After Christmas, I was burning boxes that some of the presents were wrapped in. Those boxes were reduced to ashes not recognizable at all.
Christmas is past, and now we look forward to the new year. I have to admit that I have been described as a "stick in the mud" when it comes to the celebration of New Year's Day. That is especially true in light of my view of Christmas.
This time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ, but who is this one that was born in a manger over 2000 years ago? The Bible says that this child is the Son of God; for the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary bringing about the conception. This is a great mystery but Christ was both God and man. While he was on this earth He was an example to those who watched His ...
When I was a little boy I collected baseball cards. I had a few football and basketball cards, but the ones that mattered most to me were the baseball players. Like so many other boys my age, I dreamed of one day becoming a professional baseball player.
When a soldier goes to battle, he must have a weapon. The Christian is engaged in the most important battle of all time.
This is a question that you will hear time and time again during this Christmas season; including many movies where this is the key issue. Kids will ask their parents or grandparents if Santa is really real or just a made up character. I am not going to give you advice on how to answer this very important question, but may God give us all wisdom and guidance as we attempt to without sapping the fun out of this season.
I will never forget the events of the first meal that my wife cooked for me. My "then fiancée" took had invited me come to dinner on a particular day. I later learned that she carefully selected the groceries, and then took a half day from work in order to prepare the meal for me. Imagine her feelings when I sat down and wolfed down a plate full (and seconds) in less than ...
What a great blessing it is to know that heaven will be ours for eternity. Many times it is said of heaven that is a going home. The use of the word "home" gives a sense of peace and comfort to the idea of heaven. A home is the place where no matter what befalls us during the day we know it is our safe haven, for there the ones who care about ...
It is the week leading up to Thanksgiving. We must admit that the actual giving of thanks can get lost in the shuffle of the week. After all, look at all that we will be doing. Traveling to be with family is a huge issue. Wednesday, the day before the holiday, is the largest travel day in the United States.
The other day I went to the hospital to see a couple of parishioners. Before I went in I attempted to eat some hamburgers I had picked up at a drive through, from which some grease dripped down on my shirt which I first thought was water.
Well, did you finish your Christmas shopping yesterday? Did you do your part to stimulate the economy? I have to admit that I probably did not (I say probably, because I wrote this before the week of Thanksgiving).
At this time of year many stop and take stock of all for which they should be thankful. There are so many blessing to be enjoyed. Health, family, friends, prosperity, jobs, and the list could go on and on. Taking time to give thanks is a good thing, but it should be happening continually not just on one special day. Everyone should also realize to whom the giving of thanks should be addressed.
I Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Paul first tells us to give thanks "in" every circumstance not "for" every circumstance.
As Paul neared the end of his life he wrote in 2 Tim. 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Last week my wife and I went to Charleston, S.C., to celebrate our anniversary of 30 years. While there, we took a tour of a mansion built in the nineteenth century. As we walked through this home we were directed to a room that was described as the owners' "religious room." It had an alter from a catholic church, which I had no problem with, but what was on this alter and around ...
This holiday season is my most favorite time of the year. Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but not in our hearts, for we always give thanks for so much.
Each Sunday in December, including Christmas Eve, candles are lit in celebration of Advent. This past Sunday was the first day when only one candle was lit.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I remember receiving a phone call from my mom many years ago. It was sometime in August, just before school was to start. We were about three minutes into the conversation when she said to me in a very excited tone, "I've finished my Christmas shopping!"
The Bible tells us many things about Jesus.
The new pastor in town is excited to be in the area.
Psalm 100 is the song of a thankful heart, a command to worship and serve this God, who made us by entering into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. These praises unto God must be sung from our lips and from the depths of our souls. We must praise the Lord in the place recognized by the world as His court and also within the gates of our secret lives. If there is no praise for our God, then surely our song will not be accepted.
If we think about it, there are many reasons we could come up with to give thanks.
I trust that your Thanksgiving was a good time. Some of you have sped by Thanksgiving and spent Friday in the stores. Others may not read this article until they have visited even more stores today.
What do we know about Jesus? Some only know that he was the son of God, others that he died on a cross to save man.
Paul finds himself in a little bit of a predicament in Acts 27.
There was an event in our community this past weekend that honored the life of a local hero.
In five days, many of us will be gathered around a table with family to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. For my family, that will mean lots of loud talking and laughter and the consumption of more food than we ever should eat.
Many people, including Christians, seem to think they cannot make a difference in the world.
They came to simply say, "Thank you."
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." - Ephesians 6:10