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Max Lucado: Christmas – No ordinary night when Jesus was born

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There is one word to describe the night He came — ordinary.

The sky was ordinary. An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air. The stars were diamonds sparkling on black velvet. Fleets of clouds floated in front of the moon.

It was a beautiful night — worth peeking out your bedroom window to admire — but not really an unusual one. No reason to expect a surprise. Nothing to keep a person awake. An ordinary night with an ordinary sky.

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The sheep were ordinary. Some fat. Some scrawny. Some with barrel bellies. Some with twig legs. Common animals. No fleece made of gold. No history makers. No blue-ribbon winners. They were simply sheep — lumpy, sleeping silhouettes on a hillside.

And the shepherds. Peasants they were. Probably wearing all the clothes they owned. Smelling like sheep and looking just as woolly. They were conscientious, willing to spend the night with their flocks. But you won’t find their staffs in a museum nor their writings in a library. No one asked their opinion on social justice or the application of the Torah. They were nameless and simple.

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An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an “extra” on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. The sheep would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night away.

But God dances amidst the common. And that night he did a waltz.

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The black sky exploded with brightness. Trees that had been shadows jumped into clarity. Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity. One minute the shepherd was dead asleep, the next he was rubbing his eyes and staring into the face of an alien.

The night was ordinary no more.

The angel came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and that is when they are most needed. God comes into the common for the same reason.

His most powerful tools are the simplest.

Take for example the place where Jesus was born.

A small cathedral outside Bethlehem marks the supposed birthplace of Jesus. Behind a high altar in the church is a cave, a little cavern lit by silver lamps.

You can enter the main edifice and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the quiet cave where a star embedded in the floor recognizes the birth of the King. There is one stipulation, however. You have to stoop. The door is so low you can’t go in standing up.

The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.

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So, while the theologians were sleeping, and the elite were dreaming, and the successful were snoring — the meek were kneeling.

They were kneeling before the One only the meek will see. They were kneeling in front of Jesus.

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California dad dies after trying to rescue daughter, 10: report

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A California man died at a local hospital on Christmas Eve after trying to save his 10-year-old daughter from drifting out to sea, authorities said.

The girl had been using a floating device in Monterey Bay off Carmel River State Park around 12:30 p.m. when the dad saw her float a little too far out in the water, state fire officials told SFGate.com.

The father, whose name and age were not disclosed, swam out to the girl, then witnesses told rescuers that both of them were struggling in the water.

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Both were taken to shore but the father later died, SFGate.com reported. The girl was being treated for possible hypothermia, the report said.

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Marshawn Lynch brings tidings and good cheer in first media address in Seahawks return

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch brought tidings and good cheer to the media Tuesday when he addressed reporters for the first time since re-joining the team.

Lynch and the Seahawks agreed to a deal Monday that would put him in a Seattle uniform for the final game of the season and through the playoffs. The team also signed Robert Turban.

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“Happy holidays. Merry New Year. You all have a great day. It’s a great feeling to be back,” Lynch said.

The star running back is infamous for moseying around questions from the media. He went viral during Super Bowl XLIX before the Seahawks played the New England Patriots when he told reporters asking him questions he was just at the podium so he wouldn’t get fined.

He left the podium after his required 4 minutes and 30 seconds with reporters.

Lynch re-joins the backfield where he won his only Super Bowl title, when Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos one season before the Patriots clash.

The Seahawks have taken a major hit this season, losing Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise and Rashaad Penny to injuries.

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Lynch last appeared in a game with his hometown Oakland Raiders on Oct. 14, 2018. Ironically, he was playing against the Seahawks. He ran for 45 yards on 13 carries and failed to score a touchdown. He stepped away from football after that but never officially signed his retirement paperwork.

It’s unclear what kind of football shape Lynch is in.

He was last spotted on Dec. 15 in the RingCentral Coliseum parking lot in Oakland prior to the Raiders’ final home game, serving tequila shots to fans.

Lynch recently said in an interview posted on YouTube that he would consider returning to the Seahawks because “We got history there. We got unfinished business.”

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During his time in Seattle, he ran for 6,347 yards and 57 touchdowns. He joined the Raiders prior to the start of the 2017 season and played 21 games for them.

Seattle plays the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night to determine the NFC West division champion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Paul Batura: Jimmy Stewart’s other Christmas movie – it, too, is wonderful

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Considered by many (myself included) to be one of the greatest films ever made, the perennial classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart, has become a fixture of the Christmas season.

Although it incurred a $525,000 loss at the box office in 1946 and drew the ire of the FBI, who charged producers of the script, “deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters,” the popularity of the classic continues unabated.

Stewart appeared in more than 92 films and received numerous honors and nominations, including an Academy Award for “The Philadelphia Story.” But cast as George Bailey, an idealistic small-town young man with big dreams that are tragically scuttled, leaving him hopeless one Christmas Eve, the Indiana, Pa., native found the role of a lifetime.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” was the first film Stewart made upon his return from flying combat missions in World War II, a chapter in his life he rarely discussed but a heroic and highly decorated one of great significance. He officially retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1968 as a brigadier general.

But if Stewart’s first post-WWII film about Christmas was his most notable and well-known, one of his last in 1980 is arguably his most obscure – but it is also both poignant and profound. You can watch it online for free.

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Titled, “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas,” the short film stars the then 72-year-old actor as a lonely, elderly janitor of an old apartment building. Living in a dark and dingy basement, widowed Willie Krueger’s only companion is a cat named George and the tenants who bang on the pipes to get his attention and chide him to stoke the furnace for more heat.

The made-for-television movie was distributed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although not Mormon (he was Presbyterian), Stewart once said he accepted the role because it “tells the real, true reason that Christmas is celebrated – the birth of Jesus Christ.”  I’m not Mormon either – I’m an evangelical Christian – but I find the movie touching.

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At the time of the film’s release, the veteran actor, who died in 1997 at the age of 89, said, “I’ve always looked to Jesus Christ for guidance and help, and I always thank him for the blessings that come my way. So it was close to my heart.”

Only the most jaded and hard-hearted person can watch Mr. Krueger and not feel empathy for the lonely and isolated people that surround us. Forty years later, loneliness is still a modern-day plague with no easy solution, especially as we live longer and too many families are either unable or unwilling to care for aging loved ones.

The impact of this epidemic is steep. Researchers suggest the physical toll that loneliness and isolation have on a person is the equivalent of the damage done by smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

But Jimmy Stewart as the downtrodden Mr. Krueger ultimately doesn’t pull or leave you down. Like in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the charm of the movie is found in its heartfelt and happy conclusion, which I won’t spoil for you.

The turning point of “Mr. Kruger’s Christmas” doesn’t come in a bar but rather a fantastical scene with the old man at the baby Jesus’ crèche.

Yet, the most powerful moment of the short film for me is in many ways a mirror of what happened inside Martini’s Bar in the 1946 classic. As you’ll recall, George Bailey is at his wit’s end and, contemplating suicide, begins praying in earnest as he sips his drink. Stewart would later say he was so engrossed in the emotion of the moment that the tears and quivering voice came naturally.

The turning point of “Mr. Kruger’s Christmas” doesn’t come in a bar but rather a fantastical scene with the old man at the baby Jesus’ crèche. Surrounded by Mary, Joseph and the animals, Stewart pours his heart out to the newborn child who would one day grow up to elicit the “thrill of hope” as a “weary world rejoices.”

“As long as I can remember you’ve been right by my side,” he says. “I’ve always been able to count on you when I’ve felt dark inside. Even when I didn’t feel good about myself, I knew that you cared for me, and that made me feel better. I love you. You’ve been my closest friend, and that means that I can hold my head high wherever I go.”

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Of course, Jesus didn’t come to earth to boost our self-esteem. He came to save us from our own helplessness and sinfulness. But He is, in fact, my greatest friend, too, who is there, as the old hymn goes, for “All [my] sins and griefs to bear.”

Whether George Bailey or Willie Krueger, Jimmy Stewart’s endearing characters live on, reminding us that even a tough and sometimes lonely life can still be wonderful, especially at Christmas.

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Graceland announces celebration of ‘Elegant Southern Style’ hosted by Priscilla Presley

One can only wonder if this celebration of “elegant Southern style” will honor sequined jumpsuits and velvet bedspreads.

After a successful first run in September, Graceland has announced its second-ever “Elegant Southern Style Weekend” from March 13 to 15, which aims to teach guests the finer points of cooking, entertaining, fashion and more with a series of workshops, seminars and speaking engagements with celebrity guests.

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Priscilla Presley will also be hosting the event, appearing at a “Champagne Gospel Brunch,” sharing her favorite memories of Graceland, and, depending on which package the guests book, posing for photos with fans.

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After a successful first run in September, Graceland has announced its second-ever “Elegant Southern Style Weekend” between March 13–15. (Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images)

“I’m really excited to host our second Elegant Southern Style Weekend at Graceland,” Priscilla Presley said in a press release shared by Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. “The event [in September] was a huge success. The guests loved it and I loved interacting with them and sharing stories why Elvis always returned home, not only to Graceland, but Memphis and the South.”

Presley added that the event will include discussions and celebrations of “Southern food, décor and architecture, dinner parties, floral design, wine tastings, outdoor living and entertaining, fashion, a Southern dance party and so much more.”

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Priscilla Presley, who is hosting the event, said the weekend will include celebrations of “Southern food, décor and architecture, dinner parties, floral design, wine tastings, outdoor living and entertaining, fashion, a Southern dance party and so much more.” (Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

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In addition to the seminars and workshops hosted by special guests — including chef Elizabeth Heiskell and florist/event planner Kevin Coble, among others — ticketholders will have the opportunity to tour Graceland and explore the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

Visitors are also eligible for discounted rates at The Guest House at Graceland, which is located across the street.

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Ticket packages currently start at $399 for the “Gold Package.” The VIP package, which entitles holders to an autograph and a riverboat cruise with Priscilla Presley, go for $659.

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Jeannie Cunnion: Why we shouldn’t keep Christ in Christmas

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My son, along with his 3-year-old classmates, lined up at the back of the church, nervously awaiting their procession down the center aisle to take their place on the stage. It was the annual Christmas concert at his Christian preschool, and after weeks of practice, it was finally time to perform “Feliz Navidad” and ”Jingle Bells” for the proud parents.

But first, the head pastor of the church that hosts the preschool took the stage to welcome the families and offer a few thoughts on why we celebrate Christmas. “Welcome! It’s wonderful to be together today to celebrate the birth of Christ. But before the children perform, I’d like to offer a brief word of encouragement, which is this: Parents, please don’t keep Christ in Christmas.”

I’ll admit the preacher didn’t have my complete attention until that moment. I had a full day ahead of me, and my mind was on how I was going to get my older kids to all the places they needed to go and still navigate all the things I needed to do.

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While the pastor continued on about the bumper stickers we often see on cars at this time of year that say “Keep Christ in Christmas” I turned to my husband and asked, “Did the pastor really just say “Don’t keep Christ in Christmas?”  Before he could respond, the pastor answered the question for me.

I can’t remember his precise words but his message clarified my confusion.

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“When parents pack up the Christmas decorations, they tend to put away Christ as well,” he said. “We tend to keep Christ in Christmas day alone. The invitation is to take Christ beyond your Christmas celebration and into your everyday lives.”

As the pastor concluded his message, I nodded my head in agreement and whispered a prayer of gratitude for a God who wants to go with me and chooses to dwell in me by His Spirit.

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It’s the “wants to” that gets me. He loves us so much that He chose to enter our fallen world and broken lives in the humble form of a baby, His Son. But this is no ordinary Son. He is both God and man. He is Jesus, and every longing of the human heart finds its fulfillment in Him.

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I came so you might have life, a great full life. My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life.”

Life! This is Christ’s gift to us.

He was born in a manger in Bethlehem to fulfill God’s perfect and pure law on our behalf so that we might walk in freedom from trying to do enough and be enough to secure God’s love and welcome.  

If this is who He is and why He came, why do we put Him away with the Christmas décor? Maybe it’s because we’re more prone to think that Christ came to give us laws to follow rather than life to the fullest?  But Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matt 5:17).

He was born in a manger in Bethlehem to fulfill God’s perfect and pure law on our behalf so that we might walk in freedom from trying to do enough and be enough to secure God’s love and welcome.

The Apostle Paul also attests to the freedom from the weight of the law that Christ came to offer when he wrote, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Gal 5:1)

These are just some of the gifts given to us in Christ.

Freedom from striving for God’s affection.

Life to the fullest.

Love that doesn’t waver based on our behavior.

Hope in hardship.

Peace that passes understanding.

Joy that isn’t contingent on our circumstances.

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This doesn’t mean we won’t continue to walk through trials and heartbreak on this side of heaven. Jesus assured us, “In this world, you will have trouble.” But, He continues, “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

To “Keep Christ in Christmas” is to miss out on the gifts Christ was born to give us. May 2020 be the year we choose not to put Christ back in the décor boxes in the basement but rather accept the invitation to live in real relationship with Him.

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7 of the most misbehaved wedding parties of 2019

Bridezillas, groomzillas — and even parentzillas — were the subjects of dozens of viral stories in 2019. But only the most misbehaved wedding parties of the year were deserving enough to appear in the following roundup.

Here are the most demanding of the bunch:

‘Crappy’ bride gives goldfish as wedding favors

A maid of honor on Reddit’s Bridezilla forum shared news of an alleged incident that both ended a friendship and killed nearly 100 fish in the process.

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Though the MOH claims she raised “multiple objections,” the bride was insistent on having the fish at the ceremony. (iStock)

In the post, the woman claimed the bride forced her to provide each wedding attendee with “real, live goldfish” to take home. But despite “multiple objections,” the bride allegedly purchased nearly 100 fish and assigned her maid of honor to “floater duty,” meaning she was in charge of removing the dead fish from the centerpieces and replacing them.

The maid of honor ended up being one of the few guests who actually kept their fish, she said.

“I named it Sun. It lingered far longer than my friendship with the bride, and far far longer than her marriage,” she wrote.

Stepmom ‘excommunicates’ groom over ‘adults-only’ wedding

While folks seem to focus mostly on “bridezillas,” one wedding was completely derailed by a “stepmomzilla.”

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“I told my fiance what happened and she broke down in tears thinking it was all her fault.” (iStock)

A Reddit user named Arinehim claimed his stepmother excommunicated him from his own family for wanting an “adults-only wedding.” According to him, when he attempted to talk to his stepsister about not bringing her 1-year-son, his stepmother “flipped out” and threatened to not only never speak to him again, but to cut him off from the rest of his family.

The stepmother then called the bride’s mother, and the conversation didn’t go well: The groom-to-be said his stepmother was “just plain nasty” to his mother-in-law, too.

Bride kicks sister out of wedding over haircut

A bride was dragged on Reddit for kicking her sister — a bridesmaid — out of the wedding because she cut her hair and donated it less than two weeks before the ceremony.

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“Oh my god, why would you do this right before my wedding?” the bride said, according to a bridesmaid. (iStock)

Though the bridesmaid claims she told her sister about her haircut beforehand, and the bride-to-be “responded positively,” the bride flipped out once she revealed the new look.

“Oh my God, why would you do this right before my wedding?” the bride said, according to the bridesmaid. She then demanded her sister “get extensions” or “[get] out of her wedding.”

In a follow-up post, the woman explained that she later learned all the bridesmaids had different, unusual hairstyles. “One bridesmaid has a pixie cut, another has the side of her head shaved, and one has a MULLET,” the woman claimed, adding that she soon requested to be taken out of the wedding.

Bride caught scamming hundreds of dollars from wedding party

A story appeared on Reddit’s Bridezilla forums about a bride and a maid of honor who tried to cheat the rest of the bridal party out of hundreds of dollars. They likely would’ve gotten away with it, if not for an overly diligent employee at the dress shop, who told one of the bridesmaids that the dress was $200 instead of the $400 the bride had charged each of the women.

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The bride would have gotten away with it too, if a bridesmaid hadn’t gone to pick up the dresses and learned everything. (iStock)

“Long story short, the dress was only $200,” she said. “When I confronted the maid of honor about it, she spilled the beans. Apparently, the bride and maid of honor plotted together to charge us double to help pay for the bride’s dress. I let the rest of the bridesmaids know and four of us dropped out of the wedding immediately.”

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Bride’s mother-in-law shames couple over ‘gift grab’ wedding

In another story shared to Reddit, one bride claimed that her mother-in-law shamed her and her husband for having a wedding — because they were already legally married.

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The bride claimed that she and her husband were forced to get a courthouse marriage due to “serious health issues” that required her to get on his health insurance. (iStock)

The bride claimed that she and her husband were forced to get married at a courthouse due to “serious health issues” that required her to get on his health insurance. However, that apparently wasn’t a good enough reason for her mother-in-law, who blasted the couple’s subsequent wedding ceremony as a flashy “gift grab.”

According to the bride, the mother-in-law proceeded to spread the news of their actual marital status to other family members, who allegedly called the newlyweds “sneaky and deceptive” and at least one demanded their gift back.

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Groom threatens sister if she misses wedding for rehab

A frustrated mom shared a story on Reddit about a fight between her son and daughter over the former’s wedding day, and it cost both the mom and the daughter their wedding invites.

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A mom shared the incident, which involved a fight between her daughter, an alcoholic in recovery, and her son who is getting married.  (iStock)

“My daughter is going through a tough time right now. She is an alcoholic and is currently in rehab. After rehab, she’ll be living in a sober living facility for 12 weeks. Only a week after she leaves the sober living facility (assuming everything goes according to plan) is my son’s wedding,” the mother wrote. “Though she hypothetically will be able to resist temptation at that point, I don’t think throwing her into a wedding with an open bar is a good idea, especially considering that their father’s side of the family is rowdy and heavy drinkers.”

However, when the daughter brought up potentially skipping the wedding, the soon-to-be-married brother allegedly told her she would be “dead to him,” causing a full-family meltdown that ended with the groom-to-be “extremely angry” and telling his mother not to go to the wedding, either.

Angry groom violently loses it during wedding ceremony

A shocking Facebook video showed a man completely losing his cool during a botched cake-cutting ceremony at his own wedding reception, leaving guests and his new bride horrified.

The clip opens with the groom and bride cutting the cake. The groom is visibly irritable as he forcefully and unenthusiastically guides his wife’s hand to cut a slice. But rather than finishing the ceremony by taking out the slice to feed his wife a piece a cake, as is tradition, he instead throws the knife on the table before curtly feeding a piece to his bride and then eating some himself.

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Things got even worse when the groom suddenly snatched a bottle of champagne from a guest’s hands and wildly shook the beverage before he smashed it onto the ground. Unleashed, the groom exploded and kicked the wedding cake, much to the guests’ shock.

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South Carolina Democrat apologizes for ‘white power’ remarks after Army, Navy personnel cleared of racist intent

A South Carolina state lawmaker has issued an apology after recently drawing backlash for accusing Army and Navy personnel of making a “white power” gesture at the recent Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia.

“Not because of threats and harassment from Twitter trolls,” South Carolina state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, a Democrat from Lancaster, writes in an online post, “but because it’s the right thing to do.”

The post includes a two-page letter dated Monday and addressed to the secretaries of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

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‘“I want to take this opportunity to earnestly apologize to your institutions,” Powers Norrell writes to the secretaries – Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams at West Point, N.Y., and Vice Adm. Sean Buck at Annapolis, Md.

Previously, in a since-deleted Twitter message, Powers Norrell had accused Army cadets and Navy midshipmen of contributing to a “cruel and disrespectful environment” by making “OK” gestures at the Dec. 14 football game between the two academies’ teams.

But following investigations, both service academies determined their personnel had been playing a “sophomoric game,” and were not trying to communicate racist messages.

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Powers Norrell drew criticism because, while she deleted her original Twitter post, she hadn’t commented after the investigation results – until releasing her letter Monday.

In the letter she explains, “I took down my Twitter post when I realized soon after that the matter was becoming bigger and more volatile than the circumstances seemed to merit.”

“I took down my Twitter post when I realized soon after that the matter was becoming bigger and more volatile than the circumstances seemed to merit.”

— South Carolina state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster

She adds, “I was pleased to see the findings of the academies’ investigations, showing that the young men’s conduct was merely immature and not intended to be malicious or racist.”

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The lawmaker also mentions that she has written individual letters to the men who were under investigation, “expressing my regret for adding any fuel to the firestorm,” and asks the academy superintendents to forward the letters to them, “as I do not know their names.”

Later, Powers Norrell shares the story of her father, who served in the Navy in the 1950s, telling her that he and other sailors were always briefed before arriving at different ports of call on what kinds of behaviors might be offensive to the people they would encounter at each stop.

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Navy midshipmen march before an NCAA college football game against Army on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

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She then suggests that the “OK” symbol be added to the list of gestures discussed in the academies’ “social awareness and sensitivity” training, to prevent future misunderstandings.

As of early Wednesday, Powers Norrell’s posting of the apology letter had received 775 likes and 161 retweets on Twitter.

Many commenters praised Powers Norrell for making the apology, while others doubted her sincerity. Some also defended the Army and Navy personnel, while others expressed skepticism about whether they really had been playing an innocent “game.”

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Phil Robertson: This powerful Christmas message can transform America – even Washington

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Christmas? If you mean the Santa Claus, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman kind of Christmas, that’s not my thing. I’m not a Scrooge, but I’ve got another Christmas story to tell that will rock your world.

The Christmas story I’m all fired up about began before a single molecule ever existed. In this story, the God who spoke 225 trillion galaxies into existence planned that Christmas Day would occur 2,019 years ago. Before anything had been created, he knew what he would do about the coming immoral behavior and rebellion of mankind – he would send his Son (the second person in the godhead) to earth in human form.

Just let that sink in for a moment. The Creator of the cosmos would empty himself of all power and majesty and enter our world as a wet, crying, naked baby. That is a powerful image, especially when we begin to understand why it had to be that way.

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God volunteered to become undignified, vulnerable and dependent on humanity – the same humanity he had created and had rebelled against him in the first place. The heavenly plan was that the infant Jesus would one day be humiliated on a Roman cross by those he loved.

The question humanity asks is, “Why?” Why would an all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God humble himself and allow his creation to abuse him in this way?

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The answer is very simple. First of all, the Bible says he did it to pay for our sins. However, that doesn’t sufficiently explain the Almighty’s motives. The Bible also says that he did it because he loved us (John 3:16). That was his motivation.

Jesus himself said that he didn’t “come to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many.”

Yes, you read that correctly! The Creator (all-powerful, all-knowing) humbled himself and became his creation’s servant.

If he did this for me, for us, what does he want in return? He wants us to bring glory to Him by trusting that He can give our lives meaning and purpose.

I have been following Jesus for 45 years (I used to follow another god – the god of self). And as God has been working on my heart and mind, shaping me into the image of his Son, I’ve noticed something; I’m not the same man I was 45 years ago.  I’m kinder and more loving. I am willing to lay down my life to help my fellow man who is in trouble.  I love “sinners.” In fact, I spend more time with them than I do “righteous” people. I’m looking out for others a whole lot more than I once did.

Yes, if America understood Christmas and prayed for the transformation that faith in Jesus brings, we would have a much different country

He made a new man out of me! A very different man!

If I’m right that Christ’s purpose in coming was to change rebels into worshippers, I ask you: What would America look like tomorrow if we took the Christmas story to heart today? How would corporate America look? Or the inner cities? Or the suburbs? Would the universities look the same?

Or here’s one for you, what do you think Washington, D.C., would look like? What would happen if our “leaders” became undignified before God (as he did before us) and bowed down before him in response to the love he lavished on them?

I’ll tell you what would happen. First of all, the pursuit of truth would take priority over the pursuit of political victory. Instead of playing “gotcha,” our leaders would work together to find solutions to America’s problems. Instead of finding ways to make it easier for us to eliminate “unwanted” babies by killing them in the womb, we would see them searching desperately for ways to support women who find themselves in the difficult position of having an unplanned pregnancy.

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And for the first time in years, our leaders really would reach across the aisle, not to slap someone who sits on the other side but to embrace and love them. Most importantly, they would discover that what is wrong with America isn’t that we have the wrong politics but that so many have abandoned the knowledge of God as something worth pursuing (Romans 1:28-32).

Yes, if America understood Christmas and prayed for the transformation that faith in Jesus brings, we would have a much different country – starting with individuals all across this land and working on up to Washington. We would see our leaders seeking God’s will instead of checking out what polls and focus groups say before they make a decision. Instead of marketing a political strategy, they would just tell the truth.

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We live in a perilous time, but the Creator of the cosmos says, “Trust me! Seek me! I won’t let you down!”

Think about it, America!

Merry Christmas!

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New York City man, 60, beaten by muggers over $1 in brutal attack caught on video

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Surveillance video shows a group of muggers punching, kicking and stomping on a 60-year-old man in New York City early Tuesday, in an attack that left the victim critically injured.

The suspects, who remained at large early Wednesday, got only one dollar from the victim, city police officials said.

The crime happened about 1:30 a.m. in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, authorities said.

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One of the suspects was captured on video picking up a nearby trash receptacle with the apparent intention of striking the victim with it, police told WCBS-TV of New York City.

The beating began when the victim and a 29-year-old man walking with him were approached by the group, which demanded their property, WCBS-TV reported.

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The 29-year-old also was attacked but reportedly refused medical attention, the station reported.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or visit the website www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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