Shalom, brothers and sisters. May peace be upon you during these chaotic times.
Let us lift up our prayers to the Great Physician for the world during this time of pandemic. For these are trying times of sickness, fear, and scarcity. Yet, weren’t we warned that we would endure such times? For though the Kingdom is here, it is not yet in its full glory, for the god of this world is still given control. We still live in a world of sin and brokeness; therefore, let us not be surprised when such times come upon us. Instead, remember that your Father in heaven, who cares for the smallest sparrow, is still caring for you.
Though we are going through trials, let us not endure them like those with no faith. Instead, let us endure them with the peace and hope that comes from heaven. Continue reading →
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. GO therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20):
It is December, which means it’s the Christmas season! (Though for Wal-Mart, it’s been Christmas ever since August.) A special time of year to celebrate with carols, special foods, and presents. But for some, it’s just an ordinary month. Now, I have no problem with those who choose not to celebrate Christmas for one reason or another. I am in complete accordance with Romans 14:5-6:
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
However, what does cook my oysters, is when one tries to push their opinion on another. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to celebrate Christmas; nevertheless, please don’t try to discourage others to do the same.
There are many arguments that can be made why not to celebrate this holiday; yet, there are equally as many good reasons why it’s perfectly okay: Continue reading →