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For ten years, Spud and his descendants have worshipped the Christ Child at the offices of the Baptist State Convention of NC (known as the Baptist Building). If you are familiar with the back story, you can click here to get this year’s installment. If not, read on:

SPUD Sr. – YEAR 2014

It all started in 2014. Spud sought out the Christ child to worship. He had just been given a Gideon Bible and had been reading the Christmas story. He felt drawn to seek out the Christ Child to offer his adoration to the Savior of the World. He arrived at the Baptist Building and soon found the nativity with the Baby Jesus. He quickly set up his place to worship.

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Later that season, he found a friend, discipled him and brought him along to worship, finding another nativity that could better house the two extra worshippers. However, the larger nativity was risky to go undetected by the nativity police in the building, but risk of persecution did not stop their desire to worship!

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SPUD Jr. – YEAR 2015

In 2015, Spud Sr. eventually rotted as potatoes do, but not before discipling his “son” Spud, Jr. Naturally in December, Spud, Jr. followed the example of his spiritual father and went to the Baptist Building in search of the Christ Child. He once again sought out a great place to worship and hopefully go undetected by the nativity police.

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SPUD Iii – YEAR 2016

Following in the example set by his father, Spud, Jr. discipled his son, Spud III before he rotted. Spud III continued the custom of seeking out the Christ Child to worship at the Baptist Building, and worshipped with his whole being (potato). This younger generation of worshippers were even bolder in their faith and fearless in their proclamation of the good news.

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Spud III was excited to have a child to disciple before he eventually rotted. His son, the fourth generation of worshippers in the Spud family, made his way to the Baptist Building this year and found his place in the nativity.


SPUD IV – YEAR 2017

Spud IV was delighted to find the climate at the Baptist Building was more conducive to his presence as a worshipper.

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Spud IV has had a problem with the presence of the Magi at the manger since they really didn’t arrive at the time of the birth. Even though he has a issue with that, he has not let it hinder his worship.

Spud IV invites all potatoes and other creations of God to offer their worship unhindered this Christmas.


SPUD V – YEAR 2018

Spud V has come to the manger (2018) and brought his Chinese friend he has been discipling from one of NC’s pockets of lostness. His name is 土豆 (Tǔdòu).


SPUD VI – YEAR 2019

Spud VI was concerned the Christ Child would never arrive at the Baptist Building this year, but once He arrived, Spud VI took his place worshipping the Christ Child like the spuds before him. It seems the stable has a new shipment of hay this year. He also noticed the Magi arrived too early once again this year.


SPUD VII – YEAR 2020

2020 has been an unusual year, but Spud VII has been looking forward to making the journey to the Baptist Building like all the Spuds before him to worship the Christ Child. He made the journey, but to his dismay, there was no Christ Child to be found in the Baptist Building. He thought to himself, if the Baptists don’t have Jesus, where has He gone? What a crisis this was. Thankfully, Kenny Lamm, a real friend to his Spud ancestors, was at the building that day and helped Spud look around. After being unsuccessful, Kenny offered to take Spud home where there are LOTS of nativity scenes that he could try out. Spud loved the idea and now has found a great place to spend the rest of his life worshipping the Christ Child. Spud hopes the next generation of Spuds will once again find the Christ Child at the Baptist Building next year.

Check out the gallery below of Spud and several of the places he has found to worship the Christ Child this year.

 


SPUD VIII – YEAR 2021

The Baptist Building is fully open in December 2021, but Spud could not find nativity scenes in the usual places. A friend of his family for years, Kenny Lamm, mentioned another possibility since he knew the people in Business Services love to celebrate the Christ Child.  So Spud looked in the Business Services suite on the third floor and found an elaborate display! He quickly joined in with all the other worshippers to offer his adoration to the Christ Child.

What is so amazing about this is that the nativity he worships in this year is right outside of the door of the former office of the chief of the nativity police–no longer does he face persecution in the Baptist Building!


SPUD IX – YEAR 2022

Spud VIII discipled his son, Spud IX in the past months, and when December came, Spud IX set off to the Baptist Building as taught by his forefathers, to seek the Christ Child and to worship Him. To his dismay, he searched high and low on every floor and could not find the Christ child anywhere in the Baptist Building! Last year, his father told him that he had found one in accounting services even when there were no other nativities to be found. This year, even the accounting area was void of the Christ child! Fortunately, he found a friend of the family, Kenny Lamm, who produced a small nativity from his office and placed it on a table on the fourth floor. Spud, with moisture in his eyes, finally being able to fulfill his purpose, quickly moved into place to be able to worship the Christ Child through the season. He was thankful this one did not have the wise men erroneously showing up at the manger. He is grateful to be from a long line of worshippers who disciple their children to worship Christ. Spud hopes that you, too, are taking time to worship Christ this season.

 

 


SPUD X – YEAR 2023

Passing along his faith and discipling his son, Spud IX spent months in Bible study, modeling a Christian life and instilling a intimate love for Jesus into his son Spud X. He explained with tears to his son that one day he, like all potatoes, would rot and he would be on his own. He told him of the Baptist Building far away where he could journey to worship the Christ Child in December. A few weeks before Christmas, Spud X set off to the Baptist Building to seek the Christ Child and to worship Him.

His father had told him of a time that nativity police would make it difficult to join in worship at the nativities in the Baptist Building. Indeed, some of his ancestors felt threatened and had to secretly move about the building and hide in the nativity, but all that had changed! He could expect to be welcomed with open arms. And indeed he was! He was welcomed at the door and processed through check-in (however, he did not like the term “processed” used in a sentence with potatoes).

He remembered that his father had mentioned that Kenny Lamm would be able to take care of any needs he had while there and that the nativity in the accounting area was surrounded by wonderful, welcoming people that would allow him to worship in their nativity. He boarded the elevator and, with some help, made it to the third floor. 

He quickly found his destination. There was the Christ child! He settled in with an unobstructed view of Jesus, thanked God for a safe journey and immediately began worshipping.

Spud looks forward to one day discipling his li’l taters to be Christ-followers who love God with all their heart, soul, mind and being. He hopes you are taking time this season to worship the Christ Child and make sure you are passing your faith to your li’l taters.