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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 14, 2012 - Don't Miss the Real Christmas

By Jerry D. Scott

Christmas is great! I'm as excited as a little kid over all the things that get packed into December -- special services at church, shopping for gifts, decorating the house and the tree, cooking big meals, going to parties, staying up too late, eating too much. Already I can feel the anticipation building over the arrival of our sons and daughters and their tribes.

I know by January 1, I'll be spent, ready for a few gray days of winter and the usual slowdown after the holidays. I am determined, however, in the middle of all this excitement that I will not forget why it's all happening.

One of the highlights of Christmas a few years ago for me was a performance by The King's Brass at our church. Their concert was outstanding -- world class, in fact. As they played a selection from Handel's "Messiah," I wept, touched by the music that declared, "For unto us a Child is given!" After the concert, Phil, one of our church's elders, and I were chatting about how much we enjoyed the music when he made a statement that still echoes through my mind -- "And we know Whom this was really for."

Phil was right! The brass ensemble's music, the preparations of our building to host them, and the expenses involved were not for the audience in the pews. We did it to honor Jesus, the Christ! It was part of His celebration. Sure it was expensive and time consuming for all who were involved. It was just as it should have been, appropriate to celebrate the birth of our Savior and King!

Have fun this Christmas. Enjoy the tinsel and blinking lights. Listen to the songs of the Holiday -- secular and sacred -- joyfully. Buy gifts that are appropriate and affordable. Just do not forget the why of it all! Plan to attend worship services. Build "down time" into your schedule, for prayer and reflection.

"But, Jerry, you're adding to the long list of things I'm already committed to doing in the next two weeks."

Perhaps I am. My intent is not to add, but to encourage you to prioritize. Put first things, first. Wouldn't it be a sorry thing to announce a birthday party and not acknowledge the person who is the reason for it?

Millions will forget Jesus and make Christmas into a Santa holiday extravaganza. Don't be one of them. I do not have any issues with the whole "Santa Claus" deal. It's fun. But despite Santa’s ubiquity, he's not the reason we celebrate. The good news is old, yet new, news -- "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord" (Luke 2:11, NIV).

-- Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.




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