Merry Christmas Stories 2018

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Narrated below are two valuable stories from the Bible. Please read and enjoy the values of life.  Feel free to pass on this this page, to anyone you feel would be interested.

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Before there was anything, there was God. 
Before there was ice cream and chocolate sauce, or popcorn and pop, or computers, VCRs and TVs, or the sun, the moon & the stars, or even space itself - God was there. There wouldn't be anything at all if God hadn't thought it all up. 
But he did.  God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and so he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "Day," and the darkness he called, "Night."
Evening came. It was the end of the first day of God's creation.
The next day God made the earth, and he put the blue sky above it. At first the earth was completely covered with water. There wasn't any dry ground anywhere. 
Evening came again, and that was the end of the second day.
Morning came on the third day, and God made dry land appear. God called the dry ground "Earth" and the water he called, "Sea." 
And God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let there be plants on the earth, and all the things that grow!" And all the different kinds of plants and trees began to grow; apple trees and banana trees, grass and dandelions and roses, wheat to make bread, and corn so kids would have a vegetable they would like; but God made spinach and broccoli too.
And God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good, even the broccoli and spinach.
There was evening and there was morning. The third day had come and gone.
On the fourth day God said, "Let the great lights appear in the sky!" (so kids will know when to go to bed and when to get up for school). And just by his word God made the sun and the moon and the stars. 
And God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
There was evening and there was morning. That was the fourth day.
On the fifth day God said, "Let there be swimming things in the oceans and lakes, and birds in the air!" And the oceans were filled with hammerhead sharks and dolphins and whales. And in the sky there were robins and eagles, blue jays, cardinals and yellow bellied sapsuckers. Until then the earth must have been a very quiet place. But not any more!
And God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
There was evening and there was morning, the fifth day had come and gone.
Then God said, "Let there be animals upon the earth!" God made giraffes and zebras and lions and tigers and bears and boars. He made moose with great big antlers, and little gophers and chipmunks and squirrels. He made monkeys swinging through the trees and giant gorillas sitting in the forests eating bananas. He made huge elephants, and he made hippopotamuses rolling around in the mud. What a great imagination God has!
Then God said, "Let us make people in our own image" (God said, "us" because God the Father was there, and so was Jesus, and so was the Holy Spirit - but still he was just one God). So God made people in his own image. 
When you look at yourself in a mirror, you see an image of yourself. What you see in a mirror is a reflection of what you are like. We are the image of God. We are a reflection of what God is like.
God made us in his own image. Always remember that.
So God looked at all that he had made, and he saw that it was good.
And there was evening, and there was morning, and that was the sixth day.
On the morning of the seventh day God saw that the whole universe and everything in it was finished. Nothing else needed to be made. And it was all very good. So God rested on the seventh day to celebrate all the good work he had done.
God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.
What does that mean? 
When something is "holy" that means that it is special. When God made the seventh day holy, he made it a special day, different from all the rest. 
God rested from his work on the seventh day and enjoyed all that he had made. That is what God wants us to do too. That way we will always remember that all good things come from God.
God made everything there is.
And God is good. 



God sent Adam and Eve away from the Garden of Eden. 
Now they were going to have to work hard for their food and their clothes. And because of their sin, so would every one who ever lives.
God loves us more than we will ever know and his blessings are always with us. But there will always be trouble in our lives too, sometimes little, and sometimes big - because there is sin is in the world along with love.
Sin always brings trouble.
But even though Adam and Eve had sinned, God still loved them us as much as he ever did. And soon he blessed them with a baby - the first baby ever born! That must have been exciting. Of course, there wasn't a hospital to go to. And there weren't any doctors or nurses around (because they hadn't been born yet!). So God must have helped them.
They named their first baby Cain. And after that they had another baby, Cain's little brother, and they named him Abel. 
They had other children after Cain and Abel too. Their children had children, and their children's children had children. And that is how the world began to be filled with people.
When Cain got older he became a farmer. He grew things from the ground. And when Abel grew up he became a shepherd. He took care of the sheep. 
So it happened one day that Cain and Abel brought gifts to God to thank him for all the good things he had done for them. They built an altar for a sacrifice. 
A sacrifice is when you give something to God that you would have liked to keep for yourself. You give him your very best.
Cain brought some of the things he had grown. He brought some wheat, and grapes and figs and things like that, and he burned them on the altar to give to God. Abel brought the first lamb born to one of his sheep. 
God was happy with Abel's gift, because he saw that Abel really wanted to please God and always do what God wanted. 
But God knew that Cain wasn't so sure he wanted to do what God wanted. So God wasn't happy with Cain's gift. 
That made Cain mad.
God loved Cain, and he said to him, "Why are you scowling? If you always do what is right, you will be happy. But be careful. Bad thoughts will ruin your life. Learn to control them." 
But Cain didn't listen to God.  Instead he blamed his brother.
And even though God loved both brothers as much as anyone could ever be loved, Cain thought God loved Abel more than him. So from that day on, Cain began to think mean things about his younger brother.
He kept thinking them and thinking them. And the more he thought them, the harder it was to stop. And the more he thought them, the meaner his thoughts became. Until one day he planned a terrible thing.
He said to his brother on a bright, sunny morning, "Abel, come with me out into the fields." 
"Sure," Abel said, because he loved his big brother, and trusted him. And so he walked with his brother out into the fields. And when Cain got Abel out where nobody could see or hear them, he took a rock and he killed his brother Abel.
Later that day God found Cain working in the hot sun. God said to him, "Where is your brother Abel?"
"How should I know?" Cain said. "Am I supposed to take care of my brother?"
But God knew the terrible thing Cain had done. 
God said to him, "I see your brother's blood on the ground! Because you have spilled your brother's blood into the ground, the ground won't grow your crops for you anymore. From now on you will have to wander in far away places to find your food."
"Lord, the punishment is too hard for me!" Cain said. "My relatives will try to kill me when they hear what I have done. I will always be running."
So God put a mark on Cain to protect him. When anyone saw it they would know not to kill him because God was watching. Then on a sad, sad day, Cain left his only home and family. Because of the evil thing Cain had done, Adam and Eve lost not just one son, but two. And Cain lost his family. But worse than that, God would not be with him anymore. That would be the hardest thing of all.
So Cain went away and lived in the land of Nod.
If only he had listened to God...

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