Eyewitness to Christmas: Wise Men Follow a Star

 Last time, we took a look at who the wise men were. Matthew does not tell us how many wise men there were or their names. However, Armenian tradition identifies the “Magi of Bethlehem” as Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, and Gaspar {Caspar} of India. The Western Christian Church has accepted this tradition and regards these three men as saints. The wise men have […]

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Behind the Christmas Song: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol was written and composed by Charles Ives in 1897. The song appeared in his collection 114 songs which was published in 1922.  He self-published these never before seen songs.  By the early 1920s, he decided to publish more than 150 abandoned compositions. Charles Ives was born in 1874 in Danbury, Connecticut. His love of music was inherited […]

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Names of God: HaShem

HaShem is used for the name of the Lord, as a replacement to speaking his given name. The Jews did not want to blaspheme the name of the Lord or show irreverence.  “The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses.”  {Leviticus 24:11} “If you do not carefully follow all the […]

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Writing Gratitude’s

Earlier this year, I decided to try something new and write at least three gratitude’s a day.  Many days I had even more. As a melancholy personality, I realized how much this lifted my spirits, outlook on situations and overall mood. There is so much we take for granted, but even little things we can find to be grateful for. […]

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Eyewitness to Christmas: Who Were the Wise Men

In the past years, we have studied the eyewitness to Christmas from the viewpoint of the Virgin Mary, Elizabeth and Zacharias, Joseph, and the angels.  This year, we are going to journey with the Wise Men or Magi to visit the Christ Child. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars […]

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Thanksgiving Hymn Story: Bountiful Harvest

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving hymn, which has often been forgotten and overlooked. The hymn is often known as “We Praise Thee O Lord For The Bountiful Harvest“. The hymn was written by famed hymnists, Fanny Crosby. Fanny Crosby wrote well over 8,000 hymns and is considered a prolific hymnists. She was blinded at the age of six weeks and […]

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Names of God: Yahweh- Qanna

 Yahweh- Qanna means the Lord is jealous. The word derives from the Hebrew kanna. The Lord tells us he is a jealous and envious God. “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Martha and Mary

Martha and Mary were sisters and their brother was Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the grave. While the other women we have visited are seen traveling with Jesus and his disciples and ministering to them, all the mentions of Martha and Mary reveal Jesus visiting them or in the area where they lived. We’ve already looked at the meaning of […]

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Being Silent

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In Bible Study, we have been discussing forms of worship.  We discussed many various forms such as laughter, tears, music and the spoken word.  However, no matter how much I prayed and asked the Lord for guidance in preparing Bible Study a few weeks ago I was only met with silence. I attributed this to the grief I was experiencing […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Tsidkenu

Yahweh-Tsidkenu means the Lord our righteousness. “Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.” {Jeremiah 33:16} “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  {Jeremiah 23:6} “For he hath made […]

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Book Review: Sweet On You

After following her sister’s journey’s to love and unraveling family mysteries, it is finally chocolate shop owner, Britt Bradford’s turn. Sweet on You is the story of Britt Bradford and her best friend and best selling author, Zander. He has been away for eighteen months and returns upon the death of his uncle. However, everything isn’t as it seems and […]

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As Iron Sharpens Iron

Recently, a friend of mine passed away.  I’ve missed her deeply and thought of all the things she has taught me such as how to laugh and grow old gracefully. However, our relationship was not always perfectly. She became like an aunt to me, but we also had our disagreements at times. Thinking about our relationship I was reminded of […]

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Patriotic Song Story: Stars and Stripes Forever

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a patriotic American march written and composed by John Philip Sousa, widely considered to be his magnum opus. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National March of the United States of America. Sousa wrote in his autobiography, Marching Along, that he composed the march on Christmas Day 1896. […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Tsabbaoth

Yahweh-Tsabbaoth means the Lord of hosts. The second stanza from Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” says, “Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing, Were not the right man on our side, The man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He, Lord Sabbaoth His […]

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