in the meantime, I have failed to check the spam hole. I should’ve copied those messages into a blog post. HAHAHA

So anywho, I have a post in the works, and yes I know I have blown the whole post a day thing with the writing prompts. I’ve changed the focus of the working post like 3 times, so who knows how it will end up because I may change it all up again.

I’ve read a couple more books. I can’t remember how long ago (it was during that 2 month unintentional hiatus), but I read Crazy Love in 2 or 3 days’ time. This past Saturday, I bought Forgotten God, which I finished last night. I’m real close to getting John Piper’s latest book, Think.