Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Season Post

Owners/Founders of JLB Creatives
Don & Janet Beasley
Shouting out a resounding hello and welcome to our JLB Creatives fans both established and new. It is with great pleasure we extend our warmest and sincerest Christmas wishes to you. 

We also want to take this time to thank all of you for your shared enthusiasm and continued support of JLB Creatives. Without you, there would be no reason to continue our endeavors of bringing light to the literary world.

During this holiday season we ask even more so that you take the time to remember those who are struggling in ways many of us cannot even imagine; say a prayer, pay a visit, lend a helping hand, deliver a hug, tell someone you love them. For so many families, 2013 served as an extremely difficult year. Homes were lost, jobs were lost, family members passed away unexpectedly, terminal illnesses set in, and the hardship list goes on. Who knows, you may just be the light and hope someone needs to get through not only their day, but the holiday season. 

Christmas is a time when we here at JLBC celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you've not heard/read the real Christmas story we invite you to enjoy the following. May it bring peace, love, and hope to you and your family. 

The Christmas Story

Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Luke 2:1-20

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
               14   “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

This post will remain live on the blog until the New Year arrives. At that time we will return with exciting news for 2014, along with our featured authors and much more. 

Stay safe and enjoy the season.

Janet & Don Beasley

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