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Glenn Barber

Finally Completing The Story

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Hi Guys, I have come a long way since the pictures above.  I now have the wire mesh all completed and I am all most finished Gluing the Burlap skin on the wire mesh.  Next I will build the round stone and get it caught up to the Tomb as far as Wire and Burlap and then I am ready to start putting on the Drylock to give it that rock lock and protection and then I will be painting it.  It is a big project but hopefully i only do it once.  I think it is going to be pretty nice in my story.  I plan to start putting Christmas lights up Labor day weekend (only on the house and fence and trees - not on the grass) and at the same time trying to finish the Tomb.  I believe I am at least a month from finishing the Tomb Project.  Thanks again for all your help and suggestions - I hope it turns out the way I have it invisioned.  I'll send more Pictures later on.

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Your like me I believe in keeping the Christ in Christmas I put up 6 manger scenes. But i thought about  doing something like that but wouldn't that be more suitable for Easter just because Christmas is about the birth and Easter is about the rising just a thought and trust me Im not being yucky i love what your doing but people might not get it as well as they would on Easter. I would just hate to see you do all that work and people not get it but it looks great so far and I cant wait to see it finished....

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Thanks - I know where you are coming from - I have had that discussion many times over the years - I am in the believe that you can't have the birth without the Death - Even though Christmas is to celebrate the Birth - I think celebrating the salvation is equally important.  Hopefully everyone will get it - If you get a chance, go up on Youtube and look up a group called GO FISH and type in their song "It's about the cross" - it's on their Christmas LP - it's a wonderful song that goes with what I am doing.  I will be sending more pictures this weekend - Thanks again for your encouragement.

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Oh I so want to do a sequence on "It's About the Cross" - probably my favorite on their album.  If anyone has it sequenced, pls PM me.  [especially if you have the singing trees sequenced - LOL)

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Hey Guys,

 

Well I have got a little farther this weekend with my Tomb - I finally got all the Burlap on and the stone made - I experimented with the drylock as well and have figured out how to do that - with tomorrow being a holiday I am going to put some drylock on but then start putting lights up on the fence and bushes - next weekend on the house - I know I am weird but i have lots of light sto get up - nothing will go in the yard till November 1st - meanwhile I will finish the Tomb after work in the next few days.  Here is a picture of the Tomb with all the burlap on.

 

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Well folks - I finished my Tomb this weekend - When I set it out for Christmas i will dress it up around the base to give it a dirt and weeds look - but the Tomb it's self is finished - I really hope you guys like it.

 

Thanks

Glenn

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I love your thinking. The fact you have the birth of Christ along with His death, burial & the ressurection tells the true gospel. The empty Tomb lets folks know you serve a living God. Jesus is no longer on the cross & the blood He shed still cleanses folks today. "How big is God? He is big enough to rule the mighty Universe yet small enough to live within my heart".

 

I am glad you went that extra mile to complete your Christmas display & to show/tell the gospel. You truly are putt the GO in Gospel.

 

Scott

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Thank You Scott - It's to GODs glory - I just want people to know - that you can't have the Birth without the death.  Some people feel that Christmas is about the Birth of Christ - i agree - but to tell the full story - I think GOD would approve.

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Thank You Scott - It's to GODs glory - I just want people to know - that you can't have the Birth without the death.  Some people feel that Christmas is about the Birth of Christ - i agree - but to tell the full story - I think GOD would approve.

God always approves those who bring the gospel to others. What greater gift at Christmas time than to see someone who might except Christ as their Saviour because of your display..

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That is AWESOME. I also love your thinking. Never would have thought of doing this. Just goes to show that there would have been no tomb or cross without the manger.

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Mr. Barber,

When you get the display set up will you email me pics from daytime and night if that is not asking to much. Just would love to see the whole story put together now that you have the tomb done.

Thanks

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Hey Glenn,

 

Love your empty tomb and all the work you put into it, it looks awesome! 

 

If I would have gotten into this thread early on, I would have suggested the thick foam board.  The church I attend in Michigan has a huge Christmas show every year called The Glory of Christmas, I have been working behind the scenes for several years helping make the props and sets.  You would be amazed at what we do with this foam board, we use it for just about everything, we glue pieces together and carve with a sawzall and a hot knife then use a hand rasp for final shaping before painting.  The stuff it sturdy and most importantly light weight, you can pick up a wall with one person and move it around.

 

I too would love to see pictures once you have your display all up and lit in the yard!  I know the joy your display will bring to others will be considerable.

 

Keep up the great work,

 

Mike

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Mike,  Thank you for those great idea - I have several more scenes I want to do over time and will look to the Foam board for possibly making scenes - I may even call upon you for some advice if you don't mind - I eventually want to tell the entire story of Jesus from Mary to Jesus leaving this earth - it will take time but for now I have the main events - Birth - Death and resurrection.  Thank You for your support - and I will be taking pictures.

 

Thanks

Glenn

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