50 uppercut Drills (24kg KB)
50 Tactical Lunges (25kg KB)
50 Pull-ups (dead hang, no kip)
Note: uppercut drills and lunges are 50 reps per arm or leg (i.e. L+R=1 rep)
Celebrating the First Advent of Christ:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Christmas in Italy
In Italy, the Presepio or crib plays a major part in the celebration of Christmas. Every home, even the poorest, has a Presepio of some kind, and the churches have very elaborate ones. The people place humble gifts of nuts and apples in the hands of the life-sized figures.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. – I Corinthians 12:4-5
Christmas In Poland
It is a Polish custom not to serve Christmas dinner until the evening star has appeared. A vacant chair is always placed at the table to signify htat a place has been made for the little Child of Bethlehem.
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
Christmas in Egypt
In Egypt, Christians burn candles,, lamps, and logs in great numbers on Christmas Eve as symbols of “shepherds’ fire.”
You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. – Psalm 18:28 NKJV
Christmas in Serbia
Well-to-do families in Serbia keep open house for three days at Christmas, and all visitors–friends or enemies, strangers or beggars–are welcome to come to the table. On Christmas Eve,, the Serbians have a saying: “Tonight earth is blended with Paradise.”
“When you put on a dinner…invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind…. God will reward you for inviting those who can’t repay you.” Luke 14:12-14 TLB
“This is Christmas–the real meaning of it. God loving, searching, giving Himself–to us. Man needing, receiving, giving himself–to God. redemption’s glorious exchange our gifts! Without which we cannot live; Without which we cannot give to those we love anything of lasting value. This is the meaning of Christmas—the wonder and the glory of it.” – Ruth Bell Graham
Freely you have received, freely give. – Matthew 10:8
Luke 2: 1-20
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.