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Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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A Ukrainian Christmas

The people of Ukraine include many wonderful elements in their observance of Christmas. Sometimes wisps of hay are placed on the dinner table as a reminder of the Bethlehem manger. Another portion of their celebration echoes the events of the night when the Savior entered the world. A Christmas prayer is offered and then the father in the household offers the greeting, “Christ is born!” The family then responds, “Let us glorify Him!”

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Story Stewards

Many people take great care to make sure their resources are used well after they die. They set up trusts, write wills, and establish foundations to guarantee that their assets will continue to be used for a good purpose after their life on earth is done. We call this good stewardship.

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A Special Birth

In the pages of Scripture, several baby-boy births stand out. Cain, the firstborn after creation. Isaac, the hope of Israel’s future. Samuel, the answer to a mother’s fervent prayer. All extremely important. All joyously expected. And all described exactly the same by the chroniclers of Scripture: In each case, we are told that the mother conceived and bore a son (Gen. 4:1; 21:2-3; 1 Sam. 1:20).

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Another Hero Of Christmas

For most of my life, I missed the importance of Joseph in the Christmas story. But after I became a husband and father myself, I had a greater appreciation for Joseph’s tender character. Even before he knew how Mary had become pregnant, he decided that he wasn’t going to embarrass or punish her for what seemed to be infidelity (Matt. 1:19).

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Snug As A Bug In A Rug!

When I was a child, my family lived in a house my father built in the cedar breaks west of Duncanville, Texas. Our house had a small kitchen-dinette area, two bedrooms, and a great room with a large stone fireplace in which we burned 2-foot-long cedar logs. That fireplace was the center of warmth in our home.

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Snake In A Box

At a nature center, I watched my friend’s rosy-cheeked toddler pat the side of a large glass box. Inside the box, a bull snake named Billy slithered slowly, eyeing the little girl. Billy’s body was as thick as my forearm and he sported brown and yellow markings. Although I knew Billy could not escape from his container, seeing a menacing-looking creature so close to a small child made me shudder.

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Wonders Of The Heart

Our heart beats about 100,000 times every day, pumping blood to every cell in our bodies. This adds up to about 35 million beats a year and 2.5 billion beats in an average lifetime. Medical science tells us that every contraction is similar to the effort it would take for us to hold a tennis ball in our palm and give it a good hard squeeze.

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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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Stones Cry Out

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

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31 thoughts on “Stones Cry Out

  1. damaris05 says:

    Amen! To God be the glory!
    Thank you Dr. P for such a good post! We should teach our children the real meaning of Christmas.

  2. praise the lord says:

    Hi eternallyhis,
    I have noticed you are trying to help Rocky out. Billy Graham has a book on the Holy Spirit which might help him out. Because doing it through the post will take a long time. Just a suggestion.
    Thank you for your comments. My nook had updates and I have been having problems getting into this post as well as other apps. I probably should wait till tomorrow to post since it is so late in the day.

    God bless you.

  3. sassthez says:

    We have supposed CHRISTMAS to be the chief of the Christian holidays. Without asking questions, we have blindly assumed its observance must be one of the principal teachings and commands of the New Testament. We have supposed Jesus was born December 25th, and that the New Testament set this day aside as the chief Christian festival. We have supposed we exchange gifts because the wise men presented gifts to the Christ-child.

    But, let’s quit supposing, and look into history and the Bible for the FACTS!

    The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ” or, as it later became shortened, “Christ-Mass.” It came to us as a Roman Catholic mass. And where did they get it? From the HEATHEN celebration of December 25th, as the birthday of Sol the SUN GOD! It is, actually, an ancient rite of BAALISM, which the Bible condemns as the most abominable of all idolatrous worship!

    It is not so much as MENTIONED anywhere in the New Testament. It was never observed by Paul, the apostles, the early true Christian Church!

    The idea that Jesus was born December 25th, is one of the FABLES the Apostle Paul prophesied (II Tim. 4:4) would deceive the world in these latter days.

    The plain truth is, Christmas is NOT Christ’s birthday at all! And this festival, important as it seems to so many, is not of Christian, but of pagan — Babylonish — origin!

    I’m in love with Christ and because of the Love He has giving me I try as possible to stay far from the tradition of men so I don’t irritate thy Father and observe his commendments.

    Please let’s go back the the scriptures and not the traditions of men!!!!

    1. josy says:

      Oh dear, I think you’ve missed the point. You are referring to facts of the world around us, but there are other facts that are unseen. If Christ is being honoured,celebrated and lifted high, if others are being shown what the goodness of God is and experience the mini-sermons that Ms.Ackerman Link refers to in the mall carols, then your facts are extremely irrelevant–who cares that the feast started as pagan and who cares what the actual date is? Any reason to share Christ is a good time to celebrate. Let go of the physical and focus on the spiritual benefit. May God bless you all this Christ Mass season.

  4. sassthez says:

    We have supposed CHRISTMAS to be the chief of the Christian holidays. Without asking questions, we have blindly assumed its observance must be one of the principal teachings and commands of the New Testament. We have supposed Jesus was born December 25th, and that the New Testament set this day aside as the chief Christian festival. We have supposed we exchange gifts because the wise men presented gifts to the Christ-child.

    But, let’s quit supposing, and look into history and the Bible for the FACTS!

    The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ” or, as it later became shortened, “Christ-Mass.” It came to us as a Roman Catholic mass. And where did they get it? From the HEATHEN celebration of December 25th, as the birthday of Sol the SUN GOD! It is, actually, an ancient rite of BAALISM, which the Bible condemns as the most abominable of all idolatrous worship!

    It is not so much as MENTIONED anywhere in the New Testament. It was never observed by Paul, the apostles, the early true Christian Church!

    The idea that Jesus was born December 25th, is one of the FABLES the Apostle Paul prophesied (II Tim. 4:4) would deceive the world in these latter days.

    The plain truth is, Christmas is NOT Christ’s birthday at all! And this festival, important as it seems to so many, is not of Christian, but of pagan — Babylonish — origin!

  5. bernard stephen says:

    Yes, stones will cry out loudly the praise of God and His Son Jesus, the Saviour of all humanity! People belong to different culture and creed are enthusiastic in joining in celebrating Christmas world over. Although they may not believe in Jesus the Son of God but, their inner most being find a joy, they cannot discern! They don’t behave contrary to the Spirit of Joy of Christmas world over. It’s another subtle proof that Jesus is the Saviour of all human beings. Because every human being is in need of the Saviour! Christmas-the Joyfull celebration- is the most known in the world! And it’s true to be so!
    Thank you for the devotional. It’s really uplifting my spirit in joy in our Saviour! Praise The Lord Jesus! Amen!

  6. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Dr. Perspective I am not sure where in scripture it says Jesus and his followers are wealthy.
    Luke 2:22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
    Leviticus 12:8 ‘But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.”
    Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John were going to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer.
    Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene– walk!”
    In Luke 6:20-26, is not addressing Jesus’ state of wealthiness it surely addresses wealthiness and poorness. 20 And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21″Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 ” Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. 23″Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. 24″But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. 25″Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26″Woe to you , when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
    Jesus came as a suffering servant and our redeemer. He is coming back as King. He was born in humble circumstances in a manger. He lived in humble circumstances and died a humiliating death. He arose to give us life and He returned to His kingdom. Should we die before His return we will be with Him. If not, we will see Him return in power, might, and in all glory.

    God bless you and all the posters of ODB.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      praise the lord,
      I don’t know exactly how it happened, but when I read your post I agreed just as wholeheartedly with you as what I do with doctor-perspective.
      The only explanation that comes to my mind is that Jesus Christ was both poor and wealthy, and able to empathize with one and with all. Wealthy people suffer just as much and even more in certain ways than the poor. Especially in the area of friends, if I were wealthy I might wonder who really is my friend? Do they love me or just pretending to in an effort to get money etc. from me? Whereas when a person is poor, they usually know who their friends are, as they have no material wealth for people to take.
      Anyhow, like I said, I agree whole-heartedly with you and with doctor-perspective. Poor people know He understands their problems and feelings and wealthy people can know He understands their problems and feelings. Jesus Christ is our all in all.

      1. eternallyhis says:

        praise the lord

        p.s. I also wanted to say ‘thank you’ for reminding us of the scriptures you mentioned, as they are a comfort and help to so many people, including my own self many times. It is exciting though, isn’t it, to be the child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? I’m sure you agree it is. “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons (and daughters) of God…” (1John 3:1).
        We are children of the One who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills, in fact He owns the whole world (Psalm 50:10-12), and we are His children, and heirs
        according to the promise, even joint-heirs with Christ (Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:15-17).

        Again, thank you for reminding us of the humility of Christ which is every bit as needed, as to be reminded of His glorious and heavenly Kingship and our inheritance through faith in Him. God bless you and yours always

  7. everglo says:

    My own words would pale compared to the journaling of Dr. P this morning and so I would direct you to his journaling. Well said Dr. P.! We need to be like the Muslims and be proud to stand for what we believe. Our Savior lives! Hark The Herald Angels Sing!

  8. His presence says:

    If the rocks, an Inanimate object would cry out to praise him, how much can I (as a person who has benefited infinitely from His everlasting love of the sacrificial lamb of God).

    Lord may all that U desire from us 2day b done on earth as it is in heaven!

  9. carnation1 says:

    Amen! Without JESUS I am nothing. The whole world needs to know that without Him they are nothing as well. But with Christ we are children of the King! Praise the Lord always!

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