restored. When brass loses its luster, we say that it has become tarnished. We live in a world that has been tarnished by sin, sickness, and suffering. Only Christ can restore the luster to our lives.
As we approach Valentine’s day, it is universally recognized that the major theme of the holiday is love. The shape that symbolizes the holiday is the heart. Boxes of candy and even the shape of the individual pieces of candy take the form of a heart. The color that symbolizes the holiday is red. We send cards that include red hearts, asking others if they will be our Valentine.
As we begin this new year together, I would like to take some time to discuss our purpose as a church. When we are busy carrying out the responsibilities of life, we sometimes forget the primary reasons we do the things we do. Let’s take a few minutes to explore what God’s Word has to say about our mission and vision.
There are many sights and sounds of the season that remind us that Christmas is drawing near. I love to listen to good Christmas music because it gets me into the spirit of the season. I especially love the Christmas hymns that we will be singing as we gather to celebrate the first coming of Christ to earth. There is the familiar offering kettle with bell ringer from the Salvation Army that can be found at the doors of department stores collecting money for those in need…
As we enter the month of October, some of you may already be thinking about Halloween. I have spent plenty of time over the years on my front porch handing out candy to princesses, fire fighters, scary monsters, witches, star wars characters, Winnie the Pooh, and the list goes on. I have fond memories of trick or treating and fall festivals at church when I was growing up. Overall, I am convinced that most folks celebrate Halloween out of a spirit of good fun and enjoyment. My purpose is not to be critical of those who enjoy Halloween. However, I think most would agree that Halloween does include an element of darkness: death, monsters, skeletons, ghosts, witches, tombstones, etc.