1Thes 5.16-28. “Check Which Christmas List?” JUMC 12112011

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. 25 Beloved, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 27 I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all of them. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. NRSV

Top 5 Authors for Christmas Sales:
• Michael Connelly
• Stephen King
• Janet Evanovich
• John Grisham
• James Patterson

Top Ten Christmas Movies List: (Based on Sales)
• It’s A Wonderful Life
• Miracle on 34th Street
• Scrooge (Musical Version)
• A Charlie Brown Christmas
• How The Grinch Stole Christmas
• A Christmas Story
• The Santa Clause
• The Santa Clause 2
• Jingle All the Way
• Home Alone

Top Gadgets
1. ipad,
2. iphone,
3. itouch,
4. ipod,
5. kindle,
6. Digital Camera

TOP Toys
1. bakugan monster figure and trading cards
2. nerd blaster gun
3. crayola ‘glow’ products
4. lego theme sets
5. remote control helicopter

Strange Gifts List
• interactive t-shir with drums, guitar, keyboard, personal sound track
• large nose shampoo dispenser for the shower
• lunar real estate

ASKMEN: top romantic gifts?
• 1 jewelry, or a blank check to pick out jewelry
• 2 get away trip
• 3 scrap book items
• 4 vintage items
• 5 show tickets
• 6 engraved iphone, itouch ipod
• 7 a hand written letter
• 8 unmentionables
• 9 cashmere sweater
• 10 chocolate of the month

Top 10 Ways to have a Healthier Christmas
• Don’t sit down all day: Move more than you sit and sleep.
• Go easy on the drinks: More water less sodium and alcohol
• Don’t give yourself a Christmas stuffing! Recent research suggests that we consume around 3,000 calories at each Christmas dinner or party. smaller portions and more frequent meals. Stop eating and drinking by 8pm.
• Keep colds at bay: Wash hands, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and avoid smoking will help)
• Don’t stress: Easy to say, but worth letting judging words, over-booked time and spending excess go
• Eat fruit: 5 fresh fruits a day.
• Do something for others: Cook for a neighbor, visit a neighbor, volunteer to service, sing or take someone shopping or to the doctor.
• Think before you eat: Eat what you truly want not simply because it is available, celebrate don’t vegetate (stress eating)
• Engage your brain: Turn off the TV – Try real conversations
• Be a careful cook: Use gadgets, knives and devices with care, through out questionable dated/stored foods

Paul Shares a completely different type of list for those who are waiting for Christ:
• Rejoice…always: look for joy at all times…
• Pray…continually: don’t stop
• Be Thankful: be appreciative
• Keep the Spirit alive and at center, don’t cut each other down
• Listen to those who warn, teach and advise you, be prophetic
• Test daily, get on the scales, compare how you are doing each day
• Hold on to the good, let go and learn from the good examples
• Avoid evil, Stay clear of what you can avoid.
• Live right, and without seeking blaming til Christ comes…
• Share this list with everyone  (Amazon Wish List, family tires of my crazy updates..)
• Greet with a holy kiss….

This is our Christmas List, the one that brings us our true WISH list:

  1. Put this list in front of you throughout the day…
  2. Check these things off
  3. Keep putting them on our to-do list

.. until Christ comes.

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