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Memorial Day – A Day to Remember & Honor

“Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, as its purpose was to visit cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of soldiers who had died in the Civil War. In 1882, people started calling it “Memorial Day,” and by the time World Wars I and II had ended, it had evolved into a day to honor all fallen military men and women, no matter what war they fought in.”

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A Happy New Year’s Wish for You…

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone
May God bless you and your family in 2014.

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from James Cruise Ministries!

May the true story of Christmas live in your life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life. – John 3:16

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The Joy of Christmas

Christmas is a season to celebrate true joy, the kind of joy that endures despite all odds, the kind of joy that is not founded on circumstances, but on the faithfulness of God. We can be joyful always by keeping our eyes focused on Jesus who is the source of our faith, by looking beyond our circumstances to the faithfulness of the One who called us to rejoice and whose Holy Spirit bears the fruit of joy in our lives. The presence of Jesus is the joy of Christmas. May His presence bring you ceaseless joy at Christmas and in the New Year!  From a Christmas card from Charlie & Nita Boudreaux

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Today is National Adoption Day

November is National Adoption Month. 
November 17th is National Adoption Day.

Adoption is all about celebrating a Family for Every Child.
Every child needs a family.
Every child should have a family.
A family to call their own.
A family that loves them.
A family for them to love.
A family to be a valuable part of.
Yes, adoption is all about celebrating a family for every child!
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Today is Good Friday

An odd name for a day to commemorate and celebrate a death! The death of Jesus, the Christ, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, whipped and tortured and crucified – hung on a hill outside of Jerusalem on a Roman cross between two convicted thieves. And what for? For you, for me, for all mankind! The rest of the story on the third day…

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from James Cruise Ministries!

May the true story of Christmas live in your life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life. – John 3:16

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The True Spirit of Christmas

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).  -Matthew 1:23

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. – Luke 1:35.

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

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life. – John 3:16

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:20-22

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:13-14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:14

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Happy Thanksgiving from James Cruise Ministries

To our most awesome and loving God on this day of Thanksgiving we give Him Thanks and Praise. Happy Thanksgiving from James Cruise Ministries!

Christmas Trees

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America . . .

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crib, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did. But if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

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