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Wednesday, January 20 2016

A Lot of Thought Should Go Into Choosing a Baby Christening Gown

A baby's christening ceremony requires a lot of preparation. There's the date to set, godparents to choose, a location to settle on, a reception to prepare afterward, and of course a christening baby gown to purchase. Baby boys and baby girls both will look absolutely precious and adorable in a baby christening gown

The gown is often the most exciting purchase related to a christening ceremony. After all, the focus of this special event is on your baby, so of course you will want him or her to look their best.

Typically, a christening baby gown is pure white, and made out of cotton, silk, smooth satin or soft, delicate organza. White is the preferred color since it symbolizes innocence and purity. Gowns can be worn by both baby boys and baby girls, though special rompers and suits are available for those parents who wish to find alternative apparel for their baby boys.

Many family traditions start from the purchase of a christening gown, so it's important to choose a high quality and heirloom quality christening baby gown. When you are considering christening gowns for purchase, you should also think about the time of year you will be having the christening ceremony during. Spring and summer christening ceremonies dictate baby christening gowns made of light, breathable materials, whereas fall and winter ceremonies would typically use heavier, warmer christening gowns. Sleeve length, weight of the christening gown and the material it is constructed from should all be appropriate for the particular season.

Once you have the basics planned for the baby christening gown, it's time to let your heart and desires go shopping! You should truly love the gown you decide upon and be very excited over the prospect of seeing your baby in it.

In addition to the christening baby gown, you'll also want to shop for a few accessories. First, there's the bonnet to consider. Most christening baby gowns are meant to be paired with a matching or complementing baby bonnet. Cross embroidered bonnets and fancy bonnets with ribbons and bows always make beautiful choices. Shoes and socks frequently come in white, and also make great accessories for your choice of christening baby gown. A blanket or a shawl would be appropriate for cooler weather, or for photography purchases.

Another addition to a beautiful christening gown, many parents adorn baby girls with tiny, infant- appropriate jewelry items, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings. A Little Baby’s First Bible, a baby wall cross, little angelic figurines and any number of religious items to celebrate this very special occasion for baby.

Finally, bibs and towels are also common accessories that are paired with a christening baby gown. A bib will protect a delicate gown from the baby drool and potential spit-up. A keepsake towel can be used to dry the baby’s head after the ceremony.

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Monday, January 18 2016

Bible Quotes for Christening/Baptism

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Romans 6:3

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the  Lord.Acts 22:16

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41

And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. John 3:23

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Mark 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
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Wednesday, January 06 2016

Top 10 Reasons Not to Be a Christian

Are you a Christian yet? If not, why not? Here are the top 10 reasons why some people delay in becoming a Christian, along with a brief response:

10. "A lot of Christians are hypocrites." - This is a true statement. Many Christians are hypocrites. This should not be too surprising, because there are bad apples in every basket. The standard to which God calls us should not be judged by a few bad apples. Besides, would you rather spend a few years, putting up with a few hypocrites in church, or spend eternity with all of them in hell? (Matthew 13:24-43)

9. "I am not good enough." - When one becomes a Christian, it is not because he, or she is good. In fact, we become Christians because we recognize that we are not good. We are sinners. The redemption of the Christian is based on grace and faith, not one's own righteousness (Romans 3:21-28). If it was based on righteousness, nobody would be a Christian, much less be saved (Romans 3:23; James 2:10-11).

8. "I do not know enough." - Do you believe there is a God? Do you believe that Jesus is His Son, who died on the cross to save us from our sins, and was resurrected to give us hope? Are you willing to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, to follow Him wherever He leads you? His commands are simple: After hearing the gospel, you must believe, repent from your sins, confess Him, and be immersed in water into His body (Romans 10:8-18; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27). The rest will come with time and diligence (I Peter 5:10; Hebrews 5:12-14). Trust Him.

7. "It is too hard." - Being a Christian is hard work. Before one becomes a Christian they should count the cost, and commit themselves to Christ, whatever the cost (Luke 9:57-62; 14:26-35). However, you should know that choosing not to be a Christian will produce a life that is even harder (Matthew 11:28-30). To help us, God has provided spiritual tools that enable us to grow as a Christian and overcome this life (II Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-18). These tools are only available to Christians (Ephesians 1:3). If we run away from the difficulties of being a Christian, we will run straight into a trapped life of ruin and misery, which will bring insurmountable and eternal difficulties.

6. "I am too wicked. God could not forgive me." - What have you done? Have you persecuted Christians? Forcing them to blaspheme their own Savior through slow and painful torture? Have you persecuted them to the point of death? If God can accept Saul, the persecutor of Jesus and Christians (I Timothy 1:13-16; Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-22), and if He can forgive those who crucified His own Son (Luke 23:33-34; Acts 2:36-47), then will He not readily accept you (Luke 15:1-32)? Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, including yours (I John 2:2; I Timothy 2:5-6).

5. "But, that means my family is going to hell!" - Once someone realizes the truth of his condemned state, it does not take long before he considers the fate of his loved ones. This realization often produces much worry and heartache. Such a person may allow this concern to overpower his desire to save himself. However, denying the truth will not change their true state before God (I Corinthians 4:1-5). The only real hope of saving your loved ones is to first become a Christian, and then you can reach out to them with the gospel. Ignoring the judgment to come does not make it go away. Turning a blind eye only makes condemnation inevitable (Romans 11:7-10).

4. "God is merciful. He would not condemn me." - God truly is merciful. He does not want any to be lost (II Peter 3:9). That is why He gave His Son to be sacrificed upon the cross, thereby giving us an opportunity to be saved (John 3:16). However, the Lord is also just, and He will one day return unexpectedly, as a "thief in the night" (I Thessalonians 5:1-3). Then the door of opportunity will be closed, and only those who are prepared will be saved (Matthew 25:1-13). At that time, He will be "revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." (II Thessalonians 2:7-8). This is God's promise and warning. Will you ignore the warning?

3. "I am a good, moral person. God would not condemn me." - On that last great day, there will be many surprised people, whom we might would consider good, moral people. Many might have even acknowledged Him as Lord (Matthew 7:21). Some might have gone so far as to have performed many great works in His name (Matthew 7:22). However, if they have not obeyed and performed according to the Lord's command, then Jesus will not recognize them, and they will be eternally condemned (Luke 13:23-27; Matthew 7:21-23). Are you obeying the Lord's command (Mark 16:15-16)?

2. "I'm not ready yet. Maybe tomorrow?" - Some people want to finish sowing their wild oats. Once they have had their full of sin and its pleasures, then they plan to offer their ragged life to God, just before they expire. Such people underestimate God. He will not be tricked, or mocked (Galatians 6:7-8). You will reap what you sow. In reality, the race is not to become a Christian before you die, but to repent before your heart becomes hardened through the deceitfulness of sin, unable to hear the word and repent (Hebrews 3:13; Luke 8:4-15).

1. Me, myself, and I - Few, if any, would readily admit this is the reason for delaying their conversion. However, at some point, all of the nine above reasons cease to be barriers, and they become excuses, masking their own selfish, stubborn rebellion as the true reason (Romans 1:18-32). However, such people will one day find themselves surrounded by all the selfish beings that ever lived, angels and people (Matthew 25:41-46). How effectively will you be able to serve yourself and find happiness in that realm of eternal evil, darkness, and suffering, where nothing good dwells?


If you are delaying becoming a Christian, then please answer the question, "Why?" What stands in your way between you and the Lord? Why will you not do what you know to be right? How do you know this is not your last chance before you either die or your conscience becomes so hardened that it can no longer be pricked by the truth? If something still stands in your way, please talk to me, or any Christian, about it. There is nothing worth losing your one and only eternal soul (Mark 8:34-38)!
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Sunday, January 03 2016

Why Are Babies Baptized?

Obviously, infants cannot understand the change of allegiance, the putting off of the old and putting on of the new, the dying and rising, the new life, or the sharing in the life of Christ. However, the parents of those infants can understand and live those values and pass them on to their children. They can also experience the support of the community in living those ideals, and that is extremely important.

Infant Baptism only makes sense if parents are true Christian disciples. If they are not, then it makes little sense to initiate their children into a Church which calls for a commitment to living the mission of Christ.

The Rite of Baptism for Children emphasizes the importance of faithfulness on the part of parents when it says to parents: In asking to have your children baptized, "you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith." That word practice is crucial; it calls for Christian modeling on the part of parents.

Children learn to be Christian by osmosis, by experiencing Christianity at home. The "domestic church" prepares children for the local and world Church. It is in the home, in the domestic church, that children first learn basic trust which is the foundation of faith. Without the experience of faith, hope and commitment in the home, children will not be able to know and understand the larger Church.
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Friday, January 01 2016

Welcome to the Family:
Religious Naming Ceremonies for the New Baby

Naming ceremonies cross all religious and national boundaries. The tradition of embracing a new life as part of the community began in ancient times, when early humans believed that a child was a gift of the gods and there was no concept of exactly how the gift was bestowed.

In modern times, there is more knowledge about the process of how the tiny new life began, but the miracle of a birth is still cause for celebration in the family and the community. Religious naming ceremonies take on different forms depending on the faith of the parents, but they all have some common features based on this universal heritage.

Welcome the child into the community
The birth of a child is a proud moment for the mother and father. The extended family, the larger community of friends and neighbors and the congregation that the parents worship with all share the joy at the news. The bris, christening, baptism or naming ceremony of each faith all serve the purpose of welcoming the new member of the community. In part it is an introduction, but a bit of the ceremony stems from the concept that each adult present at the ceremony is in part responsible for the care of the child. This is the reason that gifts are given at these ceremonies.

Announce the names that have been chosen
Choosing the name of the new baby is not a simple task. In some cultures the name of the parent or a respected friend or relative is given to the child. Other cultures give the name of a deceased relative to honor the memory of the ancestors. In other cultures, the religious elders are consulted to provide a name that will bring good fortune to the child. No matter what method if used, the choice of the given name is important and the naming ceremony serves to identify this new baby as someone who exists as a unique individual - with a name that has meaning. Often, the meaning of the name is explained as part of the ceremony.

Make promises of commitment to the child
The adults who are chosen to attend religious naming celebrations are usually close to the parents. They are either related by birth or have become close through friendship or shared beliefs. This is the core of the community that the new baby belongs to. These are the adults who will share and shape the future of the child. Being asked to participate in these ceremonies is an honor, but also a commitment.

Choose other adults to provide for the child
In most religious ceremonies, a godparent or godparents are chosen. Although all of the adults are committed to cherish and care for the new baby, the role of godparent is more serious. They promise that they will make sure that the child is taken care of and raised in the faith if for some reason the parents are not able to do this. Being a godparent is not something that should be entered into lightly.

So the next time you are asked to attend a naming ceremony, respond with the knowledge that you are following a tradition that goes back to the dawn of mankind. You are the recipient of a special honor and carry a special responsibility to share in the nurturing of a new life.
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