Entering The 9th Year Of The 21st Century

by Amanda Read | January 1st, 2009

10th or 9th?  Which should it be precisely?  I guess in 2000 the counter started over but in 2001 it started clocking, so…

I‘ve been involved in quite a few activities that have distracted me from my blog in the past month.  The chief one was the revision of The Crusading Chemist.  I printed out the 1st draft of the revision recently so my parents can read it and share their ideas and opinions before I finalize it.  I was amazed that the 1st draft came out at 120 pages precisely!  I doubt the next copy will though.

The second is my contribution to The Cross Eyed Blog and Webzine, which launched today.  Their mission is to encourage and build up our brothers and sisters in Christ through articles relevant to our daily lives and
struggles. Through the written word they are hoping to impact Christians and help people live lives that
glorify God.  I hope to share more articles with them soon!  Read the story behind the website’s establishing at Eric Novak’s blog.

Even if you don’t normally read very much, be sure to check Cross Eyed blog. It covers college, dating
and courtship, entertainment, faith, marriage and family, politics, time and money, worldview,
singleness, devotional life, biblical manhood and womanhood, time & money, gospel and blogging.
Visit their website, watch the promo video, and let me know what you think!

On January 8th college classes start.  I still have to go get all my books!  My first semester will be completely online, which is nice because it saves time on driving.

In the mean time, I’ve enjoyed our handicraft lessons at Mrs. Lee’s.  I’m working on knitting a purse right now.  Abigail knitted everyone hats for Christmas!  She also knitted a crimson and white wrist band for David (she figured out how to knit with two different colored yarns on her own!).

I’ve also had fun watching old family Christmas videos with my family.  Our Christmas Pageants were so cute!  By the way, did you know that Christmas isn’t necessarily a pagan-turned-Christian holiday? Read the following article by the late Dr. Henry Morris.

“In any case, the name “Michaelmas” meant “Michael sent,” just as “Christmas” means “Christ sent.” It is very probable that Michael was the “angel of the Lord” (Luke 2:9) who was sent from heaven to announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. The feast of Michaelmas thus may well have originated to commemorate this coming of Michael and the angels to welcome Jesus at His human birth.

This date would be just several days before the great Feast of Tabernacles, which the pre-exilic Israelites observed each fall in gratitude for the annual harvest, with each family dwelling for a time in a tent, or “tabernacle.” When John wrote that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), he did not use the usual Greek word for “dwell.” Instead, he said, literally, that the Word (that is, the Creator) “tabernacled” among us for a time. It was as though He had come into the world at just the appropriate time for the joyful Feast of Tabernacles, as Michael and the angels sang of “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10).

As glorious as the birth of Christ may have seemed, however, this was not His incarnation. He had already been “made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7) nine months earlier, when He created a body for Himself and took up His residence in Mary’s womb. That was the time when “the Word was made flesh”!

And so it may be beautifully significant that the real “Christmas” (i.e., “Christ sent”), when the Christ was sent from His throne in heaven to enter a “tabernacle” of flesh, would have been nine months earlier than “Michaelmas,” when Michael and the angels were sent to announce His birth. But that brings us back to December 25 again! The actual number of days between the two dates is 278, which is the ideal period of human gestation.

Whether or not these inferences are correct (and remember no one really knows when Christ was born), they at least yield a greater appreciation of His miraculous conception. How appropriate it would be for Him to enter the world right at the season of darkest and longest night, for He would come as “the light of the world” (John 8:12) to bring “life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). Then, at “Christmas” time, we can remember with deep thanksgiving (not with Saturnalian revelry and pagan greed) the amazing Christmas gift of God Himself, when “God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).”

Read the rest of the article at http://www.icr.org/article/4283/

So, it should be a celebration of CHRIST’s conception rather than birth, but either way, it is a universal culturally transcending celebration of the arrival the most influential Hero in History (and Designer and Savior of it!), and anytime HE is adored and worshiped anywhere in anyway we ought to rejoice!

We watched a DVD on Christmas Eve with our Grandparents, Aunt Laurel, Uncle Dan and cousins Samuel and Goodwin about the Star of Bethlehem.  According to astronomical research, the Magi visited JESUS on December 25th, when HE was a few months old!  That explains gift giving on Christmas Day!  Visit the website www.bethlehemstar.net.  This man deeply studied Scripture and used some modern astronomical tools to discover the Star of Bethlehem.  It is so neat to see it all match up to everything written in the Gospels, Old Testament and Revelation.

“It is the glory of GOD to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter.”             – Proverbs 25:2

“Great are the works of the LORD; they are studied by all who delight in them.” – Psalm 111:2

Christians need to be careful about ascribing so many things to the devil.  Remember, if you’re looking for the devil, he’ll show up in the darndest places just to tease you. Focus on CHRIST, not controversy!

On December 14th we went with Mom’s side of the family to see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (it was a Christmas gift from Boppa and LaLa).  It was spectacular!  I especially liked the part where CHRIST was acknowledged.  They sung nice Christmas songs and had live donkeys, sheep and camels as part of the presentation.

The other day Grandmomma took my sisters and me on a girls’ day out.  We got our hair done and had “high tea”.  It was splendid!

Last night the Maltasses joined us for supper and fireworks.  Oh, and Dad bought us an excellent firewire cardbus which we have put to good use



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One Response to “Entering The 9th Year Of The 21st Century”

  1. Wonderful post, again, Amanda! The Christmas article was outstanding and I’m going to have to look into that DVD on the visit of the Magi. It sounds fascinating!

    I pray that y’all had a wonderful Christmas and that in this New Year you will feel the presence of Him who has given us yet another year to live!

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