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9 months ago

Yes, it's that time of the year again, Christmas. People will be celebrating, eating well (if they are able) and rejoicing in the spirit of Christmas. Still others will suffer depression and heartache from a past memory that happened during this otherwise joyful season.

Pause and reflect

I've said it many times, Jesus was not born on Christmas Day as tradition tells us. Instead, he was likely born in August or September when shepherds would still be tending their flocks. This something they would not be doing in Israel in December!

Nevertheless, this is a great time for giving as opposed to receiving. I won't delve into what I gave this year but the only thing I asked for was a San Diego Padre's original jersey, which I got. Other than that, I want nothing.

Gifts & Exchanges

One of my primary pastors speaks about gifts and exchanges in his Christmas sermon. Now I know it is Sunday and many will be going to church today. The fact is, some people only go to church when it is convenient or when it is Christmas or Easter.

But live sermons and worship are always available online. Having said that, I'd like to invite you to hear the sermon by my pastor with the same title as the subheading.

It's free. You can watch it on Facebook or on his website. You may also sign up to receive a daily devotion for free.

I assure you this: this pastor is a straight shooter and will not stteer you wrong. He preaches the gospel and how we should live.

The invite link is here and I hope you will enjoy it. If you desire to skip the worship music (he's not into entertainment in his large church), you can cut past it.

https://www.facebook.com/pastorallenjackson/videos/420426659764498/

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Will check out the sermon pretty soon.

I agree that most people only go to church church it is convenient, especially festive periods only but this shouldn't be so.

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9 months ago

You are absolutely correct. They do not realize the ultimate consequences of their actions.

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9 months ago

I also read in bible that December isn't the month that God born, however, what important is that we trust and believe in Him. Besides, being kind is all that matters.

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9 months ago

You are quite correct. Thank you for participating in this thread.

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9 months ago

Yes, Ma'am. People would o well to be kind. Unfortunately, someone committed libel on this thread and Scotty is in touch with his attorney to bring charges.

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9 months ago

Gift are that way to get a love from other person that give you a new way of happiness and this is Awesome for us whenever someone special give us a beautiful gift and we return them a nice day with beautiful gift in our site and Christmas 🌲🎄 that day we spread love and happiness careness our Friends and family. Keep always them in you're hand never leave them alone make more connection to Their

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9 months ago

Yes, sir, giving is best when we give with a joyful heart.

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9 months ago

Thanks for the comment. He was receiving a comment from a jealous user because Scotty our friend is the top tipper and she wants to be #1. Let her have it if it'll feed her ego. Some people are just bonkers.

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9 months ago

I wonder to whom you're giving your tip. Girlfriend? A friend? Another account? 🤔🤔 Anyway, Merry Christmas..

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9 months ago

So I get a text from my homeboy about your interrogation. And sure enough, there you are accusing me of doing something wrong.

I wouldn't possess the audacity you have, that's for sure. Mariel is right, it's really none of your business, but just to let you know, I run a food bank for the poor who have no food. I tip my friends and writer's who preach Jesus or writer's with non-frivolous topics who write 99% grammatically well. Those are few and far between here. Most Filipinos can't even speak proper English, much less write it.

It sounds to me like you're quite the jealous type. Before writing this comment I see you are the 2nd biggest tipper. If it glorifies your self image, by all means take the lead. I don't care, but I sure as heck won't stop tipping great writers and all people who make positive comments. Unfortunately, you are not one of them. Now get off my page.

I have contacted my attorney and we will be seeking retrieval of information by warrant and charges of libel.

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9 months ago

I will wait for that.. Do you need my personal details?

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9 months ago

That won't be necessary, Ma'am. My attorney will be handling things from here on out. This, then, will be my final contact with you. Enjoy your Christmas.

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9 months ago

Oh. Thanks then... But how can he sue me if he doesn't know my identity? _😅 do you even know in what part of the world I am?

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9 months ago

Hong Kong ring a bell? You should close your Twitter account. You gave yourself away and my attorney has screenshots of it. Tsk, tsk. Who would have thunk it, an OFW at that.

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9 months ago

Of course, you checked my articles lol. It's okay.. I'll gonna call my uncle who works in the government too. One is an attorney too. My relatives are police officers and my family is soldiers...

And btw, my grandmother and uncle are missionaries.. They spread the words of God and act accordingly.. They don't discriminate and degrade others. They are kind just like the REAL preachers of God... They exactly know the real meaning of the words written in the Bible.

And another btw, we aren't jealous..what we've said was a fact not accusations. (I guess the admin learned about it already). What we are building on this platform is camaraderie… through interaction with different users from different parts of the world, we built a harmonious community. We just don't choose whom to interact with… that is what we call UNITY, not individuality…

When someone needs help, we don't hesitate to give some help, small or big. Like the recent fundraising for the victims of the typhoon Odette. Did you even drop some help? I guess, no. that's how we help each other here. The last thing I did was to help a friend who suffered from Bell's Palsy and all my earnings on that day both noise/readcash was donated to her.. All thanks to kind users of these platforms too..

We spread our tips to many, not just to certain friends or users we like. Not just to a group of 3 or 4 or 5. But to users from different parts of the world. Because that is how GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY should be. And we are practicing it here, in case you don't know since you guys are only creating your own small community.

We are from different parts of the world with different native languages... Whether the article is grammatically-well or not, we don't mind about it, because we all have different genres of writing and we aren't native English speakers as well. Which is an advantage to you...we understand that we all have flaws here because no one is perfect...but some people think they are.

Spreading the words of God yet doesn't know what they are talking about or if they are acting right.

Btw, may I know the name of your foundation or whatever is that food bank you are referring to. We might drop some BCH donations.

Merry Christmas to you. This will be my last comment. Let your attorney handle everything then. I would love to see him in person and talk to him cordially..

Have a nice day Mr Scotty and Ms Mariel...

I despise her for being a Filipino who degrade co-Filipinos...discrimination tolerable here.!!.

And it seems that you guys aren't missionaries at all.. Because you should give good words and advice to someone who committed mistakes..make things right.. But here you are, want to fight like a kid..

Sometimes, it's not the mistake that matters, but how you deal with it rightly.

It's Christmas anyway.. So I want you to have peace of mind this Christmas.. I will let this pass and won't bother you anymore.. Do what will make you happy... You can block me again and continue spreading the words of God, but please, act accordingly....

I've been through a lot and promised not to deal with negativity again.. So Merry Christmas to both of you..

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9 months ago

Why did yourself a deeper hole? You make a complete apology and I promise to drop everything. Deal?

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9 months ago

It's not a big deal to me as I know how to stoop down when I needed to...

So my sincere apology for accusing you...

But please, discrimination isn't tolerable here. You exactly know what to do if you are really a God's preacher..

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9 months ago

Then it's a done deal. My apologies to you as well. Merry Christmas.

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9 months ago

You owe an apology most especially to the Filipino community here... You exactly insulted the whole community.... I guess, when helping others or spreading the words of God, we don't choose the beneficiaries.. It's the same sense when choosing people whom to interact with.. I know you know the meaning of Unity which you guys mentioned in one of the articles you supported. .

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9 months ago

I'll apologize when all your friends who piled on do. Until then, no dice. I'll only apologize to you.

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9 months ago

Better forget everything then if you can't do that... But never insult the Filipino community again...

Because we are all the same on this platform.. No one is on the top or bottom. No one is smart or dumb.. No one is poor or rich.. Because we all have common denominator when we stepped into this platform. Whether you agree or not.

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9 months ago

I spoke with my pastor in the US. He advised forgiveness but no apology. Now, seeing how he is a world renown pastor, I'll take his advice.

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9 months ago

How can you forgive someone without making an apology? Both are connected. Our pastor didn't say something like that before..

Those who are willing to forgive are willing to apologize as well.. Especially when we know that we're at fault as well..

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9 months ago

That is not true, Jane. Many of your friends piled on from the Filipino community. I can forgive their actions but I do not owe them an apology when they offer none. The two are not necessarily synonymous. Look to the example of Paul's beef with Barnabas about John Mark in the book of Acts.

Now are we done with this or not?

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9 months ago

Done

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9 months ago

He's a friend of my fiancee, not that it's any of your business. How rude of you!

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9 months ago

Im not rude. I guess it's you who is rude here

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9 months ago

You have already committed libel. Now kindly keep quiet.

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9 months ago