Archive for December, 2014



10885618_10152587642986452_956576445796130577_nRight up on Hwy 146 (on the left by Dillon’s Drive Through/Eat in Restaurant, you’ll see the sign) is the NEW Studio Bobbie.

Just opened and all is brand new:

“We are looking for Stylists to fill our chairs!!! We offer a very competitive booth rental price that we believe is to good to pass up! Contact us to set up an appointment to check out the salon and discuss all that we have to offer!”

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We try to select the very best for you.  Time is spent searching and researching.  On this glorious time of year, we have chosen the Vocal Group, Pentatonix, to escort us into the Celebration!  We have also included an easy read Christmas Story for us to read on Christmas Morning.  REALLY Celebrate the Birth of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God.

 The Birth of Jesus

Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

An Angel Visits Mary

An Angel Visits Mary
The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (TNIV)

One day about 2,000 years ago an angel named Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish woman named Mary. Gabriel told Mary she would have a son, Jesus, who would be the Son of God! Mary was confused and worried about this sudden news, but she had faith in God and said, “I am the Lord’s servant; let it be as you say.”

Journey to Bethlehem

Mary and her husband-to-be, Joseph, lived in a town called Nazareth. But they had to travel to the city of Bethlehem to register for a census ordered by the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus. Both Nazareth and Bethlehem are in the country now called Israel. It is about 65 miles (105 km) from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and the trip probably took them several days.

When Joseph and Mary got to Bethlehem, there was no place for them to stay because the inn was already full. They ended up spending the night in a stable, a place where animals were kept. There was probably fresh hay on the floor that they used for beds.

That night, Jesus was born. There was no crib, so they laid baby Jesus in a manger, a feeding trough for animals. The manger probably had fresh hay in it and made a nice bed for the baby.

Shepherds Visit Jesus

Shepherds Visit Jesus
Jesus was born in a stable and laid to sleep in a manger. The shepherds came to see firsthand the things the angel had told them.

That night, some shepherds were in the fields near Bethlehem, keeping watch over their flocks of sheep. An angel appeared to them and gave them the good news that a Savior, the Messiah, had been born. The angel told the shepherds they could find Jesus lying in a manger. Suddenly a whole group of angels appeared saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds hurried into Bethlehem and found Jesus in the manger, just as the angel had told them. After they had seen Jesus, they spread the news, and everyone who heard was in awe.

Wise Men Visit Jesus

Wise Men Visit Jesus
Wise men from the East came to worship Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Some time later, wise men, or magi, from eastern countries saw a star in the sky that signaled the birth of a new king. They came to Judea, the region around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to worship Jesus, the new king.

A man named Herod was the king of Judea. He called the wise men to a meeting and told them to find the new king so he could go and worship him, too.

The wise men continued on to Bethlehem and followed the star until it was directly above the house where Jesus was. They found Mary and Jesus in the house and knelt down to worship Him. They brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, some of the finest things in the ancient world. Frankincense was burned to make a sweet smell, and myrrh was an expensive perfume.

After visiting Jesus, the wise men had a dream that warned them not to go back to King Herod, so they took a different route home.

Journey to Egypt

King Herod lied when he told the wise men he wanted to worship Jesus. He was afraid this new “king” would replace him as king of Judea. He did not understand that Jesus would grow up to be king of God’s spiritual kingdom, not king of Judea.

What Herod really wanted was to find Jesus and kill Him! Herod was furious when he realized the wise men had not come back to tell him where to find Jesus. He sent his soldiers to Bethlehem to kill all the children under two years old, thinking Jesus would certainly be one of the ones killed.

But God had told Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt. Joseph took Mary and Jesus to live in Egypt where they would be safe from Herod. Joseph, Mary and Jesus stayed in Egypt until Herod had died, and then they returned to Nazareth.


Everyone is our community knows Simple Simons and the owners, Mary and Dennis Demura.  Simple Simons is always there at events for our communities to supply their wonderful gourmet pizzas, sometimes free of charge.  They try to back 2626001_1418707983.189_funddescriptionevery event they can.  They are members of Family Fellowship in Old River-Winfree and are good God-Fearing and praying people.

Mary’s mother, Georgia Fowlkes has been diagnosed with CLL/SLL which is 2 types of cancer. First one is in her bone marrow and other is in  her lymph nodes.

As you can see, she is up in age a bit, but young in spirit.  Mary looks a lot like her, doesn’t she?  Georgia is a blessing to her family and friends.  They have been told with proper treatment she can expect to survive.  

We all know the treatment is expensive with chemo and weekly doctor visit, and, frankly medical insurance doesn’t cover to the full extent.

In this case Georgia will be paying 20% of all expenses and her medical insurance pays 80%.  Of course, she is immensely worried.  At the age she is, this won’t help her fight the cancer in her body.

Social Security is not enough and the bills are piling up.

Please help by dropping by the Bake Sales or going to http://www.gofundme.com/hjmv2s

Help us make Georgia Smile!


After writing of how Mont Belvieu’s Manger scene touches us all, I found myself at work listening to the Christian Radio Station KSBJ, as I do every day, and on came a song I had heard so many times and loved the melody so much.  

But this Christian Band, Cloverton, had rewritten the lyrics and made it into a Christmas song.  A song about the REAL meaning of Christmas.  It moved me so much, I wanted to share it with you, my readers, in prayer and hope that it would affect you as much as it did me.

Just a little background first or go straight to the video below and listen to this song that brought tears to my eyes.  The lyrics are below the video.

Funny, all of this started with the Manger Scene in Mont Belvieu!

The song Halleluhah was written by a Canadian named Leonard Cohen prior to his 1984 release.  This work received little success until John Cale and then Jeff Buckley sang it.  Buckley’s version is the most enduringly popular and critically acclaimed rendition of the song to date.

It is written that Cohen labored for years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.

5525063The Christian Band, CLOVERTON,  recently released Halleluhah as a Christmas song tilted, “A Hallelujah Christmas.” For the song, the band changed the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and turned it in to a beautiful holiday rendition that speaks of the miraculous birth of Jesus. “We’d actually been covering Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in some worship settings for a year or two.

We had re-written the lyrics for the song and people often asked us if we had a recording of that version,” Lance explains. “So, we decided to re-write the song to tell the Christmas story…with an ending that we often don’t think about at Christmas. The entire celebration of Christmas has no purpose without the eventuality of the cross. As for using Leonard Cohen’s melody…it is such a beautiful melody and we wanted the “Hallelujahs” to really mean something when we sing them. It’s almost like these Hallelujahs have been floating around trying to find the write story to attach themselves to. We think that pairing them up with the story of Jesus couldn’t be a more perfect fit.”

“God created everything. He created each of us. He created our voices. He created our ears, our emotions, our tastes, our creative spirits. Each of these is related to music, whether it’s enjoying it or creating it. There are thousands of artists out there creating, writing, and adding to the musical conversation daily. We want to reclaim music as a spiritual act. We want to reclaim the creative inspiration that God gives so that music trends and limits are set and pushed from a sacred outlet and not just a secular one. Music is a great common ground that crosses generations and cultures. We want to shed light on His truths while reaching people creatively with melodies that seem familiar and songs that touch souls. We are messengers, hoping to creatively communicate the truth of God’s word and love for us.” 

Next week we celebrate the birth of the Only Son of God who left GLORY and was born on earth of a virgin.  Celebrate this and let your heart fill with love for the LOVINGKINDESS of the One and Only God. 

I invite you to Renew Your Spirit, maybe even a little, by listening to this song thinking on the meaning of Christmas.  (You will find the people at the little coffee shop where they are texting on their phones and talking.  By the end they are singing along)

 

The Lyrics:

I’ve heard about this baby boy
Who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah


baby-jesusMany of us leave the comfort of our homes very, very early in the morning to journey, yet again, toward our place of work.  Many of us drive down FM 565 N heading through the town of Mont Belvieu toward Highway 146 and points beyond.

During this time of year, when we are deluged by “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”; Elf on the Shelf; Olaf, etc; Mont Belvieu with dignity, grace, and the quietness of determination, erects in a prominent corner of the City Hall Complex, a lighted Nativity Scene that honors and draws attention to the real reason for this season.

Fittingly it is in front and stands vigil over the Vietnam Veterans Wall put up so many years ago.

The light of the Nativity Scene with Joseph, Mary, and the Blessed Baby Jesus brings a comfort to all that pass; it brings our hearts away from the commercialized Christmas we have today.   It tells our soul to the stop and think on what we are really supposed to be rejoicing about, right there in front of us: The Birth of the Most High King, sent by the One God, our Heavenly Father, to, decades later, literally die for our sins.

Now, Mont Belvieu does have a “nod” to sleigh and presents, but it is over to the side and not a place of prominence.

The people of Mont Belvieu should be proud of the town they live in and support.  You should thank your city officials for what people who don’t even live in this small town feel when that pass by the “lights.

May God Bless the City of Mont Belvieu and those that live there.  You are blessing a whole community of people you don’t even know.

Amen!

 

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