Darlene Osborne, Publisher
Keep Standing for Jesus
He'll stand for YOU!
December Issue Vol. 17 No. 6 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our December Issue
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If you wish on a Star, your wish may not get far,
Unless its that morning Star, and His name is Jesus.
He was a baby, born in a manger,
This world He overcame, Let me tell you about His name.
His name, His name, Let me tell you about His name
His name is far above every name, there is power, power in His name
His name will always be the same, His name is Jesus!
The Star of Bethlehem led the wise men,
To where Jesus lay, there they bowed and prayed.
They knew He was the One, the only begotten Son,
This world He overcame, Let me tell you about His name! (by Darlene Osborne)
Joy Through the Storm
by L. Joy Douglas
I love Christmas music. It truly warms my soul to sing the old Christian choruses found in hymnals, but I also have to get my fill of Nat King Cole and Andy Williams classics. And, there is nothing like a rousing instrumental production from Mannheim Steamroller or Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Except for a few modern songs that are just weird or poorly done remakes, I love almost any kind of Christmas music.
Other than the actual beauty of the music itself, I suppose the reason I look forward to listening to holiday songs so much is because of the feelings they evoke. So many lovely emotions are triggered. Warmth, peace, joy, etc. Sometimes there are sad memories too, but for the most part Christmas music just makes me happy.
by Paula Mowery
As a child I used to hear my mother and grandmother talk about how quickly time flew. I didn’t understand this myself at such a young age. I thought it took forever for Christmas to come.
But on Thanksgiving Day I found myself quoting my mother and grandmother’s sentiments exactly. And now I understand what they meant when they expressed those words.
Now as we gather around as family for Christmas there are fewer of us than before. This renders a nostalgic atmosphere that once was filled only with what Santa brought and the yummies lining the dinner table.
by Brooksie Cox
I received some great advice when I was 18 years old. My mother’s friend sold a skin product at that time and she suggested I use eye cream at night. That thought had never occurred to me. In my youthful mind, wrinkles were a thousand years away. Why in the world would I start wearing eye cream? She said the younger you start taking care of your skin; the better it will look and last as you age. So I started using it and I still do every night. I am 50 years old and so far I don’t have any crow’s feet or wrinkles around my eyes. I hope it stays that way for a long time.
Leigh's Spiritual Garden
by Leigh Moran
"But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith: you must also work hard to be good, and even that is not enough. For then you must learn to know God better and discover what he wants you to do." 2 Peter 1:5
So little hope, so little happiness, so much anger, so much sadness.
The little old lady pushing the grocery cart, filled with her only belongings, struggling along the way, crushed my Christmas Spirit.
Oh the sorrow I felt in my heart for her. How could I pass her by?
by Shelley Pierce
Such a full time of the year.
Full of family.
Sibling memories…more memories
The Birth of Jesus
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and Angels
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
A Star Was Born in Bethlehem
A Star was born in Bethlehem
His name is Jesus Christ
First a baby, then a man
Strong and filled with might
He was born with awesome power
The devil could not withstand
That power came from God on high
And it made Him more than a man
The wise men came to see him
But not many were around
The night that Mary gave birth
To a Star, in Bethlehem town
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"We have seen his star in the east,
and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:2
"I am the root and the offspring of David,
and the bright and morning star." Rev. 22:16.
Oh, Blessed Savior
How majestic you are,
An awesome shining light
The bright and morning Star.
You came to earth as a baby
Wrapped in swaddling clothes,
From the manger to the cross
Then to the tomb, but there arose.
You truly are the Champion
That God sent You to be,
Winning over satan
And setting the captives free.
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On a Snowy Moonlit Night
The world seems so peaceful
On a snowy moonlit night
Everything is calm
The stars are shining bright
I remember former days
When I was but a child
Playing in the snow
Would always make me smile
I remember drinking hot chocolate
And swelling up with pride
After building a snowman
And coming back inside
My childhood days are gone
But it’s still such a delight
To watch gentle flakes fall
On a snowy moonlit night
Copyright 2005 by Darlene Osborne
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