CPC Report; An unabashedly liberal perspective 

25 December 2011- Christmas Day

The Cotton Patch Version of the Birth & Childhood of Jesus (From the Cotton Patch Gospel by Clarence Jordan)

Book of Mathew

 18. The beginning of Jesus the Leader was like this: While his mama, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, but before they had relations, she was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Since Joseph, her fiance´, was a considerate man and didn't want to make a public scandal, he decided to quietly break up with her. As he was wondering about the whole situation, a messenger from the Lord came to him in a dream and said, "Joe Davidson, don't be ashamed to marry Mary, because the Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. Now she'll give birth to a boy, who you'll name Jesus,  because he will deliver his nation from their errors."

22. This whole event was the completion of what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Listen, a young lady will get pregnant and give birth to a boy, and they'll name him 'God-is-with-us.' "

24. Then Joseph woke up and did as the Lord's messenger had directed–he married the girl. But he didn't sleep with her until she had her baby. And he did name it Jesus.

 2.

1. When Jesus was born in Gainesville, Georgia during the time that Herod was governor, some scholars from the Orient came to Atlanta and inquired, "Where is the one who was born to be governor of Georgia? We saw his star in the Orient, and we came to honor him." This news put Governor Herod and all his cronies in a tizzy. So he called a meeting of the big time preachers and politicians, and asked if they had any idea where the Leader was to be born. In Gainesville, Georgia," the replied, "because there's a bible prophecy which says:

                        'And you Gainesville, in the state of Georgia,
                        Are by no means the least in the Georgia delegation;
                        From you will come a governor,
                        Who will wisely guide my chosen people.' "

7. Then Herod called in the scholars privately and questioned them in detail about the exact time of the star's appearance. And he sent them off to Gainesville with this instruction: "Go and find out the facts about the child. Then tell me what you've learned, so that I too may come and honor him." They listened to the governor and left. And you know, the star which they saw in the Orient went ahead of them until it came and stood above the place where the child was. (Just looking at the star flooded them with great happiness.) So they went inside the house and saw the baby with his mother, Mary. They bowed down and honored him, and opened the presents they had brought him–gifts of jewelry, incense and perfume. And having gotten the word in a dream not to revisit Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.

13. After they had checked out, the Lord's messenger made connection with Joseph in a dream and said, "Get moving and take your wife and baby and highball it to Mexico. Then stay put until I get word to you because Herod is going to do his best to kill the baby." So he got right up, took the baby and its mother and checked out by night for Mexico. He stayed there until the death of Herod. (This gave meaning to what the Lord said through the prophet: "I summoned my son from Mexico.")

16.Then it dawned on Herod that he had been duped by the learned men, an he really blew his top. He gave orders to kill all the babies in Gainesville and thereabouts who were under two, on the basis of the schedule which he had obtained from the scholars. (Then the saying of Jeremiah the prophet was given meaning:

                        "A noise is heard in Ramah,
                        Great weeping and anguish;
                        Rachel is grieving for her children
                        And there's no consoling her,
                        Because she has lost them.")

19. Now when Herod passed away, the Lord's messenger contacted Joseph in Mexico by a dream. "Get moving," he said, "and take the child and his mother and return to the South, for the people who were trying to take the boy's life have died."

21. So he packed up and took the child and his mother, and returned to the South. He heard that Herod's boy Archelaus was governor of Alabama and so he was scared to settle down there. He was given instructions in a dream to go on over into south Georgia to the city of Valdosta. (This gave meaning to the prophet's word: "He shall be called a Valdostan.")


We Are The World
Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones
There comes a time
when we hear a certain call
When the world
must come together as one

There are people dying

and its time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on

pretending day by day
That someone, somehow
will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God's great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need

We are the world,

we are the children
We are the ones
who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
it's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart

so they'll know that someone cares
So their cries for help
will not be in vain
We can't let them suffer
no, we cannot tell them to wait
Right now they need
our helping hand

We are the world,

we are the children
We are the ones
who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
it's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

When you're down and out,

there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
there's no way we can fall
Let us realize that a change
can only come
When we stand together as one

We are the world,

we are the children
We are the ones
who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
it's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

We All Need Somebody

that we can lean on
When you wake up
look around and see that
your dreams gone
When the earthquakes
would help you make it through the storm
When the floor breaks
a magic carpet to stand on
We are the world united
by love so strong
When the radio isn't on
you can hear this song
I got a light on the dark road
you're walking on
A sign posted to find
the dreams you thought was gone
Someone to help you move
the obstacles you stumbled on
Someone to help you rebuild
after the rumbles gone
We are the world connected
by a common bond , love
The whole planet singing along

We are the world,

we are the children
We are the ones
who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Everyday citizens,

everybody pitching in
You say more love,
you say no more
You sensing more,
you sensing more love
You and I, you and I
Twelve days no water
where's your will to live?
we'll amplify the love
and watch it multiply
feeling like the world's end
we can make the world win
like Katrina, Africa, Indonesia,
and now Haiti needs us
they need us, they need us

We are the world,

we are the children
We are the ones
who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me


Glynn Braman

Make a Free Website with Yola.