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SO MANY ARE MISLEAD

This post is not like most of my posts, but I believe God wants me to share an important message because I believe so many are misled by whom they worship and what worship is.  So, I do hope you enjoy reading this post and understanding what and how and why I believe what I believe.

I am a Christian and believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Here are a couple of websites that explain this concept – GotQuestions.org and DesiringGod.org. I also believe in the Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. That He lived 33 years on this earth and walked among the common people of His land. He was fully God and fully man. He was the image of the Father in Heaven. He performed miracles and wonders that the people had never seen and loved like no human ever loved. He was crucified on a cross at Golgotha and He died for the sins of mankind (that includes you and me), our sins were covered with His precious blood and we were forgiven because of His sacrifice. He rose again on the third day, conquering death forever. He – Jesus – was seen by over 500 people before he ascended into Heaven to be with His Father, our God, and now sits at the right hand of God – until that day when God says “Son, go get My children” and at that time there will be a Shout and a trumpet will sLordHorse-19ound by the Archangel and Jesus will descend. He will be riding a White Horse, wearing a white robe dipped in blood and these words will be written on His robe and on His thigh – KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS – Revelation 19:16. And the armies in Heaven will also be riding on White Horses and following Him who is Jesus. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that HE IS LORD! LORD OF ALL!

Now this is just a high overview of what I believe. This is the main and most important parts of what I believe. I don’t recall any part in that paragraph about Mary, except that she being chosen by God to bear and birth, as a virgin, our beloved Lord, Jesus Christ, and she raised him along with his earthly father, Joseph. Never once does it say anywhere in my Bible that Mary is to be worshiped. I know this will step on A LOT of toes – if you are Catholic. However, the recognized Christian Bible NEVER ONCE says anything about worshiping Mary or holding her in high esteem except that she was Jesus’ virgin mother when He was conceived and she stayed a virgin until His birth. TCHNJesusNot that Mary wasn’t very special and most precious… but she is not to be adorned with our praises. Those praises are to only … ONLY … go to the One who died for our sins on the Cross.  Please don’t be misled by any doctrine but what the Word of God says.

I just can’t understand why people – a religion – Christians – promote worshiping Mary when the Bible says NOTHING about it! I have just been educated today that the Catholic Bible does say something about Mary and that she should be worshiped and prayed to. I believe that is causing many to be misled… and so many are misled by this belief.  However, I believe the Bible that is recognized by the Christian religion as to be the Bible that was written by Spirit led men and God spoke to them and instructed them what to write. God filled them with His Spirit and they wrote the Bible. Here are a couple of excerpts from a website I found: AnswersinGenesis.com

The Bible is unlike any other religious book. Despite forty authors writing from three continents over nearly two thousand years, it maintains a perfect consistency of message. Its words point unerringly to Christ, whose work on the cross was ordained by God—the true author of the Bible—before the world began.”

“The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.”

There are many other things said on this website that are compelling. I suggest you read it. It is jam packed with wonderful facts about the Bible. OK, you say… “But man left out the texts that referred to Mary…. And how she should be worshiped.” Well, I say that the texts that were left out of the Bible today were not divinely inspired and did not have the consistent message of Christ and Christ alone.130822-TH-Gods-Word-Our-Foundation All of the books of the Bible, as it says above, written by 40 different authors and was written over a 2,000 year period “…maintains a perfect consistency of message.” The divinely led men that assembled the Bible that we have today saw a message that was consistent in the books that we see today in our Bible. That is why they chose to assemble those particular books to create our Bible. It has a consistent message. Jesus Christ is our Savior and … well, refer back to my first paragraph of this post. It states it all, and why I believe in the Bible is the Divinely Inspired Word Of God. It is God’s message to His people. The people He created.

So, I will wrap this post up by saying … I hope the ones that “didn’t” know now know why the Bible is the Bible and why Mary should not be worshiped. Oh, another website I would like to direct you to as well… The article is entitled “Should we worship Mary?” and the website is Bible.org. This is another excellent article that explains that if you use Mary as your mediator … well, here is the 1st 2 paragraphs of that article with a scripture reference.

While all Roman Catholics do not necessarily worship Mary, the fact that many pray to Mary (which is an act of worship and no where justified in Scripture) and give her titles which resemble those given to Jesus Christ including the idea of mediatorship, this question and others related to Mary have been included under this heading.

Worship is something that is to be restricted to God alone. As the angel stressed when John fell at his feet in appreciation for the revelation he had seen and received, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God” (See Rev. 19:10; 22:9). Mary is not God and her exaltation in the Catholic church has no foundation in Scripture. While we may and should appreciate the ministry of men and women, they are only instruments used of God for His glory. Christ alone is our mediator. Paul clearly points this out in 1 Timothy 2:3-6.”

3 “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.”

So with all that said, I will say that I hope you now understand my view point and understand why the Bible is the Bible and why I dislike the idea of Mary being prayed to or worshiped in any way. As it says above, God alone is to be worshiped. There is a lot more I could write about but I, myself, need to read some more about it.

I want to add that I believe Mary is very wonderful in that she was chosen of God as the “favored one” which translates literally, “endowed or filled with grace”.mary_gabriel

Luke 1:28

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!

But that does not mean we are to worship her or even pray to her – because as it states above… praying to her is a form or worship. Anyway, my views are strictly based on what the Bible, the Holy Word of GodJesusAkiane says… Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith, and yours too, if you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. If you know this Jesus, I will see you one day in Heaven with Him. If you do not know Jesus and have a relationship with Him as your Savior, here is another link to explain what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It will explain it in very easy to understand terms and help you know why we believe what we believe as Christians.

God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – King of Kings

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THE FIRST BORN SON

Yesterday’s post was about the journey that Joseph and Mary took from Nazareth to Bethlehem. As I stated in that post, “JOURNEY FROM NAZARETH TO BETHLEHEM”, it was a long and arduous journey of 90 miles. Mary being 9 months pregnant made it even harder. As I mentioned, I have never really thought about the journey much. I certainly didn’t know that it was 90 miles and that there were bandits to more than aggravate the travelers along their way. The website that I mentioned in yesterday’s post, “Journey From Nazareth to Bethlehem 1” has some wonderful information about the journey in 2 parts, the one already mentioned and “Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem 2”. I haven’t read every bit of it yet, but I intend to do so soon.

I am not sure how many of you know that there were usually dwellings (either a home or an inn) built in front of caves at the time of Jesus’ birth. The caves served as a stable for the animals of the people that lived in the dwelling in front of the cave. So, supposedly, this is where Mary and Joseph had to spend the night when Jesus was born. In a cave, not the nice, neat little wooden stable filled with clean straw for Mary to give birth to our Savior. There is really no telling what it was really like, but one thinmary_and_joseph_and_baby_jesusg is for sure, it wasn’t anything like what has always been depicted on the Christmas cards and manger scenes on display at this time of the year.

On that same note, most of you probably know that Jesus was not really born on December 25th either. The shepherds would not have been tending their sheep in the fields in the middle of winter. The website mentioned above suggests that it was around September of the year.

Here is an excerpt from the website “Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem 2

“Luke makes no mention of a cave, only that Mary gave birth to Jesus and “wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7 NIV). Yet, we know that many houses in the area were built in front of caves.

Furthermore, an archaeological survey has shown that the town of that time was in the area of the Church of the Nativity and that the caves beneath the church were then in use. Still, all we have to go on in establishing the authenticity of the site is that it has been regarded as the birthplace from the earliest of times. In the 2nd century AD, both the Protoevangelium (“first gospel”) of James, an account not accepted as one of the books of the Bible, and the early Christian writer Justin Martyr (c.100-c.165 AD) speak of a cave in which Jesus was born, statements reinforced by Origen (in 248 AD), the great theologian from Alexandria: “In Bethlehem you are shown the cave where he was born, and within the manger where he was wrapped in swaddling clothes. These things that they show you are recognized in the district, even by those who do not share our faith. They admit that Jesus whom Christians adore, was born in a cave.””

So… let’s begin at the beginning again…

Luke 2:6-7

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.ArtBook__029_029__JosephAndMaryTravelToBethlehem____

God protected Mary and Joseph the entire way of the long 90 mile, arduous journey. They get settled in the cave … then just at the right time, our Savior entered this world wrapped in the flesh of a baby. Crying, all wet, wrinkled and pink. That 90 mile journey and all the bumps and pains and anguish felt during the journey were forgotten in the instant that Jesus cried his first cry and He was placed in the arms of his precious mother for the first time. I can imagine that she looked at this tiny God baby and cried a few tears at that moment, herself. Knowing that God came near and she was holding Him in her arms … as strange as that may have seemed to her she knew her baby was no ordinary baby. family-prayer-st-josephShe and Joseph marveled at this bundle of love that had been given to them to nourish, love and raise and yet they knew He was God in the flesh. I can imagine the questions and fears that swirled in their heads too. Nonetheless, He was their First Born Son and He was their responsibility.

At the same time that all of this wonderment was happening in the cave, the earth rejoiced and the Angels sang! The Angels announced the birth to the shepherds in the fields.

Luke 2:8-14

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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.”Shepherds-Watched-Flocks

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!”

Oh my! What a night that must have been! A 15-16 year old girl having the Christ child in a cave and at the same time a multitude of “Heavenly Hosts” praising God! WOW… I can imagine those peaceful shepherds were a bit startled by this display of magnificence! XMNT_082They were told of the most wonderful gift of all. God Himself in the flesh! God came to earth in a tiny baby! Paul writes … 2 Corinthians 9:15 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! What a gift indeed!

And so it was… the Angels praising God for His marvelous “indescribable gift”, and here is the next part of the glorious story.

Luke 2:15-20

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. Adoration of the Shepherds by Charles Lebrun, 168917 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.

The shepherds had a lot to talk about for many, many days to come and as it says in the scripture above, they told everyone and everyone marveled at the things told to them. I love verse 19… “19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. She had a lot to ponder, right?

Now let me stop here and ask… did you see any mention of any “Wise Men” or “Magi” at the manger? NO! There were none! They actually do not show up for about 2 years… The scripture says Jesus was a young child at the time of their visit and living in a house.

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King wisemenof the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.Copy_of_1956176_f520

So we can see that they were not at the manger. That is one of my pet peeves, as you can probably tell. When mom and I decorate the inside of our home for Christmas, I place the 3 wise men on the other side of the room and not at the manger. I know… it sounds a bit strange, but I do that because I do not like wise men at the manger!  (In the video I include below has Mary around 17 and the song sung by Tim McGraw is very good.  At the end, it does show the wise men at the manger… but I did like the video, and I think you will too.)

All that silliness aside, this post can only scratch the surface of the magnificence of that night… actually it doesn’t even come close to telling how wonderful it must have been. I do love the story about Jesus entering the world though. None of us can really imagine how He can love us so much that He left behind the sublime to take on the humble skin of a baby and enter the world of the common. But He did! He came to earth as a baby, but don’t leave Him in the manger. There is so much more to love about Jesus. His 33 years of sinless life and dying on the Cross for our sins and raising on the third day to now sit at the right hand of The Father. He will return to this earth one day. However, it won’t be as a baby! It will be as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His moutlord-of-lords-and-king-of-kingsh goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

Come quick Lord Jesus!

The Video – Mary and Joseph – Tim McGraw

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PRAYER – JOSEPH’S PRAYER

I am jumping way ahead in the Bible for the Prayer series, but I just have to share this … I received an email from a friend and this is what she forwarded to me.  It is a devotional by Max Lucado.  If you know anything about Max Lucado, you know that he has such a way with words and telling a story.  I love to read his books and this is an excerpt from one of them – On This Holy Night.

This is entitled Joseph’s Prayer and Max talks about a few things before he gets into the part about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.  I have also wondered many times about what happened to Joseph?  I so would like to know more about this man that seems like such a kind, gentle man that agreed to be the earthly father to our Heavenly Father’s only Son… Jesus.  What an undertaking…

I know you will enjoy this.  I always am intrigued by how Max tells the stories that he is so good at.  He is so real and open and honest.  I hope you read the entire thing.  It is a little long, but well worth every minute.  Enjoy!

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Joseph… did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. — Matthew 1:24

The white space between Bible verses is fertile soil for questions. One can hardly read Scripture without whispering, “I wonder…”

“I wonder if Eve ever ate any more fruit.”

“I wonder if Noah slept well during storms.”

“I wonder if Jonah liked fish or if Jeremiah had friends.”

“Did Moses avoid bushes? Did Jesus tell jokes? Did Peter ever try water-walking again?”

“Would any woman have married Paul had he asked?”

The Bible is a fence full of knotholes through which we can peek but not see the whole picture. It’s a scrapbook of snapshots capturing people in encounters with God, but not always recording the result.

So we wonder:

When the woman caught in adultery went home, what did she say to her husband?

After the demoniac was delivered, what did he do for a living?

After Jairus’s daughter was raised from the dead, did she ever regret it?

Knotholes and snapshots and “I wonders.” You’ll find them in every chapter about every person. But nothing stirs so many questions as does the birth of Christ. Characters appear and disappear before we can ask them anything. The innkeeper too busy to welcome God — did he ever learn who he turned away? The shepherds — did they ever hum the song the angels sang? The wise men who followed the star — what was it like to worship a toddler? And Joseph, especially Joseph.

I’ve got questions for Joseph.

Did you and Jesus arm wrestle? Did He ever let you win?Holy_Family_Father_and_Son_CorbertGauthier

Did you ever look up from your prayers and see Jesus listening?

How do you say “Jesus” in Egyptian?

What ever happened to the wise men?

What ever happened to you?

We don’t know what happened to Joseph. His role in Act I is so crucial that we expect to see him the rest of the drama — but with the exception of a short scene with twelve-year-old Jesus in Jerusalem, he never reappears. The rest of his life is left to speculation, and we are left with our questions.

But of all my questions, my first would be about Bethlehem. I’d like to know about the night in the stable. greaterheaderI can picture Joseph there. Moonlit pastures. Stars twinkle above. Bethlehem sparkles in the distance. There he is, pacing outside the stable.

What was he thinking while Jesus was being born? What was on his mind while Mary was giving birth? He’d done all he could do — heated the water, prepared a place for Mary to lie. He’d made Mary as comfortable as she could be in a barn and then he stepped out. She’d asked to be alone, and Joseph had never felt more so.

In that eternity between his wife’s dismissal and Jesus’ arrival, what was he thinking? He walked into the night and looked into the stars. Did he pray?

For some reason, I don’t see him silent; I see Joseph aniAdoption in the Scriptures - Joseph and Jesus 2mated, pacing. Head shaking one minute, fist shaking the next. This isn’t what he had in mind. I wonder what he said…

This isn’t the way I planned it, God. Not at all. My child being born in a stable? This isn’t the way I thought it would be. A cave with sheep and donkeys, hay and straw? My wife giving birth with only the stars to hear her pain?

This isn’t at all what I imagined. No, I imagined family. I imagined grandmothers. I imagined neighbors clustered outside the door and friends standing at my side. I imagined the house erupting with the first cry of the infant. Slaps on the back. Loud laughter. Jubilation.

That’s how I thought it would be.

The midwife would hand me my child and all the people would applaud. Mary would rest, and we would celebrate. All of Nazareth would celebrate.

But now. Now look. Nazareth is five days’ journey away. And here we are in a… in a sheep pasture. Who will celebrate with us? The sheep? The shepherds? The stars?

This doesn’t seem right. What kind of husband am I? I provide no midwife to aid my wife. No bed to rest her back. Her pillow is a blanket from my donkey. My house for her is a shed of hay and straw.family-prayer-st-joseph.

The smell is bad; the animals are loud. Why, I even smell like a shepherd myself.

Did I miss something? Did I, God?

When You sent the angel and spoke of the Son being born — this isn’t what I pictured. I envisioned Jerusalem, the temple, the priests, and the people gathered to watch. A pageant perhaps. A parade. A banquet at least. I mean, this is the Messiah!

Or, if not born in Jerusalem, how about Nazareth? Wouldn’t Nazareth have been better? At least there I have my house and my business. Out here, what do I have? A weary mule, a stack of firewood, and a pot of warm water. This is not the way I wanted it to be! This is not the way I wanted my son.

Oh my, I did it again. I did it again, didn’t I, Father? I don’t mean to do that; it’s just that I forget. He’s not my son… He’s Yours.

The child is Yours. The plan is Yours. The idea is Yours. And forgive me for asking but… is this how God enters the world? The coming of the angel, I’ve accepted. The questions people asked about the pregnancy, I can tolerate. The trip to Bethlehem, fine. But why a birth in a stable, God?TCHNJesus

Any minute now Mary will give birth. Not to a child, but to the Messiah. Not to an infant, but to God. That’s what the angel said. That’s what Mary believes. And, God, my God, that’s what I want to believe. But surely You can understand; it’s not easy. It seems so… so… so… bizarre.

I’m unaccustomed to such strangeness, God. I’m a carpenter. I make things fit. I square off the edges. I follow the plumb line. I measure twice before I cut once. Surprises are not the friend of a builder. I like to know the plan. I like to see the plan before I begin.

But this time I’m not the builder, am I? This time I’m a tool. A hammer in Your grip. A nail between Your fingers. A chisel in Your hands. This project is Yours, not mine.

I guess it’s foolish of me to qsan_jose1uestion You. Forgive my struggling. Trust doesn’t come easy to me, God. But You never said it would be easy, did You?

One final thing, Father. The angel You sent? Any chance You could send another? If not an angel, maybe a person? I don’t know anyone around here, and some company would be nice. Maybe the innkeeper or a traveler? Even a shepherd would do.

I wonder. Did Joseph ever pray such a prayer? Perhaps he did. Perhaps he didn’t.

But you probably have.

You’ve stood where Joseph stood. Caught between what God says and what makes sense. You’ve done what He told you to do only to wonder if it was Him speaking in the first place. You’ve stared into a sky blackened with doubt. And you’ve asked what Joseph asked.

You’ve asked if you’re still on the right road. You’ve asked if you were supposed to turn left when you turned right. And you’ve asked if there is a plan behind this scheme. Things haven’t turned out like you thought they would.

Each of us knows what it’s like to search the night for light. Not outside a stable, but perhaps outside an emergency room. On the gravel of a roadside. On the manicured grass of a cemetery. We’ve asked our questions. We questioned God’s plan. And we’ve wondered why God does what He does.

The Bethlehem sky is not the first to hear the pleading of a confused pilgrim.

If you are asking what Joseph asked, let me urge you to do what Joseph did. Obey. That’s what he did. He obeyed. He obeyed when the angel called. He obeyed when Mary explained. He obeyed when God sent.

He was obedient to God.

He was obedient when the sky was bright.

He was obedient when the sky was dark.

He didn’t let his confusion disrupt his obedience. He didn’t know everything. But he did what he knew. He shut down his business, packed up his family, and went to another country. Why? Because that’s what God said to do.

What about you? Just like Joseph, you can’t see the whole picture. Just like Joseph, your task is to see that Jesus is brought into your part of your world. And just like Joseph, you have a choice: to obey or disobey. Because Joseph obeyed, God used him to change the world.

Can He do the same with you?

God still looks for Josephs today. Men and women who believe that God is not through with this world. Common people who serve an uncommon God.

Will you be that kind of person? Will you serve… even when you don’t understand?

No, the Bethlehem sky is not the first to hear the pleadings of an honest heart, nor the last. And perhaps God didn’t answer every questio23c0046eb80df154956d34999bbf196cn for Joseph. But He answered the most important one. “Are you still with me, God?” And through the first cries of the Godchild the answer came.

“Yes. Yes, Joseph. I’m with you.”

There are many questions about the Bible that we won’t be able to answer until we get home. Many knotholes and snapshots. Many times we will muse, “I wonder…”

But in our wonderings, there is one question we never need to ask. Does God care? Do we matter to God? Does He still love His children?

Through the small face of the stable-born baby, He says yes.

Yes, your sins are forgiven.

Yes, your name is written in heaven.

Yes, death has been defeated.

And yes, God has entered your world.

Immanuel. God is with us.  

Excerpt from On This Holy Night by Max Lucado.

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ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDS

Interestingly enough, I went looking for a picture  that spoke of … Rembrandt’s “The Adoration of the Shepherds”.  I found several different ones and not one that I thought was the one mentioned in a devotional I read recently.  However, they are all magnificent.  It brought to mind a dear friend of mine down in Beaumont, Texas.  I used to work at Lamar University in the Art Department.  I was the Art Department Secretary and my office was in the Art Gallery and what a wonderful place to have your desk.  I was in the midst of the exhibits all the time.  My friend Lynne Lokensgard was the Art Historian among many other things.  Dr. Lokensgard was always one to ask anything about art.  She had studied art and the history or art for many, many year and I would love to ask her about this and see where she directs me.  I may just have to give her a call.  I learned a lot working there in the midst of all of the magnificent art that was in their collection. There are so many memories from that time in my life that there are too many to recount here.  However, I know I can pick up the phone and relive many of them with my friend Lynne.  2-the_adoration_of_the_shepherds

I am not sure why I told you all of that except to say there is so much to be enjoyed by the arts.  The wonderful styles of the artists and the different depictions of a scene can be so varied.  One thing is for sure though… when you see the scene at the manger with the baby Jesus you will always see the area around Him flooded with light.  He is the Light of the world for sure.  He has been since He entered this earth in the body of a human baby.

You may have a lot of darkness surrounding your life at this time… I think we all do at one time or another.  There is One who can bring light to that darkness and illuminate the way so you can have the Peace and Comfort of Christ that the Bible speaks of.  Yes He is rememberjesus-lammet-og-lc3b8vened at this time as a baby in the manger but like Max Lucado says, don’t keep Him there.  Experience the saving power and grace of Jesus Christ as He is meant to be.  Our Savior, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Our Friend, Wonderful One and so many more names.  Mainly He is the One who loves you so much and left heaven to be with us.  To light the Way to The Father!  He is the Light of the world!  Let Him be your light today! 

I love the prophets of the Old Testament.  The foretelling of the Christ child by Isaiah is wonderful!

 Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

The song – Rejoice Emmanuel

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