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					Sweet Bits of History                                                                                 Sweet Bits of History                                                                                 Sweet Bits of History
A   lthough the full history of the Candy Cane is
    uncertain, it apparently began in late 17th
century Europe as a straight, white sugar stick
                                                                                                      A   lthough the full history of the Candy Cane is
                                                                                                          uncertain, it apparently began in late 17th
                                                                                                      century Europe as a straight, white sugar stick
                                                                                                                                                                                                            A   lthough the full history of the Candy Cane is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                uncertain, it apparently began in late 17th
                                                                                                                                                                                                            century Europe as a straight, white sugar stick
(no curve, no stripes) used only as a treat.                                                          (no curve, no stripes) used only as a treat.                                                          (no curve, no stripes) used only as a treat.
Europeans often used food treats (cookies, etc.)                                                      Europeans often used food treats (cookies, etc.)                                                      Europeans often used food treats (cookies, etc.)
as decorations on their Christmas trees, and so                                                       as decorations on their Christmas trees, and so                                                       as decorations on their Christmas trees, and so
the little sugar sticks found their way onto trees.                                                   the little sugar sticks found their way onto trees.                                                   the little sugar sticks found their way onto trees.
     In America, this became particularly fashionable after                                                In America, this became particularly fashionable after                                                In America, this became particularly fashionable after
about 1847, when an Ohio man named August Imgard used                                                 about 1847, when an Ohio man named August Imgard used                                                 about 1847, when an Ohio man named August Imgard used
candy canes exlusively in decorating his family Christmas tree,                                       candy canes exlusively in decorating his family Christmas tree,                                       candy canes exlusively in decorating his family Christmas tree,
to entertain his nephews and nieces. Reportedly, many who saw                                         to entertain his nephews and nieces. Reportedly, many who saw                                         to entertain his nephews and nieces. Reportedly, many who saw
it decided to go home, boil sugar, and give it a try. An American                                     it decided to go home, boil sugar, and give it a try. An American                                     it decided to go home, boil sugar, and give it a try. An American
tradition was born. Less is known about the stripes & shape.                                          tradition was born. Less is known about the stripes & shape.                                          tradition was born. Less is known about the stripes & shape.
     We can’t say who first added the bold red stripes, but there                                          We can’t say who first added the bold red stripes, but there                                          We can’t say who first added the bold red stripes, but there
are various opinions regarding the motives/meanings of the red                                        are various opinions regarding the motives/meanings of the red                                        are various opinions regarding the motives/meanings of the red
on white. One idea is good old American patriotism (the stripes                                       on white. One idea is good old American patriotism (the stripes                                       on white. One idea is good old American patriotism (the stripes
on the US flag). Also very likely is a connection to Christianity                                     on the US flag). Also very likely is a connection to Christianity                                     on the US flag). Also very likely is a connection to Christianity
(via Christmas), in that the colors seem to symbolize the Lord                                        (via Christmas), in that the colors seem to symbolize the Lord                                        (via Christmas), in that the colors seem to symbolize the Lord
Jesus Christ’s sinlessness (white, for His purity1) and His death                                     Jesus Christ’s sinlessness (white, for His purity1) and His death                                     Jesus Christ’s sinlessness (white, for His purity1) and His death
on the cross (red, for His shed blood2) to buy fallen humanity’s                                      on the cross (red, for His shed blood2) to buy fallen humanity’s                                      on the cross (red, for His shed blood2) to buy fallen humanity’s
freedom from sin. Both the patriotic and Christian meanings                                           freedom from sin. Both the patriotic and Christian meanings                                           freedom from sin. Both the patriotic and Christian meanings
could be true. Certainly when we think of American patriots                                           could be true. Certainly when we think of American patriots                                           could be true. Certainly when we think of American patriots
who died to secure our natural liberties, we are reminded of                                          who died to secure our natural liberties, we are reminded of                                          who died to secure our natural liberties, we are reminded of
Jesus’ death that paid for the ultimate freedom: everlasting life.                                    Jesus’ death that paid for the ultimate freedom: everlasting life.                                    Jesus’ death that paid for the ultimate freedom: everlasting life.
     We also cannot say when and where the cane’s hooked                                                   We also cannot say when and where the cane’s hooked                                                   We also cannot say when and where the cane’s hooked
shape was established, but it’s likely one reason was simply to                                       shape was established, but it’s likely one reason was simply to                                       shape was established, but it’s likely one reason was simply to
make them easy to hang on Christmas trees. There is a possible                                        make them easy to hang on Christmas trees. There is a possible                                        make them easy to hang on Christmas trees. There is a possible
Christian connection, too: the shape of a shepherd’s staff is                                         Christian connection, too: the shape of a shepherd’s staff is                                         Christian connection, too: the shape of a shepherd’s staff is
seen (Jesus is the shepherd3, or guide, of all His followers).                                        seen (Jesus is the shepherd3, or guide, of all His followers).                                        seen (Jesus is the shepherd3, or guide, of all His followers).

How to Buy Into One Sweet Offer                                                                       How to Buy Into One Sweet Offer                                                                       How to Buy Into One Sweet Offer
J  esus taught that each one of us must be “born again” in
   order to become part of the Kingdom of God.4 That is to say,
one must be “born from above”5 if we want to become citizens
                                                                                                      J  esus taught that each one of us must be “born again” in
                                                                                                         order to become part of the Kingdom of God.4 That is to say,
                                                                                                      one must be “born from above”5 if we want to become citizens
                                                                                                                                                                                                            J  esus taught that each one of us must be “born again” in
                                                                                                                                                                                                               order to become part of the Kingdom of God.4 That is to say,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            one must be “born from above”5 if we want to become citizens
in God’s Kingdom. Think again about the patriotic concept:                                            in God’s Kingdom. Think again about the patriotic concept:                                            in God’s Kingdom. Think again about the patriotic concept:
One born outside America is not a U.S. citizen. If he wants to                                        One born outside America is not a U.S. citizen. If he wants to                                        One born outside America is not a U.S. citizen. If he wants to
become truly American, he must be naturalized to be a citizen.                                        become truly American, he must be naturalized to be a citizen.                                        become truly American, he must be naturalized to be a citizen.
Likewise, we were all born into the sinful line of Adam (the first                                    Likewise, we were all born into the sinful line of Adam (the first                                    Likewise, we were all born into the sinful line of Adam (the first
human)6, and we are not citizens of God’s Kingdom until we are                                        human)6, and we are not citizens of God’s Kingdom until we are                                        human)6, and we are not citizens of God’s Kingdom until we are
born again—converted, or naturalized, into His Kingdom.                                               born again—converted, or naturalized, into His Kingdom.                                               born again—converted, or naturalized, into His Kingdom.
     So, how? That’s just what a man named Nicodemus asked                                                 So, how? That’s just what a man named Nicodemus asked                                                 So, how? That’s just what a man named Nicodemus asked
Jesus (see the Holy Bible, Gospel of John, chapter 3). Jesus                                          Jesus (see the Holy Bible, Gospel of John, chapter 3). Jesus                                          Jesus (see the Holy Bible, Gospel of John, chapter 3). Jesus
said that our new birth must consist of “water” and “Spirit.”                                         said that our new birth must consist of “water” and “Spirit.”                                         said that our new birth must consist of “water” and “Spirit.”
According to the New Testament (for examples, see the Book of                                         According to the New Testament (for examples, see the Book of                                         According to the New Testament (for examples, see the Book of
Acts), that means being baptized in water while calling on the                                        Acts), that means being baptized in water while calling on the                                        Acts), that means being baptized in water while calling on the
name of Jesus (which identifies with Jesus’ death, burial, and                                        name of Jesus (which identifies with Jesus’ death, burial, and                                        name of Jesus (which identifies with Jesus’ death, burial, and
resurrection7) and by receiving the infilling of God’s Spirit.                                        resurrection7) and by receiving the infilling of God’s Spirit.                                        resurrection7) and by receiving the infilling of God’s Spirit.
     We can help you be born again. Read Acts 2:38! Contact us!                                            We can help you be born again. Read Acts 2:38! Contact us!                                            We can help you be born again. Read Acts 2:38! Contact us!
                         1.   See the Holy Bible, Book of Hebrews 4:15.                                                        1.   See the Holy Bible, Book of Hebrews 4:15.                                                        1.   See the Holy Bible, Book of Hebrews 4:15.
                         2.   See Hebrews 9:12.                                                                                2.   See Hebrews 9:12.                                                                                2.   See Hebrews 9:12.
                         3.   In Hebrews 13:20, Jesus is called “that great shepherd of the sheep.”                            3.   In Hebrews 13:20, Jesus is called “that great shepherd of the sheep.”                            3.   In Hebrews 13:20, Jesus is called “that great shepherd of the sheep.”
                         4.   See the Holy Bible, Gospel of St. John 3:3-5.                                                    4.   See the Holy Bible, Gospel of St. John 3:3-5.                                                    4.   See the Holy Bible, Gospel of St. John 3:3-5.
                         5.   In John 3, “born again” is rendered as “born from above” in the New                              5.   In John 3, “born again” is rendered as “born from above” in the New                              5.   In John 3, “born again” is rendered as “born from above” in the New
                              Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.                                                           Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.                                                           Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.
                         6.   See the Holy Bible, Book of Romans 5:12.                                                         6.   See the Holy Bible, Book of Romans 5:12.                                                         6.   See the Holy Bible, Book of Romans 5:12.
                         7.   See Romans 6:15, and Book of Colossians 2:11-15.                                                 7.   See Romans 6:15, and Book of Colossians 2:11-15.                                                 7.   See Romans 6:15, and Book of Colossians 2:11-15.


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