One of the things I appreciate most about our corner of Colorado is the spirit of cooperation that exists and is embodied by many of our faith-based nonprofits. Seeing people from different churches come together and accomplish things for this community makes me smile on a regular basis.
As I reflect over this past year there has been an overwhelming theme of evil, pain and loss in our world, nation and community in 2014. So what does one do to deal with the pain of loss?
One of the readings from this month talks about Samuel, a young boy in the service of the Lord, serving at the temple in Shiloh, sleeping near the Ark of the Covenant. Samuel ministered to and was dedicated to the Lord, and during those times visions from the Lord and words from the Lord were very rare.
I try hard. I really do. Sometimes, though, I just can’t seem to focus on the happenings during church on Sundays, what with the distractions and all.
The most popular Christmas song and the most famous one is White Christmas. White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin and was recorded by Bing Crosby and released in 1942. White Christmas is the best-selling single of all-time selling 50 million copies worldwide. Other versions along with Bing Crosby’s version have sold over 100 million copies.
Love our enemy as ourselves — what a commandment from God’s son!
“Merry Christmas” is a phrase that easily slips off of our tongue just about everyday during this glorious time of year. Let’s take a moment out of our hectic, high-paced day, make a cup of cocoa or pour some eggnog for ourselves, and sit still for a few minutes. Let’s ponder what each of us actually mean when we say, “have a Merry Christmas.”
Advent is a spiritual journey that Christians take through the truths of scripture pointing to the birth of the Messiah. It is a reaffirmation that he has come, is present in the world today and will come again in glory. It mirrors the journey of faith that Christians make after that moment of realization and acceptance of who Jesus is. We take that first step of faith in commitment, continuing hopefully to walk the road of faith with increasing understanding, looking forward to our destination, which is to be in his presence forever!
The big day continues to draw closer, and there are still many activities to engage in during this Christmas season.
An example of county cooperation with the religious community here is a large green “Where to Worship” sign on the courthouse lawn at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street that informs visitors of all faiths where they can attend services.
Brittany’s phone alarm started going off in class but she did not hear it. Instead a classmate picked up the phone and looked at it. Their face went into puzzled mode and they said: “Brittany your phone is saying something about your log?!”
When there’s a nip in the air but not very much snow remaining on the ground during the day in Northwest Colorado, it can only mean it’s time for craft season. Saturday activities were plentiful around Craig for those wanting to get some unique items for the holidays.
This past week was the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC), an outreach of Samaritan's Purse.
For those denominations that use a liturgical calendar we have come upon All Saints Day today. Many will recognize that an alternate name for All Saints Day is All Hallows Day, therefore the night before that celebration is known as All Hallows Evening (E’en), or Halloween as it is called today.
Ephesians 2:10 (NASB), “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”