Urban Legends Are Created Every Day


Every Christmas new theories come out about the birth of Christ. Bits and pieces are picked apart to understand and theories abound. Before long a simple story is convoluted and the miracle becomes common place in the world’s view. When did people quit taking God at His Word?

Revelations 22:18-19 ~ “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take” from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Matthew 22:29 ~ But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, since you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power “

So when the angel said these things they knew exactly what the angel was saying, simple and clear cut in their language and understanding. They were told the baby was a spotless lamb for sacrifice, the Savior. The sacrifice was the spotless Lamb of God on the cross. Simple words from God.

Luke 2:8-12 ~ “8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood near them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 And so  the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

When mankind cannot understand, even though God made it simple, they try to explain away. The current one that is creating a new urban legend is the Star of Bethlehem. He created the universe, He can create a birth star and then take it away after two years. We do not need to still be looking for it. It has been overthought until the simple truths are lost. God placed a star in the East over a stable in Bethlehem. Wisemen saw the star far away. Wise men, God never said kings and never said three. Scripture never says three gifts but, treasures and just mentions three of them. Mankind has created a wonderful added-to story instead of simply sticking to what God has written.

Now, we have the star of Bethlehem described as planets coming together on December 21st. First, we know it was springtime. Second, God said star, not alignment of planets. Most importantly, it appeared to the wisemen in the East who came from afar. We know from Scriptures they followed the star TWO YEARS. Planets do not align for two years. After Herod questioned the wisemen he had all the Jewish boys two years of age killed. Jesus was a two year old and not living in a stable at this point but a house. The wisemen were never at the stable. Joseph fled to Egypt with Mary and Jesus to protect them.

Matthew 2:1-2 east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 

Matthew 2: 9-12 ~And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankicense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

The wisemen had followed the star for two years, a star. Not planets in alignment. Scripture tells of the birth of Jesus plain and simple. A miracle with deep meaning and foreshadowing of the Cross Jesus would die on in 33 years. People have added to and taken away and diluted the miracle of His birth. What if we just took God at His Word? A one time star that led wisemen from afar to a house where a toddler played for two years and then the star was gone. No explanation. Simple. The wisemen accepted the child as a king, a savior. Plain and simple. A miracle.

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Fear Is Not The New Norm


No!These days are NOT the new norm. They are the latest insanity. The media is so hype-prone they could not print just facts if they slapped them in the face. Virus mania, protest mania, killer bee mania, more virus mania…even weather mania now.

Fear the dust storm? It is an annual occurrence. Just the facts please.
My daughter lived next door to it in Cyprus for 12 years.

Fear is from *satan. This is not the new norm. This is the devil’s ever present lying techniques to have you live in fear.

John 8:44 NASB “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The norm is Jesus and He will return.

Luke 24:38 “And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”

Luke 12:22 “And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.”

*lower case because he is one.

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Do You Pray Amiss?


We do not pray amiss when we pray, “Thy will be done”. Thy will be done should be our only request.

God has a plan; His perfect plan. When we acknowledge “His will” will be done, we acknowledge He is the almighty. Our heart falls to it’s knees in reverence and awe. When we pray “Thy will be done”! we are asking that “His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven”.

Matthew 6:10 NASB “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven”

A conversation with God, through His High Priest Jesus, need not have requests, need not be amiss. When you converse with someone are you always asking them to give you something? If that is the only way you talk to them, then you become that needy friend.


“You have not because you ask not?” We only need that, “Thy will, Thy plan be done“. Your prayer is immediately, already answered because His perfect plan, His will is done. He is the sovereign, Almighty.

James 4:3 NASB
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

• He promised you will have your daily need (not wants). He has answered your “give us our daily bread”. What is your daily bread? All you need is Him. He is the bread of life.

Psalm 23:1 NLT “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”

• He promised healing, here and now or, in Heaven, does not matter. As a Christian you are already healed. People came or were brought to Jesus to be healed. All scriptures on healing refer to spiritual healing. Salvation is healing. Healing physically on earth may happen if it is our Lord’s perfect plan. Healing in Heaven is guaranteed and already answered. God is concerned with our spiritual healing. All verses on healing are a testament to Jesus’ salvation of our spiritual life.

Our only concern is spiritual healing; Salvation through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. These physical, temporal shells are insignificant in the light of eternity. Physical healing on earth was never guaranteed. We live in a fallen world. But, God. That says it all. He is still on His throne and still in control. God allowed *satan dominion (domain, as in he is running around everywhere) over the earth , not control. We need only know, God is in control and His will be done.

James 5:15 “and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.”

“Thy will be done”. He has already answered. He is waiting for you to acknowledge His omnipotence and He is omnipresent. His will; His plan. Then as you pray (converse with God through Jesus), you will not pray amiss.

In the light of eternity, temporal circumstances are a blink of an eye. His will be done, is eternal.

* lower case because he is one

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Where’s Your Baggage?


My husband traveled all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia. I could not count the many trips to the airport to pick him up. I arranged to meet him in baggage claim many times. As I waited I watched people as they claimed baggage. It was quite entertaining.  Baggage claim; if the luggage could talk, oh the stories they could tell.

There are SO many bags: baggage claim

  All shapes
  All sizes
  All weights
Some are:
    Worn
    Ugly
    Damaged
    Lost

Through the years I made mental notes and realized many people’s lives are like baggage claim. All they gathered and carried on their journey just kept getting heavier and heavier.

A few years ago,  when our son-in-law returned overseas, one of the bags he was carrying was lost.   According to the airlines, it  never left the airport here.  Weeks went by and still no one found the bag.  The theory is, the tag got torn off on the belt going down from the ticketing area to the sorting area for planes.  It would have been thoughtful for the airport employee at the end of the belt to mark that bag with date, time and belt. That have helped locate it, might not.  It is still missing.

So, when our daughter and granddaughters followed weeks later with their baggage, I decided to treat their bags like I do packages here in the states.  I typed up a LARGE piece of paper stating:  “LUGGAGE DESTINATION” name and address, and laid it on top before closing each bag.  We do not know if that worked because none got lost.   Maybe it helped keep them together. The lost bag ended up in a pile somewhere. Long forgotten.

Unlike our traveling baggage, we often carry our life’s baggage around daily. Piling it on day after day until weighted down we cannot function at all.    All the regrets, the what ifs, and only ifs, they load us down.  It would be nice if our baggage tags were just torn off and baggage was lost. That just does not happen in real life.  It seems to be indelibly marked with our name.  Sometimes we set the baggage down but, hold on to the tickets and go back and pick it up later.   We never learn.  The only tag on our baggage, inside and out, should read:  “Destination Jesus”.

Give HIM your tickets and let HIM carry your baggage.

Psalm 55:22 ( NASB) Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

Matthew 11:28 (NLT) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

What are you still carrying? You were never meant to bear your burdens. “Give Them All To Jesus”.

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In Awe of Motherhood


Honoring Moms

Growing up we went out to the front yard before church and selected a red rose to wear to church. Pinned over our heart, the rose was a symbol of honor to our mother. We always took extra roses and pins to church for others who did not have rose bushes. Mom and dad wore white ones in honor of their mothers in Heaven. Sadly the tradition is all but lost. I cling to these traditions, the honor and respect of motherhood. A simple red or white flower over the heart was a quiet, simple symbol of honor. Some churches hand out a rainbow of carnations to each female after church; a remnant of what once pointed to honoring motherhood. An all inclusive approach lessens the value of honor.

Motherhood is a blessing

Society has devalued and degraded motherhood. Tabloids, social media and photo apps exploit motherhood showing bared bodies with captions of look at my bump, my peanut, look at this bulge. Sadly, young women of faith have bought into the culture of its all about me. Instead of setting the bar, they except the lower one.

Our culture has lost the awe and wonder of motherhood. We lost the meaning of mother, mom. The whole attitude has changed to selfishness from selflessness. Once mothers placed everyone in their family ahead of themselves. Sadly, many have their looks, programs, groups and activities higher on the list than the blessings that gave them the title of mother. Slowly, the awe of motherhood has left our culture.

Young mothers discuss their bodies, compare size. They talk of ‘me time’, and how to not lose yourself in motherhood. They are more concerned with their appearance than the health of their child. The mother in-line ahead of you is groomed and adorned with the height of fashion. They try to protect their manicure and pedicure, fresh from the spa. They stand with their child in clothes too small, hair and clothes unkempt, and dirty nails. They smack the hand that reaches for candy saying there is no money for treats. The concept of selflessness long lost if ever known.

Sacrificial love, losing oneself in the care of another is Christlike. Motherhood should be the epitome of showing Christ’s love for another. Christ showed no self. His thoughts were of others while dying on the cross.

Selflessness. Motherhood. Honor. Awe. If we as Christians cannot display the respect and reverence of God’s creation, how can we expect the world around us to value life. Abortions, 876,000 a year. We cannot devalue the birth of a child and in its wake the value of motherhood. We distract the world on one hand and reference bulge, bump, peanut and yet decry abortion. What if we showed them the awe of God’s creation and the selflessness of motherhood instead? What if we returned to awe and respect of mothers and their blessings?

Motherhood, in awe of God’s blessings.

Proverbs 31:30 NASB “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

In AWE of Mothers and motherhood,

Renee’ Green 2020

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