There is a mini-revolution taking place in the arena of food. Gluten-free is now part of our vocabulary. May people are now disciples of organically grown vegetables and fruits. We now have family members who are sugar free. We have more and more people who read the ingredients of products. I’m aware of others who stay away from processed food
. . . Food for true nourishment is a lively subject in many circles.
I faced the last appointment of my day with very mixed emotions. In all my years of practice as an OB-Gyn physician and Reproductive Endocrinologist, I had experienced my share of difficult conversations with patients. But this time there was something bigger at stake.
Carrie and Justin were more than patients: they had become my friends. My physician training and experience, however, was no match for what they were coming in for today.
The older we get, the faster time passes . . . or so it seems. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may not have time to sit down with some of your favorite books, but they can be a comfort through the long winter nights.
Be sure to pick up and gift copies of Cynthia Heald's new book, Becoming A Woman Whose God Is Enough. The Nativity Collection by Robert J. Morgan and An Angel's Story by Max Lucado are both celebrations of the birth of our King! Enjoy.
". . . teaching will be as Garlands of Grace . . ." Proverbs 1:9
THE GREAT SURPRISE
By Carol Peters-Tanksley
THE BEST GIFTS ARE MEMORIES
By Beth Henderson
I love children’s books, and especially children’s Christmas books, so I’m going to share some of my favorites with you. You won’t find most of these on the current best sellers list, or at the local chain book store, but they’re treasures worth hunting for. (I believe that may be why God gave us the Internet – to find out of print children’s books!)
“I’ve got to get out of these clothes!” My husband fairly spat the words as he violently shrugged the voluminous tunic from his shoulders. “Claudia, summon a servant at once!” He barked the words as he turned abruptly, angrily, knocking an alabaster vase from its niche. The shards littered the marble floor, shattered just like my heart.
“Oh, my husband, do you not realize what has been done?” The words flew off my tongue like lightning bolts.
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How very precious that song will always be to us because - in September - we actually did walk where Jesus walked. My husband, Bill, and I were blessed to be able to take a trip to Israel with In Touch Ministries, Dr. Charles Stanley’s son (Andy) and the Atlanta First Baptist Church choir. This was Pastor Andy’s fifth visit to Israel.
Our guide, Yuval, is a Messianic Jew so we were given insight from a Jewish as well as Christian standpoint.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself...
While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.
I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.
As we approach the winter season - and with it comes Christmas - let us rejoice in the past year regardless of where we have been, knowing God brought us through. We look forward to the new year approaching with great expectation from our Blessed Savior.
I love Christmas and all the smiles, surprises and joy the season brings as we celebrate. Our theme scripture for this issue is Psalm 150. It reminds us to "Praise the Lord!"
The New Year - just a week after Christmas - gives that assurance that we have a new page to write our new story on; we will as the days go by. Let us Rejoice in each day, grateful that Jesus paid it all and we are looking forward to His return with expecting hearts.
Praise ye Jehovah. Praise God in his sanctuary: Praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with trumpet sound: Praise him with psaltery and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance: Praise him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise him with loud cymbals: Praise him with high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that hath breath praise Jehovah. Praise ye Jehovah.
One Solitary Life
A Quarterly Christian e-Magazine
Volume 2, Number 2
BUT LOOK AT THEM GRAPES
By Harold Stockburger
February is Sweetheart month, so check your heart to make sure you are joyful as you walk with Christ, who is the Lover of your soul.
Let your spirits rise as we once again see the glory in all He has given to us, a new day, a new year and a fresh start. Praise Him, rejoice in the knowledge that you are His.
Enjoy the Winter eMagazine. Our 20th Anniversary is coming in March; read about our presenters: Cynthia Heald, Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley and Kim Bolton along with others who will be celebrating with us. Until then, see you in the ezine. Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!
Ryan Murphy conducts the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra
at Temple Square
in César Frank's "Psalm 150."
Far too many times in our lives, we miss the blessings that God has for us, because we spend too much time looking at the circumstances, or the giants that are in front of us, rather than what God has promised us. Whether it is healing for our bodies, financial needs, or any other need, there are always obstacles that are in our way and if we focus our energies on them, we will fail to receive our victory.
. . . Trusting God as the great I Am is at the heart of not doubting Him. We are vulnerable to the whispers of the enemy, who tells us that God is not fair, that if He were a God of love, this tragedy would not have happened. Certainly His silence is evidence of His absence and lack of concern for what we are going through. . . .
The Christmases of my early childhood, until my grandmother's death when I was 14 years old, were magical. We attended the same little Methodist church, one that sat on the corner of what had been a vast farmland, but that had been bought out and converted over the years to hold . . . .
One of the more well-known and fabled stories to come out of Ottoman rule in the Holy Land was the sealing of the Golden Gate. The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, in an effort to prevent the Messiah from entering Jerusalem in accordance with Biblical prophecy, sealed off the Golden Gate in 1541, and it remains as such to this day.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2: 1-2
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