By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », Jr.
Dec 24, 2014 (7 pm, Sambang Gabi)
Tonight is the last night of our Sambang Gabi or vigil for the adventThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of Jesus613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ». We prepared for this season, we prepared or brought food, and snacks. We prepared our liturgies and messages. We prepared our sanctuary, sound systems, musicA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » instruments, kitchen, dining hall and our schoolThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... ». We invitedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » guests, singers and preachers. We labor and we worried. Despite all these things we are joyful and we hope to repeat this next year.
We thankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » all brethren who gave timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », treasures and talentsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » just to make sure our daily Sambang Gabi were successful.
If we were busy in preparing for the advent, 2000 years ago the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » was also busy for the registration of all subjects of Caesar“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » Augustus.
I. The Registration During the Time of Caesar Augustus
Luke 2:1-5 says, “Now in those days an order was published by Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be registered. This was the first registration taken while Quirinius was governorMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of Syria. So all the people went to their hometowns to be registered. JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... », too, went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was a descendant of the household and familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of David. He went there to be registered with MaryLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », who had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnantThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... ».”
That registration was decreed with a view to the assessment of a tax.
II. The BirthYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of Jesus
During this time that the couple, Joseph and Mary, went to Bethlehem. “While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby, and she gave birth to her first child, a sonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... ». She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feedingPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » trough, because there was no placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » for them in the guestWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » quarters” (Luke 2:6-7).
When I was reading this passage I was wondering how did Mary giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » birth to baby Jesus? What position? Was there any midwife or who served as midwife? Do you think Joseph did it?
In my research I found out that womenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » gave birth in a standing, kneeling or squatting position (probably a combination of these as the birth progressed. They used brightly painted birthing bricks to stand or kneel on over a scooped out hole, or they sat on a birth-stool/chair. In the Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » world there were special birthing chairs with a U-shaped hole in the seat and supports for the feet and back, and wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... »-to-do Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » women in the later biblical period would have used these too.
For sure Mary had no birthing bricks or birthing chair when she delivered the baby Jesus.
As soon as a baby was born, usually it was washed by the midwife. She used items that may seem strange to the modern reader: olive oil“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », salt, warm waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », and sometimes diluted wineThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... ». Each ingredient had a purpose: the salt and wine had antiseptic qualities; the water melted and diluted them; and the oil was soothing to the baby’s skin.
Immediately after this cleansing, the baby was wrapped in coarsely woven linen strips. In our passage today mentioned that Mary wrapped her newborn baby son in bands of cloth. This was normal practice in that time (www.womeninthebible.net/childbirth.htm).
In the birth of Jesus, Mary suffered to deliver him, and the baby Jesus did not experience the comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of his birth.
III. The AngelJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » Announces the Birth of Jesus
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night. An angel of the LordCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » appeared to them, and the gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Then the angel told them, “Stop being afraid! ListenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... »! I am bringing you good newsYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of great joy for all the people. Today your SaviorThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... », the Lord MessiahThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... », was born in the city of David. And this will be a signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a mangerThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... ».” (Luke 2:8-12).
In the GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » of Luke, the evangelist gave priority to the shepherds. The angel announced the goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds in the fields.
While the shepherds were listeningGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to the angel, more angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » came and praising GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... », “Glory to God in the highest, and peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » to people who enjoy his favor!” (Luke 2:13-14).
In the first stanza of the angels’ song there are two secret of peacefulThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... »: (1) Give Glory to God; (2) Enjoy God’s favor by serving him.
J.S. Bach said, “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hub-bub.”
He headed his compositions: “J.J.” “Jesus Juva” which means “Jesus help me.”
He ended them “S.D.G.” “Soli DeiCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » gratia” which means “To God alone the praisePGF the Lord!. Read more ... »” (KingdomThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » Conflict, J. Stowell, Victor, 1985, p. 77ff.).
During this ChristmasThe Three Magi and The Greatest Gift We Never Knew. Read more ... » season, it’s high time to give glory to God and to serve him with great joy.