First things first...

PEARLS: 12/8/16

REAL: Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 1 Thessalonians 5:19

CULTURED: Holiness, as taught in the Scriptures, is not based upon knowledge on our part. Rather, it is based upon the resurrected Christ in-dwelling us and changing us into His likeness. A.W. Tozer

:) Why are Santa's reindeer always wet? Because they are rain deer.

PEARLS: 12/7/16

REAL: They asked him, “Who are you? Are you Elijah? “I am not,” he said. John 1:21

CULTURED:“With all due respect for the finger of John the Baptist, the shin of St George most of the holy relics in Christendom pale in importance before the relic of the Holy Blood of Jesus. James Deely

:) What do reindeer use to decorate their Christmas trees? Horn-aments.

When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:4

A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves. Ralph W. Sockman

:) How to know if you're Lutheran:

You or someone you know was a 'Beef Queen' or 'Dairy Princess' at the county fair.

REAL: Let all things be done decently and in order.1 Cor. 14:40

CULTURED: The apostolic gift to the body of Christ brings order and maturity. Sherry K. White

:)I walked up to a tourist information booth and asked them to tell me about a couple of people who were here last year. Steven Wright

Let us choose what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good. Job 34:4

:) GOD is like SEARS...He has everything.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Prov. 15:3

Just at present you only see the tree by the light of the lamp. I wonder when you would ever see the lamp by the light of the tree. G.K. Chesterton

:) General Mills 
is coming out with an organic Twinkie. Isn’t that called a sponge? Jay Leno

...and He has chosen you. Isaiah 49:7

Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices. C.S. Lewis [like God's choice of creating all creation & our faith. :) PK]

:) GOD is like COKE...He's the real thing.

However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. 1 Cor. 7:17 That’s how I think of God: infinitely creative and imaginative, waiting to place us in some truly awesome scenarios. Bonnie Lyn Smith

:) We use a really strong sun block when we go to the beach with the kids. It’s SPF 80: You squeeze the tube, and a sweater comes out. Lew Schneider

Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. Heb. 10:17

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble. Author Unknown

:) I told my girlfriend that it looked like she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised. Adam Joshua Smargon, Newark, Delaware

The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6

The purpose of all wars, is peace. Augustine

:) This may be the wine talking, 
but I really, really, really, really love wine. RobinMcCauley


Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. Billy Graham

PEARLS: 12/7/16

REAL: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the Good News to the poor. Isaiah 61:1

CULTURED: Every day can be exciting if we see ourselves as God's secret agents, waiting to sprinkle a little salt on all the lives we encounter. Joyce Merceyr Meyer

:) Which reindeer was known for his bad manners? Rude-olph.

God prospers us not to raise our standard of living, but our standard of giving.
~ PK- Stewardship Corner

Stewardship Thought for the Week

How do we become great as Stewards? Jesus tells us in our Gospel that John was the greatest person ever born! Yet (like us), he had his doubts...even about Jesus! If God can give gifts to John with his shaky faith, He can certainly can give gifts to you and me to share with others!

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