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I've added a personal note below, but first I wanted to share this comparison. I enjoyed it so much that I spruced it up a bit and illustrated it. Hope you appreciate it too.



Our Christmas card to you:








Santa lives at the North Pole.
JESUS is everywhere.



Santa rides in a sleigh.
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.



Santa comes but once a year.
JESUS is your ever present help.


Santa fills your stocking with goodies.
JESUS supplies all your needs.



Santa has elves.

JESUS has angels.


Santa comes down your chimney uninvited.
JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa.
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.


Santa lets you sit on his lap.
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name.  He says, "Hi little boy or girl.  What's your name?"
JESUS knew your name even before you were born. He knows your history and future too. He even knows how many hairs are on your head.


Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.
JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is, "HO HO HO."
JESUS offers help, health, and hope.

His angels cry, “Holy! Holy! Holy!”

Santa says "You’d better not cry."
JESUS wipes away your tears and says,
 "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."

Santa makes you chuckle.
JESUS gives you a joy that is your strength.



Santa is a saint—Saint Nicholas.

JESUS is the sanctifier—the One who make YOU a saint.



Santa is interested only in those who are nice.

JESUS came also for those who have been naughty.














 If you don’t fall asleep, Santa may not come.

While you were asleep in your sins, JESUS already came.













                                                                            by Ann Marie



Santa looks at your desires and gives you pleasures.

JESUS looks at your needs and gives you treasures.



Santa puts gifts under your tree.

JESUS became your gift and died on a tree. . .  The cross!  




Santa gives you trinkets and toys.

JESUS gives you the gifts of forgiveness, perfect love, divine righteousness, wisdom, heaven, and the Holy Spirit.



Santa can only give you presents.

JESUS also gives you His presence.



Santa’s gifts wear out, break, loose their luster and usefulness.

JESUS’s gifts are perfect and eternal.  And the gift of the Holy Spirit keeps on giving you more gifts—the gifts of the Spirit.



If you are good, Santa may put your name on his list.

If you trust in Him, JESUS will put your name into His Book of Life and write it on the palm of His hands.





(Ho! Ho! Ho! Indeed!)



Then (after rewarding you for being nice when you’ve really been naughty) He actually makes you nice (if you trust in Him).




We need to put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas!
Jesus is still the Reason for the Season.  



Cartoon image 

Be sure to make room for Him in your heart.


For God so loved the world,

that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whosoever believes in Him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.

John 3:16









From Paul, Sarah, and Ann Marie



Memories:  Over A Decade Ago



So, the news of the year: 

  • Annie has graduated from high school and gone to Masters Commission in Copenhagen for a year, where she splits her time between study and various ministries while enjoying Europe and hopefully planning her future.  She and her sister have both made this father proud!

  • Sarah is a junior at Warren, carrying a full load of honors classes and co-leading a weekly fellowship group under the sponsorship of Souled Out, an awesome teen coffee house, where she also spends nearly all her Saturday nights.  A photo enthusiast, she also works 13 hours a week at a photography studio.  In July, she was absolutely transformed by the experience of a Peruvian mission trip with Global Expeditions (after which she decided to follow her older sister's wise example and move in with her Dad.)  Hopefully, she will get her follow-up report out to her supporters before the new year dawns.

  • Paul has launched a consulting business and is working to develop a client base with whatever energies are left after experiencing the daily joys of parenting another wonderful teenager.  Referrals are welcome.

  • Grandma L. survived a heart attack in September but at 89 has decided it may be time at the end of this month to retire from her volunteer position at the hospital. She is an inspiration and a blessing to us all!

  • Through the year and through many trials, the Lord has been faithful and very gracious.  We praise Him!

We hope all is well with you.  Please let us hear from you.




Know that You Are Right With God


Biography of the Real Santa Claus


Thanks to http://rev-fun.gospelcom.net/  and various unknown graphic contributors.   Text adapted and modified from anonymous source and copyright 2002.  All rights reserved.



An Awesome Carol That Deserves More Appreciation and Notice Than It Gets:

Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown,
when thou camest to earth for me;
but in
Bethlehem's home was there found no room
for thy holy nativity.

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang,
proclaiming thy royal degree;
but of lowly birth didst thou come to earth,
and in great humility.

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
in the shade of the forest tree;
but thy couch was the sod, O thou Son of God,
in the deserts of

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.
Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word
that should set thy children free;
but with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
they bore thee to Calvary. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
at thy coming to victory,
let thy voice call me home, saying "Yet there is room,
there is room at my side for thee."

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
there is room in my heart for thee.

--Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott, 1864