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Friday Morning Zoom Battle Prayer link 12/29/23

Friday morning zoom battle prayer is on!. Let’s do this! New week, new theme with new topics. Come join with brothers in Christ and let’s grow together in the knowledge of Jesus. The LORD is raising up men that understand the times they are living in and want to pursue stronger relationship with God and each other.

This new week we are starting a new series.

Overall Theme: Little lessons for the new year.

Topics: Monday: A Christmas, A Christians Carol, Thank you's

For many families, reading Charles Dickens'  A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve is a tradition that goes back generations. It's a classic story that speaks to us through its unforgettable and timeless characters:

- the humble, hard-working Bob Cratchit

- the compassionate and patient nephew, Fred

- the ailing but ever-positive Tiny Tim

- the suffering, irredeemable ghost of Jacob Marley

Like the parables in the Bible that Jesus taught, these fictional characters can help us to understand spiritual lessons more easily. They remind us how the circumstances we encounter are not the most important elements of a happy life. 

The tale is set in Victorian England and centers around the cranky old Mr. Scrooge, a hardened and covetous moneylender. It's Christmastime in London, and Mr. Scrooge is hating on life, people, and the whole idea of Christmas. Forget generosity, forget peace and goodwill toward men. Mr. Scrooge feels only contempt and annoyance toward the Christmas festivities.  

His dismal life is suddenly upended when his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, appears as a ghost on Christmas Eve. Weighed down by suffering and the chains of his past life, Marley warns Scrooge to change or suffer the same ill fate. He announces that three spirits will soon visit: the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. 

As they appear one by one, these spirits take Scrooge into visions of his bitter past, harsh and loveless present, and ultimately to a bleak future, where he discovers that at his death, no one mourns his passing. After this wake-up call, Scrooge completely changes his attitude toward life in general, people, and of course... Christmas. 

Scrooge returns filled with the joy of being alive, reconciles with his nephew, becomes a patron and second father to Tiny Tim, and is ultimately loved and admired by the people of London. His life is so transformed that he declares, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year. I will live in the past, the present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

How would you rate your “joy” level today? Would you be closer to “Bah, Humbug”  or “Outrageous, Contagious Joy”? The dramatic, personal transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge can help us learn how to experience joy in the present and future... regardless of the past. 

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