Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the McCrories!

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family2006.gifWow! Can it possibly be time for another holiday letter already? Well, the Lord has been so gracious to our family again this year. For the first time in three years, our son Jason has not had to be hospitalized for his breathing problems acquired as a premature baby. Praise God! Where Jacob had to work for 14 years to acquire the love of his life, I was able to celebrate 14 years with mine this summer! Praise God! A special blessing this year was being able to baptize my nine-year-old daughter, Ashley, and see her take that important step of expressing her faith in Christ publicly. Praise God! This year, the Lord allowed us to make a local move into a much more spacious home to accommodate our growing clan. Praise God!

Christina (12) is now in seventh grade. She is much like her daddy, both positively and negatively! She serves on the student council in her school and also on the leadership team in the church youth group. She is finally able to baby-sit! She is still playing the clarinet, piano, and violin; and has even started working on the penny whistle. She loves music and enjoys singing for hours with her daddy around the family piano. Nina, as we call her, also loves to play on her school’s sports teams and did well on volleyball and basketball teams this year, despite having to sit out for a couple weeks due to a tonsillectomy!
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2006 Christmas Letter from the Todd Wood Family

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wood picture 1.JPGStuff about my wife …

Twenty years ago, I took this gorgeous knockout on a date. Like Jacob in Scripture, I loved her the minute I spotted her, walking the hallways of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Reflecting back, I can roughly divide our relationship into increments of five—five years of dating, five years with no kids, five years of child bearing, and now five years since the birth of our youngest.

My wife, Kristie, stays busy—homeschooling, nursing weekly at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and occasionally in an office for a female doctor attending our church, singing, directing Patch the Pirate Club, teaching a Sunday school primary class, hostessing families in our home, organizing church activities, and planning family fun evenings. When she is gone for a ladies’ retreat, the kids receive only microwave popcorn and toast. I would be utterly lost and confused without her. She loves me and prays for me. The only thing she refuses to do is edit any of my SI entries (makes me thankful for Adam Blumer and Lyn Marshall). Occasionally, she will give critical and vital suggestions to my blog entries on www.heartissuesforlds.org or http://heartissuesforlds.wordpress.com. My new year’s resolution for 2007 is to give my wife more back rubs. She definitely deserves them.
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Merry Christmas from the Ryan McCammack Family

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mccammack.jpgDear SI,

My name is Ryan McCammack, and I will be making my first contribution to the world of ShaperIron in the near future. I’m looking forward to it; I think. It’s a little unnerving after reading the voluminous material that flows from Dr. Bauder’s pen. Wow! He’s a well-thought-out fellow.

My wife, Tricia, and I have been married for five years now after meeting at Northland Baptist Bible College. Our story is basically one of me chasing and her fleeing. Then one day I think she just got tired, and I caught her. She is a wonderful wife, and I am grateful that the Lord has allowed me to share my life with her. We have two sons, Ian and Calvin. Ian turned four this month and recently informed me that since he is four now he is going to be much more obedient (let’s hope so). Our other son, Calvin, will be two in February, but he is not as into making promises about future obedience as his brother. Tricia is also pregnant with our third; we’re pulling for a boy again so that our home will be complete chaos. She’s due in June.
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Christmas Greetings from the Mike Osborne Family

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Dear SharperIron Friends,
Osbornes in Concord.JPGThe anticipated birth of our first child got top billing last year, and now we are praising God for making that anticipation a reality. Felicity Jane Osborne was born June 14, 2006, and life has not been the same since. As the manna that came down daily in the wilderness, so is God’s grace to us at each new stage of life: it arrives when needed, and not before or after. Not that Felicity is a particularly trying child—far from it—she’s quite sociable more often than not. But she adds a lot of work and subtracts a quantity of sleep and with her mere presence tells us without words: “You are responsible.” By the grace of God, OK. We’ll do it. And it is indescribable joy. John Piper would remind us, and biblically, too, that the joy set before us is a good motivation for doing a good thing. The flash of a smile when Mike arrives home from work or the drifting off to sleep in Becky’s arms is joy.

Felicity’s was not the only birth this year: several second cousins were born, too. Brenden (June 12); Derek (August 7); Jorja (September 13); Emma (adopted December 12); and one on the way next spring. Our extended family is amply supporting the photography industry. At church, others are expecting. Now we are sufficiently conversant in the baby culture.
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God's Sovereignty and the Genealogy of King Jesus, Part 2

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Matthew 1:1-17

In the first part of this article, we examined how the genealogy of King Jesus shows God’s sovereignty over His blessings and history. Now we will see that His sovereignty over individuals is also demonstrated.

The Genealogy of King Jesus Shows That God Is Sovereign Over Individuals

The individuals in this genealogy could be divided into at least four different groups: outstanding individuals, outcasts, outlaws, and obscure individuals. God is sovereign over all kinds of people.

Outstanding Individuals

We see some famous names in the history of Israel here, from patriarchs to kings. The first ancestors of the Jewish nation were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God called Himself their God (Ex. 3:6). David the king was known as a “man after God’s own heart.” His son Solomon had the temple in Jerusalem built. Other outstanding leaders include Asa, Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, Jotham, Hezekiah, Josiah, and Zerubbabel. The lives of these men included great military victories and the restoration of true worship.

However, none of these outstanding men were perfect. They had their blemishes, from Abraham’s deceit, to David’s adultery, to Solomon’s idolatry, to Uzziah’s intrusion into the temple to offer incense. Several of these men neglected to train up their children in the ways of the Lord. Even the best of these were still sinners who needed a Savior. God, in His sovereignty, brought the legal right to rule to Jesus through these men.

Outcast Individuals

It is highly unusual that Matthew would mention women in this genealogy. It is even more remarkable when we look at the choices he includes—they are far from being ideal Jews. John MacArthur calls these “knots on the family tree” (The Miracle of Christmas, also published as God With Us, pp. 26-35). They are all outcasts, showing God’s grace to all sorts of people and nationalities. Read more about God's Sovereignty and the Genealogy of King Jesus, Part 2

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God's Sovereignty and the Genealogy of King Jesus, Part 1

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Matthew 1:1-17

A few years ago I did some research on my family tree. For now, I can only trace it back to 1833 and a man named Andrew Jackson Nelson. This man was a Roman Catholic priest in Ireland. He became a primitive Baptist minister, married a lady from North Carolina, and is buried in Southwest Virginia.

Although some may take no interest in family trees, genealogical research can be interesting. One of my students showed me that her family tree includes William Shakespeare, Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower, and President John Adams.

Genealogical research can be important. It would certainly be important to us if it determined whether or not we could receive an inheritance from a distant relative with no other heirs. To the Jews, it was crucial to establish who could be in the priesthood and inhabit or own certain land. Even in New Testament times, it was not uncommon for people to know what tribe they were from—for example, the Apostle Paul could trace his lineage to the tribe of Benjamin.

Genealogical research can also be intimidating. Some may be afraid of what they might find. What if you found prostitutes and slaves in your genealogy?

Through Paul, the Holy Spirit gives us warnings about obsessive curiosity over genealogies (1 Tim. 1:4; Titus 3:9 KJV). But we are also told that all Scripture is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Let us look at the genealogy of Jesus in a profitable, edifying way.
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Pardon the Interruption, but . . . I Believe in Santa Claus

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In The Nick of Time
The apostle Paul was under arrest, being transported to Rome by a military guard. Along the way, his ship put in at the Lycian port of Myra, where the Roman centurion found a different ship that was sailing to Italy (Acts 27:5-6). The book of Acts does not tell how long Paul was in Myra between ships.

Nobody knows when or how the Christian church was established in Myra. Paul had previously ministered in cities near Myra, so perhaps missionaries from one of those churches may have gone to that town. Or perhaps Paul himself was able to do some preaching while waiting for the centurion to locate a ship to take Paul to Italy.

What we do know is that the church in Myra survived until persecution came under the Emperor Diocletian. The Diocletian persecution was the most widespread and deadly harassment of Christians in Roman history. So systematic and thorough was the persecution that the emperor believed he had wiped out Christianity forever. He even minted a coin to commemorate the event.

Well into the Diocletian persecution, the church in Myra found itself without a pastor. Unable to locate a new shepherd (pastors were special targets of the emperor), the church sought counsel from neighboring pastors. These church leaders gathered in Myra to pray and to seek the Lord’s provision of a new bishop for the church. When they had exhausted every alternative, they gave themselves to a night of prayer. They asked God to send His choice as the first person to enter the church building in the morning.
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Merry Christmas from the Mathew Sims Family

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SMALLChristmas pictures 014.jpgMy name is Mathew Sims, and I am married to a wonderful wife and faithful friend, LeAnn Sims. We were married in May 2005 in Greenville, SC. She has been patient with me so far, and God has been gracious in teaching us many things about each other and, most of all, about Him.

We come from different backgrounds. Her family is from Kansas. She grew up in a small town and has lived in the same house her entire life. My family is from CA; however, my dad was in the Navy, so I have lived in a variety of places from California to Guam to Connecticut to South Carolina.

We both attended Bob Jones University. I graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Creative Writing in 2005, and she graduated with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Psychology/Counseling in 2006. We were actually set up by a mutual friend in the fall of 2002 and continued to date until we were married.

After I graduated, my plans were to continue pursuing a masters in English at BJU and then possibly attending UNC for my doctorate. The Lord had different plans for me though. The summer I was married, He began working in my life and not only drawing me closer to Him but also giving me a desire to preach and work full time in the ministry. The next year I took a couple of classes at BJ’s seminary while my wife finished her degree. Then the Lord led me to Geneva Reformed Seminary, where I have finished my first semester as a full-time student this fall.
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