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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Opus 2014-297: Packing Up Christmas

Last January Alistair Begg mentioned in a sermon how our faith is like the Christmas lights we pack up and put away.  We take it all, label it Christmas and put it away until next year.  We know where it is.  We know what is in it.  We plan on pulling it out when we need it again but we can’t be sure if everything will work.

What an expression of our spiritual lives, family life and marriages.  We know what is needed and where it is, but we ignore it. 

Christmas is coming.  Soon we will be taking definite steps to get ready for the celebration.  Everything we do and say will be changed.  Then on December 26 it all begins to be boxed up again.  The attitudes and behaviors that make this month different are also packed away.  How would it change our world if we applied those attitudes all year long.

How about if you took the Sermon on the Mount and the Love Chapter and applied them every day of the year?  How would our culture be changed if Christians would actually live their faith on a daily basis instead of putting it into a compartment for Sundays and emergencies.

Christmas is coming.  Enjoy.  Get out the decorations.  Put on the music.  Allow yourself to be infused with the Christmas spirit.  Then get sneaky.  Don’t put the attitude away with the decorations.  Let them hang on your day like those outside lights that you are to lazy to take down.  Plug them in.  Turn them on. 

Christmas is a day.  Advent is a season.  Righteousness is a way of life.

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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