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Oh Christmas Tree In Miniature

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Humble apologies for the blurry photo. I still can’t master using a smartphone for photos. I’m still coughing like crazy, but took time out from making the pitiful unpleasant noises to put up the first tree. This tree is in my office. The “big tree” with all the decorations will reside in our minuscule living room. It’s awaiting a nice new wooden stand, hand crafted by my sweet husband. The plastic one from seasons past finally fell apart. It’s no wonder since it has spent uncountable summers in a hot, humid, mouse infected attic. (I know … ICK!!) It was time for an upgrade.

Speaking of which, I’ve noticed that many of our decorations are noticeably dated. Maybe after the Holidays I’ll hit some of the sales and do a little decoration upgrading. I should be done coughing by then.

*lol*

At any rate, Christmas may now officially begin.

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Paul, The Master-builder

Paul, The Master-builder

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
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In I Corinthians 3:10, the Apostle Paul declares by divine inspiration:

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise [instructed] master-builder, I have laid the foundation,and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”

In what sense was Paul the master-builder of the Church, and what “foundation” did he lay? Did he not himself say that “other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”? Yes, he did — and in this very passage! He sought to lay no other foundation than Christ, but God had chosen him to proclaim Christ in a new way.

Some years previous our Lord had asked His disciples: “Whom say ye that I am”, and Peter had instantly replied: “Thou art the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God” (Matt.16:16). This is how believers in general had recognized Him at that time (John 1:49; 6:69; 11:27; 20:31). Indeed, the Messianic kingdom was to be established upon Christ as God’s anointed Son (Messiah means “anointed”).

But with the raising up of Paul, God began to form “the Church which is Christ’s body” (Eph. 1:22,23; Col. 1:24,25). This is the Church of today, and it is founded, not on Christ as King, but as the exalted Lord and Head of the “one body” (I Cor.12:13).

Paul does not present Christ as Messiah, but as Lord. In Romans 10:9 he declares:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as LORD, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Again in I Corinthians 12:3: “No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit”. And again in Philippians 2:9-11, he declares that God has highly exalted Christ and given Him a name above every name, “that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

Have you confessed Him as your Lord and Saviour?


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The Day After

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As my good friend Just Simply Linda said this morning, we’ve all slipped into food coma’s today. *lol* There was Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Turkey Gravy, Green Peas and Chocolate Cupcakes. We kept it simple this year since we’re both suffering from some kind of nasty Creeping Crud also known as a head cold. This virus is awful! Hubby is still firming ensconced on the sofa. Bless his heart. I am finally well enough to walk around without digressing into coughing my lungs out. (Nice image, huh?)

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Oh, remember the 2000 Kawasaki VN 800 Classic that was going to be refurbished then sold? Well, the motor didn’t crank after all. Plus the tank was too rusted to make it cost effective to continue. It will have to be parted out in order to recover our costs. No biggy. After selling all these parts, there are plans to possibly buy another bike and go from there.

And Hubby wants to start making unfinished picture and shadowbox frames for sale. He will also take some of those shadowbox frames that will feature exotic mounted butterfly’s. We already have some of his work throughout the house from when we when living in Florida. They are quite lovely. The shadowboxes sold very well in Florida. Since that won’t work here he plans to put these items on E-Bay. That’s the plan anyway.

And as soon as I’m well, I plan to start decorating for Christmas. Maybe next week.

Hope y’all are having a very happy, fun filled day.

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