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ADVENT 2014 (with pictures).

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Advent Dates for 2014

Advent Dates for 2014

November 30 – First Sunday of Advent
December 7 – Second Sunday of Advent
December 14 – Third Sunday of Advent
December 21 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Advent is the season, of the four weeks before Christmas Day, when we prepare to welcome the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. During this season we think of the time when He will come again to earth, not as a baby this time, but as King of Kings forever.

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In Great Britain Advent comes in the Wintertime. It is usually cold and sometimes icy and snowy. During Advent we put up our Christmas trees and decorations. We love to decorate our homes, gardens and shops etc with all kinds of decoations, lights and evergreens like holly and fir trees.

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In churches it is traditional to have an Advent wreath with four candles around one white centre candle.

Candles Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths use three colours – purple, pink, and white. However, some may use blue in place of the purple.

1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE – We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)

2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION – God kept his promise of a Saviour who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!

3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY – The angels sang a message of JOY!

4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE – The angels announced the good news of a Saviour. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

The 5th candle is lit on Christmas Day morning.

5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)

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EVERGREENS FOR ADVENT

When all the earth is brown, when the leaves have departed the trees; Evergreens stand in lonely vigil until the earth again is green.

Evergreen, everlasting, eternal, green branches are a part of our preparation, our waiting: a symbol of hope, a symbol of eternity, a reminder of love received. Evergreen is a symbol of the eternal promise of renewal, a symbol of the eternal and everlasting God.

Evergreens shout to us about the hoped for coming of green again. Evergreens stand ever ready to remind us of joyous hope. The joyous reality of the eternal presence of the Christ Child; the eternal presence in the entire world.

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Legend tells us that long ago, the evergreens were not forever coloured with verdant leaves. Before the birth of the Eternal One, before the coming, the evergreen was bare like other trees around.

We begin this legend with the recorded event written in Scripture and recorded by Matthew.

Matthew Chapter 2 verses 13, 14 &15 The Escape to Egypt

The Gospel writer says,

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. And the angel said to him: “Rise up and take the Infant Jesus and his mother and escape with them to Egypt. Stay in Egypt until I bid you return. You are no longer safe. Go, for Herod sends his soldiers to seek out the Child and destroy Him.” So Mary and Joseph and their Infant Child left the warmth and security of their land and journeyed into Egypt. And there they stayed until the death of Herod.

LEGEND

Hastily, they gathered their meagre belongings. Into the dark of night they stole away. Escape, they must, the jealous wrath of Herod and his men. Escape, they must, from the death decree handed down by Herod. No word could be said of their hasty departure; no notice of a planned destination. Friends and family could not know of their going, lest they too come under the decree of death. Over rocky hills and dusty roads, they travelled wearily; Mary and the Infant on the back of a donkey; Joseph, alert and watchful, walking beside them. With heavy saddened hearts and fearful weary bodies, they made their way all night long and into the following long day. Mid-afternoon, dust in the distance behind them came. Fast riding soldiers came, soldiers sent from Herod, sent to carry out Herod’s dreadful mission. Where could they hide? Where could the Holy Family find protection? The hillside was barren, offering no shield. Quickly, a frightened Joseph guided Mary and her child into a clump of cedars on a hill. Immediately, the bare cedar twigs greened with colour, thickened with growth to shield the Holy Family. The white berries of the cedar tree turned to sapphire blue to match the robe that Mary wore that day. So Mary, mother of Jesus in a robe of sapphire blue could blend with cedar trees, and go unnoticed by passing, hunting soldiers. Past the Holy family, went the band of Herod’s men; never seeing, never knowing Mary, Joseph, and Infant Jesus were safely sheltered in a clump of green cedars with berries of sapphire blue. Since that day, cedars and plants like them have never shed their leaves; never lost their green; for they sheltered the Holy Family. Forever green, to honour the day they received the Infant Christ Child.

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THE ADVENT VIRUS

WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS (Anonymous via email)

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Angels prayer

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems.

Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

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CHRISTMAS 2014 (including The Holy Bible Story of the birth of JESUS.

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CHRISTMAS 2014 (Including the Holy Bible story of the Birth of Jesus)

Another year has passed so quickly and we are preparing to celebrate CHRISTMAS once again. I pray that you will be able to experience the joy and wonder of GOD sending His only SON to be born on earth as a baby JESUS. He grew up and lived a perfect life without any sin. That is why HE is the only one who can be our Saviour and HE can give us eternal life if we will trust only HIM for our salvation and trust our whole life to HIM.

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Happy Christmas

I hope you have many happy memories of Christmastime in past years and that Christmas 2014 will bring you more happy moments and memories to treasure. For some people Christmas can be a lonely and sad time. For these people I pray that they will feel God’s presence very near to them and that they are able to rejoice at the celebration of the birth of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

I hope you find many of these stories, songs and hymns about Christmas interesting and inspiring. I hope they will bring you memories of previous happy Christmases and that they will help you to forget your troubles for a while and enjoy a really Happy Christmas this year.

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A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING A PRAYER FOR A SNOWMAN

A SILENT NIGHT CHRISTMAS 1915 A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS

CHRISTMAS ARE NO TWO SNOWFLAKES REALLY ALIKE

CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE HOW SAINT NICHOLAS BECAME SANTA CLAUS

CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR LOVE IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IS FOR SPECIAL LOVE JOY TO THE WORLD

CHRISTMAS PRAYERS LEGEND OF THE RAINDROP

CHRISTMAS ROSES MESSAGE FROM SANTA CLAUS

COME AND SEE WHAT’S HAPPENIN IN THE BARN! SILVER BELLS

DING A LING THE CHRISTMAS BELL TELL OUT MY SOUL THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD

EXPLANATION OF 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SONG THE CHRISTMAS GUEST

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS THE KING IS COMING

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE UNTO A CHRISTMAS TREE

I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR LONG THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY OF FATHER CHRISTMAS

THE SERVANT KING THE STORY OF THE CAROL SILENT NIGHT

LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER WHERE TO SEARCH FOR THE LORD

LET IT BE CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE WHY IS JESUS BETTER THAN SANTA CLAUS

MARY’S LITTLE BOY CHILD

O HOLY NIGHT

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

STRANGE AND DIFFERENT ‘RUDOLPH’

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THE CANDY CANE

THE CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY CAKE

THE GIFT

THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS ROSE

THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA

THE LORD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

TWAS A COMPUTER CHRISTMAS

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“A noted poet was once asked in an interview if he could explain one of his poems ‘in ordinary terms.’ He replied with some feeling, ‘If I could say what I meant in ordinary terms I would not have had to write the poem.’ From the time of Christ’s birth the people of God have ‘had to write a poem’ to Christmas, composing a single multi-stranded paean of praise spanning the centuries, because ultimately the meaning of Christmas resists being fully spelled out ‘in ordinary terms.’” Dr. Brian Linard

Here are some lovely Christmas poems. I hope you will find some favourites amongst them.

Click on the titles and enjoy the inspiring words!

A COWBOYS CHRISTMAS PRAYER

A KITTEN’S FIRST CHRISTMAS

AT CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IS

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

DAY OF HOPE

LET ME NOT KEEP CHRISTMAS

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

OUR JESUS FROM GALILEE

SOME SPECIAL GIFTS

THE BEST GIFT

THE CHRISTMAS BELL

THE DANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREES

THE GOSPEL TREE

THE JOY YOU GIVE

THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS LIGHT

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Holy Bible Story of the Birth of JESUS.

Luke Chapter 2  The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

7 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Matthew Chapter 2 The star leads the wise men to Jesus.

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

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10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

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Please visit this site again. I pray for you to enjoy this wonderful time of year, when we celebrate the birth of The Saviour of the world.

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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ADVENT 2014 (With Pictures).

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Advent Dates for 2014

Advent Dates for 2014

November 30 – First Sunday of Advent
December 7 – Second Sunday of Advent
December 14 – Third Sunday of Advent
December 21 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Advent is the season, of the four weeks before Christmas Day, when we prepare to welcome the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. During this season we think of the time when He will come again to earth, not as a baby this time, but as King of Kings forever.

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In Great Britain Advent comes in the Wintertime. It is usually cold and sometimes icy and snowy. During Advent we put up our Christmas trees and decorations. We love to decorate our homes, gardens and shops etc with all kinds of decoations, lights and evergreens like holly and fir trees.

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In churches it is traditional to have an Advent wreath with four candles around one white centre candle.

Candles Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths use three colours – purple, pink, and white. However, some may use blue in place of the purple.

1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE – We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)

2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION – God kept his promise of a Saviour who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!

3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY – The angels sang a message of JOY!

4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE – The angels announced the good news of a Saviour. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

The 5th candle is lit on Christmas Day morning.

5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)

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EVERGREENS FOR ADVENT

When all the earth is brown, when the leaves have departed the trees; Evergreens stand in lonely vigil until the earth again is green.

Evergreen, everlasting, eternal, green branches are a part of our preparation, our waiting: a symbol of hope, a symbol of eternity, a reminder of love received. Evergreen is a symbol of the eternal promise of renewal, a symbol of the eternal and everlasting God.

Evergreens shout to us about the hoped for coming of green again. Evergreens stand ever ready to remind us of joyous hope. The joyous reality of the eternal presence of the Christ Child; the eternal presence in the entire world.

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Legend tells us that long ago, the evergreens were not forever coloured with verdant leaves. Before the birth of the Eternal One, before the coming, the evergreen was bare like other trees around.

We begin this legend with the recorded event written in Scripture and recorded by Matthew.

Matthew Chapter 2 verses 13, 14 &15 The Escape to Egypt

The Gospel writer says,

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. And the angel said to him: “Rise up and take the Infant Jesus and his mother and escape with them to Egypt. Stay in Egypt until I bid you return. You are no longer safe. Go, for Herod sends his soldiers to seek out the Child and destroy Him.” So Mary and Joseph and their Infant Child left the warmth and security of their land and journeyed into Egypt. And there they stayed until the death of Herod.

LEGEND

Hastily, they gathered their meagre belongings. Into the dark of night they stole away. Escape, they must, the jealous wrath of Herod and his men. Escape, they must, from the death decree handed down by Herod. No word could be said of their hasty departure; no notice of a planned destination. Friends and family could not know of their going, lest they too come under the decree of death. Over rocky hills and dusty roads, they travelled wearily; Mary and the Infant on the back of a donkey; Joseph, alert and watchful, walking beside them. With heavy saddened hearts and fearful weary bodies, they made their way all night long and into the following long day. Mid-afternoon, dust in the distance behind them came. Fast riding soldiers came, soldiers sent from Herod, sent to carry out Herod’s dreadful mission. Where could they hide? Where could the Holy Family find protection? The hillside was barren, offering no shield. Quickly, a frightened Joseph guided Mary and her child into a clump of cedars on a hill. Immediately, the bare cedar twigs greened with colour, thickened with growth to shield the Holy Family. The white berries of the cedar tree turned to sapphire blue to match the robe that Mary wore that day. So Mary, mother of Jesus in a robe of sapphire blue could blend with cedar trees, and go unnoticed by passing, hunting soldiers. Past the Holy family, went the band of Herod’s men; never seeing, never knowing Mary, Joseph, and Infant Jesus were safely sheltered in a clump of green cedars with berries of sapphire blue. Since that day, cedars and plants like them have never shed their leaves; never lost their green; for they sheltered the Holy Family. Forever green, to honour the day they received the Infant Christ Child.

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Christmas

THE ADVENT VIRUS

WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS (Anonymous via email)

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Angels prayer

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems.

Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

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