Christmas in 8 Words (Gospel)

Holy one

Excellent one

Marvelous one

Glorious one

The video of an East Greensboro (NC) choir’s rendition of song “Holy One.

  • A wonderful, anointed live St; Matthews UMC (Greensboro) video.


Celebrate the Wonder / Howard Gospel Choir


For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

  • From an anointed Howard University choir

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Birth of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1)


This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about:

His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus. 

Matthew 1: 18-25 (NIV)

Photo credit:  honorbound/flickr  (CC BY-ND 2.0)

CHRISTmas Isn’t About ~

Never forget the real ‘reason for the season‘ of Christmas. It’s NOT about us. It’s about Jesus Christ. 66 Assurance Way wishes you a Merry Christmas!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

What CHRISTmas Isn't ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Christmas isn’t about,
red cups without Christmas trees
nor is it concerning . . .
a saying printed on some tees.

It isn’t about black Friday,
low prices and shipping wars
nor is it regarding  . . .
keeping out of certain stores.

It isn’t about the greeting,
one uses to say hello
nor is it in relation to . . .
what wishes they bestow.

What Christmas is about,
is really pretty simple
for it isn’t about pricing . . .
a saying or some symbol.

Christmas is about,
God’s Gift of Love and Grace
and its up to everyone to decide
if Jesus,  they will embrace!


Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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Unemployed during Holidays: Jobless, Not Hopeless (Christians)



Being unemployed on Thanksgiving isn’t fun.  In that I am without a job today myself, I wanted to showcase a great piece – by an insightful woman who was in the same situation herself (on Thanksgiving) not too long ago.

Lauren L. Moy captures well the emotions which are typical when a person is in a ‘jobless at the holidays’ storm.  She offers ways, tactical and faith-based, to best battle this storm too.

Never loss sight of who your Real Boss is! (Hint: It’s the one you worship Sunday mornings, NOT the one you’re used to seeing on Monday mornings) Trouble don’t last always.

Moy states that:

” . . . the ultimate way to beat the job search blues is to remember that as Christians we have our identity grounded in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are unconditionally loved by the God of the universe.   His love for us is not dependent on our performance or employment status.  Our security and significance are in Christ, not in our occupation.   I am secure in His love (Romans 8:35-39); I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10); I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).

We are Christians first and then whatever occupation second . . .  Maybe I believed this in my mind but I struggled to believe these biblical truths in my heart.” [Emphasis added]

Read Moy’s full post (Unemployed at Thanksgiving).

Lauren Moy is a professional, certified Career Coach with over 20 years of human resources management and coaching experience.  She offers a candid and inspiring perspective on a situation that too many Christians, like me, are in today.

  • Millions are unemployed today, Thanksgiving.   Some will return to the workplace before Christmas.  Some will not.  If you are jobless today, remember ‘you are amazing no matter what‘! (prior post)   Like a fine BMW parked in a luxury dealer’s lot, not being sold doesn’t lessen it’s value.   Know you are the ‘ultimate working machine’ – and a child of God!
  • If you have a job, be thankful you do – and pray for, and encourage, those who do not.
  • I thank the Pathos Faith and Work Channel (Joe Carter post) for helping me discover this insightful piece.

SCRIPTURE (from Moy’s article)

  • I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

  • I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)

So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

  • I am secure in His love (Romans 8:35-39)

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”).  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.   No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The NLT version of scripture has been provided.

Even if you have a job, consider sharing this post with a friend or relative who doesn’t have a job today.  Let them know they’re not alone and that there’s hope.  Trouble don’t last always!

Happy Thanksgiving.    Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way, 11/26/2015

Photo credit, Building Trades Unemployment Insurance Rally, AFL-CIO: Bernard Pollack/flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Merry Gospel Christmas and Silent Night


  • Rev. Timothy Wright – “Oh What a Pretty Little Baby
  • Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir – “Holy One

From Silent Night:

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

  Greg Silverthorne

Birth of Jesus: ‘Mary, did you know’

  • Mary J. Blige / “Mary, Did You Know” (2013).   Mary sings about Mary, mother of Jesus.

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?

  • The 1st Book of Matthew (Bible, New Testament):

16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. 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.”   (Matthew 1: 16-23 NKJV) [Emphasis added]

Mary, did you know

That your baby boy would calm the storm with His hand?

Mary J. Blige

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way