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Merry Christmas!

I should have posted this earlier – since at this point it seems like Christmas is already over, but it really isn’t.  These are my two favorite Christmas Bible Verses.  They make me very happy.  I’ve posted them before – but they are still my favorite so I’ll post them again. 

I wish each and every one of you a very merry happy Christmas.  I’m going to sit by the fire in the back yard and drink champagne with people I love.  I hope you all have an equally blessed holiday. 

Luke 2 (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree
that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.(This was the
first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up
from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went
there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and
was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the
baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no
room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels 
And there were shepherds living out in the fields
nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord
appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they
were terrified. But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great
joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a
Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord. This will be a
sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the
shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this
thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they
spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her
heart.** The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been

John 1 (The Message)
The Life-Light

The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
nothing–not one thing!-
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;

the darkness couldn’t put it out.

(emphasis added)

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