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1. Which book of the Bible has the most to say about Christ's advent?
2. What is traditionally found in a Christmas Pudding?
3. What is the name of the red flower associated with Christmas?
4. How many "Lords a Leaping" were there?
5. In which language is Christmas known as Nadolig?


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6. Which German Christmas season figure punishes children
who are naughty, not prayerful and don't know the catechism?
7. Who tried to have Christmas abolished?
8. Which church does not acknowledge Christmas?
9. From a religious viewpoint, what is the only holiday considered
bigger than Christmas?
10. What is the name of the most famous Christmas ballet?


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Professor Howdy said...

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Christmas Quiz



Want to test your Christmas knowledge?
Here is a quiz to test your knowledge
of Christmas traditions, popular culture,
the Bible, and other aspects of the holiday
with these simple questions. So put on your
thinking cap and take a tour. Enjoy yourself!
Quiz your friends!


Today's Question's and Answers are located below in bold type!


1. How many reindeer does Santa Have?
2. In Frosty the Snowman, who brought Frosty back to life?
3. Who lost $8,000 in It's a Wonderful Life?
4. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what biological shortcoming made
the Grinch so mean?
5. Who tells you she's in town by tap, tap, tappin' at your
windowpane?
6. What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
7. What was Scrooge's first name?
8. What was the name of Rudolph's dogsled driving friend?
9. Who said "God Bless Us, Every One!"?
10. What carol contains the line "O tidings of comfort and joy"?
11. In The Night Before Christmas I sprang from my bed to see what?
12. In the song "Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer" what did Grandma
go to get?
13. What was the first gift my true love sent on the sixth day of
Christmas?
14. In what city did Miracle on 34th Street take place?
15. In It's a Wonderful Life, how did Clarence cleverly save George's
life?
16. Who kept time with the Little Drummer Boy?
17. In The Night Before Christmas, where were the stockings hung?
18. What is the name of the little girl in most versions of The
Nutcracker?
19. What is the last ghost called in A Christmas Carol?
20. What color is the Grinch?
21. How many pipers piping did my true love give to me?
22. What was Rudolph's punishment for his red nose?
23. What did the traffic cop holler say to Frosty?
24. What holiday drink contains sugar, milk, and eggs?
25. What popular bite-sized chocolate candy comes wrapped in red and
green foil at Christmas?
26. What one reindeer is never mentioned in "The Night Before
Christmas"?
27. St. Nick's beard is like what feature of winter?
28. What carol contains the word "Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la"?
29. In the "Nutcracker" section of Fantasia, what fungi dance the
Chinese dance?
30. What did the Grinch use as a substitute for reindeer?
31. Who were nestled snug in their beds?
32. What fruit is St. Nick's nose like?
33. What glittery bits of metal are hung on a Christmas tree?
34. In It's a Wonderful Life, what kind of spirit is Clarence?
35. What were Frosty's last words?
36. What piece of heavenly apparel does the Littlest Angel not wear
correctly?
37. On what street did a Santa Claus miracle occur?
38. What carol is known as the counting song?
39. What type of canned pie filling is a big seller at Christmas time?
40. Traditionally, does the oldest or youngest family member open the
first present?
41. Whose eyes were made of coal?
42. What song was originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh"?
43. What country started the tradition of exchanging gifts?
44. What are tiny, inexpensive gifts usually called?
45. How many times is the name of Santa Claus used in "The Night
Before Christmas"?
46. What is the most popular tree topper?
47. What snack is often left out for Santa?
48. Who wrote "The Night Before Christmas?
49. What do most elves wear on the tips of their shoes?
50. After red and green, what are the two most popular Christmas
colors?
51. What year do Bible Scholars believe Jesus was born?
52. Where in the 2 books in the Bible record the first Christmas?
53. Who wrote "A Christmas Carol"?
54.What were the names of the three kings that went to see baby Jesus?
55.What is the 12th day after Christmas called?
56.Why do people give water globes at Christmas?
57.What was the name of the angel who appeared to Mary?
58.Where did Joseph and Mary live after their marriage?
59.Why were Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem?
60. What was the manger?
61. What are magi?
62. How old was Jesus when He began His ministry?
63. Who was the first English monarch to have a Christmas tree?
64. According to the Bible, in which season was Jesus born?
65. In what year did a shipload of Italian sailors rescue the bones of St.
Nicholas?
66. Which traditional Christmas plants are NOT poisonous?
67. According to legend, what did Santa have arranged back in 1901?
68. How many sides does a snowflake have?
69. Which city, famous for its 'Christmas Market', is also known as 'The
Gingerbread Capital of the World'?
70. In which two oceans would you find a 'Christmas Island'?
71. What is the all-time best-selling Christmas recording?
72. When were electric Christmas lights first used?
73. The carol 'Silent Night' was first played on what instrument?
74. How many candles are on a Hanukkah Menorah (candelabra)?
75. In which newspaper did the editorial 'Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa
Claus' originally appear?
76. Near Christmas time, Scottish children may sometimes "cry up the lum",
meaning that they:
77. In Syria, Christmas gifts are distributed by:
78. When distributing gifts in Holland, St. Nicholas is accompanied by:
79. At Christmas, it is customary to exchange kisses beneath a sprig of
which plant?
80. What was the father of John the Baptist?
81. What is the connection between "Comet", "Cupid" and "Vixen"?
82. Which country traditionally provides Britain with a Christmas tree for
Trafalgar Square in London?
83. In which famous Christmas Song is a snowman pretended to be "Parsons
Brown"?
84. In what year was the first Christmas card produced?
85. Why is the word Christmas sometimes shortened to Xmas?
86. Finish this line from an old Christmas Carol: Oh come, all ye
faithful...
87. When did the first Christmas celebrations happen?
88. How did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem?
89. Which animals were present at the manger when Christ was born?
90. Who were the visitors from the East?

91. Which book of the Bible has the most to say about Christ's advent?
92. What is traditionally found in a Christmas Pudding?
93. What is the name of the red flower associated with Christmas?
94. How many "Lords a Leaping" were there?
95. In which language is Christmas known as Nadolig?
96. Which German Christmas season figure punishes children who are naughty,
not prayerful and don't know the catechism?
97. Who tried to have Christmas abolished?
98. Which church does not acknowledge Christmas?
99. From a religious viewpoint, what is the only holiday considered bigger
than Christmas?
100. What is the name of the most famous Christmas ballet?


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Christmas Answers



1. 8 - 10 ; Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet,
Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudoph, (the one with the
red nose) Olive (Olive the other reindeer {all of})
2. Santa Claus
3. Uncle Billy
4. His heart was two sizes too small.
5. Suzy Snowflake
6. "White Christmas"
7. Ebenezer
8. Yukon Cornelius
9. Tiny Tim
10. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
11. What was the matter
12. Her medication.
13. Six geese a-laying
14. New York
15. He jumped into the river first.
16. The ox and the lamb
17. By the chimney
18. Clara
19. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
20. Green
21. Eleven
22. Could not play in reindeer games
23. "Stop"
24. Eggnog
25. Hershey's Kisses
26. Rudolph
27. Snow
28. "Deck the Halls"
29. Mushrooms
30. His dog
31. The children
32. A cherry
33. Tinsel
34. An angel
35. "I'll be back again someday"
36. His halo
37. 34th
38. "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
39. Pumpkin
40. The youngest child.
41. Frosty's
42. "Jingle Bells"
43. Italy (Romans)
44. Stocking Stuffers
45. None
46. Angel
47. Cookies
48. Clement C. Moore
49. Bells
50. Silver and gold
51. The Bible doesn't say but approximately between 6 - 4 B.C.
52. Matthew & Luke
53. Charles Dickens
54. Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar
55. Epiphany
56. Because they are actually called snow globes
57. Gabriel
58. Nazareth
59. To be enrolled for the taxes
60. A feeding trough made of stone.
61. Politically powerful scholars and astronomers ("king-makers").
62. Thirty-three to thirty-four years old
63. Queen Victoria
64. The Bible doesn't say.
65. 1187 A.D
66. Rosemary
67. Commercial Christmas tree farming.
68. 06
69. Nuremberg, Germany
70. Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean
71. White Christmas
72. 1895
73. Guitar
74. 9
75. The New York Sun
76. Shout their Christmas wishes up the chimney
77. One of the Wise Men's camels
78. His servant, Black Peter
79. Mistletoe
80. A priest in the temple
81. They are all names of Santa Claus' reindeer
82. Norway
83. "Winter Wonderland"
84. 1846
85. The Greek word for Christmas is Xristos
86. Oh come, all ye faithful... Joyful and triumphant
87. In the fourth century
88. The Bible doesn't say (maybe walked)
89. The Bible doesn't say
90. Astronomers

91. Isaiah
92. Silver sixpence
93. Poinsettia
94. 10
95. Welsh
96. Knecht Rupprecht
97. Oliver Cromwell (starting around 1642)
98. Armenian
99. Easter
100. Nutcracker


There were 100 questions in the Christmas Quiz.


Bonus Questions:


1) What ancient (O.T.) book of the Bible accurately
prophesied that Jesus - the Jewish Messiah - was to
be born in Bethlehem)?

2) Who accurately prophesied in his writings that the
Messiah would be born of a virgin?

Bonus Answers:

1) The Jewish Prophet Micah (5:2) about
700 years B.C. (Before Christ).

2) The Jewish Prophet Isaiah (7:14) also
about 700 years B.C.


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Professor Howdy said...

Is all Scripture inspired by God?

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17).

God’s Word is inspired.

Second Timothy 3:16 speaks of the inspiration of Scripture. “Inspired” is the translation of a Greek word that literally means “God-breathed.” Every word of Scripture is from the mouth of God!

Theologians speak of inspiration as the mysterious process by which God worked through the authors of Scripture to produce inerrant and divinely authoritative writings. Inspiration is a mystery because Scripture doesn’t explain specifically how it occurred. The only glimpse we have is from 2 Peter: “Know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (1:20–21).

“Interpretation” speaks of origin. Scripture didn’t originate on the human level but with the Holy Spirit, who “moved” upon the authors to write it (v. 21). “Moved” is the translation of a nautical term that describes the effects of wind upon a ship as it blows against its sails and moves it through the water. Similarly, the Spirit moved on the Biblical writers to produce the Word of God in the language of men.

The human authors of Scripture knew they were writing God’s Word, and they did so with confidence and authority. Often they cited or alluded to one another as authoritative agents of divine revelation (e.g., 2 Peter 3:15–16).

On a personal level, inspiration guarantees that what Scripture says, God says. It’s His counsel to you; so you can study and obey it with full assurance that it is true and will never lead you astray.

For further study, consider this: Often the New Testament affirms the inspiration of the Old Testament by attributing Old Testament quotations to God Himself. For example, compare these Old Testament passages with their New Testament counterparts: Genesis 2:24 with Matthew 19:4–5; Psalm 2:1–2 with Acts 4:25–26; Isaiah 55:3 with Acts 13:34; Psalm 16:10 with Acts 13:35; Psalm 95:7–11 with Hebrews 3:7–11. How might you respond to someone who says that the Bible is merely the words of devout religious men?

Adapted from John MacArthur, Drawing Near, October 13 (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1993).

Professor Howdy said...

Avoiding the Final Betrayal
Protecting Iraqi Christians


December 21, 2006


There are duds, and then there's the final report of the Iraq Study Group. Some in Washington had hoped—naively, I believe—that this group of Washington "wise men" (and women) would somehow come up with an instant, Solomonesque solution to the war. Not so.

Both the White House and its critics were cool to the group's recommendations. There was nothing new in the reports. And so last week, the White House postponed a planned nationally televised address, which had originally been intended to follow the release of the report.

These events speak volumes about the difficult choices facing the nation, and they remind us that there's no easy solution.

For example, not even the harshest critics of the war believe we can simply pull our troops out of Iraq. As I have said before on "BreakPoint," this would only embolden and strengthen Iran and put the fate of Israel in grave peril.

There is one thing, however, Christians can bring to this discussion. It is the fate of Iraq's Christians. There are an estimated 600,000 to as many as one million Christians in Iraq. They are called "Assyrians" or "Chaldeans," and as these names suggest, they have lived in Iraq since time immemorial. What's more, they are one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, dating back to at least the second century. If any group has an historical claim to their part of Iraq, it's them.

Yet an increasing number of Iraqi Christians have concluded that "there is no future for Christians" in Iraq. As one Christian put it, "We have no militia to defend us."

That matters because, as the New Republic put it, "Sunni, Shia, and Kurd may agree on little else, but all have made sport of brutalizing their Christian neighbors." Since neither Iraqi nor Americans officials are willing to protect them, Christians are leaving their ancestral home.

The extent of this neglect and indifference is on display in the study group's final report: In its eighty-four pages, the word Christian never appears—not once. The words Assyrians and Chaldeans appear only in passing in the next-to-last recommendation as part of a longer list. Not one paragraph, not one sentence.

In contrast, the report makes multiple references to the fate of the Palestinians whom, last time I checked, don't live in Iraq.

Whatever else it represents, the group's report represents the conventional wisdom about Iraq: Figure out who matters and who needs to be made happy or, at least, less upset. So, while Syria and even Iran are accommodated, the well being of Iraqi Christians doesn't figure into the equation at all.

That's outrageous. It's also, as I've told you before, not surprising. Iraq's Christians have been ignored from the start so, in that sense, nothing has changed. What has changed is that we may leave without securing their future, and there would be a genocide of Christians.

American Christians can't sit by and let this happen. Their blood would be upon our hands. And to abandon our brethren would be grossly immoral and cowardice.

So am I asking you to pray for our leaders and then let them know what you're praying for: the wisdom to find a solution that does justice to all Iraqis, including Christians.




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Professor Howdy said...

Fifty September 11ths. We'll never forget the horror we felt when we saw nearly 3,000 people die on that single day. But on the day after Christmas 2004, a monster tsunami hit several countries in South Asia and Africa, you remember, and 150,000 died in one day! That's 50 September 11ths! How do you begin to grasp a death toll like that? But, believe it or not, it's a sobering reminder of an even greater tragedy!

Every day in this world 150,000 people are swept into eternity. Every 24 hours we lose as many of our fellow humans as were lost on the day of that tsunami. The daily tsunami of death happens quietly, and invisibly for most of us. Eternity begins every day for 150,000 people in our world - many them, if not most of them, totally unready to meet God.

Tragically, many of the people who died in the surging waters of the tsunami did not have to die - if only there had been a warning system in place. Where people did get a warning, they headed for high ground and survived. Now, God has established a worldwide warning system to help people escape the tsunami of His judgment, to help them spend eternity with Him. That warning system is His people. People like us.

In Acts 1:8, our word for today from the Word of God, Jesus said to His followers, "You will be My witnesse..." That hasn't changed. He's counting on us to represent Him - to, in a sense, stand in for Him and give the warning to a dying world. The warning tells us that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) and that only Jesus could, only Jesus did die so we don't have to. Sin's death penalty can't be paid by doing good. Somebody has to die. Somebody did - He's the only Son of God. This isn't about Christianity being the only true religion. It's about Jesus being the only Savior there is because no one else even claimed to die for our sin. If there was any other way to God, believe me, Jesus would not have suffered that horrible death on the cross.

When you consider that 150,000 people go into eternity every day and that they have no hope without Jesus, shouldn't that make us look at what we're spending our time on, what we're spending our money on, what we're spending our life on? How can the warning system be silent when the tsunami is coming for more people every day? 2 Corinthians 5:20 rests the responsibility squarely on those who belong to Jesus. It calls us "Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you, on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.'"

We've had a wakeup call, watching so many swept into eternity at one time; reminding us that for 150,000 people every day, it's heaven or hell. Think about your life in light of that reality. How can we be content to live lives that revolve only around ourselves and our little world? How can we be content for our church to be so caught up in keeping all the programs going and just surviving when we lose so many every day without them ever having a chance? And don't we need to broaden the scope of our sometimes myopic prayers and pray as Jesus did "that the world may know" (John 17:23)? God so loved the world. How can we do less?

You have nothing more important you can do with the rest of your life than to invest it in getting the life-saving news about Jesus to as many people as possible while there's still time. Because we are God's warning system. To know the wave is coming and remain silent is to let people die who otherwise might have lived.


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Professor Howdy said...

As the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary proclaiming all that would come to pass, she was perplexed, and yet the text reports, she believed. "Nothing will be impossible with God," the angel assured her, and he added news of another miracle close at hand: "Behold, your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age. She who was called barren is now in her sixth month" (Luke 1:36).

The scene is hardly the slow motion picture we often imagine it to be in our Christmas plays. Undoubtedly as full of questions as she was faith, Mary said to Gabriel, "May it be done to me according to your word" (1:38). And we are told that immediately Mary arose and went to the house of Elizabeth.

This always seems a detail easily overlooked. If something fearful and wonderful were to affront the routine of your ordinary day, who would you run to tell first? Mary didn't immediately run to the man she was promised to marry. She didn't go first to the
religious leaders for their insight into her encounter with God or to her parents for help in dealing with the ramifications of unwed motherhood. She went in a hurry to Elizabeth, though we are not entirely told why. Perhaps Mary was as startled about Elizabeth's womb as she was about her own. Perhaps she ran to verify Gabriel's words about her barren relative and in so doing the words about herself. Perhaps she rushed to the one person in her life who would be most conscious of the miraculous hand of God. I imagine a terrified but anticipant teenager running into the house of an older relative shouting: "Is it true?"

Yet instead of describing what was going on inside of Mary, the text describes what was going on inside of Elizabeth. As Mary burst through the door with her greeting, the child leaped inside Elizabeth's womb and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice Elizabeth cried out: "How has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord."

If Mary rushed to Elizabeth's house for affirmation of all that was said to her and all that was to come, she did not turn away disheartened or disillusioned: God was faithfully among them. The truth of all that was spoken to Mary in a visit from an angel was affirmed in that visit with Elizabeth. And Mary burst into song, uttering one of the most beautiful doxologies in all of Scripture:

My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has had regard for the humble state of his bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.

Two thousand years ago, a young girl believed that the promises of God spoken to her were miraculous enough to affect generations to come. But more than recognizing God's words as
true, Mary allowed truth to have its way with her. Such an orientation may seem irrational to many, but it reflects the beauty of a soul able to stand on a greater rationality. As Madeleine L'Engle observes in her poem "After Annunciation":

This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild,
Had Mary been filled with reason
There'd have been no room for the child.

Mary received God and his promises as more than mere words. She surrendered to God as savior, allowing her life to be deeply and personally transformed, in both wonder and pain. Standing with Elizabeth, Mary praised the mighty one for the things God had done for her, knowing much was still yet to come. As was prophesied long before, the Messiah was drawing near. And as was promised to Mary, the Holy Spirit came upon her, the power of the most high overshadowed her, and the holy child was called the Son of God.



Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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