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Elf on the Shelf

OK, I know I’m a little slow coming to the party, but this Elf on Shelf is kind of creepy. I had no idea that the purpose was to keep on eye out for my kids’ naughty behavior. A real-life Santa apprentice is a perfect way to keep misbehaving children in line! I’m leaving this guy out year round!

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Jesus Wept

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons, and a listener shared this with me
yesterday. It really gave me hope in the midst of a lot of
hurt from last week’s events in Newtown, CT and just helped. And if
you’re still struggling with the whole thing, I hope it blesses you
too!

http://acourageousheart.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-i-am-thinking-about.html

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How Do You Keep “Christ” in Christmas?

It’s another “Walk-It-Out” Wednesday here on the New Shine.FM and I’d like to know how you keep Christ in “Christ”-mas? ~Garrett

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Most Popular Christmas Songs for 2012

Christmas Carols-Retro kidsJust in case you were wondering ,the most popular Christmas songs
downloaded or sold so far this Christmas season are…..

1. O Come, All Ye Faithful
2. Joy To The World! The Lord Is Come
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
5. Christ Has Come
6. Silent Night, Holy Night
7. O Holy Night!
8. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
9. Go, Tell On The Mountain
10. The First Noel
11. Angels, From The Realms Of Glory
12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. Away In A Manger
14. What Child Is This
15. Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)

What’s your favorite? ~Garrett

“A Hallelujah Christmas” by Cloverton

With the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, Christmas has as different feel to it this year. Let’s remember, even in our darkest days, a Hope, a Light was born that night.

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…or is it? Kurt, Rob, and I all agreed that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Afterall, we’re only 6 days away! They’re calling for snow before the weekend, but we’re hoping for a white Christmas. We can’t remember the last time we had one. Can you? Let us know below!

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Did President Lincoln Really Use Foul Language?

Did Abraham Lincoln use profanity? Did his colleagues cuss at each other? Probably not.

In the new movie “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg places foul words into the mouths of its historical characters.

James McPherson, a Lincoln biographer and a consultant on the movie, says, “The profanity actually bothered me, especially Lincoln’s use of it. It struck me as completely unlikely—a modern injection into Lincoln’s rhetoric.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. McPherson emailed his objections to the screenwriter after reading an early draft, but then found out that the language made it into the movie anyway.

David Barton, who has appeared as an American history expert on Fox News and CNN, say he agrees with McPherson. Barton says: “There are records of [Lincoln] confronting military generals if he heard about them cursing.

“Furthermore, the profanity used by Republican operative William Bilbo was virtually nonexistent in that day and it definitely would not have been used around Lincoln. If Lincoln had heard it, it is certain that he would instantly have delivered a severe rebuke.”

By the way, there is an excellent new book out on Abraham Lincoln’s religious beliefs. It’s called “Lincoln’s Battle With God,” and is written by historian and best-selling author Stephen Mansfield.

I had a chance to talk to Mansfield recently, and he points out that while Lincoln was an atheist as a young man, after suffering several personal crises, he eventually came to a deep faith in Jesus Christ.

If you’d like to learn more about Lincoln’s faith journey, you can go to lincolnsbattlewithgod.com

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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