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  1. Beautifully written article Maurice. Here is a link to an MP3 audio podcast of last Sabbath's sermon at Loma Linda University Church titled "The Extras: 'The Shepherds'" which augment what you have said. Pastor Randy Roberts takes a look at the shepherds in the Christmas story in an unusual and interesting way. You may also be able to see the video rebroadcast of it according to the schedule below.

    Tomorrow at 9:00 or 11:45 a.m Pacific time (the time in California, USA) Pastor Roberts will have a sermon on the Magi. You can see it in streaming video in HDTV along with the rest of the service. If you can't see it at that time it is rebroadcast on LLBN at http://www.llbn.tv/

    (all times are Pacific time zone)
    Sunday 10:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
    Monday (SS) 6:00 p.m.
    Wednesday (SS) 2:00 a.m.
    Friday (SS) 10:00 a.m.
    Friday 11:00 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday (SS) 12:00 a.m.
    Saturday 8:30 p.m.

  2. Maurice,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights! Caring for 200 sheep is something I can't imagine, nor being a teacher in the high schools and also doing computer science projects!

    You mentioned, "Nobody knows how long they searched or how far they travelled to find Jesus. (Matt 2: 1-12)". Those verses say that Mary was in a house with the young child, so Jesus was no longer a tiny baby. Even so, this time of the year is a public opportunity to talk about and share the delightful stories of Jesus' birth and early years.

    I love to hear the well known carols and to see the nativity scenes with the baby Jesus. Who knows for how long we shall have these freedoms. These are opportunities for us to share our faith.

    When we put up our Christmas tree, we also get out the manger scene. Our 5 year-old granddaughter, Lily, was the main decorator of the tree, and she arranged the manger scene. She takes note of the Baby Jesus and the angels. I had an Advent calendar for her, and she wanted to open every door and had me read every Bible verse. When she opened the door with the manger and Baby Jesus, she said, "Grandma, this is just like the Baby Jesus in the scene on the desk." She loves the idea of angels and the group of angels that came when Jesus was born.

    Then we were in the basement playing and listening to a Christmas story that mentioned Jesus. The story mentioned Jesus a few times and Lily's mother called down to us, "Did I hear Jesus mentioned?" Lily said to me, "I don't care what she says, I believe in angels and I want to know about Jesus." Her mother wanted to ban the story with Jesus, but we changed the CD rather than cause a problem.

    One of my purposes in this life is to share God's love and care with the grandchildren. To have a granddaughter who has been believing in God and angels gives me something to keep nurturing. At age 3, she started inquiring about "will dead people live again" and I told her they will if they believe in Jesus. She wants to live again so she believes in Jesus and the angels.

    So once a year, we can publically remember that Jesus came to earth as a baby. I am grateful for the opportunity.

  3. No matter our background or level of education, every human needs what Jesus brought to this world. His teachings fit in every situation we could experience, and above all, His sacrifice for sin is limited only by faith or unbelief, and nothing else. The shepherds and wise men held a common desire; to find and worship the worlds Redeemer.

    When the church holds that same desire above all others, it will fulfill the commission. They will be both wise and humble, the perfect mix.

  4. Thank you Maurice. I enjoyed reading this post. It reminded me that God came for the humble, the poor and for the rich, he came for all peoples.


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