FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We send out Christmas greetings to friends and family near and far, we put up the tree in hopes Santa will arrive, but most of all we take the time to thank God for His Son. Kate Summers | Christmas Greetings And so, seven hundred years before the Wise Men gave, before the angels sang, and before the shepherds arrived, Isaiah explains for us in wonderful detail what Christmas is all about. Daniel Akin | Christmas Messages Christmas is for everyone, adults and children alike. Allow this season fill your heart, and let go of the things you dislike. Julie Hebert | Christmas Poems When we remember a special Christmas, it is not the presents that made it special, but the laughter, the feeling of love, and the togetherness of friends and family that made that Christmas special. Catherine Pulsifer | Family Some countries don’t celebrate Christmas, but everyone welcomes in the New Year, even if it’s on different dates. Paul K Stevens, Vintage New Year: Cards, Customs, Quotes, Poems, Myths and Legends | New Year Quotes I have come to discover material gifts aren’t the important things of Christmas. I learned this through an experience even as a young child. I now know relationships, traditions, and the greatest gift of all – Jesus, are the important gifts to treasure. Charlotte Holt, Christmas Traditions and Memories | Memory God’s love is a gift beyond measure that surrounds us and covers us when the fire of life rains down. It is God’s love and the very reason for the season we call Christmas – or it should be. Mary Southerland | Let God Guide You With the passage of time and increased maturity, our excitement regarding Christmas may change. But our reason for celebrating grows deeper and more meaningful as our focus shifts from gifts to Christ. Now the tree reminds us of the tree Jesus died on to pay for our sins. The lights testify that He is the Light of the World, and the gifts are a mere shadow of the greatest gift ever given – Jesus Christ. Charles Stanley | Quotes about Change I will live this day as if it were Christmas. I will be a giver of gifts and deliver to my enemies the gift of forgiveness; my opponents, tolerance; my friends, a smile; my children, a good example, and every gift will be wrapped with unconditional love. Og Mandino, Mission: Success: A Breathtaking Personal Message of Hope and Happiness for a Successful Life | Love December days . . . as Christmas time draws near; brings family warmth, and friendship’s joyful cheer, from memory’s store so many days to bless and cherish so in quiet thankfulness. Johm McLeod | Inspirational Poems I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem! Luke 2:10 -11 | Joy Advent is a season of wise women and men following the example of Jesus and thereby constructing a spiritual life on solid principles. Robert F. Morneau, Fathoming Bethlehem | Wise It amazes me that something that happened over 2000 years ago is still recognized today. The birth of Jesus Christ – the reason for Christmas. May we always be inspired and may we always recognize that this miracle is the reason for our celebrations. Catherine Pulsifer | Inspirational Quotes Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day. Helen Steiner Rice | Peace I don’t want a Christmas you can buy. I don’t want a Christmas you can make. What I want is a Christmas you can hold. A Christmas that holds me, remakes me, revives me. I want a Christmas that whispers, Jesus. Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift | Wish And at this Christmas season, when we pause to reflect on the Incarnation of Christ – that is, of God becoming human in Jesus – we reemphasize that Jesus Christ should remain central to the celebration. Melvin Banks Sr. | Focus We don’t need more parties, or decorations, or gifts, or worries, or expectations to be added to Christmas. What we really need is some grace. For ourselves and others. And we need to love people. Susanna Foth Aughtmon, Mornings with Jesus | Worry Don’t be like the religious leaders who were more concerned with tradition. Follow the example of the wise men, and seek God this Christmas. It’s the reason we celebrate Christmas – God wants to connect with you! Rick Warren | Example Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. Washington Irving | Christmas Brings Memories Flooding Back What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. Agnes M. Pharo | Future Anyone familiar with the Christmas Story itself will also understand that Mary was happily married to Joseph and that the willing took on the role of caregiver for Jesus. Sarah Lawrence, Mary Mother Of Jesus: Understanding Mary a Bit Closer | Happy After all, isn’t Christmas the beginning of our hope? It is the celebration of God becoming man and taking on the ‘form of a servant’ so that he could ultimately give His life for us. Dr. David Jeremiah | Believe The angels’ visit to the shepherds became the first Christmas celebration. It’s as though heaven and earth were celebrating it together, as though a portal to glory had been opened up. Greg Laurie | Angel Smiling On You Christmas can’t be bought from a store . . . Maybe Christmas means a little bit more. Dr.Seuss | Appreciation Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. Corrie Ten Boom | Faith The love we feel, that sense of joy for the Christmas Miracle, the Baby Boy will not wither, break or fade for it’s a promise that God has made. Susan J. Ellis, Christmas Reflections Thru the Years: My Christmas Greetings | Trust As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21 (NLT) | Angel There is a new spiritual energy to the beginning of Advent. It has little to do with the countdown of shopping days to Christmas. It has to do with Advent’s intrinsic, embedded hope of a new life, a changed life, in Christ. S. Joseph Krempa, Captured Fire: Seasonal and Sanctoral Cycle, Year Two | Enthusiasm All around us at Christmas this year there will be those less fortunate than we are. But don’t pass up the opportunities God gives you this Christmas to personally “be charitable” to others. Dr. David Jeremiah | Giving Is Fun God’s Message is very personal, and it is life changing. Open yourself to receive God’’s Message this Advent. David Mead, Message In The Manger | Inspirational Messages You see, the Christmas most people celebrate is not the way God intended it to be celebrated. We have commercialized it, super-sized it, downgraded it, and for most people, ignored the real meaning of Christmas. C. P. Lewis, Humpty Dumpty Is Damaged Goods: A Christmas Message in 9 Lessons and Carols The only blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart. Hellen Keller | Famous Quotes We can participate in every festivity of the Christmas season, but until we receive the gift of Jesus Christ, we will never truly experience Christmas. Mary Southerland | Experience Christmas celebrates a similar moment for us – God breaking through to our world. In a feeding stall of all places. He will not leave us in the dark. He is the pursuer, the teacher. He won’t sit back while we miss out. So He entered our world. He sends signals and messages: H-o-p-e. L-i-f-e. Max Lucado, Because of Bethlehem This season, keep your eyes and heart open for unexpected ways that God will reveal to you the hope of Christmas. Jack Countryman | Hope Wonderful counselor and heaven father, guide us to see the true meaning of the gifts we have and that we share this Christmas. D. Duane Engler, 40 Prayers for Christmas | Sharing The holy magic that filled that lonely stable so long ago still fills the air of Christmas today. Mary Hollingsworth | Miracles Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! Charles Dickens | Charles Dickens Quotes Christmas has been, as for many, something of a challenge to find the best way of being together across distance and differences. The biggest difference and perhaps distance has been between the family and the rituals of Christmas at home and then Christmas and its message in church – which speaks of poverty as well as generosity. Robin Morrison, Christmas Poems | Generosity At Christmas we decorate our trees with festive lights and ornaments. But the real “tree” in the Christmas story wasn’t beautiful at all; it was a cruel instrument of execution, used to bring about the death of God’s Son. Greg Laurie, Red The Color of Christmas: 15 Favorite Christmas Messages | Beauty Thanksgiving, at least in the U.S., leads directly to the Christmas holiday where gifts are given to friends and family as an expression of heartfelt love and appreciation. Devin D. Thorpe, 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World | Thanksgiving Every Christmas a thousand, thousand preachers ask if we will make more room for Jesus than the Bethlehem innkeeper of long ago ever did. Les Norman; Pilar Norman, Never Have A Minute To Call Your Own: Well, Now You Do | Words of Faith But everywhere throughout the world – throughout this war that covers the world–there is a special spirit that has warmed our hearts since our earliest childhood – a spirit that brings us close to our homes, our families, our friends and neighbors – the Christmas spirit of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” It is an unquenchable spirit. Franklin Roosevelt | Franklin Roosevelt Quotes Now, granted, the Christmas tree doesn’t have “everlasting life” just because it is evergreen, but it does represent that to us. It is a symbol of life. Patricia Meyers, 70 Extraordinary Object Lessons for Home School and Sunday School | Life | One of my favorite Christmas traditions is attending the Candlelight Christmas Eve service . . . Shari Howerton, Breaking the Chains | Impact Of Christmas Shoes Song During the legendary Christmas truce of 1914, English and German soldiers stopped fighting one another, met in the “no man’s land” between their armies, traded goods, sang Christmas carols, and even played soccer. Joshua Nickel, The Reign of Grace and the End of Sin in Your Life | Music So during this Christmas season, let us take comfort in Him–and always. Julia Audrina Carrington, Comfort for Today–A Book in Honor of Christmas | Expressions of God Is it an acceptable boundary to simply send a Christmas card and ignore a friend for the rest of the year? Jeffrey Dawson, Boundaries: Line Between Right And Wrong | Friend Christmas – that magic carpet that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. Arnold Westcott | Prayer Once you put your Christmas tree up, wrap any presents you have and put them under the tree; this will take some of the stress out of last minute wrapping and also looks nice under the tree. Catherine Pulsifer | Stress Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell, Like Mam Used to Bake | Funny As this is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, a little bit of planning will help to relieve the stress that surrounds producing a Christmas turkey dinner. Sheila Kiely, Gimme The Recipe | Words of Encouragement Christmas can become overly expensive if you let it. Remember a homemade gift is not only nice, but also says, “I love You” more than anything else. Catherine Pulsifer | Love You can paint cookies to make wonderful decorations for Christmas or other holidays. Whether you are looking for a fun project with the kids or just want to impress the neighbors, try painting cookies. Dennis Weaver, Dennis. Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Cookies | Children Christmas brings many pleasures; from tree trimming, to special music, exhanging gifts, good food to name only a few. Take time in this busy season to remember the reason for the season – the birth of Jesus Catherine Pulsifer | Birthday Quotes To be a parent who is unable to provide a Christmas is heartbreaking. We all need to share in making a Christmas for everyone. Rather than that one extra gift, give the money to your church, to an organization that provides for those less fortunate. By helping someone else you will realize the true meaning of Christmas. Catherine Pulsifer | Helping Others Christmas can be a maze of commercialism if we let it. Instead, let’s make it a moment of clarity in which we view our sometimes confusing and threatening world against the back drop of God’s gift to us: the Prince of Peace who was announced by angels on that original ‘midnight clear’. David Jeremiah | Time Christmas is a charming and memorable season for children, and it is perfectly reasonable for well-informed adults to enjoy cribs, candles, and carols, decorated trees, presents, and family feasts. It is not possible, however, to be a well-informed adult believer without adding to the value of the Christmas celebration by searching for the deeper meaning of the gospels, a meaning that is beyond the comprehension of young children. Noel Cooper, Gospel Overtures: The Message of the Christmas Stories in Matthew and Luke | We can be an influence for what is good and right and wonderful about Christmas! We can focus on the fact that a special holiday is set apart and that time gives us the opportunity to proclaim the Christ that came and died for us!J S Brandon, Get rid of the ‘Bah! Humbug!’ Attitude This Christmas: A Message for Christians | Opportunity But I became convinced that if you drill down to its core, Christmas is based on a historical reality – the incarnation: God becoming man, spirit taking on flesh, the infinite entering the finite, the eternal becoming time-bound. Lee Strobel, The Case for Christmas | EncouragingFor it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol If I could wish a wish for you, it would be for peace and happiness not only now, but for the whole year through! Catherine Pulsifer, My Christmas Wish To YOU | Happiness Christmas was all about God’s gift to man, and His peace, as well as ours.Carolyn Molica, WINGS: A Journey in Faith from the Earthly to the Heavenly | Positive As you open your Christmas presents, open your heart to Christ’s presence.Miriam Kinai, Boxed Set 1 Quotations | Inspirational Sayings Christmas is more than just presents, it’s love and harmony. Julie Hebert | All That is a Christmas From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. Emily Matthews | Home At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.Thomas Tusser | Good Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.Dr. Seuss | What Is The Christmas Spirit Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill | Top Ten
The announcement comes in the wake of a string of high-profile E coli outbreaks in recent months that were clearly or possibly linked to fresh produce. A September outbreak traced to fresh spinach sickened more than 200 people, and lettuce was suspected in separate outbreaks linked to Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants later in the fall. Determine the potential for E coli to be internalized into lettuce or spinach A scientific advisory panel assembled by the company has chosen five research priorities and will evaluate research proposals and disseminate findings, the company said in a Jan 17 news release. The panel is chaired by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. Other members are Dr. Jeff Farrar, California Department of Health Services; Dr. Bob Buchanan, US Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Robert Tauxe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Bob Gravani, Cornell University; and Dr. Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota. Jan 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Fresh Express, a California company that produces bagged salads and other produce products, announced this week it would provide up to $2 million for research on how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 out of fresh produce. The scientific advisory panel, composed of unpaid volunteers, has been meeting since May 2006 to pick the most important research gaps concerning the “source, mode of action and life cycle” of E coli O157:H7 in fresh produce, Fresh Express said. Identify new strategies and technologies to reduce the potential for E coli to contaminate leafy green produce Fresh Express said none of its products have ever been shown to have caused an illness outbreak, but the company decided to fund the research and share the results in the hope of benefiting both the produce industry and consumers. Determine the ability of E coli to survive composting processes “We systematically used our individual areas of expertise to scrutinize the entire supply chain and ultimately uncover the areas where we collectively agreed more research was necessary,” Osterholm commented in the news release. “From this process, the five critical research priorities began to emerge fairly constantly.” The chosen research priorities are as follows: Determine the ability of E coli to multiply in the presence of normal background flora following the harvest of produce such as lettuce and spinach Conduct field studies to identify sources, vehicles, and factors that affect the extent of E coli contamination of leafy green produce “Funding is available immediately, and all proposals will be reviewed against guidelines established independently by this scientific advisory panel,” the company said. “The panel is empowered, without restriction by Fresh Express, to review proposals, make funding decisions and monitor and disseminate research results.” See also: Jan 17 Fresh Express news releasehttp://freshexpress.biz/assets/news/freshnews/pr070118a.pdf
Staying at the crib with it #Signed pic.twitter.com/j2BMSLbYtn— Rak (@RakimJarrett) December 18, 2019MORE: 2020 early signing day trackerJarrett is the No. 2 receiver and No. 20 overall player according to 247Sports. Jarrett previously committed to play at LSU in April. The only receiver ranked higher is Ohio State signee Julian Fleming, the No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class. Mike Locksley scored the biggest recruiting victory of his tenure at Maryland. The Terrapins coach flipped 2020 five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (St. John’s College High School, Washington, D.C.) from LSU during the early signing period Wednesday. Jarrett, a 6-foot, 208-pound receiver, boasts an impressive highlight tape. It’s a big get for Locksley, who’s looking to bounce back after leading Maryland to a 3-9 record in his first season.