The 'REAL ONE' .. and the fun guy in the 'RED SUIT'
Santa - fun Christmas fantasy CHRISTMAS -coming soon and gone before you know it.. like the mailman but he delivers on Christmas Day!
Next.. A spiritual lesson from Santa Do not accept a substitute Santa.. and certainly not a substitute Savior!Or..Sit on Santa's Lap and making a List that he will use against his naughty or nice list The many faces of Santa include his .. midlife crisis , and this darkside Goth Santa
Next let me share a random collection of Christmas moments featuring Santa, Rudolph, and a cast of others.
LISTS, SHOPPING, TREES!
Mistletoe & more..
Jesus - the very real Christmas Miracle.. God's Plan to save the World was the buzz around the Coffee Maker in Heaven a little over 2000 years ago. A baby would be born to a virgin in a manger. This plan was both original and ingenious!
That First Christmas Night (Luke 2) This plan included the original Odd Couple of Shepherds, and Angels. Where else would you find such white collar and blue collar folk rubbing elbows.After an extensive Tryout process the Realms of Glory Choir was selected. In contrast but not to be outdone the Shepherds were singing 'Go Smell it on the Mountain' which was later revised to become the Gospel Classic 'Go Tell it on the Mountain. '
Others in Attendance..
It was a glorious night as the angels greeted these sheep folk with the words.. Fear not! as they pointed the way to the Bethlehem Star. "Follow that star.. dude".. was heard by some sheep tenders while others were greeted by the UP NORTH angel who's apparel was a bit startling to those near Bethlehem. In Minnesota the appearance of these Snow Angels would have been so out of place, but HELLO Bethlehem was not a suburb of Minneapolis Mn! And.. let's not forget the Tabloid affect the angels had on some.Jesus is born!!T he announcement of his birth would have included plenty of angel air time minutes as they are heard (calling and texting) on high.
Of course where there are shepherds there were sheep who all did there part as bit players that first Christmas night. Some sheep were BAAA Humbug in their attitude while other wooly friends were totally in the spirit offering their services as living breathing positioning systems (SPS) for the new born baby Jesus... praising the birth of God's own son on Earth with exclamations of ..unBAAAlievable!.. and Nice BAAA-by.It also should be noted in the midst of this glorious night there was an awkward moment when Mistletoe was found growing wild at the manger where Jesus was born but after a few awkward smiles, focus returned to where it should be worshiping the newborn baby Jesus. WHEW!. (Mt 2) The other major players this first Christmas night were those three wisemen. This part of the story is met by skeptical women believing that there is no such thing as truly WISEMEN. Good, maybe.. but wise? ..and of course they did not find Jesus that first night without a GPS cuz.. stopping to ask directions was simply out of the question. In their own defense they claimed it would have taken much longer if there wives were along wanting to stop along the way at every souvineer and gift shop... and if... these 3 wisemen who traveled so far were from let's say.. CANADA it would have added an entirely different flavor to the Christmas story.. don't you think EH? AND.. wouldn't a puppy make a better gift for a child king? Before all this Herod pretended to recruit these 3 WISEGUYS to report to him when they found Jesus so he could worship Jesus too. God warned them NOT to obey Herod. It was a Silent Night and Holy night, but not for everyone and though this was all part of God's perfect plan to be have our savior rejected by the Inkeepers and their No Vacancy signs.. he was welcomed by ... Roy the Donkey and... a Little drummer boy
and then ironically just one week later the Inkeeper devised a plan to profit from his unwitting noteriety... marketing it like Graceland was for Elvis.But to sum up that first Christmas night it was a HOLY NIGHT, and the beginning of life of Jesus on Earth and the again it was a part of GOD'S PERFECT PLAN to provide a SAVIOR. THANK YOU GOD!
A Few Misc. Christmas images and thoughts from the Back Pew..Scrooge, ACLU more...
SNOWMEN snowwomen, snow people
PRESENTS... For Her.. - power tools - snowmen buying presents
- Thinking of you For Him.. - Beano? - butI want toys .. and GRIM presents
For the Kids... - some assembly required
KEY SCRIPTURES OF INSPIRATION FOR THE BACK PEW (1) Love God.. love others.. Mt. 22:37-39 (2) Trust God with all your heart.. Pr. 3:5-6 (3) The Lord is my Shepherd.. Ps.23 (4) Dwell on what is true, honorable, and pure.. Phil 4:8