What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(I wrote this post two years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas to all.)

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

Come From The Heart

Come From The Heart

2 Samuel 6:16-23 is the story of King David celebrating the Ark of the Covenant, or Ark of the Lord coming to The City of David.

Michal the daughter of the deceased King Saul, King David’s predecessor, looks upon David dancing as he celebrates the arrival of the ark with disdain.  She despises David.

The verses never say exactly why she harbors these feelings of ill will towards David.  My guess is she is upset over her father’s death and since David is his successor, she holds David responsible for his death.  Although those feelings would be misguided, it seems only natural that when something bad happens we look for someone to blame.

Michal sees David celebrating and must have found it to be not very “king like”.

2 Samuel 6:14

And David danced before the Lord with all his might… Continue reading

My Relationship With Music

My Relationship With Music

I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God.  Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.

I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God.  Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God.  Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.

When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art.  Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

Matthew 18:3

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

On a Sunday night of a rather busy and tiring weekend, after my wife and I had finished some pizza and wine, I decided I had enough of the day.  My wife was engaged in her social media while I just vegged out in front of the TV, aimlessly wondering the channels.

I searched the usual channels but as is normally the case, nothing of any interest was on.  I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through every channel at my disposal.

I quickly skimmed through the major networks followed by some of the local stations.  Next up on the dial were the kid channels.  As I passed through this section of programming, there it was, a piece of my childhood, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Continue reading

Where The Vultures Gather

Where The Vultures Gather

Luke 17:37

And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

I like what Christ is saying to his disciples, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

Now if you go back and read verses twenty through thirty seven in Chapter 17 of the Book of Luke, you will see that the obvious reference for verse thirty seven is about when and where will the Kingdom of God come to man, when will the rapture take place.

Christ addresses both his disciples and the Pharisees to be aware of the false prophets, those who say as in verse 23 “And they will say to you, ‘Look, there’ or ‘look, here’.  Do not go out or follow them.”

But Christ also tells them to be aware.  The rapture will come at any time, like it did for the world with Noah, or like it did for the inhabitants of Sodom.

So where will it come? Continue reading

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Psalms 37:1-4

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;

be not envious of wrongdoers!

For they will soon fade like the grass

and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on.  The is where my finger landed.

I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:

The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading

Happy Labor Day – It Starts With Your Attitude

Happy Labor Day – It Starts With Your Attitude

 Colossians 3:23

New Revised Standard Version:

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters

English Standard Version:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Christian Standard Bible Version:

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people

New International Version:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

I thought today I would write in reference to the holiday we are celebrating, Labor Day. Continue reading