Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving OR Turkey Day

Our culture is constantly in flux and the commercial moves from Thanksgiving and Christmas as words in advertising are being deleted in favor of the nondescript "Turkey Day and Holiday."

This to me is not acceptable! I know why they do it, they do not want to offend anyone and so go to great lengths to offend a lot of people by blurring meaningful terms. Thanks Giving is a great idea in any religion and even for the not religious and is set aside as an  official Holiday.  There are three significant days at years end that can be considered holidays Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Some might add Winter Solicits.

I am in favor using the proper terms. How about you?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Demas Who?

You may recognize a Demas in your church and can give him or her an encouraging word. Demas Who? Demas was a coworker with the Apostle Paul. What an intoxicating experience it must have been to have worked with Saint Paul in the early days of the Christian church. To actually be there at the foundation of the Christian Church would have been wonderful. The story of Demas starts out wonderful but unfolds in a sad way.

In verse 24 of Philemon Paul refers to Demas and others as "Fellow Workers" who send greetings. He is also given honorable mention in Colossians 4:14. However in II Timothy 4:10 Paul ask Timothy to come back because, "Demas in love with this present world, has deserted and gone to Thessalonica." How sad Paul must have been to write those last words on a friendship. A once exciting relationship became listless, superficial and finally nonexistent because of worldly distractions.

Some people are this way with their Church relationship. At first everything is exciting feeling the love of God and the love of sisters and brothers in faith. Then like Demas other opportunities begin to call them away. Occasionally missing worship at first then more often until they are hardly ever in worship. When that happens it's time for spiritual renewal. It is always good to begin anew, no one ever feels bad about renewal, only separation makes you feel sad. We don't know what happened to Demas at Thessalonica, perhaps he rejoined the faith and helped make that congregation great. Who knows?

What really matters is your personal journey in faith. If you are a Demas, is it time for your spiritual renewal? You are always welcome to renew your faith because we true believers rejoice in renewals.