I think one of the nicest things that the local fire departments do to bring in the spirit of Christmas is the annual visit of Santa Claus coming through the neighborhoods.
Everyone loves gifts and during the Christmas season, many of them are exchanged. People will go into debt to buy gifts for their children, families and friends. Often, caught up in the hype of gift-giving, we forget the real purpose of this holiday. We forget that this is a day that we have set aside to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God's gift to the world.
"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
The members of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church believe year round in the spirit of giving, whether that means providing a meal to a homeless person or putting a shivering child in a jacket.
At this time of year a person gets used to traveling down certain roads and looking for Christmas lights. Some people consistently light up their homes or lawns with these beautiful displays. This year I have noticed that some such displays are missing – my guess is that it could be because of the economy.
When we stop to think of all the things God has given, it really is unbelievable. His generosity toward man is immeasurable.
Last week I asked you to take a Christmas quiz with me. I would not do that to you two weeks in a row. But I will ask you again, how much do you know about this season? And even more, how much do you need to know?
Evangelist Marie Butler of Jesup is not your typical preacher, but she has a wide audience.
I think about the love I have for my wife all the time, especially the feeling I have when I see her smile. The joy that comes over me when I am the source of that smile is overwhelming. Sometimes the hair on the back of my neck stands up when she walks into a room. It is easy to love someone this way, especially when you know that the love is reciprocal. I am sure there are some husbands who can identify with what I am saying.
How much do you know about Christmas? I would like for you to take a Christmas quiz with me today. Are you ready?
We all have ways of doing things. As human beings, created in the image of God and given the ability to make choices, sometimes we disagree. God gives us this license when it comes to earthly things.
The scripture tells us that "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
It is very easy during this time of the year to lose focus on what is important. With the pressure of society, family and friends, sometimes we find ourselves caught in a whirlwind of wants, requests and desires that blur the vision that was so clearly mapped out for us just a few months earlier.
Christmas is almost here and people are gearing up for the holiday with a variety of festivities and activities.
At this time of year, we hear a lot about the things we should be thankful for, such as family, good health, financial resources and the things we need that they buy. It is important to give thanks for the blessings of life that we receive. But there is another question that needs to be answered: Who is the recipient of our thanks?
"And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
RICHMOND HILL - With an abundance of prayer and then a flip of shovels, Richmond Hill's St. Anne Catholic Church broke ground on its future during a ceremony Thursday at the site where a new 26,000-square-foot sanctuary will be constructed.
"And Samuel said unto Jesse, 'Are all thy children here?' And he said, 'There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keeps the sheep.' Samuel said unto Jesse, 'Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down till he come hither.' And he went and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, 'Arise, anoint him, for this is he.'" - I Samuel 16:11-12
Get your golf clubs ready.
"And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love." - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
I am excited about the role of Christians in today's world.
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