26 December 2014

This 'n' That

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Okay. Deep breath in….and…exhale…There, feel better? Christmas is over. Though the smell of cookies, pies, and turkey still lingers in the air, though you may not return to work until Monday morning, the fact remains that Christmas is over for another year. Soon the cookies will all be eaten and it will be time to un-trim the tree, pack away your childhood decorations, and take the antlers off of your car. You heard me. What are those antlers about? In the past, I lived in a city where everybody spent the weeks leading up to Christmas donning Santa hats. I didn't get it. I mean, why would anybody do that? But where I live now, there seems to be an inordinate amount of cars driving around wearing reindeer costumes. And I ask: "Why would anybody do that?" I just don't get it. But I'll be happy to see them go. At least until next December.

Yes, Christmas is over, but as Christians, is it really? The worldly celebration of it may have ended, and we may not dress in red and green all year long, but we worship the same Christ on December 26 as we did the day before. We praise our God everyday for the incarnation and we remember daily that Christ's life is not wrapped up in the manger. We need a Christ child who lived—perfectly, who died—undeservedly as an atoning sacrifice, and who was raised so that we may have eternal life. We need a Savior and because we need a Savior our worship does not stop with Christmas. So as we pack away Christmas for another year, let us not pack away our Lord with it.

As you sit today with your post-Christmas cocoa, or coffee, or tea, take some time to step away from your clean-up efforts and just relax as you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Seriously, what is wrong with this guy?
  • John MacArthur preached an amazing sermon last Sunday that you won't want to miss. It's called, 'Christmas Future.'
  • Well, I don't see how this plan could possibly backfire at all.
  • Christmas, because it's all about you, really.
  • Sometimes I don't know how to introduce certain topics. Like the fact that Jane Fonda is building a shrine to herself. 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Everybody loves a good flash mob, don't they? Yeah…so do the Mormons, which is one reason why we must be careful what we are sharing around the Internet.
  • Oh, Pope Francis. You never fail to say something utterly foolish.
  • This weekend, Rick Warren will preach the final sermon at Mars Hill before it closes its doors.
  • As reader Jeff said, "If a monkey can have his miracle recorded, why can't Benny Hinn?"
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on Christmas Day, 1964:

1 comment:

  1. A. Mormons are being particularly aggressive and sneaky this year...hmmm
    B. Rick Warren - is this what you would refer to as the "straw that broke the camel's back"?
    C. Sigh-Driscoll-sigh again. How sad but very foolish of anyone to follow this man and his teaching. But at least he paved the way for "another" couple who are writing their relationship book with all the details, not a thing left out apparently, coming to a Christian bookstore very soon:

    http://www.amazon.ca/New-Season-Robertson-Brokenness-Redemption-ebook/dp/B00KE4ITIW

    Happy New Year everyone,

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