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21 questions about THE Christmas story, care to take the quiz?

untitled Do you know the Christmas story?  Are you sure?

We think we know since we’ve been told the story since we were little.  However, we might be surprised at some of the answers!

Take the quiz and see how YOU do!  Click HERE for the answers.  Feel free to print this out to stump your Sunday School class, Bible Study group or family!

1. Joseph was originally from… (Luke 2:3)
A. Bethlehem
B. Nazareth
C. Hebron
D. Jerusalem
E. None of the above

2. What does the Bible say that the Innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph? (Luke 2:7)
A. “There is no room in the inn.”
B. “I have a stable you can use.”
C. “Come back later and I should have some vacancies.”
D. Both A and B
E. None of the above

3. A manger is a…
A. Stable for domestic animals
B. Wooden hay storage bin
C. Feeding trough
D. Barn

4. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus’ birth?
A. Cows, sheep, goats
B. Cows, Donkeys, goats
C. Sheep and goats only
D. Miscellaneous barnyard animals
E. None of the above

5. Who saw the star in the east?
A. Shepherds
B. Mary and Joseph
C. Three Kings
D. Both A and C
E. None of the above

6. According to the Bible, how did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem?
A. Camel
B. Donkey
C. Walked
D. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
E. Horse-drawn chariot
F. Who knows?

7. How many angels spoke to the shepherds? (Luke 2:10)
A. One
B. Three
C. Multitude
D. None of the above

8. What did the angels say/sing? (Luke 2:14)
A. “Glory to God in the highest, etc.”
B. “Alleluia”
C. “Unto us a child is born, Unto us a son is given”
D. “Joy the world, the Lord is come”
E. “Glory to the newborn King”

9. What is a heavenly host?
A. The angel at the gate of heaven
B. The angel who serves refreshments in heaven
C. An angel choir
D. An angel army
E. None of the above

10. There was snow that first Christmas…
A. Only in Bethlehem
B. All over Israel
C. Nowhere in Israel
D. Somewhere in Israel

11. What is Frankincense?
A. A precious metal
B. A precious fabric
C. A precious perfume
D. None of the above

12. In Matthew, what does “wise men” or “Magi” refer to?
A. Men of the educated class
B. Eastern Kings
C. Men who studied the stars
D. Sages

13. What is Myrrh?
A. Middle Eastern Money
B. A drink
C. An easily shaped metal
D. A spice used for burying people
E. None of the above

14. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
A. 3
B. 6
C. 9
D. 12
E. We don’t know.

15. Where did the wise men find Jesus? (Matthew 2:11)
A. In a manger
B. In a stable
C. In Nazareth
D. In Saudi Arabia
E. In a house
F. None of the above

16. When the wise men found Jesus he was… (Matthew 2:11)
A. A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes
B. A young child
C. A boy in the temple
D. A grown man

17. The “star in the east” that the wise men followed… (Matthew 2:9)
A. Stayed in the same place their entire journey
B. Disappeared and reappeared
C. Moved ahead of them and stopped over the place where Jesus was
D. Was just a mirage
E. None of the above

18. The wise men stopped in Jerusalem… (Matthew 2:2)
A. To inform Herod about Jesus
B. To find out where Jesus was
C. To ask about the star
D. To buy presents
E. None of the above

19. Where do we find the Christmas story?
A. Matthew
B. Mark
C. Luke
D. John
E. All of the above
F. Only A and B
G. Only A and C
H. Only A, B, and C

20. When Joseph found Mary was pregnant, what happened?
A. They got married
B. Joseph wanted to break the engagement
C. Mary left town for three months
D. A and B
E. B and C

21. Who told (made) Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem? (Luke 2:1-5)
A. The angel chorus
B. Mary’s mother
C. Herod
D. The shepherds
E. Caesar Augustus

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWERS AND ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM RAY PRITCHARD

Reprinted from Keep Believing Ministries and David Langerfeld, Associate Pastor of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. 

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Merry Christmas to all!!!

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December 23, 2012 · 8:29 am

mistletoe curing cancer? is it almost christmas??

mistletoe bunch

When you think of Mistletoe, do you think of cancer?  No?  Well, this might change your mind!

You can certainly find mistletoe in the United States, but it’s the species found in Europe that is being used in treatment for cancer, inflammatory conditions and AIDS.

Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian Swiss physician, first used this in 1920 and founded the Society for Cancer Research.  The leaves and  twigs are used when making this herbal extract,  but not the berries, so replace your centerpiece.

mistletoe

The mistletoe preparations are used to stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and help to reduce tumor size.  It’s also been said to reduce the pain and side effects of chemotherapy in some cancer patients.

A typical course can last several months to a year.  The doses are increased according to the patient’s condition.  Usually given by injection, it can also be given orally depending on the particular cancer.

“Mistletoe extracts are promoted as a remedy for numerous types of cancer, including cancer of the cervix, ovaries, breast, stomach, colon, lung, and as a treatment for leukemia, sarcoma, and lymphoma.

Promoters also claim mistletoe can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, relax spasms, and relieve symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. It is further claimed to have sedative effects and is promoted to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy”, says Cancer.org.

Bottom line:  Is this in your backyard?  No, but I was able to find a list of doctors that are currently using this form of treatment!

Sources:

http://www.cancure.org/iscador_mistletoe.htm

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/mistletoe

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back in the day…

Remember Montgomery Ward’s?  Of course, when we were younger we called it Monkey Ward’s…. and don’t ask me why, just a silliness, I suppose.

Well, according to the Montgomery Ward’s 1934 Christmas Catalog, you could make some pretty good deals purchasing items from their store. What woman can resist a pair of shoes for $1.77, and who knew they had baby chicks??

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twas the day AFTER christmas….

‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house,
Every creature was hurtin’, even the mouse.
The toys were all broken, their batteries dead;
 Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.
Wrapping and ribbons just covered the floor, while
Upstairs the family continued to snore.
And I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans,
 I went into the kitchen and started to clean.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
 Tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
\But a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.
The driver was smiling, so lively and grand;
 The patch on his jacket said “U.S. POSTMAN.”
With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox
Then quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox.
Bill after bill, after bill, they still came.
Whistling and shouting he called them by name:
“Now Dillard’s, now Broadway’s, now Penny’s and Sears
Here’s Robinson’s, Levitz’s and Target and Lears!
To the tip of your limit, every store, every mall,
 Now charge away–charge away–charge away all!”
He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work.
He filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.
 He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road,
Driving much faster with just half a load.
 Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,
 “Enjoy what you got. . . . . .you’ll be paying all year!”

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the new naughty list….

  Mercy me…..it is quite the problemo finding  healthy food alternatives during the holidays.  I also know that staying on a healthy eating plan requires GREAT WILLPOWER……… but C’MON…,……..it’s pumpkin pie!!!  I love pumpkin pie!  Yeah, and there is a lot of other foods I love during the holidays that like to ‘stay with me’ until spring.  You know, the joy and merriment of a huge beehind?  Not too joyful, I say.

So…what’s a girl to do?  Don’t fret.  I found several ideas that just might help you NOT fall into the holiday food trap.

I found these good tips on www.webmd.com……….

  • Keep up your regular physical activity and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of the party or event. NO excuses!
  • Be super-diligent on non-party days by sticking closely to your eating plan.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before leaving for the party. This helps to take the edge off of your appetite and gives you willpower to resist hors d’oeuvres, saving your calories for the meal.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish, one you know you can enjoy without lots of extra calories.
  • Buy yourself a fabulous holiday outfit that makes you look great and celebrates your recent weight loss. Basic solid colors with clean lines are the most flattering.
  • Ladies, carry a clutch handbag that will keep one hand occupied, reducing the urge to nibble.
  • Ladies and gents, wear a comfortable yet tight outfit that will not allow you to overindulge.
  • Watch your alcohol calories — they add up fast. Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-calorie beverages such as sparkling water.
  • Look over all the food offerings before you decide what you are going to eat. If there are foods that you love but know are decadently rich, just sample a tasting portion.
  • Use a smaller plate (the dessert plate is good). This tip can help you reduce the total amount you eat as long as you don’t go back for seconds.
  • Eat slowly and savor every bite.
  • Don’t linger around the food table! Move to another location that is less tempting.
  • Always sit down while you eat.
  • Portion control and moderation are the keys to success.

This year, start a tradition on the morning of each holiday. Get the whole clan up early for a bike ride or walk in the woods before you sit down to that scrumptious meal and day of football games. And remember, social gatherings during the holidays are a time to embrace and give thanks for our family and friends. Spend less time focused on food and more time enjoying the camaraderie of your loved ones.

And if you decide to totally disregard your eating plan, well, that’s fine for ONE special occasion! Just brush yourself off the next morning and get right back into your exercise and healthy eating routine.

Remember: Holiday time does not need to be synonymous with weight gain. Make this your year not to gain those few extra pounds that you adamantly proclaim to lose on New Year’s Day.

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seriously…are you going to drink that??

 Oh, it’s on us now….the HOLIDAY parties are here!!  Are you ready?  Do you know what is in that drink you’re holding?  Hmmm?? 

I didn’t think so….that’s why I’m here.  Now you can feel really guilty about your next indulgence…

1. Peppermint Mocha (coffeehouse…which is code for Starbucks), made with whole milk and whipped cream.

Per 16-ounce serving:

470 calories

61 g carbohydrate

22 g fat

13 g saturated fat

80 mg cholosterol

2. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino  (coffeehouse), made with pumpkin spice flavors, milk, ice, and whipped cream.

Per 16-ounce serving:

470 calories

74 g carbohydrate

13 g fat

7 g saturated fat

50 mg cholesterol

3. Hot Buttered Rummade with butter, brown sugar, spices, whipped cream, and rum.  (Note: The name pretty much says it all. On average, one cup of hot buttered rum contains two tablespoons of butter. (For those counting, the butter alone adds 200 calories and 36 grams of fat to the drink.)

Per serving:

418 calories

35 g carbohydrate

17 g fat

11 g saturated fat

51 mg cholesterol

4. Pumpkin Spice Latte  (coffeehouse),made with pumpkin spice flavors, espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream.

Per 16-ounce serving:

410 calories

51 g carbohydrate

17 g fat

10 g saturated fat

55 mg cholesterol

5. Margaritamade with limeade, tequila, triple sec, and ice.

Per serving (about 9 ounces, not including ice):

408 calories

25 g carbohydrate

0 g fat

0 g saturated fat

0 mg cholesterol

6. White Russianmade with vodka, coffee liqueur, and 1 1/2 ounces liquid light whipping cream.

Per serving:

355 calories (or 286 if you use half-and-half instead of whipping cream)

14 g carbohydrate

13 g fat (5 if using half-and-half)

8 g saturated fat (3 if using half-and-half)

47 mg cholesterol (16 with half-and-half)

7. Eggnog  (regular store-bought, not including any added liquor)  Eggnog isn’t the friendliest diet drink for holiday celebrations. It’s full of booze, eggs, sugar, and full-fat dairy. And, if it’s store bought, it probably has a nice helping of corn syrup in it too.

Per 1-cup serving: 350 calories

34 g carbohydrate

19 g fat

11 g saturated fat

149 mg cholesterol

8. Hot Chocolate  (coffeehouse), made with steamed milk, mocha syrup, vanilla syrup, and whipped cream)

Per 12-ounce serving:

320 calories

38 g carbohydrate

16 g fat

9 g saturated fat

50 mg cholesterol

9. Mud Slide,  made with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish cream, and half-and-half.

Per 4-ounce serving:

295 calories

20 g carbohydrate

8 g fat

5 g saturated fat

15 mg cholesterol

10. Brandy Alexander,  made with brandy, dark creme de cacao, and half-and-half.

Per 4-ounce serving:

246 calories

8 g carbohydrate

9 g fat

6 g saturated fat

20 mg cholesterol

I don’t have to worry about the alcohol for myself, since I don’t drink, however…..who doesn’t love hot chocolate?  Who doesn’t love eggnog?  Ok, not everyone likes eggnog, but it’s easy to let empty calories sneak up on you.  Starbucks and other coffee houses do offer lighter versions of the regular, but remember…you might still be looking at 200 calories.  It can add up fast!!

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