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What The Site Cross
Means To Me
Candy Cane
by Christina Farris 12/01/2015

The candy cane a simple treat start many thousands of years ago to remind Christians of the great shepherd as well as those that were alerted to His coming. Are you a little shepherd of God's heritage? Are you leading others to Christ this Christmas and through out the year?

Luke 2:8-18 KJV
(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
(9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
(10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
(11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
(12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
(13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
(14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(15) And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
(16) And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
(17) And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
(18) And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

End Of The Year
by Christina Farris 12/28/2015

As the end of the year comes quickly to a close, let us celebrate the journey we have taken through this year. May our reflections of joy and sadness, bring hope of a better tomorrow. That when life gets you down God's grace is sufficient, and all good things are meant to be continual blessing. Let us look to the hope of better things yet to come in our life.

New Year
The Dawning Of A New Christmas Season
by Christina Farris 12/01/2015

As the dawning of a new Christmas season gets underway. I can not help but think of all the joy Christmas brings. Of course this month has other traditions such as Hannukkah and Kwanza. I only celebrate one, though Hannukkah would be part of tradition of the Hebrew people. The Festival of Lights or the rededication of the Temple during the Maccabees period. Many Jewish and Christian homes light the Menorah to go inside with their Judeo Christian faith.

As I think of my own traditions of making sure I put out the manger scene even if I do not get my tree up or my stockings hung. To making sure the Christmas story is read before the opening of any gifts. Reminding my family and myself the true reason we celebrate Christmas. Though I can not help but enjoy Christmas music, Christmas parties and Christmas shopping, I want that true meaning of why we celebrate etched in my heart and mind when the rest of the world seems fixated on how much each gift cost, and who got the best gift. This holiday season the poor and the homeless will go without Christmas without the help of charieties and churches. Some will not stand in the soup line to receive Christmas dinner, perfering to do without, perhaps because of pride or because they grasp the true meaning of Christmas with a grilled cheese sandwich, or peace of apple pie. Knowing that there many more in those lines that truly need help, though they meet the poverty line. If those inline and those not inline grasp that true spirit of Christmas of Christ birth, then the need to grab and the need to get becomes less and less.

The truth of the matter is it not what you get or what you can give, but what God gave to you and to me. It fun to give and to get gifts, but nothing can compare to what God's already done for you and me by sending His Son to save each of us from sin and death. Giving us hope in this life and the here after with God. To give us spiritual peace and hope for a better tomorrow no matter what station in life we live here on earth. Reach up for that spiritual peace today. May the hope and peace of Christ reign in your heart this Christmas season and through out the year. May God bless you.

by Christina Farris 12/5/2015

Hanukkah or Chanukkah for those who are trying to learn to pronounce it correctly it is from the Hebrew Language which is gutteral language. In other words it comes out of the throat when pronouncing.

As I was looking for more information on this holiday one of the things I found was Jews do not celebrate Hanukkah as victory over the war. It would be the same problem then as today of atheist not wanting religious people to worship God freely to the point they killed those that do and over take the Jewish temple, teaching as legal law instead of religious law. They called themselves priest but were not. The danger of this is you do not have called leaders of the priesthood in power and more liberal teaching comes into practice. These liberals were not Hellinistic Jews, though these Jews actually were Jews that adapted to the laws of the land to even there own beliefs. Many Christians do this today from Biblical Christianity to laws of land they live in. Some groups call this liberalism today. The problem is radicals that rise up and kill whether it be Islamic like ISIS, Christion fundamentalist, fundamental Jews and so forth. It is application of things read and study by law of the rule of the people at that time claiming it to be God.

Here the point no religious order necessarily agrees with all legal law, but what they do have to come to terms to live peacefully is to obey the law of the land. Sounds like juggling act, only if you think killing someone because of religious law is legal. If you think violating religion of someone else is legal. In America terrorism is defined on a religious bases is obstructing someone elses freedom. What you do to your ownself as far as belief is your own unless it to cause harm. Then it is illegal to harm yourself in most states.

Back to Hanukkah the real meaning and the reason the Jews celebrate it. When the Jews gain access to worship God once more from Alexander Antiochus IV military force after beating them in battle Maccabees rededicated the temple to God by lighting of lamps with only the amount of oil to light for 1 day. God honored the rededication by allowing the eight lamps to burn for a total of eight full days to cleanse the temple. God's miracle of provision during the end of war between Alexander Antiochus IV and the Maccabees to worship God. The celebration is for the temple rededication and not the victory. The temple was very sacred to the Jewish people and was important place to be clean and holy for God. The ninth candle in the picture above is the candle to light the other eight candles and is the tallest. The name of the candle is shammus. After the lighting of the first candle one a day, blessings are song or read.This is only the ritual part of the celebration. It too has become more liberal with gifts for eight days and games played. As Christians this is one that could be celebrated because it is before Christ.

Hanukkah for more about the Tradition please click this link.

Countdown and Reflection Of Spiritual Truth of 2015
by Christina Farris 12/28/2015

As the year finally comes to a close, I prayer Christmas was good for everyone.Soon all the bobbles and Christmas ribbon will be packed back up for another year in many homes. And children still playing with their favorite gift. Yet the one thing I hope for most is that the Christmas story came more real this year.As I write a simple reflection on the Daily Devotions this year, I can not ignore these principals will be pointed out in years to come or the coming fo Christ which ever is first.

Without Jesus coming would the world know Jesus saves. Would the value of faith be known any clearer to the Gentile nation. Knowing the sacrificial law or sin tax had to be done away with, without a final offering for sin, the world would not understand that one can not pay for their sin, beyond the system of man. The eternal law of sin that caused man to die, had to be paid. One man brought death and one man would bring life. One man being human and the other one being part man and part God. Man could not pay the price for sin, yet most of us will die, but not all die spiritually. It takes a holy gift to pay a price. When I go in the super market I look for the best fruit and vegetables without blemish that I can get. Some grocery stores caring only to shelve the very best. Meat is often chosen by it appearance not by how it is processed. Yet Jesus was without blemish, was holy unto death. God was the only one that could take away the punishment of death for sin. Yet a price had to be paid so man could understand no debt is owed. Forgiveness is a free gift from God. It more then recognization of his imperfect handiwork called man, but it is the knowledge given to us of our imperfection can never be equal to God perfection. Knowing God sees the one flaw of man is free choice, but not one He would ever take away from man. It is not for His knowledge that this knowledge is given but for man to know, that faith and forgiveness has always been. Does that knowledge make Christ work for sin cheap by no means no. For the cross demonstrates what man does to God's word everyday, despite our faith and our hope of eternity. We take God's word and twist it to fit our desires and dreams, saying God does not mind if I indulge, lust, bow to another, or harm someone, yet these are some of the biggest lies of Satan. God has always asked his people to abide by the law of love. Yet the law of war to destroy evil, to conquer evil has always been. Not all wars are of God or the justice of God to protect people. Some wars are about power and money.

God's word had to be sacrificed for us to receive, or did God's promise have to come for us to believe. God's word had to be taken away from man because of man rejection for man to understand the need for God's salvation plan. The obedience to God's Holy word, from old and reality of that ability to forgive. Man could see all the good works of Jesus, only in one day to utterly reject Jesus and to forgive a sinner and let him go free. Barabas was received despite his sin, and yet God perfection and laws were rejected. Rejection of miracles, and healing of the soul. as man had Christ go to Calvary. Yet it was not the will of man that the cross happened by the power of God. The greatest demonstration of God love to receive us has never changed. The truth is we are God's children if we follow after Christ in works and deeds, and yet we are unable to obtain godly perfection without the sacrifice of God's dear Son. God covers us with blood of His Son, so we are able to commune with God despite our humanity. Yet God gave us the ability to be overcomers for even non believers do what is right, yet they lack in one area faith in God and His Son. Belief in the Holy Spirit is to believe in the continual work of God upon the earth and the use of man in this operation of spiritual law of grace, faith and hope, that is not obtained without faith in God's continual plan. This year might close, but God's door is open through belief In Jesus.