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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent and Happy Christmas! Fourth Sunday of Advent Reflections: Advent is coming to a close and Christmas is at hand. Christmas has twelve days for each one of the Holy Apostles. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we focus on the Virgin Birth of Jesus. St. Joseph the Guardian of Jesus was probably in his 30's and the Virgin Mary was probably 12, 13, 14, or 15, when Jesus was born. During Roman times, age was not a major consideration, when choosing a spouse. In our modern time, the big age difference between Mary and Joseph would be inappropriate and it would be illegal for them to even date each other. However, Mary and Joseph lived...

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The Third Sunday of Advent

Happy Third Sunday of Advent and Happy Christmas! Third Sunday of Advent Reflections: On the Third Sunday of Advent, we remember, that St. John the Baptist was arrested for his bold preaching and baptizing. St. John the Baptist's disciples went and told Jesus, what had happened to their great and interesting teacher and baptizer. St. John the Baptist's disciples wanted to know, if Jesus was the long awaited Messiah or if they should keep looking. Jesus is the Messiah and St. John the Baptist was one of the greatest people to serve Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus warned St. John's disciples, that the Kingdom of Heaven would sadly experience persecution. Sadly the world cannot accept the Message, that...

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The Second Sunday of Advent

Happy Second Sunday of Advent and Happy Christmas! Second Sunday of Advent Reflections: On the Second Sunday of Advent, we remember the ministry of St. John the Baptist and his testimony about Jesus as the coming Messiah. As we will see in a few minutes, St. John the Baptist was a bold and interesting man, who was focused on getting people ready to meet Jesus the Messiah. In the days of St. John the Baptist, Israelites went to be baptized as an outward sign of repentance and their love for Yahweh. After Jesus resurrected from the dead on Easter, Jesus instituted Trinitarian Water Baptism in Matthew 28:18-20, "18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 'All power is given unto...

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First Sunday of Advent

Happy First Sunday of Advent, Happy New Year, and Happy Christmas! First Sunday of Advent Reflections: We have spent a lot of time looking at Christmas and its various themes in two of my other blog posts; "'Angels we Have Hear On High' Angel Statues at JFC" and "The Rising of The Moon Book 2: Faith, Hope, and Love." We even looked at Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans outlawing Christmas in England in the 1600's in "Thanksgiving and the Puritans" and I complained about this rightfully so. Now we need to look at the Season of Advent and in particular the First Sunday of Advent. Advent is the beginning of a New Church Year, so Happy New Year! During the...

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Thanksgiving and the Puritans

Happy Christmas! Thanksgiving and Puritan Reflections: I hate Thanksgiving and the hate the sins and heresies of the Puritans. I have told many of my family members and friends, that I hate Thanksgiving, because I do not like the Pilgrims. Needless-to-say they think, I am crazy. However, I do not care, if they think, I am crazy. It has been said, that an artist cannot create artwork without being a little crazy. Granted there is mental illness craziness and there is creativity, which most "normal" people deem to be craziness. My dislike of Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims are not mainstream views, but neither is my view, that sex belongs 100% inside of a marriage between one man and one woman,...

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