The Warmth Of The Sun

On a November day in 1963, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote a song quite unlike the band’s typically upbeat tunes. It was a mournful song about love that’s been lost. Mike said later, “As hard as that kind of loss is, the one good that comes from it is having had the experience of being in love in the first place.” They titled it “The Warmth of the Sun.”

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Dealing With Distractions

A restaurant owner in the village of Abu Ghosh, just outside Jerusalem, offered a 50-percent discount for patrons who turned off their cell phones. Jawdat Ibrahim believes that smartphones have shifted the focus of meals from companionship and conversation to surfing, texting, and business calls. “Technology is very good,” Ibrahim says. “But . . . when you are with your family and your friends, you can just wait for half an hour and enjoy the food and enjoy the company.”

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Can You Help?

The administrators of the high school in Barrow, Alaska, were tired of seeing students get into trouble and drop out at a rate of 50 percent. To keep students interested, they started a football team, which offered them a chance to develop personal skills, teamwork, and learn life lessons. The problem with football in Barrow, which is farther north than Iceland, is that it’s hard to plant a grass field. So they competed on a gravel and dirt field.

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When Max Lucado participated in a half-Ironman triathlon, he experienced the negative power of complaint. He said, “After the 1.2-mile swim and the 56-mile bike ride, I didn’t have much energy left for the 13.1-mile run. Neither did the fellow jogging next to me. He said, ‘This stinks. This race is the dumbest decision I’ve ever made.’ I said, ‘Goodbye.’” Max knew that if he listened too long, he would start agreeing with him. So he said goodbye and kept running.

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Rooted Love

When I think of all the wonders of God’s magnificent creation, I am especially awed by the giant sequoia tree. These amazing behemoths of the forest can grow to around 300 feet tall with a diameter that exceeds 20 feet. They can live over 3,000 years and are even fire resistant. In fact, forest fires pop the sequoia cones open, distributing their seeds on the forest floor that has been fertilized by the ashes. Perhaps the most amazing fact is that these trees can grow in just 3 feet of soil and withstand high winds. Their strength lies in the fact that their roots intertwine with other sequoias, providing mutual strength and shared resources.

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Defeated Adversary

The roaring lion is the legendary “king of the jungle.” But the only lions many of us see are the lethargic felines that reside in zoos. Their days are filled with lots of rest, and their dinner is served to them without the lions having to lift a single paw.

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Amazing Guide

When actors and actresses make a movie, it’s the director who sees the “big picture” and the overall direction. Actress Marion Cotillard admits she didn’t understand everything the director was doing in one of her recent films. She said, “I found it very interesting to allow myself to be lost, because I knew that I had this amazing guide. . . . You abandon yourself for a story and a director that will make it all work.”

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Upon winning $314 million in a 2002 lottery, a happy business owner expressed noble desires. He wanted to start a charitable foundation, put laid-off workers back on the job, and do nice things for his family. Already wealthy, he told reporters the big win wouldn’t change him.

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Heartbreak And Hope

When American country singer George Jones died at the age of 81, his fans remembered his remarkable voice and his hard life and personal struggles. While many of his songs reflected his own despair and longing, it was the way he sang them that touched people deeply. Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot said, “His voice was made for conveying heartbreak.”

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Creeping Christmas?

I love Christmas. The celebration of the birth of Christ and the beauty and wonder of the season make it “the most wonderful time of the year” for me. In recent years, however, the season has been accompanied by a growing irritation. Every year “Christmas stuff” comes out earlier and earlier—creeping all the way back to early fall.

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31 thoughts on “Creeping Christmas?

  1. marlou1 says:

    I too love Christmas but I wish we would not start celebrating it until after Thanksgiving and the emphais should be on the real meaning of Christmas–the birth of our avior.

  2. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,

    While it is not required for us to celebrate the Jewish feast days, we should study and know about them.

    For it is believed that Christ fulfilled the first four of the seven feasts. First four feasts are the Passover, the feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of First Fruits, and the Feast of Weeks which is better known to us as Pentecost.

    The last three are looking towards the second coming of Christ. And as yet have not been fulfilled. The first four were fulfilled in the sequence of the Jewish celebration of each feast.

    The remaining feasts are: The feast of Trumpets, the day of atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.

    Jesus said He came to fulfill the law not to abolish it. We are still supposed to live by the ten commandments but by the gift of the Holy Spirit we are now capable of doing so. Jesus will fulfill all seven of the feast days. And we can rejoice that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

    God bless you all.

  3. atupe says:

    Christmas always remind me where I use to be n where am standing now.
    It’s a moment when all people must
    Stop for a moment and ask
    – why Christmas is so special to everyone ?
    – why the non Christians called it happy Holliday ?
    Oh Of course, it’s happy Holliday to all people when our Saviour was borne. It’s a very good news.
    – when forgiveness took place
    – happiness take place
    – born of unity take place
    – deferent kinds of healing take place.
    – it’s a day that makes everyone happy. Thank God for the gift of JESUS.
    Receive Him, he is a special gift from God. Open Him n use Him. He has a lot in side of Him.
    Blessings IJN.

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