Beer Advent Day 12: 8-Bit

8bitbeer

Brewery:  Tallgrass Brewing

Location:  Manhattan, KS

Style: Pale Ale  ABV: 5.2%

Info on Beer/Brewery: Tonight’s beer is our second from Tallgrass Brewing and is dedicated to all of you Beer Advent participants who are video game heads.  I am certainly not a gamer but I enjoyed Super Mario Bros and RBI baseball when I was kid.

8-Bit Pale Ale boasts an aroma of fruit and pine as you pour into your pint glass. The vibrant taste of hops and tropical fruit flavors will hit home with each swig.  Hopheads should enjoy this one!

If I were to ask you the question: Which beer tastes better, from a bottle or a can?  What would you say?  Tallgrass Brewing is passionate about bringing awareness to the greatness and deliciousness of canned beer.  You can read about this very passion on this link called “Canifesto”.

Cheers to Cans and to 8-bit classic video game systems!

Advent Reflection: Matthew 1:18-25 (Reflection on v. 20-21)

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

As Joseph weighs his options and tries to come to a just, yet merciful decision based on his human understanding of the situation at hand; God intervenes.  An angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream and sets him on a course that alters his decision.  In the dream, the angel informs Joseph that the child was a divine instance, not an act of shameful immorality. The angel also tells Joseph that his son should be named ‘Jesus’ because ‘he will save his people from their sins’.

As we consider tonight’s reflection, think about times in your life where God intervened.  Maybe you were faced with a decision that just didn’t seem to make sense.  Maybe you were at a crossroads just like Joseph was.  I’m sure that Joseph still didn’t fully understand what in the world was going on, even after the angel visited him……but in faith, he trusted the message!

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