Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
  ~ about hope and faith

RSS Feed https://www.wpnet.co/index/rss.rss en 120 Jesus and the Devil's Good Ideas https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/jesus-and-the-devils-good-ideas.html RSS Feed

and the good ideas were...

  1. Feed everyone.
  2. Liberate everyone.
  3. Persuade everyone.

And who would disagree that these are good ideas? But Jesus discerned the devil lurking in those good ideas. The devil's good ideas were really these not so good ideas...
1. Feed everyone and forget God.
2. Liberate everyone and kill the bad guys.
3. Persuade everyone and eliminate faith.


Runtime 33 minutes

Published on Mar 10th 2019 on YouTube.

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With God on our Side / Masters of War https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/with-god-on-our-side.html RSS Feed

These epic anti-war texts should be required cultural teaching.


Runtime about 7 minutes

Published on Aug 29th 2015 on YouTube.

Runtime about 3 minutes

Published on Mar. 2nd 2018 on YouTube.

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Finding the Messiah https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/finding-the-messiah.html

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Dr. Dauermann found Jesus to be the door to real Jewish life

Runtime about 6 minutes


Published on Dec. 23th. 2017 on YouTube

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Steve Olin's Testimony - A Jewish Billionaire who found Yeshua.

Runtime about 8 minutes


Published on Mar. 19th. 2018 on YouTube

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/finding-the-messiah.html Paul
The Promise https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-promise.html RSS Feed

'The Promise' was originally written by Don Poythress and Brian White.


Runtime less than 5 minutes

Published on Oct 6th 2013 on YouTube.

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Wed, 06 Feb 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-promise.html Paul
The Final Border https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-final-border.html RSS Feed

Life after life research, anecdotes, facts and figures...


Runtime abour 23 minutes

Courtesy of TEDxBerlin published on YouTube Dec. 18th 2012.

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Wed, 30 Jan 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-final-border.html Paul
Shrinking the Gap https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/shrinking-the-gap.html RSS Feed

In this final, summary talk from Simply Jesus 2018, Bart presents three control beliefs of Jesus, and challenges us to shrink the gap between what we currently believe, and what Jesus believed.

Run time about 34 minutes

Published September 2018 on http://simplyjesusgathering.com

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Wed, 09 Jan 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/shrinking-the-gap.html Paul
Does the Bible Trump Jesus https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/does-the-bible-trump-jesus.html

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Special Guest, at "The Meeting House", Brian Zahnd, speaks on the Transfiguration, and why Jesus is the ultimate Word of God.


Runtime 37 minutes


Published on Oct. 23rd. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 02 Jan 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/does-the-bible-trump-jesus.html Paul
Logan's call https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/logans-call.html RSS Feed

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf. His words have wisdom beyond his years.


Courtesy of YouTube March 2008

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/logans-call.html Paul
Is Christmas out of fashion? https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/is-christmas-out-of-fashion.html

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Jesus is the Light

These are frightening times...

Someone recently tweeted... “These are frightening times. The world is changing. But in such times there are always two ways to go. Run and hide, build walls, cower in fear and suspicion, point the finger at our neighbors, look, like desperate and frightened people do, for someone to blame”. Or...

“Or stand up and try, at least try, to build a better world..." In these darkening days the birthday of Jesus promises better. Followingare some of the Christmas gifts Jesus offers.


Jesus is the Light

The gift of Light

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. " ~ John 1

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6


forgiveness

The gift of Forgiveness

From a book by Brian Zahnd
Chapter 4: "Forgiveness — The Heart of the Christian Gospel"

"I have found it very interesting to ask non-Christians what Jesus taught. Nearly without exception they will mention that Jesus taught us to love our enemies...

"Sermon on the Mount Christianity is the very kind of Christianity that can change the world. The Christlike love that absorbs the blow and responds with forgiveness is the only real hope this world has for real change. To respond to hate with hate enshrines the status quo and only guarantees that hate will win—it’s what keeps the world as it is."
Read more...



grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

The gift of Truth

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." ~ John 14:6

"All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies." ~ Psalms 25:10

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." ~ John 1:17



Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Peace

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." ~ John 14:27

"Glory be in the highest things to God, and in earth peace be to men of good will." ~ Luk. 2:14 (Wycliffe Bible)

And thou, child [John the Baptist], shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people... to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~ Luke 1:76-79


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Guidance

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" ~ John 20:22

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." ~ John 14:26

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." ~ John 16:13


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Life - now and forever

"...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ~ John 10:10b

"Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance." ~ Acts 2:28

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." ~ John 10:28-29



No greater love

The gift of Love

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" ~ John 13:34

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Ephesians 6:23

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 8:38-39



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Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:08:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/is-christmas-out-of-fashion.html Paul
How Lonely Sits the City https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-lonely-sits-the-city.html RSS Feed

If we’re schooled in denial we don’t know what to do with suffering when it comes. But the Hebrew people—formed in the crucible of suffering—know what to do. You write a poem, sing a song, create a lament that gives full expression to the pain you feel. You make art out of your pain so that you can give it away to God.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Nov 13th. 2018 on YouTube

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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-lonely-sits-the-city.html Paul
Coffee with God https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/coffee-with-god.html RSS Feed

Run time about 9 minutes

Published on Aug. 4th. 2010 on YouTube

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/coffee-with-god.html Paul
The Bible For Grown-Ups https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html RSS Feed

Most of us know some Bible stories, but very few of us know the story of the Bible. And it may be surprising to discover it’s a story that doesn’t actually begin in the beginning.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Oct. 8th. 2018 on YouTube
Part 2 and 3 is available on YouTube

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html Paul
Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html RSS Feed

Four parts: Intro, lecture, discussion and Q&A's. The video starts after the intro. If you want to skip the discussion after the lecture skip to 1:38 for the Q&A ssession with Lennox.

Total run time is 2 hours and 9 minutes

Produced by "Ravi Zacharias International Ministries". Streamed live 9. Oct 2018 and published on YouTube

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Wed, 24 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html Paul
A Life of Love https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/a-life-of-love.html RSS Feed

"Engage is my attempt to equip and encourage people to explore their own relationship with God."

Run time about six and a half minute

Published on Jan. 25th. 2017 on YouTube

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Believing Like Jesus https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/believing-like-jesus.html RSS Feed

Dallas Willard once said to Bart, “I love the way you talk about believing in Jesus. It would be so amazing if you believed like Jesus.” This significant moment propelled Bart into a tremendous search through the scriptures to discover what Jesus actually believed.

Run time about 35 minutes

Published via Vimeo Sep. 10th. 2018 on Simply Jesus

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Wed, 03 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/believing-like-jesus.html Paul
The Word of God https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-word-of-god.html RSS Feed

"When we started calling the Bible the “Word of God” we unwittingly substituted a book and its principles for a vibrant relationship with Jesus and following his rules became more important than following him."

Run time about 14 minutes

For the full 7-part video lecture "The Jesus Lens – Introduction and the Gospels" go to, Life Stream.org

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:00:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-word-of-god.html Paul
Rediscovering Wonder https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/rediscovering-wonder.html RSS Feed

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." ~ Mat.18:3

Run time about 8 minutes

Published on Jul. 17th. 2012 on YouTube

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 03:00:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/rediscovering-wonder.html Paul
From Atheist to Christian at Yale https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: A cool testimony. Reminds me a bit of my own experience meeting Jesus.

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on Dec. 24th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 04:15:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html Paul
The Bible Tells Me So https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-bible-tells-me-so.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: This talk is a bit of a "meaty" and perhaps a controversial subject. I hope it will not stumble anyone's faith, and it should not be taken as an attempt to discredit the Bible but rather a way to put it into perspective.

To paraphrase a quote... "The bible is not simply God speaking to us, but rather God's peoples story about the Creator"! This helped me understand where he is coming from. In fact, if you look at the Bible in that way it will help put to rest some of the Bible critics who try to debunk the bible because it's inconsistencies.

Having said that I also want to add that God can and does use anything to speak to you - He takes us where we are at and know what we need and can take.

In my formative years as a young Christian I memorized a lot of Bible verses, and time and again the Lord brought passages to my remembrance in order to guide me in my walk with Him.

Run time 1 hour and 18 minutes

Published on 17 Feb 2017

Published on Feb. 17th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:07:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-bible-tells-me-so.html Paul
Why Christian Character Matters https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/why-christian-character-matters.html RSS Feed

What does eschatology have to do with ethics? What does the new heaven and the new earth have to do with the world in which we live now? Ultimately, it means that love is not our duty but our destiny.

Run time 44 and a half minute

Published on May 18th. 2012 on YouTube

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This the second part of the show that was posted recently. Endtime Jo and Simon Peter discuss some timely topics that are in the news. Includes some great Endtime songs.

Run time: about one hour

Courtesy of RadioAct in Uganda

Learn more about the Time of the End here

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About 80% of evangelicals believe that the nation of Israel is still God’s chosen land. One view, known as “Christian Zionism” is the belief that the nation of Israel is still central to God’s plan – that the Jews are still God’s chosen people, that the land that was given to the nation of Israel by God is still their land by divine right, and, that anyone who tries to take it away from the Jews will incur the wrath of God. But there are important things at stake here in the “twisted scriptures” used to justify the Christian Zionist position.

Run time 48 minutes

Published on Feb. 10th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:13:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/pro-israel-scripture-twisting.html Paul
Finding the Messiah https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/finding-the-messiah.html

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Dr. Dauermann found Jesus to be the door to real Jewish life

Runtime about 6 minutes


Published on Dec. 23th. 2017 on YouTube

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Steve Olin's Testimony - A Jewish Billionaire who found Yeshua.

Runtime about 8 minutes


Published on Mar. 19th. 2018 on YouTube

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/finding-the-messiah.html Paul
The Pineapple Story https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-3-600/the-pineapple-story.html

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Editor:

Besides being hilariously funny it's sound advice...

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:33


Run Time: 56 minutes

Courtesy of YouTube

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:05:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-3-600/the-pineapple-story.html Paul
The Promise https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-promise.html RSS Feed

'The Promise' was originally written by Don Poythress and Brian White.


Runtime less than 5 minutes

Published on Oct 6th 2013 on YouTube.

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Wed, 06 Feb 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-promise.html Paul
The Final Border https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-final-border.html RSS Feed

Life after life research, anecdotes, facts and figures...


Runtime abour 23 minutes

Courtesy of TEDxBerlin published on YouTube Dec. 18th 2012.

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Wed, 30 Jan 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-final-border.html Paul
The Bible Tells Me So https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-bible-tells-me-so.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: This talk is a bit of a "meaty" and perhaps a controversial subject. I hope it will not stumble anyone's faith, and it should not be taken as an attempt to discredit the Bible but rather a way to put it into perspective.

To paraphrase a quote... "The bible is not simply God speaking to us, but rather God's peoples story about the Creator"! This helped me understand where he is coming from. In fact, if you look at the Bible in that way it will help put to rest some of the Bible critics who try to debunk the bible because it's inconsistencies.

Having said that I also want to add that God can and does use anything to speak to you - He takes us where we are at and know what we need and can take.

In my formative years as a young Christian I memorized a lot of Bible verses, and time and again the Lord brought passages to my remembrance in order to guide me in my walk with Him.

Run time 1 hour and 18 minutes

Published on 17 Feb 2017

Published on Feb. 17th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:07:00 +0200 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-bible-tells-me-so.html Paul
Shrinking the Gap https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/shrinking-the-gap.html RSS Feed

In this final, summary talk from Simply Jesus 2018, Bart presents three control beliefs of Jesus, and challenges us to shrink the gap between what we currently believe, and what Jesus believed.

Run time about 34 minutes

Published September 2018 on http://simplyjesusgathering.com

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Wed, 09 Jan 2019 03:00:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/shrinking-the-gap.html Paul
Does the Bible Trump Jesus https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/does-the-bible-trump-jesus.html

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Special Guest, at "The Meeting House", Brian Zahnd, speaks on the Transfiguration, and why Jesus is the ultimate Word of God.


Runtime 37 minutes


Published on Oct. 23rd. 2017 on YouTube

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Christmas 2017 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/christmas-2017.html RSS Feed Meek Christmas

Now the birth of
Jesus Christ
was on this wise...

  ~ Matthew 1:18




Meek Christmas

My first Noel ~ by Nyx Martinez




Born in a stable Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.

  ~ George F. McDougall




Jesus High in the heavens a single star,
Of pure, imperishable light;
Out on the desert strange and far
Dim riders riding through the night:
Above a hilltop sudden song
Like silver trumpets down the sky--
And all to welcome One so young
He scarce could lift a cry!

Stars rise and set, that star shines on:
Songs fail, but still that music beats
Through all the ages come and gone,
In lane and field and city streets.
And we who catch the Christmas gleam,
Watching with children on the hill,
We know, we know it is no dream--
He stands among us still!

  ~ Nancy Byrd Turner


Christmas Angels


Jesus

Back in A. D. 274 an emperor of the old Roman world chose December 25 as "the birthday of the unconquered sun." He recognised that at this midwinter date it reaches its lowest point in the Southern sky and begins its gradual movement Northward again. The annual rebirth of nature was closely linked to the Roman new year and planting season. Houses were decorated with greenery and candles, and presents were given to children and the poor. In time, Christians made this a holy day of their own. By A.D. 336, the church had decided that all believers should celebrate the birthday of the Lord Jesus, the Son of righteousness on December 25.
  ~ from "Good Thots"


Meek Christmas

"You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift."
  ~ John R. Rice


I'm dreaming of a meek Christmas
with every Twitter quote I write...

  ~ the editor


Jesus

Previous Christmas inspirations

From 2016

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Is Christmas out of fashion? https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/is-christmas-out-of-fashion.html

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Jesus is the Light

These are frightening times...

Someone recently tweeted... “These are frightening times. The world is changing. But in such times there are always two ways to go. Run and hide, build walls, cower in fear and suspicion, point the finger at our neighbors, look, like desperate and frightened people do, for someone to blame”. Or...

“Or stand up and try, at least try, to build a better world..." In these darkening days the birthday of Jesus promises better. Followingare some of the Christmas gifts Jesus offers.


Jesus is the Light

The gift of Light

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. " ~ John 1

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6


forgiveness

The gift of Forgiveness

From a book by Brian Zahnd
Chapter 4: "Forgiveness — The Heart of the Christian Gospel"

"I have found it very interesting to ask non-Christians what Jesus taught. Nearly without exception they will mention that Jesus taught us to love our enemies...

"Sermon on the Mount Christianity is the very kind of Christianity that can change the world. The Christlike love that absorbs the blow and responds with forgiveness is the only real hope this world has for real change. To respond to hate with hate enshrines the status quo and only guarantees that hate will win—it’s what keeps the world as it is."
Read more...



grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

The gift of Truth

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." ~ John 14:6

"All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies." ~ Psalms 25:10

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." ~ John 1:17



Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Peace

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." ~ John 14:27

"Glory be in the highest things to God, and in earth peace be to men of good will." ~ Luk. 2:14 (Wycliffe Bible)

And thou, child [John the Baptist], shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people... to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~ Luke 1:76-79


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Guidance

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" ~ John 20:22

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." ~ John 14:26

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." ~ John 16:13


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Life - now and forever

"...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ~ John 10:10b

"Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance." ~ Acts 2:28

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." ~ John 10:28-29



No greater love

The gift of Love

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" ~ John 13:34

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Ephesians 6:23

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 8:38-39





Links to Christmas past Link to previous Christmas insirations.


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Logan's call https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/logans-call.html RSS Feed

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf. His words have wisdom beyond his years.


Courtesy of YouTube March 2008

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Linking to Christmas https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/linking-to-christmas.html Christmas 2011

Little Drummer Boy

Performed by Sean Quigley

Quigley, 16, was moved to create the video because of the underlying message of the song.

"Drummer Boy speaks to me so much," he said. "The whole song is a story. It's about this boy who gets word of Jesus being born and he goes to see him and he doesn't have anything to give him; he's like 'I don't have money, I don't have gifts to give you. But I can play my drum and that's more than enough'."

The teen's production is all the more remarkable considering he played all the instruments, sang the vocals, recorded everything and directed and edited the video.

Little Drummer Boy

Performed by Boney M.


Christmas with a Capital C"

Performed by Go Fish Guys (with lyrics)


The Very First Christmas Day

Performed by Johnny Mathis


Little Gray Donkey

Performed by Johnny Cash


His Name at the Top

Poem on TFI's Christmas section


The Christmas Story

"Jesus Our Savior"

"All Must Draw Near"

By Cherub Wings


Christmas Reflections on Peace


If Joseph And Mary Had Facebook


Google Earth Christmas


If Jesus were born in times of Google, Facebook and Twitter


Luke 2 - The Christmas Story

Video clip to "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" Performed by Amy Grant


Silent Night

Performed by Andrea Bocelli


O little town of Bethlehem

Performed by Children


Oh Holy night

Performed by Josh Groban (with lyrics)


Mary's Boy child

Performed by Harry Belafonte


When Love was born

Performed by Mark Schultz


Mary did you know?

Performed by Clay Aiken


Christmas 2010

Where’s the Line to See Jesus?

Performed by Becky Kelley


A Strange Way to Save the World

YouTube Christmas song w lyrics


The Christmas story

Music by Michael W. Smith


A Baby Changes Everything

Faith Hill

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Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:09:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/linking-to-christmas.html Paul
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Christmas 2012

Men must recapture the basic conviction that this is a visited planet

… that in this vast, mysterious universe, of which we are an almost infinitesimal part, the great Mystery, whom we call God, has visited our planet in person. … We must be shocked afresh by the audacious central fact ... that, as a sober matter of history, God became one of us. — J. B. Phillips


I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

A narrated peek into the life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow around the time when he wrote what became the Christmas song, “I Heard the Bells.” Run time: 8 minutes

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Christmas bells

Stories, Poems, Music, Gifts and New Life for Christmas

The Christmas Message: The Humble and the Foreign

A Look at the Manger and the Inn in the Christmas Story


The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part One

The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part Two

The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part Three

Compliments of "My Wonder Studio"


The story of St. Nicholas

Nicholas was born of wealthy parents in A.D. 280 in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek, and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. He lost his parents early to an epidemic, but not before they had instilled in him the gift of faith. Then Nicholas went to Myra and lived a life full of sacrifice and love and the spirit of Jesus. Nicholas became so Christlike that when the town needed a bishop, he was elected. He was imprisoned for his faith by Emperor Diocletian and released later by Emperor Constantine.

There have been many stories of his generosity and compassion: how he begged for food for the poor, and how he would give girls money so that they would have a dowry to get a husband. The story most often repeated was about how he would don a disguise and go out and give gifts to poor children. He gave away everything he had, and he died around 345. His body was later moved to Bari, Italy, where his remains are to this day.

But the story of Nicholas has spread around the world. Within a century of his death he was celebrated as a saint. There are more churches in the world named after St. Nicholas than any other person in the history of the church.

People have also done strange things to him. Poet Clement Moore gave him a red nose and eight tiny reindeer. And Thomas Nast, the illustrator, made him big and fat and gave him a red suit trimmed by fur. And others have given him names, like Santa Claus. But what's important about St. Nicholas is that he had the mind of Christ. Because of his gentle, selfless love, he touched the whole world. And this same mind of Christ can be in us.
— James Hewett



The Advent Virus

WARNING……WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

  • A loss of interest in judging other people.

  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

  • A loss of interest in conflict.

  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

  • Frequent attacks of smiling.

  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it. . . . . . (Anonymous via email)

Courtesy of http://www.appleseeds.org/christmas-quotes.htm


Marvelous Love

On a cold Christmas Eve in 1952, when Korea was in the throes of civil war...



Christmas links from previous years

Includes more YouTube clips with beautiful Christmas performances

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Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:04:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/christmas-2012.html Paul
It Takes a Child https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/it-takes-a-child.html It Takes a Child

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. — John 7:24 ESV

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin. He then wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man with a tattered rag of a coat; dirty, greasy and worn. His pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast, and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.

We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. “Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,” the man said to Erik. My husband and I exchanged looks, “What do we do?”

Erik continued to laugh and answer, “Hi, hi there.” Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby.

Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, “Do ya know patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.” Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn reciprocated with his cute comments.

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. “Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,” I prayed.

As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s “pick-me-up” position.

Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man’s.

Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby were cuddling happily. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor — gently, so gently, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back.

No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.

I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms for a moment, and then his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, “You take care of this baby.”

Somehow I managed, “I will,” from a throat that contained a stone.

He pried Erik from his chest — unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, “God bless you, ma’am. You’ve given me my Christmas gift.”

I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, “My God, my God, forgive me.”

I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking — “Are you willing to share your son for a moment?” — when He shared His for all eternity.

The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, “To enter the kingdom of God, we must become as little children.”[1]

Footnotes:

1 Anonymous, http://god-bless-you.org/?p=1522

Courtesy of Anchor December 2012.
Read by Simon Peterson.

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Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:44:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/it-takes-a-child.html Paul
The Christmas Shoes https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-christmas-shoes.html The Christmas Shoes

By Steve Hearts

The Christmas season — undoubtedly my most favorite season of the year — holds many unforgettable memories. To name a few: It was on a snowy December day when I was six years old that our family flew home to the U.S. from the Philippines, where we had been missionaries for the past several years. This was my first time to meet the grandparents, and the first time to experience snow. Christmas of 1998, the year I was 15, was spent on tour with a band that had come to Mexico from Washington D.C. to hold benefit concerts. I had a blast playing percussion on this tour.

But the two most memorable Christmas seasons for me occurred in 2002 and 2003, and they are linked together by a simple song and its impact on my life.

Christmas 2002 was an especially joyous occasion. My mother had been declared cancer-free several months earlier, and was feeling much stronger than she had felt in quite some time. One day in December, she was baking something for a gathering we were to attend the next day. I remember the aroma filling our Southern California apartment. The radio was set to a station that played holiday favorites 24-7. The repertoire consisted largely of lighter carols, such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” etc. Then suddenly the tone drastically changed when a song began to play that captured my attention. I put aside what I was doing in order to tune in to it.

I later found out that it was titled “The Christmas Shoes,” performed by Newsong. The song tells the story of a man who found himself in a line at a store on Christmas Eve, trying to finish his last-minute holiday shopping. In front of him was a little boy, with an appearance which made it obvious that he’d seen better days, holding a pair of shoes in his hand. When his turn came to pay, he turned to the man and said he wanted to buy the shoes for his mother who was sick and didn’t have much time left. He wanted her to look beautiful if she were to meet Jesus that night. The boy put all the change he had on the counter. The cashier told him it wasn’t enough. He turned and looked at the man imploringly. The man helped pay for the shoes, and could not forget the look on the boy’s face as he thanked him and left.

As I listened to the song, tears rolled down my cheeks. I realized just how fortunate I was to still have my mother by my side. I imagined how sad I would have felt if I were in the place of that little boy who was about to lose his mother. The song stayed with me through the remainder of the Christmas season, eventually fading as the new year was ushered in.

As time went by, Mother again took a turn for the worse and her cancer recurred. By Christmas of the following year, she was in a nursing home, where she could only be kept comfortable until the end. One day during that period, I was out running errands with my brother, listening to the radio as we drove around. Suddenly, on came the forgotten song, “The Christmas Shoes.” How true it rang as I heard it this time around.

Moved by the song, we immediately bought Mother a pretty pair of shoes, which fit her beautifully and gave her great joy. She left us (in the physical, at least) only weeks later.

Today, this beautiful song helps me look beyond the hectic side of the Christmas season with all its outreach activities, plans and preparations for festivities, family visits, and what have you. When the ceaseless activity threatens to drive me nuts and I find myself succumbing to frustration, I hear my mother’s voice whispering to me, “Remember the ‘Christmas Shoes’ song.”

With this reminder, the stress and frustration dissipates, as I remember to be thankful for all I have and count my many blessings. I think of my family and loved ones who are still alive and well, and give thanks for my own life and health too. Last of all, I say a prayer for the many who find themselves in painful circumstances during the Christmas season — as the little boy in the song did, or as my family and I did in 2003. I ask Jesus to lead me to such people and give me an opportunity to be of comfort to them. He often does so. Gone is the nervousness I feel over the approaching singing engagement I don’t feel sufficiently prepared for, the irritation I feel when important details are overlooked, and all other such cares, as I strive to simply appreciate the fact that I am alive and able to enjoy yet another Christmas season.

Courtesy of Anchor December 2012
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Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:31:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-christmas-shoes.html Paul
Céline Dion & Andrea Bocelli - The Prayer https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-prayer.html The Prayer


Courtesy of YouTube
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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:10:00 +0100 https://www.wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-prayer.html Paul
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