Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Our Christmas journey concluded

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Things to consider from the previous post:

Many Christian’s denounce Judaism and many Jewish followers denounce Jesus. Is there a right or wrong answer here? Yes. If we are to believe the Bible, and accept it as the ultimate guide of truths than we shall accept that Judaism lead to Christianity (and many other religious practices) and that Jesus was born to save us, the average person. If in accepting the Bible, we are also accepting many differences as well as similarities, all based on what God has presented to us. If we were to adopt such a belief in today’s society, such an acceptance, would the cause and effect be positive or negative?

[2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Great celebration and joy…

[10] When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Great gifts….

[11] And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

And another dream…

[12] And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Cause and effect

[16] Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

The first great massacre to be recorded and retold. How many times will such a story be played out? Hitler? The African genocide? Even here on our home territory when a parent choses to murder their own children? Was it Herod that created the underlaying evil back in the days of creating the most holy of books that would be the light for many of faith to create such a harsh act?

Cause and effect

[18] In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

The story of Christmas presented by http://dltk-bible.com/guides/christmas-index.htm

John 3:16,17

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

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We all have a choice, and in our choice will be cause and effect. We can walk with God and accept his story through the Bible. What other options are there? We can sort of believe, we can not believe, we can pick and chose what we want to believe. In the end our actions, our choices, will have a cause and effect on everyone around us.

As we stand in that grocery store aisle shopping for our next meal, pinching our own pennies, struggling in our own lives, get a little more uncomfortable and reach out to that person who seems to be struggling just a little more. Give them a coupon to save money, buy them that ready made meal for $20, or just say “hi” with a smile. Lay down your own gold, myrrh, and frankincense to a complete stranger even if it means a little greater burden upon yourself.

You never know what another person’s journey has been or is in the moment. You only know your own journey. And in that you can realize that someone else may be suffering, or have suffered along the way to today, and in your kindness the effect will be the result of your actions. And God’s sacrifice, Mary’s and Joseph’s beliefs, will live on as Jesus laid down the greatest gift of all… Cause and Effect.


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Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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