Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Please post your Christmas wishes to each other and your thoughts regarding the holiday here instead of in the "regular" threads.

I offer you
this and my apologies to Clement Moore.

Merry Christmas!



Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas everyone.

Anonymous said...

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

May God bless each of us with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and give us His wisdom as we seek to do His will.

Merry Christmas to each of you amd your families in the true spirit of the season.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas from the "mjm" family! We love you all with the love of the Lord

allofgrace said...

Merry Christmas to all my brothers and sisters in Christ. God's richest blessings to you.

dewaynehartsoe said...

I want to wish everyone who reads this blog a Very Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year.

Remember Jesus Loves YOU and ME.

Anonymous said...

I would like to wish everyone a most Merry Christmas. I am so thankful that God had us in mind when He sent His Only Son. Even today, as back then, people do not have room for Him. May we all have our hearts open to His precious love and grace. May you and your family experience the best Christmas ever!


CH said...

Grace and peace to each of you. May the Christ of Christmas be with you and yours!

phil413 said...

May God richly bless you and your families.
Merry Christmas,
David Matlock

Tim said...

Merry Christmas to all.
May Christ be manifest to all and in all.
Tim Coggins

choice_is_yours said...

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:10 Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


Unknown said...

Merry Christmas to all of you! I am so glad God brought all of you into my life even though this tough time in our spiritual lives. I have grown so much through knowing and learning from you. I was wonderful to see a lot of you this morning and I really felt "homey" today. God bless you and all your families.


Karen Marshall

Bellevue Friend said...


Aren't you glad that God cared enough to send the very best! Jesus, our friend our Savior, our Lord!

God's richest blessing's upon you!

Remember God is Love, and Jesus is Wonderful!

cjesusnme said...

Merry CHRISTmas to each and everyone of you! I pray that God blesses each one of you in a very special way! I am so happy to share the love of our Lord Jesus with all of my brothers and sisters in Christ!!

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

I took this from Janet Parshall's newsletter this week, but it describes my thoughts as well.

Scripture tells us in Luke: Chapter 2, “…and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
May we make this familiar passage the focus of our prayer request this week. No matter where we are this Christmas season, may we praise Him; giving Him the Glory in all that we do and all that we say. Peace on earth can only come from changed hearts, and changed hearts; ultimately, can only be changed by the love and truth of our Lord and Savior.

I wish you each a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

"He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute."
Augustine , Bishop, Theologian, Author, Church Reformer, 354-430 A.D.


Anonymous said...

I hope you all have a Jesus-filled Christmas !!!


chazzo said...

Merry Christmas to all, and thanks for this forum. Regular poster, first time visiter, lurker, troll and even Ace. Merry Christmas all!!

The banter here actually aids transparency. So thanks to all who
keep us focused by showing that there are no one sided pancakes (ar).
Charlie, Mary Barrett and Lonnie

Anonymous said...

May the love of God and our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your families this year and forever.

Be confident of this, that he which has begun the good work in you will continue to perform it until the day of Christ Jesus!

May He continue His works in and through us for the world to see!


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Anonymous said...


What a great poem!!! I believe that you could have a future in poem writing!!!

I am concerned, tho, that having THAT much time on your hands that santie might have brought you a lump of coal!!! ( grin)

Take care and Merry Christmas.

Custos said...

Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls! Merry Christmas you wonderful ol' Bailey Building and Loan!

Anonymous said...

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25 NIV

Anonymous said...

Your poem was great...thanks!! (BTW, iflyaway is definitely a she.)

New BBC Open Forum said...

Reposted from last thread:

telos said...


Away in the manger,
Far away from the pine tree,
Lies a promise, not cool aide or polluted ice tea.

As we all sin and add to the blog,
The administration scrapes another ad hoc.

Is there hope for future?
Are we perverted like the pine tree?
Will it be Dr. Spradlin who falls from the tactics of Ali?

As this day is finished,
As we begin again to blog,
Please bless our Pastor who is mired in the fog.

Is this all trivial when compared to the cross?
Or is this the outburst of those suffering from loss?
As the Spirit comes upon us, when the Biblical standard is clear
It is Jesus we think of not any men or reindeer.

Merry Christmas!

9:46 PM, December 25, 2006

allofgrace said...

Not sure where that's going, but thanks...I think

9:51 PM, December 25, 2006

Anonymous said...

I am not from Bellevue but as a member of the Body of Christ, I am standing with those who see truth.

You know why this blog is needed? Because you are not getting all the information from your leadership. They are not forthcoming which leads to speculation which your detractors call rumors. It is a natural progression when there is deception, hidden sin, abuse of authority, loyalty letters, etc. They are compounding the problem...and for what? To what end? Power?

What is blowing me away the most is the lack of understanding about Matthew 18. It does not apply to public sin. (Yes, pedophila is a public sin even when sodomizing your own son at home. As a matter of fact, that is a felony)Make that double whammy if you are a "Minister' of Prayer. Matthew 18 does not apply here. Period. Those arguing it does, do not know scripture or are twisting it for their own benefit.

Apostle Paul rebuked Peter publicly without addressing him privately first. And it was not for pedophila. :o)

We have had that public rebuke in writing for the last 2000 years. There are other examples if someone cares enough to read scripture.

Note: Matthew 18 DOES apply to pastors for private offenses. So he is not off the hook. The difference is public sin.

Also, Paul tells the Corinthian church to kick the immoral man out so that he may eventually be saved. Doesn't anyone care about Paul Williams eternal life? Enabling sin by treating this as mistake or 'repented of sin'is not going to help him.

He is unrepentant. How do I know this? Because he is an 'elder' who has been hiding sin for 17 years. (See Titus, Timothy and James)

If he were really saved, he would have confessed 17 years ago and been accountable. It is that simple. We are talking 'elder' (minister) here. (We really are dumbing down sin these days, aren't we)

Repentance is NOT words. It is action...a turning away from sin, a change of heart. Unfortuantly, this means that it may take years for us to conclude that real repentance took place. Of course, the Lord knows but that does not mean the pedophile should be reinstated. Would you reinstate a finance minister who embezzeled money? No? Why? The temptation is too great.

But, still, as a minister, who is a sodomizer, he should know better. He is Minister of Prayer, right? But that does not mean he is saved. Read Hebrews 10 and pay close attention to verse 26. This should scare us all. But, it should bring Paul Williams to his knees in trembling fear. Gaines, and all the leaders, too.

Folks, don't ever assume your leaders know and follow scripture. We must know scripture very well so we can spot the 'counterfeit' right away.

What on earth does Gaines Gain? (pun intended) Power?

There is no unity unless it is founded on truth. Don't let Gaines 'Warrenize' you to believe it is about forgiveness and relationships. If he loved Williams, he would have fired him immediately and let Williams finally depend on God. And everyone can forgive Williams as he goes through repentance and sanctification.

The words 'Grace' and 'Love' are tossed around so freely these days. (Quoting your pastor on this issue) What they really mean are tolerance and acceptance of sin.

You know, God is so Holy that He cannot even look at sin. He decimated a whole city named Sodom over this sin. Which is why we call that particular sin that name. Did Jesus change the consequences of sin? Only if we REPENT and believe can we be forgiven.

Williams must go so he can be saved. Gaines must step down because he shows no understanding of scripture and has covered up a crime. Even the leaders who agree with Gaines should go. They can start their own church using their new Bible they have written.

My prayers go with all of you.

allofgrace said...


MOM4 said...

Your words are spoken with scriptural insight. It is a blessing to hear the truth of God's Word.
Thank you!

CH said...


Amen. Thank you.

Custos said...


Thank you for your comments. I would like to clarify that Matt 18 was used because of some private encounters with the pastor first. It hasn't been leveraged to deal with public issues--at least not to my knowledge.

You're right, now that there are things in the open that need to be dealt with, they need to be dealt with publically.

Thank you for your concern about another part of the Body of Christ, and thanks also for your taking the time to write.

Best wishes,