While walking to the supermarket to purchase a few groceries, I noticed a written announcement taped to the side of the entrance. Before the New Year, Come MeetGod at the Library Meeting Room. The writing was in black magic marker, neatly written with the word "God" in gold...
A five minute drive to the library brought an unexpected surprise. I anticipated ten to fifteen attendees but, as I approached the front door, there was a line that reached outside the front door.
So needed in 2018 but what about Prayer ... does it really work?
Remember that the people from Caperston have just recently learned about the presence of God in their world and about trust in God and communication through prayer. Most have never attempted to pray and probably have no idea how to pray. In the world of Caperston there is no Lord's Prayer recited regularly in church.
The Hope Page: "At times of a world divided as exists today, hope seems far away. It is good to take time to truly think how much better we would be if we all worked together. The below parable says it very well. "
Comment received from Alex ... "Wouldn't it be nice to just forget the past and move on with a future of hope. However, we live in a world too separated by people with big differences of opinions...." Read more and share. Click: Christians Blog
Story of the Vision that changed their world
It was Christmas Eve in 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria. The church organ had broken down and the choir director was asked to prepare a musical piece for the evening's service. Playing on an acoustic guitar, Silent Night was composed and performed that evening.
Our rendition by local carolers from Long island, New York also features acoustic guitar accompaniment. However, it adds, amidst the two verses, a spoken verse that makes Silent night a song across universes. Listen and consider the message.
My kids today showed me the true meaning of Christmas!! Our car broke down again today.. Last week the coil gave way and today battery and radiator hose gave way... Heart broken I told my kids, gifts will be simple and won't be getting new cloths this year... And beautifully they said.. "Mom we don't need all this, spending time with you all is way more better," and my youngest ran to me and gave me a kiss and hugged me!! That was the best gift any parent could get during this season, our kids understanding the true meaning of Christmas!! These lil things make this season more special!!!
Jennifer Joni Thomas
Christmas in Kitala,Uganda
Christmas is celebrated differently based on the level of income. The poor celebrate Christmas by going to church, putting on their best clothes and cooking good food. Other visit relatives or friends who are financially ok so as to enjoy a good meal.
The rich dine and seek accommodate out in hotels with friends and family. Other stay home and invite friends and other rich families and cook a variety of foods and offer a variety of drinks.
People concentrate on feasting. They leave the significance of Christmas in church. Everybody worries about what they will eat,what they will drink and what they will wear. They quickly forget the significance of Christmas.It is heartbreaking, but it reunites people somewhat.
Christmas is when most people get to see long lost relatives,friends and family. Basically Christmas is all about reconnecting with people, fun and feasting.
"What would happen if Jesus arrived today instead of 2,000 years ago? Would you risk your reputation and give up what you had to follow Him? These are the questions The Chest of Visions by Tim Ferguson seeks to answer. Not only does the book tackle these difficult questions, it does so in a unique format - the book is written via a pen pal-like dialogue between a few youths..."
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