Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. We made Christmas Cookies tonight: One-Eyed Susans and Sugar Cookies with cream cheese frosting.
We interrupted our regularly scheduled chapter from Sammy and His Shepherd this evening to read from the Bible. We read passages about the birth of Jesus. We read from Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-14.
The children also helped me put a few ornaments on our Christmas tree (as Greg and I hadn't completed decorating it yet).
Ethan (at 10) is already taller than I am, so he was able to put some ornaments near the top of the tree.
This year, I finally completed a project I've had in the back of my mind for several years. I made ornaments for the tree that have Bible verses about Jesus on them. The children (Ethan and Carissa) took turns reading the Bible verses aloud, and then they (Ethan, Carissa, and Alli) would hang the ornament on the tree.
The verses are as follows:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
He was in the world, and the world did not know him. He came to his own people And his own people did not receive him. John 1:10-11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
She will bear a son, and you will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for he has visited us and redeemed His people and raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his
servant David. Luke 1:68-69
But made himself nothing taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7
And being found in human form he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high Hebrews 1:3
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
This was our last Cookie Baking Night for 2013. We'll resume in the new year. As usual, a fun time was had by all.