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First Sunday of Epiphany-Jan 13

12 Jan

Meaning of The first Sunday of Epiphany The color of the first Sunday of Epiphany is white symbolizing purity. commemorates Jesus’ baptism by John-It reminds us that we need to seek to cleanse the sin out of our life so our life will show the love of God to those around us. If we tell others that Christ has made a difference in our lives, than our lives must demonstrate a positive difference from those around us or they will not believe what we say. Therefore, we need to seek God to remove those things from our lives that hinder our witness for Him. If we have a quick temper or are careless and irresponsible and don’t fulfill our promises, we need to ask God to help us conquer them lest they hinder our witness. The sad fact is that the greatest hindrance to the spread of the Gospel in America is the behavior of those who call themselves Christians but live like the World. (see my series-“In The World, But Not Of It” on how to live a life pleasing to God and still enjoy life)

 
 

Sanctity of Life-C-2

12 Jan

Liberals are showing more of their real intend in Canada and Britain where they have far greater power than in the U.S. They are pushing assisted suicide through the health care system which they control. Liberals feel that you are the sum of your monetary value. If your value doesn’t justify your existence, they want to get rid of you. Abortion is just the first step. Socialized medicine like in Britain and Canada is next. Most people see socialized medicine as free health care but it is based on the idea that the government knows better than you what is best for you. We almost had a similar system under President Obama but fortunately Obama was stopped when Hillary lost the election. Obamacare had plans for panels to decide if treatment was justified, like in Canada and Britain. In other words, you could be denied treatment even if you and your doctor agree it is needed, simply because a panel of bureaucrats feels that the cost isn’t justified by the benefits. In a free society, that wouldn’t be a problem since you could pay for the treatment yourself, but under socialized medicine, if the government refuses to pay for your treatment, they won’t allow you to go ahead and pay for the treatment yourself.

 

Sanctity of LIfe-C-1

12 Jan

Almost all Democratic legislators these days vote for abortion bills, including those who claim to oppose abortion, which shows they care more about the money that abortion providers provide for their reelection campaigns than they do about the women and girls they represent, but unfortunately, not all Republicans vote against abortion. It is important to look at they way they vote and not just accept campaign rhetoric. The Liberals say that they care about these women and those who oppose abortion don’t care about them. Do they show they care for women when they vote to pay abortion providers who pressure women and girls to get abortions against their will? Is it concern for women that leads them to oppose any attempt to allow women to get the facts before they decide? Is it concern for young girls that leads them to oppose attempts to require that an underage girl’s parents to be notified that she is considering an abortion? Is it concern for young girls that leads them to abort babies of underage girls and not report it to police knowing they are required by law to do so and that by failing to report it, they are allowing the girl’s rapist to go free. Do they really care?

 

Epiphany-Jan 7

05 Jan

The Revelation-Epiphany means “to reveal” and is a season where we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles. Jesus did not come just to save His people but all who would accept Him so He revealed Himself to the unbelievers as well. The Wise Men were probably not Jews but were probably astrologers who studied the stars and advised the kings of Persia and the Mid-East for the Bible says they saw the star while they were in the East. God used their interest in the stars to reveal the coming of Christ to them. We often think of the Wise Men coming to see the baby in the manger but the Bible says that the Wise men went to the house where Jesus was. Since Herod ordered the soldiers to kill all male babies two years and younger, Jesus was probably a year or more old by the time the Wise men arrived. The first Sunday of Epiphany-color is white symbolizing purity and from second Sunday on is green which symbolizes life & nature which reveals the glory of God

 

Second Sunday of Christmastide-Jan 6

04 Jan

The Forgotten Ones- need to reach out to others -Many people who form the core of churches today are interrelated to others in the core of the church because their children grew up together in the church and married. When they have problems or needs, their family helps either directly or through the church. However there are many in most churches who are outside the core because they have only recently joined or their children had left home before they joined and often are not well known by those in the core. When they have problems or needs, the core of the church is often not aware of it and those in need are reluctant to ask for help. In a small church, where the pastor gets out and regularly visits all his members, he may eventually become aware of problems, however, in a large church, the pastor can not personally visit everyone so a deacon or elder board should divide up the congregation so each board member has responsibility for overseeing a portion of the church. (see “The Living Presence” in my series “Rebuilding The kingdom” for pastors and church leaders)

 

New Year’s Day-Jan 1

04 Jan

Not Christian-While New Year’s Day is not a Christian holiday; many Christians will celebrate it somewhere, where better than in church. Many unbelievers will be out drinking and dancing to erase the memories of the past year and celebrate the coming of the new year. New Year’s Eve is a good time for the church to gather in preparation for the new year. Some churches begin with a dinner, than a worship service, then games and fellowship as they wait for the New Year. Others begin with a dinner, than play games and fellowship until almost time for the New Year when they have a worship service to usher in the New Year with praise for His blessings in the past year and prayer for guidance and direction in the new year. Whatever you do, let it be a time of joy and anticipation.

 
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Politics-A-Y

04 Jan

Now that Democrats have taken control of the House, they promise to give the people all kinds of free stuff like health care, abortions, and college education. However, free stuff is never free and taxpayers will have to pay for it. Its doubtful that they can get the bills past the Republican controlled Senate though there are numerous “Republicans in Name Only” (RINO’s) who have been siding with the Democrats, however it will give us a basic idea of how much this free stuff is going to cost taxpayers. America’s love for free things is evidenced by the support for avowed Socialists like Bernie Sanders and a number of the ones elected to Congress this past election, as well as their support for closet Socialists like Hillary Clinton and Obama who don’t proclaim their Socialist affiliation but draft and push socialist policies like socialized medicine. It is evident that the Democrats are split between the more moderate socialists who agree with Republicans that the budget should be balanced but their idea of balance is massive new taxes to balance their massive new spending as opposed to the Republican idea of balancing the budget by cutting both taxes and spending. However, the growing number of radical Socialist Democrats want unlimited spending with no accompanying tax increases. They literally want to spend money they don’t have further ballooning the U.S. debt and speeding the day when the economy collapses allowing the Socialists to declare martial law and seize power, as they did in Russia, China, and a lot of other countries. Unfortunately, our schools no longer teach either history or economics, so most people today do not understand it.

 

 

Politics-AX

04 Jan

Americans are no longer taught the basics of government or history and economics. Many people I talk to have no understanding of what democracy and socialism are or what each has achieved or not achieved. Russian Communism eventually collapsed under the pressure to be replaced with scattering of private ownership of business to shore it up. China is now on the verge of economic collapse and is setting up free enterprise zones in Africa to allow Chinese to run private businesses to shore up China’s economy. Most of the European nations under Communism were on the verge of collapse when they were forced to introduce some private ownership of business to shore up their economies. Chile became a socialist nation and went bankrupt. It finally restored democracy and has seen a remarkable recovery. England went Socialist for a while until it was on the verge of collapse and had to restore private ownership of business. Venezuela became a Communist nation and now lacks even basic food and other essentials. Originally Socialism took power through revolution and killed off all intellectuals, leaders, etc that don’t support them to prevent rebellion. More recently they have begun dumbing down education to make zombies who follow blindly and don’t question their lies. Education is the U.S. has gone from among the best in the world to among the worst among developed countries.

 

 

 

About the Holidays-D

01 Jan

While churches often have special activities at Christmas and Easter, most of the other holidays like Pentecost, are not even mentioned and many Christians aren’t even aware of them. In addition, there is rarely any celebrations in the home. Celebrations are special times when the family can gather and share things together. In addition, it helps both parents and children remember them. It also helps the family remember that God is not only in church but is a part of all that we do, both in church and at home. Jewish celebrations were mainly in the home, not in church, and the youngest child would stand and ask why they were doing it. The father would then tell the story of what God had done for His people. It is also good to include the promise of God in the celebration to remind everyone of what God is going to do. For more information on the holidays, see “Understanding the Path We Walk” copyright 2015, in the chapter “Before Our Eyes”.

 
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About the Holidays-C

01 Jan

The Jews did not receive Christ when He came because, while they still observed the Passover, they forgot what it meant. They went through the motions of sacrificing the lamb in the temple, but their hearts were not in it. They even had someone recite the story of what God did when He delivered them from Egypt during the Passover meal, but they forgot that God had promised to send the Lamb of God to deliver them from sin and death and did not realize that Jesus, the Lamb that was slain for our sins, had come and offered Himself up as a sacrifice for them. Many Christians today do not even celebrate the holidays and have forgotten God’s promises. Celebrations are a way of remembering special times and if we do not celebrate them, we forget them.

 
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