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-Candy Cane Story:.There once lived a candy maker in Indiana who decided he wanted to make a special candy that would present the Gospel story and would be a witness for Christ. It was his wish to somehow incorporate the birth, ministry and death of Emmanuel the Christ in one tasty treat.

He began with a stick of pure, white, hard candy. Why? He made it white to symbolize the purity of the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Emmanuel. And he made it hard, to symbolize the Solid Rock, the solid foundation of all those within whom is God's Holy Spirit and the firmness of the promise of God.

Then the candy maker shaped the candy in the form of a 'J' to represent the precious name of Emmanuel who came to Earth as our Savior. 

It could also represent the staff of the 'Good Shepherd which reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker decided to add red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Emmanuel received from the Roman soldiers before His death on the cross. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

The smell and taste of peppermint relate to the herb hyssop. Psalm 51:7 states."Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
   Thus, the creation of the candy cane.

The True Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:."A guy named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter, Barbara, sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dads eyes and asked "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob. Being small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.

"From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938. Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined a make one, a storybook!

"Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. 

"Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book. In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.

"But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of 'White Christmas'. The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing!"
...from Bob Proctor's Insight of the Day newsletter.(insightoftheday.com)

-Children of God:.The.children of God are those included in the resurrection:.Luke 20:36; Romans 8:17; John 1:12; 1John 2:24; 1Peter 1:3.

One has to be out from the law to be a son of God; a result of faith:.1Peter 1:9. Notice that it doesn't say the result of you keeping the commandments, tithing, etc. is salvation. It says faith. 

The difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. See also about being adopted into His family.

The children of God.(Galatians 4:26).await the time when they will be fully of the righteousness they have accepted when they individually accepted Christ into their heart:.2Peter 3:13; Hebrews 6:10-19; Revelation 19:6-8; Revelation 21:26,27; Revelation 22:11,12.

Chushanrishathaim:.Comprised from Easton's and Fausset's Bible Dictionaries. Chushanrishathaim means 'the Ethiopian of double wickedness'. He was a Cushite or Hamitic element prominent in the oldest Babylonian race as their vocabulary proves. He was king of Mesopotamia in Elam, the Syrian country about Haran later called Persia.(map).who oppressed Israel in the generation immediately following Joshua in about B.C.E. 1402:.Judges 3:8.

At this time Chushanrishathaim was king of the Syrian country around Haran, the region between the Euphrates river and the Khabour, an area held by the people known as Nairi. The Nairi was a group divided into petty tribes. Assyria had not at this time extended her dominion to the Euphrates. Cuneiform inscriptions two centuries later in B.C.E. 1270 confirm the rising of the Assyrian empire. Othniel, the first of the judges, delivered Israel from Chushanrishathaim:.Judges 3:9. They were bad then and just got worse: Judges 2:11-23; 3:5-8.

We learn from the Babylonian tablets found at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, dating from early B.C.E. 14th century that Palestine had been invaded by the forces of Aram-naharaim.(meaning 'Aram of the two rivers' or Mesopotamia).more than once and these were long before the Exodus in B.C.E. 1843 and that at the time the tablets.(Deuteronomy 9:9-11).were written.(around B.C.E. 1400), the king of Aram-naharaim.(aka Mesopotamia).was still surreptitiously taking over Canaan, a part of ancient Egypt in the time of the reign of Rameses III of the Twentieth Dynasty.

As the reign of Rameses III corresponds with the Israelitish occupation of Canaan, it is probable that the Egyptian monuments refer to the oppression of the Israelites by Chushanrishathaim:.2Chronicles 36:10

Canaan was still regarded as a province of Egypt, so that, in attacking it, Chushanrishathaim would have been considered to be attacking Egypt. Aram refers to Aramaic, the language of ancient Mesopotamia.


Constantine the Great: about 274-337 A.D., the Roman emperor 306-337, who allegedly.converted to Christianity, but by his actions, he certainly had not and was really of the world dominating plans of the cabal. He was refounder of the ancient Greek city called Byzantium, refounding it to as Constantinople, today Istanbul, Turkey.

Constantinople was capital of the Eastern Roman empire and called the Byzantine Empire until 1453. Constantine intervened in ecclesiastical affairs to achieve.unity as he presided over the first ecumenical council of the church, at Nicaea in 325.
 


cornet: Daniel 3:5 a curved type of wind instrument, like a horn or trumpet.

Counselor:.In Isaiah 9:6 Emmanuel is predicted to be a wonderful counselor, one with whom we may freely talk with no fear whatsoever. Many seek psychiatric help these days and should, if they lack the personal relationship with the Father that He made possible

Many have a difficult time understanding themselves. We all just sort of live life and make our plans and try to make them work out. Many don't work out and disillusionment often reigns. To understand the self, one has to understand the Creator as we are made in the image of Him. With more of Creator's mind in you, you'll see yourself as He is and as He does:.Proverbs 20:24

To get more of Creator's mind, study and pray. Prayer is talking to your Creator and listening for answers and impressions that well up in your mind.

Crusades: the Crusades were a stupid series of wars involving the Knights Templars. Aren't most if not all wars inane? The Crusades series of wars by Western European 'Christians'.(Matthew 5:39-44; 1John 4:8,12,16).were intended to recapture the Holy Land from Muslims. The Crusades began in 1095 A.D. and ended in the mid to late 13th century. The term Crusade was originally applied solely to European efforts to retake from the Muslims the city of Jerusalem, which was sacred to Christians as the site of the crucifixion of Emmanuel.Christ. It was later used to designate any military effort by Europeans against non Christians. The First Crusade was successful in its aim of freeing Jerusalem. It also established a Western Christian military presence in the Near East that lasted for almost 200 years. The leaders of various groups met at Constantinople. The original forces of perhaps 25,000 to 30,000 were sufficient numbers to overcome states and principalities of what are now Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Scholars were inclined to give the Crusades credit for making Western Europe more cosmopolitan. They believed the Crusades had brought Western Europe higher standards of Eastern medicine and learning, Greek and Muslim culture and such luxuries as silks, spices and oranges. Extreme statements of this view held that the Crusades brought Europe out of the provincialism of the Dark Ages, also called the Middle Ages. The most important effect of the Crusades was economic. The Italian cities prospered from the transport of Crusaders and replaced Byzantines and Muslims as merchant-traders in the Mediterranean. Trade passed through Italian hands to Western Europe at a handsome profit and the popes during these series of wars, in supporting the Crusaders, gained profitably by increased power and influence.

-Cush: was the eldest son of Ham and father of Nimrod, Cush's sons were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabtecha, most of whom settled in Arabia Felix where its capital was Petra:.Genesis 10:6-8. His descendants are called the Ethiopians.(map showing where Ethiopia is); from Cush evolved the Cushites with language of use called Cushitic as used in Arabia Felix. A king of them way back then was Chushanrishathaim.

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