Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Opus 31, Glorious Incarnation Day

I have a large and diverse selection of Christmas music on my I-pod.  I have everything from the Nutcracker Suite to “Percy, the Puny Poinsettia.”  I shuffle them every couple of days.  The one that caught my attention today was called “The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle.”  It was some nonsense about Santa and Jack Frost and a catchy little tune but the words that jumped out at me were:

    “The bell that couldn’t jingle, it had nothing there inside.”

Do you have a hard time with Christmas.  It could be one of at least two reasons based on this thought.  First, it could be that your Christmas has nothing inside.  You may be so distracted by all the man generated trappings around Christmas that you don’t see the core of eternal truth.  Men are clever.  We have come up with some glorious diet celebrations but when you come down to it there are no nutrients in man made Christmas.  The is a celebration of the perfect Lamb becoming the perfect Man so that we could find salvation.
(Matthew 1:21 KJV)  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Second, you might not have anything inside.  Jesus came to die for you sins and be resurrected for your eternal hope.  Have you embraced that?  If not, it is no surprise you have a hard time with Christmas.  I occasionally have long discussions at breakfast with a man who has lost almost all of his hearing.  Once in a while he forgets his hearing aids.  It is an exercise in frustration.  It doesn’t matter how brilliant I am, he can’t hear a word.  Nothing I say has any effect except the few words he can lip read.  You might need to put in your hearing aids to understand what is being said at Christmas.
(John 1:12 KJV)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Merry Christmas, or if you can hear it, Glorious Incarnation Day.

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