I love Christmas lights! 

They are one of my favorites around Christmas. 

It is about time my family heads out to see the nieghborhood light show.

Enjoy.

Ten minute highlight with various songs.  Fun overview.

Fun in the field to Music Box Dancer.

My favorite below...It is by Grace we are Saved in Christ Jesus. 

Just believe and Receive Jesus as Savior.

Here is a news story on the Holdman Christmas Light story from Utah.

Christmas is coming and many of us are busy.  We are busy shopping.  Busy decorating.  Busy planning.  Busy baking.  Busy being busy.  Before you are too overwhelmed (too late!), watch this older, but beautiful video from a church in New Zealand!  I think it will put a smile on your face heading into the Christmas season.

What do you know about Jonah?  Maybe you remember that he ran (or really swam) from God?  Do you remember he was literally swallowed by a large fish and stayed in there for 3 days and nights?  Jonah is an unusual character and we can learn many things from his life.

Jonah lived in Israel and predicted the victories of King Jeroboam II that lead to Israel's northern Kingdom to gain a comeback.   It took place in 8th century BC.

Elijah lived in a strategic time in Israel's history.  He is part of the Northern Kingdom during a time when Kings refused to obey God.  In the 850's BC, King Ahab along with his wonderful wife Jezebel (insert sarcastic look) initiated a campaign to wipe out the Worship of Yahweh and replace Him with Baal worship.  Jezebel brought in 850 pagan prophets from her homeland and set out to systematically exterminate all the Prophets of God.  This is the backdrop of Elijah coming on the scene.

As the Christmas countdown is on, let's think about Evangelicals.

Who were the first Evangelicals?

How far back in history should we go?

What does Christmas have to do with Evangelicals?

Evangelical has had a hot history.  The word "Evangelical" seems to cause a reaction for some, even among some Christians.  When we say "Evangelical", some are thinking radical, fundamental, ridged, harsh, shallow-thinking, conservative, aggressive, judgemental and even politics.

Never underestimate the movement of God.  God calls and equips all kinds of people to be used to accomplish His purposes.  Here comes Joseph.

Joseph was instrumental in God's plan to save the Hebrew people.  His little family lived in Canaan.  This seemed to be the battle ground for the powers of the North and Egypt.  It would have been difficult for the population of God's people to grow here.  But when they were relocated by Joseph in Egypt, they multiplied greatly.

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun” (Psalm 36:5-6).

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here again and it is time to think Biblically about Thanksgiving.  This list below can serve as a Biblical roadmap for the Thanksgiving week and ongoing thankfulness in your heart.  Take a moment this week to look up these verses and find some of your own to express thanks back to our great God.

First, in the Old Testament (in general) Thanksgiving meant to acknowledge God's goodness by praising or offering a sacrifice (Lev. 7:12; Psalm 107:1).

A Disciple’s Hesitation

It happened. It was done. Finished. Complete. Fulfilled. The proof had been on display with eyewitness accounts for more than 40 days (Acts 1:3). Forty days! That’s longer than a month. That’s longer than Christmas break.

Jesus’ closest friends had seen him repeatedly after the resurrection. They knew he’d been crucified, yet there he was again—alive. Put yourself in their sandals for a minute or two.

What do you know about Jacob's life?

Did you remember that Jacob was a nomad in his youth.  Maybe you remember that Jacob fathered the sons of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Did you know his name, Jacob was later changed to Israel and is found over 2,500 times in the Bible.  Jacob's life helps us trace back the "Covenant Promises" of God.  It is interesting that the story of God's choosing Jacob is illustrated by the Apostle Paul in Romans 9.
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