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-Candy Cane Story: There
once lived a candy maker in Indiana who decided he wanted to make a special
candy that would present the Gospel story, and would be a witness for Christ.
It was his wish to somehow incorporate the birth, ministry and death of
Jesus Christ in one tasty treat.
He began with a stick of pure, white,
hard candy. Why? He made it white to symbolize the purity of the virgin
birth and the sinless nature of Jesus. And he made it hard to symbolize
the Solid Rock, the solid foundation of all those within whom is God's
Holy Spirit, and the firmness of the promise of God.
Then the candy maker shaped the candy
in the form of a 'J' to represent the precious name of Jesus who
came to earth as our Savior.
It could also represent the staff
of the 'Good Shepherd which reaches down into the ditches of the world
to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.
Thinking that the candy was somewhat
plain, the candy maker decided to add red stripes. He used three small
stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received from the Roman
soldiers before His death on the cross. The large red stripe was for the
blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of
The smell and taste of peppermint
relate to the herb hyssop. Psalm
51:7 states "Purge me with hyssop and I shall
be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
The creation of the candy cane.
-Children of God:.The
children of God are those included in the resurrection -Luke
20:36; Romans 8:17; John
1:12; 1John 2:24; 1Peter
One has to be out from the law to
be a son of God;
result of faith -1Peter 1:9. Notice
that it doesn't say the result of you keeping
the ten commandments, tithing, etc. is salvation. It says faith.
difference between the children of God and the children of the devil..(see
also about being adopted into His
children of God.(Galatians
4:26).await the time when
they will be fully of the
righteousness they have accepted when they individually accepted Christ
into their heart -2Peter 3:13; Hebrews
21:26,27; Revelation 22:11,12.
Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is predicted
to be a wonderful counselor, one with whom we may freely talk with no fear
whatsoever. Many seek
help these days and should, if they lack the personal
relationship with the Father that He made
Many have a difficult time understanding
themselves. We all just sort of live life and make our plans and try to
make them work out. Many don't work out and disillusionment often reigns.
To understand the self, one has to understand God. With more of God's mind
in you, you'll see yourself as God does -Proverbs
To get more of God's
mind, study and pray.
is talking to God and listening for answers and impressions that well up
in your mind.