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Christmas Food Court Flash Mob – One of the Best

christmas-food-court-flash-mobThis Christmas food court flash mob is worth your time. One of the best parts of every Christmas is the music.  This “flash mob” is a powerful celebration of Christmas. Handel would be very proud.

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:1-20

    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.  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 told.

Matthew 2:1-12

    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ “  Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”  After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Leading as a Coach or Counselor

Leading as a Coach or CounselorWhile people may assume that there is very little difference between coaching, counseling, mentoring, and discipleship, there are some significant differences.

Coaching differs from counseling in that coaching works in the realm of positive psychology while counseling focuses more on negative psychology. This fact is seen in the goals for clients. Continue reading

19 Things That We Should Give Thanks to God For

thanksgiving-imageAs we head into the next few weeks, we will be celebrating two major Holy Days. The reason I like using the phrase Holy Day is because the word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig meaning holy + dæg meaning day.) In the beginning this phrase or word originally referred only to a special religious day.

Today the word “holiday” means any special day to rest, relax or take a day off from work.  However, the next few weeks can be a great opportunity for us to move from Thanksgiving straight into Christmas by being thankful every week for all God has done for us.  These days can once again, become Holy Days of worship as we give thanks to Our Creator and celebrate the birth of His Son!

Here are 19 things that we should give thanks to God for as we move from Thanksgiving straight into Christmas: Continue reading

4 Reason Teamwork Will Not Work in Church

4 Reason Teamwork-Will-Not-Work-in-ChurchThere are many churches that claim to be structured by teamwork.  Even though a fellowship may claim to work like a team and create team names for all their organizations this does not mean that they possess the characteristic of a team approach to their ministry?

The Bible gives clear guidance on working together. So, why is that teamwork will not work in some churches?

Here are four things to consider as to why some congregations will never be able to create a teamwork environment.

1.    Many churches simply do not want their church to evolve into a team approach for ministry.  To do so would mean that sharing the responsibilities would be necessary and some church members are simply unwilling to share the control of the church with someone else. Continue reading

12 Quotes to Help Grow a Strong Prayer Life

12-quotes-to-help-grow-a-strong-prayer-lifePraying is a powerful resource.

Here are a 12 quotes to help grow a strong prayer life:

To pray is no small thing. It is nothing less than a sacred pilgrimage into the heart of the whole world. - Wayne Muller, author

If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this leads us to prayer. - Richard Foster, professor of religion

Be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than our prayers. - Seen on the marquee of an auto body shop in Greensboro, North Carolina

We don’t pray to get God’s attention. We pray to turn our attention toward Him. - Christopher Knippers, Author

When you pray be sure that you listen as well as talk. You have things you want to say to God but He also has things He wants to say to you. - Joyce Meyer, Author and Teacher

‘Help’ is a prayer that is always answered. - Anne Lamott, Author

Go out on a limb when you pray for others. Take a risk. Be outrageous. Be passionate. Take a leap. Love a lot, not just a little. - Rick Hamlin, author

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. - Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us. - C.S. Lewis, author

Blessings are the spiritual equivalent of breathing in, and prayer is the spiritual equivalent of breathing out. - Monsignor Tom Hartman and Rabbi Marc Gellman

The best result of prayer is awareness of the presence of God, which allows us to face life with fortitude and dignity. - Sheba Ross Delaney, writer

People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. - Rick Warren, pastor