Candy Canes

CANDY CANE

The candy cane has long been a Christmas tradition and was said to have been the creation of a fine Christian candy maker in Indiana. Its sweet peppermint taste has been enjoyed by young and old for years.

The candy maker started with pure white candy to symbolize Jesus’ innocence (Heb 4:15) and the holiness of the sinless son of God (1 John 1:7).

The white also shows the virgin birth of Jesus: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son…” (Matt 1:23).

He made the candy hard because the church is built on solid rock and God’s promises are a firm foundation (Matt 16:18, 1Thess 5:24), and that Jesus is like a “rock”, strong and dependable. (Psalm 31:3).

Next the candy maker made the candy in the shape of a ‘J’ for the name of Jesus who came to earth as our Savior (Matt 1:21, Acts 4:12).  When the candy was turned upside down, it is the shape of the Good Shepherd’s staff (John 10:11). “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”.

Finally he stained the candy with red stripes. The color red symbolizes God’s love that sent Jesus to give His life for us on the cross (John 3:16).

The large red stripe is for the blood Jesus shed for our sins on the cross (Eph 1:7). “In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” The smaller stripes remind of Jesus’ suffering and our redemptive healing (John 19: 1-30).

So next Christmas when you and your family hang candy canes on your tree remember that they’re not just candy canes. Instead they are a symbol of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

— Author Unknown

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JUST A THOUGHT

SIHT SI WOH RUOY EFIL SI

TOUHTIW TSIRHC

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T’was the night before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas,
God glanced over the earth.
He looked to and fro,
All over it’s girth.
They missed it again He said with a sigh,
A heavy heart and a tear in his eye
I gave them my son,
So they could be free.
My greatest gift,
To them from me.
They traded me in,
For a man in red
A little tree,
And horse drawn sled
How do I save them
And make them see.
My love is complete,
My grace is free.
How do I help them,
When all they know
Is a talking snowman,
And a box with a bow.
Maybe next year,
they will stop and see.
The biggest gift of Christmas.
Is the little child from me

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Trust Jesus

There is hope in Jesus

There is freedom in Jesus

There is truth in Jesus

There is love in Jesus

There is redemption in Jesus

There is salvation in Jesus

There is forgiveness in Jesus

No other person has offered as much as Jesus

Trust Jesus

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Lesson’s on LIFE…..

LESSONS ON LIFE

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral:

Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

— Author Unknown

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before you speak: THINK

T—Ask is it True?

H—Ask is it Helpful?

I—Ask is it Inspiring?

N—Ask is it Necessary?

K—Ask is it Kind?

the world would be a lot better place for yourself and others.

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CHANGE… CHANGE Starts with you!

SEVEN THINGS YOU CAN NEVER CHANGE TILL YOU CHANGE

1. You can never Change the way people treat you till you change the way you treat people.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

2. You cannot Change your character until you change your friends.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

3. You cannot change what you harvest until you change what you sow.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

4. You cannot change the direction of your life until you change the driver.

“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong…” Exodus 23:2

Your life is either driven by the crowd or by your conviction.

5. You cannot change your financial situation until you Change your financial behavior.

“Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.” Proverbs 21:17

Life-style poverty is the bane of many.

6. You cannot change me until you change you.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” Matthew 7:3

7. You cannot change the way you think until you change what you listen to.

“let the wise listen and add to their learning…” Proverbs 23:7

Who you listen to determines what you learn, what you learn determines the information in your head, the information in your heard determines your decisions, and your decisions determine your direction in life…

Change starts with you!

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a Sermon funny….

A visiting minister was very long-winded. Worse, every time he would make a good point during his sermon and a member of the congregation responded with “Amen” or “That’s right, preacher” he would get wound up even more and launch into another lengthy discourse.

Finally, the host pastor started responding to every few sentences with “Amen, Pharaoh!” The guest minister wasn’t sure what that meant, but after several more “Amen, Pharaohs” he finally concluded his very lengthy sermon.

After the service concluded and the congregation had left, the visiting minister turned to his host and asked, “What exactly did you mean when you said “Amen, Pharaoh?”

His host replied, “I was telling you to let my people go!”

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