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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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lost and found…

A couple of years ago, we embarked on a trip to the self-declared  “happiest place on earth“.  No, ladies, not Nordstrom, but almost as magical;  Disneyland!

All the fam got together and we headed out to the crazy, expensive theme park.  Who doesn’t love forking over $100 to walk around a crowded area just to be reminded of the obesity statistics?  Nevertheless,  we were here for a good time and a good time we were going to have!

Until…

Until we lost sight of our grandaughter, and had a heart-stopping experience for what seemed like a lifetime.  It’s a take your breath away moment that is still hard for this Nani to talk about.  And it’s happened before…

Luke 2:41-47 “Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival.  When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual.  After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.  His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers.  But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.  When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for Him there.  Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions.”  (NLT)

Ok, let that sink in for a moment.  Joseph and Mary have their party shoes on and are going to a Festival!  They head out with their neighbors, friends and family and begin their journey.  Once they reached Jerusalem the party started.  Not like a fraternity party, but more of a remembering party … remembering their bondage in Egypt and how God brought them out of that bondage.  Once the festival was over, they started back home to Nazareth, which was about 68 miles or roughly a 4 day journey.

Here’s the kicker.  Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem while Mary, Joseph and the neighborhood started home!  And even more surprising is that they didn’t even miss Him until the day was over and Jesus was no where to be found!  Yikes!

Oh, mom’s and dad’s, can you imagine what they were going through?  Hoping that He was with the neighbors or back at the end of the pack, yet not to be found?  If you listen closely you can hear Mary desperately calling out, “Jesus!  Jesus!  Jesus!”  As they frantically run in and out of the caravan, calling out His name,  no one can remember seeing Jesus join the group for the trek home.   Mary and Joseph must have felt such confusion and unbelievable fear.

The scriptures say that three days later they found him in the temple” (vs. 46)  THREE DAYS LATER!  Our little angel was missing for maybe 3 minutes!  Three days must have been heart wrenching!

Once we all split up in the theme park, I was the fortunate one to find her, standing in the middle of a crowd, crying and so very frightened.  I rushed to her and picked her up and we both just stood there weak and crying.  I was whispering in her ear, “Nani will always find you” and it took us a moment before the rest of the family found us and we all kept a much closer eye on her after that!

However, Jesus had been missing for three days and was eventually found by his parents in the temple.  He was sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions.  The group of men sitting and listening to him were mesmerized  at his questions and his answers.  I can picture his parents flinging open the door (if there was a door to fling) and having every emotion available to them, expel at once!

Luke 2:48-50 “His parents didn’t know what to think.  “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us?  Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”  “But why did you search?” he asked.  “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 

Ok.  So not only was he safe and not running around willy-nilly, but he was in CHURCH….ASKING QUESTIONS AND GIVING ANSWERS ABOUT GOD.

This might have upset me a bit because you want to be mad.  You need to be mad, to get your point across.  It was as if Jesus had the power….he had hand“…. (sorry in advance for the example of ‘hand’ but it was all I could think of at the time).  And Jesus says, “Didn’t you know that I had to be here, in my Father’s house?” 

Wow.  Jesus had hand.  The child was teaching the parents. I think we can figure out the tone that Mary used when she confronted her son after not finding him for three days.   And it was uncommon for  jewish women in that day to confront the son, that was the job of the jewish father.  But his answer was interesting.  Jesus stated that he must be in his father’s house!  Jesus is compelled as the Son of God to be in His Father’s house and gives the title Father (quite appropriately) to His heavenly Father, and not his human father.

Mary and Joseph did not have the luxury of reading about their lives in the Bible.  They couldn’t look forward in the next few chapters and know the reality of who Jesus was and what was about to take place.  They reacted as human parents would act.  Fear, frustration, anger and relief.

I am sure that this was not the only lesson Jesus taught his parents.  The next verse says that Jesus went home with his parents and was obedient to them.  I’m glad that was told to us.  It might have seemed that Jesus was being disobedient, but Jesus was going about His Father’s business…..and HE is the Master Teacher because He perfectly embodies the truth He taught.

Jesus has the power.  He has hand.

I am thankful for His power and His hands  in my life.

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having a Mary heart, for all the right reasons…

Don’t you wish people had last names in the Bible?  I used to think that Jesus’s last name was Christ…..and while I am guessing that might be partly true, no one seemed to think that was important…..back in the day.  People were referred to as, Joseph of Arimathea, the rich man who took the body of Jesus and placed him in the tomb.  Then there was John the Baptist, who loved locusts, honey and camping…..(well, he did live in the desert of Judea)…

But today I am talking about Mary.  Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.  The Bible says that Jesus and his  disciples came to a village and Martha opened up their home to them.  Obviously there was a lot to accomplish before the men arrived and Martha began preparing immediately.

Here’s the deal….once Jesus arrived, Mary went in,  sat at His feet and listened to Him speak.  Martha, in the meantime, is cooking, scrubbing, and baking, when she looks up and can’t find her sister.  She immediately went to Jesus and says, “Lord!  Don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her to help me!”  Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed, Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.”

In all Martha’s busyness, she lost sight of the importance of spending time with the Lord.  It wasn’t that she didn’t know what it was to enjoy His company, but she chose a different priority.

Jesus is showing Martha that our relationship with Him is to have first place above all else in life.  Both women expressed their love and care for Jesus through their actions, but Mary chose the better way.

Here are my own thoughts…….If this were today….my sister would immediately begin preparations, and would have a fantastic table set with beautiful flowers, etc!  I, however, would be in the other room, possibly laying on the couch, listening to Jesus….well, mainly hiding from my sister so I wouldn’t have to help!  After holiday meals, my sister was always in the kitchen cleaning while I moved things around on the table and pretended to be busy.  This doesn’t mean that I am “like” Mary…it just reminds me of how lazy I was and how productive my sister is!!  I couldn’t help but start laughing when I was reading this and imagined that (as Mary) I would totally have stuck out my tongue and then given Jesus my wide-eyed, angelic look.

Ooops, that totally took me in a different direction, but the point is that nothing should supersede the believer’s relationship with Christ.  And even while carring out the Lord’s work, we can lose sight of our first priority, which is becoming closer and more intimate with Christ.

I want to have Mary’s heart…..not only because she was able to get out of work….(just kidding, sorta) but Mary had a desire to have a closeness with her Lord.  THAT should be our  number one priority!

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my prayer for Mary…

Oh friends….I have another prayer request that has been weighing on my heart.

Do you remember me talking about my friend Mary?  She was at home and tripped over one of her little dogs and hit her forehead on a table.  She complained for a bit and then told her husband that she was going to Nordstrom (naturally…) to do some shopping.  He tried to persuade her to stay home but she was determined to go anyway.

Mary went to the store and then collapsed.  The paramedics came and took her to the hospital where she immediately had brain surgery.  This was over a month ago and she is finally out of ICU and into a room.  Yesterday my friend, Glenda, and I went to visit her.

This was so very distressing for me….she cannot move, with the exception of her right arm…and that is very slowly.  I believe that she knew who we were but she cannot speak.  We talked to her and I wiped her forehead and face because she was in a deep sweat….and the room was hot.  Glenda had her iPod and we let her listen to music and she began to cry.

This was heart-wrenching because I did not know how to help her.  I believe the music was something she needed to hear and she was moved by the hymns that we played for her.  We stayed for over an hour and when it was time to go, I asked her if I could pray with her.  There was the slightest nod of her head and so I prayed.

I didn’t think that I could handle my emotions, but God gave me the strength to speak on her behalf.  When I finished praying, I almost burst out in tears….she mouthed, “Amen”.

I was so stressed over the situation, that I went home and got sick.  I wish I were stronger but sometimes my emotions decide which way my health is going to go for the day.  Soo….it went south.  Today I’m dealing with a headache, which is nothing compared to what Mary is enduring….

But, my friends, I believe in prayer.  I believe that God can heal Mary and I am asking for some prayer warriors to stand with myself, Glenda and my friend, Mary  and lift her up.  God is so good and gracious and I am just asking for prayers for strength, peace and healing.

Thank you…..from the bottom of my heart.  I will keep you posted on her health…

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what I DON’T know about the catholic faith…

Ok, growing up in the buckle of the southern baptist belt had me a little mis-informed…..There is SOOO much about the catholic faith that I just did not know!

We went to a friends christmas eve mass (yes, Med, on Hoover St) and I got to take pictures of our Sofia, as she was a part of the mass.  She was a ‘bell ringer’.  It’s a VERY important job, as I was later informed, and she did quite well.  But that’s not really why I’m writing….I didn’t realize that Mary was such a……prankster.  (no offense)….but I saw it with my own eyes.

We were at the Coover home and they had set up some chairs in their house to hold a private mass for the family.  We were invited to come and be a part of this tradition and we said, ‘absolutely’.  So we dressed up and walked down to the Coover house.  They had set up an altar and had the grandchildren dressed as Joseph, Mary and the shepherds.  It was great.

The kids did a great job and after the mass we all got up to mingle.  THAT’S when I noticed Mary.  In the corner.

One of the kids had ‘helped’ her find her christmas spirit.

Hmm….Mary had antlers.  I asked one of the guests what was up with Mary and he quickly informed me that it was ‘her’ idea…..and not to tell his parents.  Ok, that would be kinda funny if it were a child … but he is 32 years old and this was his mother and fathers house and I guess every year he does a little ‘something’ with the mother of Jesus…..which made it hysterical to me.  He didn’t mean to offend anyone, he just wanted to mess with his mom and dad.  Gotta love him.  🙂

So….there you have it.  These Arizona Catholics are quite the little hooligans.  Since I’ve still got some baptist roots, I made sure not to stand too close to anyone so nobody thought we were dancing.  (Big no no)

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve and a magical christmas morning!!!

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mary did you know??

Is it possible to watch this video without shedding a tear?  Hmm…don’t think so

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