Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 Christmas Bible Verses and the Christmas Story

Celebrate, cherish and share the story of Jesus birth at Christmas. 
Choose from the most beautiful Christmas Bible Verses listed below. Use for Christmas cards, Bible study, meditation, teaching or memorizing. 

Tell the wonder and truth of Jesus Birth. The Messiah. King of Kings and Lord of LordsImmanuel.

I pray these Bible verses followed by the Christmas Story will bless you- and that you may know the source of all true Peace, Love and Joy-- JESUS

1- For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal life. 
-John 3:16 

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son,
and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with Us”).
-Matthew 1:23,
 fulfilling Isaiah's prophesy- see Isaiah 7:14 

3- But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you are to call him JESUS.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
-Luke 1:30-32,  see also Luke 1:35

4- And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news
that will cause great JOY for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to Youhe is the Messiah, the Lord-Luke 2:8-11

5- And suddenly there was with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth PEACE among those with whom he is pleased.” - Luke 2:13-14

6- For to Us a child is born, to Us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6 

7- 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 1:21
(note - Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.

8- This is how God showed his LOVE among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might Live through Him.
This is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
-1 John 4:9-10

9- Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
-John 1:12

10) The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you:
the Lord turn his face forward you 
and give you peace-Numbers 6:24-26

Additional Bible verses:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Sonborn of woman, born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our heartscrying, “Abba! Father!” -Galatians 4:4-6

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace 
as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit-Romans 15:13

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”-1 Corinthians 2:9

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. -1 John 5:11

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind….
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
-John 1:1-4, 14

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory. -1 Timothy 3:16

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
-Psalm 105:1

And being found in human form, he humbled himself 
by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
-Philippians 2:8-10

Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God.
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
-Isaiah 40:28-29

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with JOY in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand. -Psalm 16:11

If you don't know Jesus but you are ready to learn more 
or if you desire to have a relationship with him but you don't know  where to begin, then read


The story of Jesus birth, the Christmas story, can be found Luke 2:1-21 and again in Matthew 1:18-25, both typed below. 
Read this to your children, study it for yourself. May God bless the reading of His Word. 

Luke 2:1-21
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him 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.” 
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son.
And he gave him the name Jesus.

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
--2 Timothy 3:16-17

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
-2 Peter 1:21

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth- John 17:17

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SHOP at AmazonSmile and Benefit Others

I love the idea that I can shop and benefit others!  Amazon via it's AmazonSmile program offers an easy way to donate 0.5% of your purchases to support your favorite charity.

Year round you can automatically donate to your favorite Christian charity, your school or other cause, when you begin your shopping at 

Helping others in this manner is a small, but important way to redeem both your shopping time and money for Kingdom purposes.

God calls each of us to be a good steward of the time, talents and financial resources He has given us. Shopping online can be both time efficient and economical. Now you and I can use it to make
a positive difference in the lives of others.  

When the shopping season heats up with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday shopping, remember to take advantage of this worthwhile program. 

There is no cost to you. It is easy- here's how it works. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

An Ode to Big Tex

I can be sentimental about certain things, especially family traditions, one of which is attending the State Fair of Texas.  Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair, has greeted me every year of my life since I can remember.
It was a blue bird day when I took this photo Sept 28, 2012

This year beloved Big Tex has been "reborn" and is a new creation,
after having burned to a crisp a year ago unable to be saved.

As a native Texan, I am partial to my home state and it's uniqueness.
Many may think all the hoopla about
Big Tex is silly and I have to agree.
In the scheme of things and definitely from an eternal perspectiveBig Tex biting the dust is trivial.
Nothing in this world will last or has eternal significance apart from God and Jesus.
BIG TEX on Fire October 19, 2012

For auld lang syne"I take my hat off to the "old" Big Tex in this sappy, light hearted post. He has been a fun part of the culture in Texas and will live on in our hearts and minds. Try to imagine His famous voice  (Jim Lowe version), if you were lucky enough to experience it. 

Big Tex I miss you
That Crazy happy face
Deep booming voice
SLOW Texas drawl

I'm Big Tex,
To the State Fair of Texas"

Memories of the old days
His magical moving mouth
Delighted by our animatronic Cowboy
A Charlie McCarthy on steroids

With his Giant Hand of Texas hospitality
"Meet you at Big Tex" always the plan
Photos by the white picket fence
Big Tex towering behind

Iconic figure to millions
Loved by all
No second fiddle
To Cotton Candy or Corny Dogs (Fletcher's that is)

Yet the things of this world are temporal 
Big Tex, betrayed by your boots
Up in flames
A fiery last show

At least a few perennial favorites remain:
"Fried Everything" Fair food,
The Midway, the Auto Show and Bumper Cars
And our magical 1914 Dentzel Carousel

Big Tex, you have joined the old Ferris wheel,

The Comet, our 1947 giant wooden roller coaster and the Sky Ride
Replaced with a new model
Yet your story will live on without you

Thanks for the memories Big Tex!

We all have our own story, including Big Tex, who was originally a giant Santahad seven voices (Jim Lowe my favorite), numerous outfits and other so called "improvements".
But remember the most significant story for us all, is of 
God's great love for you and for me
-the children he created.
He desires to have an everlasting relationship with us which comes only through the work of Jesus on the Cross for our behalf. "For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not persist but have eternal life." -John 3:16

If you don't know this story or you don't fully understand it or you don't believe it- your good questions have good answers.  
You owe it to yourself to investigate. Your eternal destiny is at stake.

See Resources at the end of this post. 

I like this quote from Dr. Charles Stanley:
"Deep down, there's a place within each of us that is made for one thing-- a relationship with God.  NO matter how hard we try to cover it up or fill it with something else, we will never be satisfied.Our hearts will remain restless until they find their home with God.That deep, hidden part of you is there, even if you haven't realized it until now..."
Perhaps it is a big leap to go from a nostalgic silly story about Big Tex to a discussion of your eternal destiny; however, God calls all Christians to be His ambassadors, loving others by telling them about Jesus, Savior. This blog is my humble attempt to be such an ambassador.

Below are some of my favorite personal photos of the State Fair over the years.

To God be the Glory!  -Julie B
Cotton Candy - YUM

Dylan Beiersdorf - Bumper Cars at the State Fair of TX

Alexander Beiersdorf- State Fair of Texas

Fletcher's Corny Dogs- State Fair of Texas

Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas

Fried "Everything" Fair Food
My son's Fried Oreo's


A good website is "Got Questions"

Click here for more from Dr. Stanley about GOD.

Read my posts -"How to Receive Eternal Salvation" ,  God is Love and  "the Bible".

On the right side of this blog you can explore Links to God's Work 

For the history of Big Tex click here
(I thank all those folks who worked so hard to "re-imagine and replace" Big Tex. His story will continue thanks to you.)

Photo policy-
all photos copyright, Julie Brice Beiersdorf, all rights reserved
if you would like to use one, please link back to this post and give me attribution. Thank you!!

Comet Roller Coaster by Ric Turner
Burning Big Tex- Dallas Morning News

Thursday, September 19, 2013

North Texas Giving Day -What Does God Say About Giving and Generosity

North Texas Giving Day is an annual one-day fundraising event for non-profits in the N. Texas area. Anyone or any organization can donate online to the participating charity of their choice. Our school participates!
It is a wonderful opportunity to let your generosity shine. 

Your donations are MATCHED on a pro-rated basis by The Communities Foundation of Texas.

Did you know that God says more about money including giving and generosity than any other topic in the Bible.  There are more verses in the Bible on the topic of money than any other.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,
 for God loves a cheerful giver 
-2 Corinthians 9:7

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? - 1 John 3:17

Anyone from anywhere can donate on the designated day, which is September 22 for 2016
All you need is a credit card and access to the internet. It is powered by DonorBridge. Minimum donation is$25. (updated 2016)
You can also donate ahead of time to the Bonus Fund

Or donate at local Donation Station across the community. At NorthPark Center a KidsGive event will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change. There will also be kid friendly activities
Here are the Donation Station events  (2016 list)

Have a Question? Click here for the answers.

Both riches and honor come from You... 
1 Chronicles 29:12

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously at this? 
Everything comes from you, 
and we have given only what comes from your hand.
- 1 Chronicles 29:14 
(David is praising God in these passages)

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,

who conduct their affairs with justice. -Psalm 112:5

Share with God's people who are in need..
Romans 12:13

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 
And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 
for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” 
- Luke 21:1-4

Then He said to them, Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 

-Luke 12:15

The event has pumped more than $199 million into the local community since 2009. 

When I wrote this initial post in 2012 the amount was $33 million.

In 2015, $33 million was raised through $118.0000 gifts benefitting 2020 nonprofits.

Happy Giving - Julie