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Everything Comes To Pass

Dr. J.T. ParishMost people are either in the middle of some problem, test or trial, or they are coming out of one, or just about to enter one. That is an observation of life made over a span of many years. My favorite phrase in the Bible is “it came to pass”. Everything in this world comes to pass.
If you are going through some trial, know this, it will pass. Things will not always be this way. Circumstances change and you will make it through. If you are in good times, enjoy every minute of it. Good times also come to pass. The truth is everything in this world is temporary. That is why we should not set our hearts on this world.

The Theology of Christmas

Dr. J.T. ParishWe see the signs: “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” He really is. He is God Incarnate – Emmanuel, God with us. When Matthew and Luke tell the story of the birth of Jesus they are giving some of the details of how God became flesh and dwelled among us.
In one sense the Incarnation is a mystery. Paul said, “Great was manifest of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16) Even Mary didn’t understand when the angel Gabriel announced to her the birth of Christ. She asked “How shall this be?” (Luke 1:34)
However, there are many things we know from the word about the Incarnation:

Charity Begins at Home, But It Does Not End There!

charity"Charity begins at home." Sir Thomas Browne, 1642

"You shall be My witnesses BOTH in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Jesus Christ, 30 AD

A phrase that I have heard many times in my life is, "Charity begins at home." It is uncertain where this quotation came from (although a form of it is attributed to Sir Thomas Browne, an English doctor, from 1642). However this phrase has become popular and when I did a google search for the meaning of this phrase, I found the following:

A Pity Party

Dr. J.T. ParishDid you ever have a pity party? Like Charlie Brown: “Why is everybody always picking on me?” When things don’t work out, somebody crosses us, we don’t get our way, we collapse into the “Pig Wallow” of self-pity. Next to Satan, self is our own worst enemy. When I want to find my main problem, I look into a full length mirror. There stands my problem! Self manifests itself in many ways. Self is a bully and often shows itself as self-will. It becomes my way or the highway. Self also comes out as self-glorying. It takes credit for every good thing that God does.

The Greatest American Holiday

Dr. J.T. ParishThe first New England Thanksgiving celebrated by the pilgrim colonists of Massachusetts gave us many of our Thanksgiving traditions. Governor Bradford decreed a three day feast in July 1621. The women made journey cake, corn bread, and succotash. The Indians brought wild turkey and deer. Then on July 30, 1623 the Governor decreed a special day of prayer as well as celebration.

During the Revolutionary War there were 8 special days set aside for thanks for victories and deliverance from dangers. President George Washington set November 26, 1789, as a Day of Thanks in the young nation. By 1830 the state of New York had an official Thanksgiving Day. Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, editor of Godey’s Ladye’ Book, worked 30 years promoting a National Thanksgiving Day.

The Optimist vs. The Pessimist

Dr. J.T. ParishTwo farmers were neighbors, one was an optimist, the other was a pessimist. The optimist said, “Its is a beautiful, warm, summer day.” The pessimist replied, “Yes, the sun will probably scorch the crops.” On another day the optimist said, “God is so good to give this nice rain for our crops.” The pessimist answered, “But if it doesn’t stop raining soon, all our crops will be drowned.”

Finally the optimist had trained his dog to do unusual tricks, and he invited his neighbors to go duck hunting wih him. The optimist shot a duck and it fell into the water. The dog walked across the water to retrieve the duck. The pessimist said, “He can’t swim, can he?” both men saw the same situation, but their analysis of the situation was very different. One saw the positive, the other only saw the negative.
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