Summary: I. Receiving Joy II. Releasing Joy

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Americans' top holiday dreads—being nice makes the list

Nov 29, 2011 12:00 PM

Crowds and long lines of shoppers are by far what people dread most about this time of year. But more surprisingly, 35 million Americans actually despise "having to be nice" during the holidays, according to our recent poll.

Our survey, asked people what (if anything) they dread most about the holidays. A whopping 90 percent noted there's at least one thing that they stress over during the year-end festivities. Along with the chief complaint of holiday crowds, "gaining weight" and "getting into debt" both tied for second-place in top holiday woes among survey respondents.

"For all the chatter about nostalgia, family fun and gift giving this time of year, many people don't like too much of a good thing," said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports.

Grinch Jeers

• Crowds and long lines: 68 percent

• Gaining weight: 37 percent

• Getting into debt: 37 percent

• Gift shopping: 28 percent

• Traveling: 25 percent

• Seeing certain relatives: 24 percent

• Having to attend holiday parties or events: 16 percent

• Seasonal music: 23 percent

• Disappointing gifts: 19 percent

• Having to be nice: 15 percent

Have you ever wondered about a wormy apple?

Did the worm start from the outside and bore in or bore from the inside out?

Science tells us that egg is Laid in the blossom and hatches in the core and the worm eats it

Mag. Oct. 90

3 Reasons for Stinken Thinken

3 reasons for worms crawling way out to the skin.

Sin operates the same way from the inside out..

George Verwer .

1. Materialism

2. Self sufficiency

3. Apathy

- It just takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch.

Ec. 9:18..... one sinner destroyeth much good.

Get Joy For Christmas

Don Colbert, M.D. has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week

"Create a habit of happiness and laughter instead of a habit of worry. When you laugh, it lowers stress hormones and relieves stress. Laughter also boosts the immune system, protects the heart, and improves overall health. Ten belly laughs a day are equivalent to getting a good aerobic exercise workout, and they're the ultimate ‘stress buster.'

Christmas should be the most Joyous time of the year

We are celebrating Jesus birth

Christmas duties bring on stress

Laughter promotes good health

• Lower your blood pressure

• Improve your brain function

• Elevate your mood

• Reduce your stress

• Help you relax

• Protect your heart

Proverbs 17:22 (AV)

22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Nehemiah 8:10 (AV)

10 …. the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Philippians 4:4–6 (AV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

+ I. Receiving Joy

> Confessing our sin & excepting His forgiveness

> Confident in the privilege that we are Sons, Kings, Priests

> Confirming Death has been conquered

> Conforming to His preparation of our eternal home

+ II. Releasing Joy

> 1. Fear not—He is with you

> Isaiah 41:10KJV

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Revelation 1:17KJV

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

> 2. Fret not—He loves you

> Psalm 127:2KJV

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

> 3. Forget not—He remembers you

> 2 Chronicles 15:2KJV

2..... The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

4. Forsake not—He teaches you

Proverbs 4:2KJV

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

5. Faint not—He strengthens you

2 Corinthians 4:16KJV

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

- There is not a “secret formula” to finding great joy.

- It’s really a matter of obeying Scripture.

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