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Christmas:- Lets Celebrate its differently December 8, 2010

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While Christmas time is a season of festivities for many, there are many who are feeling lonely this time, more than any other time of the year. These are the people in orphanage and many elderly in the aged home. They need someone presence, especially if their loved ones are unable to come and visit them. We can make this holiday a meaningful one, by thinking of other people more than ourselves. By taking our children to these places it will be a eye opener to the real situation of the world. It will bring understanding to the reality of life and can make them realize that they are blessed with a happy family.

Visiting an orphanage can make a big difference to the children whom have been deprived of care and attention they supposed to experience in the presence of their parents. But since, they aren’t there, our presence can bring joy to them that one cannot imagine. Helping in feeding the children and telling them story can bring happiness to their rather monotonous life. Telling them stories about how life can be beautiful despite unhappy childhood can give them some hope. Christmas comes only once a year and making the orphans happy means a whole lot of difference to them. Knowing that other people come to share their blessings with them is rather touching. It gives them a renewed feeling that they are still important, loved and cared despite their condition.

Santa phone calls by a friend for orphans can be a fantastic experience for them. Take time in knowing them a bit personally. What they have been doing all year round, what are their wishes for Christmas and why Santa should give them a call on Christmas Eve. Through this you can ask a few friend for a personalized Santa call not just for one but a handful of children. If you can have more time yourself, you can pose as the Santa who can call and have a chat with the orphans.

Bringing gifts to the orphanage can be a heartwarming experience for our kids. Old clothes, especially the ones for winter, will be well appreciated. Let our children distribute the gifts and the goods to the orphans. It will teach them the real essence of Christmas is not all about receiving gifts but giving them as well.

Another group of people who can benefit from our kindness are the ones from the aged home. Life can get so lonely for them, especially if they forgotten by their loved ones. Volunteering to be on their side by feeding or assisting them to move around for a bit is one way of connecting with them. In return, you will see a glimpse of hope in their eyes. They may have been forgotten by some loved ones and friends, but knowing that there are people like us, can brighten up their day.

Santa calls and gifts are for orphans; and company for the elderly is simple things that you can share this Christmas. These are simple gestures that can bring joy that is priceless. Christmas presents do not have to be expensive and extravagant; what matters most is the thought that comes with it. There are many people who are letting the Christmas pass with loneliness, if we can make things a bit better for them; it will be an effort that will be worth remembering through many Christmas that will come.

You probably know a child in your neighborhood who will not get much for Christmas. There are several ways you can help a less fortunate child to have a more enjoyable Christmas. You can reach out to a family with children directly or take part in programs designed to make sure all kids receive some gifts for Christmas. If you have children of your own, you can teach them the value of helping other children in need at Christmas time.

A few guidelines:-

• Purchase one or more toys to give to the Orphanages. One does not need to purchase an expensive toy to help put a smile on a child’s face. If you have children, explain to them that you have purchased the toy(s) to bring joy to a less fortunate child.

• Participate in Christmas gift giving programs for children. Most churches have a list of children in need. Take part in the programs offered at the church. If you are not a member of a church, contact a church to learn how you can participate.

• Help a child in your own family. Buy extra gifts for the children of family members who are experiencing financial hardships.

• Reach out to a child in your community. Give a helping hand to a struggling family by buying food for a holiday meal. Also, ask neighbors or friends to help you gather enough money for presents for the children to enjoy.

• By talking to local businessmen in your area to sponsor a local family with children. This can be a joint effort with other members of your family, coworkers or friends. Try to find businessmen that are willing to donate money or the products needed. Work to ensure that the family can have a Christmas tree, decorations, presents and a Christmas meal.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR – GOD BLESS.

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The seven deadly sins? – BIBLE December 6, 2010

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Many people are asking, “What are the seven deadly sins?” The seven deadly sins viewed by society and literature are:

• Lust – to have an intense desire or need: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

• Gluttony – excess in eating and drinking: “for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags” (Proverbs 23:21).

• Greed – excessive or reprehensible acquisitiveness: “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more” (Ephesians 4:19).

• Laziness – disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous: “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway” (Proverbs 15:19).

• Wrath – strong vengeful anger or indignation: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)

Envy – painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage: “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:1-2).

• Pride – quality or state of being proud – inordinate self esteem: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

What are the seven detestable sins according to the Bible?

 “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

One of our church leaders recently spoke on Acts 5:11. He mentioned how Ananias and Sapphira sold property and would give the proceeds to the church. However, they held back some of the money but said that they had given the entire proceeds. God’s judgment was immediate death. The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was not that they kept some of the profit, but that they lied to God and to the Apostles.

Such immediate result is not the usual way God deals with us today. However, judgment and retribution for our sins are part of God’s way of running a balanced moral universe. We need to get the message across that we do not go on sinning thinking that we won’t have to reckon with God and others.

When we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we know He has conquered sin in our life. It is through His death that our sins have been cleansed and no longer to be remembered. Jesus’ life makes the difference. “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him” (Romans 4:7-8).