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The Twelve Days of Christmas

I got the following in an email today and I thought I would share it.

Dan

In case some of us don’t remember this lesson:…………….

Subject: A Tidbit of Knowledge

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,
swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out
of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
Today, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were
not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of
the Old Testament.

The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,
Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy,
Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the
Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I
found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song
became a Christmas Carol…so pass it on if you wish.’

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone…..

Portable Bible Study

I like this program a lot because you can take it with you and it plugs into any windows usb port. I use it with the commentary plugs of Matthew Henery & Scofield Referance Notes. In the Dictonaries section I use several. I like Nave’s Topical Bible, Strongs, Strong’s Bibile Dictonaries and several daily bible studies.

I found it at portableapps.com, I also then went to crosswire.org to customize it. You can get a desktop version of the software bpbible.com here too!

Enjoy

Dan

For the Moments of Your Life

  1. When happy moments occur in your life; always praise God for them.
  2. When difficult moments happen in your life; always seek God for help and thank him.
  3. When you have quiet moments in your life; always worship God for them because he cares.
  4. When you have painful moments in your life; always trust God for his help.
  5. For every moment of your life here on Earth; always give thanks to God because He’s the One that Loves you.

A Contemporary Affirmation of Faith

We believe in Jesus Christ the Lord,

  • Who was promised to the people of Israel,
  • Who came in flesh to dwell among us,
  • Who announced the coming of the rule of God,
  • Who gathered disciples and taught them,
  • Who died on the cross to free us from sin,
  • Who rose from the dead to give us life and hope,
  • Who reigns in heaven at the right hand of God,
  • Who comes to Judge and bring justice to victory.

We believe in God His Father,

  • Who raised Him from the dead,
  • Who created and sustains the universe,
  • Who acts to deliver His people in times of need,
  • Who desires all men everywhere to be saved,
  • Who rules over the destinies of men and nations,
  • Who continues to love men even when they reject Him.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

  • Who is the form of God present in the church,
  • Who moves men to faith and obedience,
  • Who is the guarantee of our deliverance,
  • Who leads us to find God’s will in the Word,
  • Who assists those whom He renews in prayer,
  • Who guides us in discernment,
  • Who impels us to act together.

We believe God has made us His people,

  • To invite others to follow Christ,
  • To encourage one another to deeper commitment,
  • To proclaim forgiveness of sins and hope,
  • To reconcile men to God through word and deed,
  • To bear witness to the power of love over hate,
  • To proclaim Jesus the Lord over all,
  • To meet the daily tasks of life with purpose,
  • To suffer joyfully for the cause of right,
  • To the ends of the earth,
  • To the end of the age,
  • To the praise of His glory.

Amen.

Things We Should Know About Heaven

Things We Should Know About Heaven

In the beginning God created the Heaven and earth and Heaven is God’s dwelling place. Heaven is also the future home of all the righteous ones that are saved. Chapter 21 and chapter 22 of the book of Revelation tells all about heaven and who will be there for all eternity. The questions below will help you understand some important facts about Heaven. Continue reading Things We Should Know About Heaven

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s prayer can be found in the book of Matthew, (Matthew 6:9-13) and also in the book of Luke. (Luke 11:1-4) In these two books of  Matthew and Luke, Our Lord Jesus Christ was instructing His disciples on prayer here in these passages. This prayer was intended to be a model prayer for them. This prayer which our Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples was known as “The Lord’s Prayer” was given upon two separate occasions; first in the Sermon on the Mount; and second in an unnamed place when one of the disciples requested Jesus our Lord to teach them to pray. There is so much more that we can say about prayer, but remember that as a Christian we have a direct line to God through Jesus our Savior at anytime. Our Lord Jesus gave a definite command to all believers to pray in His name (John 16:23-24) for Jesus sats on right side of God the Father and there He makes intercession on our behalf because He knows our needs before we say them.

Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer

The Good Shepherd’s 23 Psalm

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. ( Psalm 23) Continue reading The Good Shepherd’s 23 Psalm

What is The Unpardonable Sin?

The scriptures tells about the Unpardonable Sin the books of (Matthew 12:31-32) and (Mark 3:28-29), The Unpardonable Sin is ascribing to Satan the works of the Holy Spirit which is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. This sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is called an unpardonable sin in these passages. In Matthew chapter 12, we can read about Jesus and the Pharisees and some of these religious leaders that were plotting to destroy Jesus because of the miracles He had done on the Sabbath. The Pharisees insisted that Jesus had healed by the power of Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons. Jesus said to them, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and He who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” (Matthew 12:30) Then Jesus said, “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come,” Continue reading What is The Unpardonable Sin?

The Crowns That Christians Can Have

The crown is a symbol of victory and reward and all the saints will cast their crowns before God’s throne. The church is a crown of glory to God and his glory, power, and his authority are clearly displayed in (Isaiah 62:3), (Zechariah 9:16.) Jesus Christ’s crown of gold, His many crowns; symbolize His power, His authority, and the glory that is assigned to him by his Father. The saints are a crown to ministers; and they are an ornament and honor of their labors. The saint’s crown of glory, life, and righteousness is that royal and truly honorable state of glory, life, and holiness given them through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Listed below are the chapter and verses of the crowns that Christians can have when they get to Heaven. Continue reading The Crowns That Christians Can Have

God’s Warning To the Backslider

There are many people in this world that are not living for God and are in a backsliding condition. Some people are even going to church and may not realize they are a backslider. A backslider can return to the Lord by repenting their sins and submitting their life back to God, and he will forgive them. God says, though man’s ways are not his ways, there is nevertheless hope for the backslider. You can read about the story of the Prodigal Son and how the Father welcomed his son back home. God will do the same for you the backslider too because he loves you. Below you will find many scriptures on backsliders. Please take the time to read them and study God’s Word and may God bless you always. Continue reading God’s Warning To the Backslider