“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.”
~ Blaise Pascal
One of the foibles of human nature (and tragedies of life) is how we can get used to almost anything. Even the sacred. Consider the Passover celebration. This ceremonial meal celebrates one of the most extraordinary events in the history of not only Israel, but the world—the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. By command of God, the Children of Israel observed the Passover each spring—the roasted lamb, the unleavened bread, the bitter herbs. Year after year, the same ritual, the same four questions, the same menu. All of it so familiar. Continue reading →
My wife’s youngest sister Martha (hello Maha!) likes to celebrate a rather unusual holiday. For several years now she and her family have made a concerted effort to observe with appropriate ceremony and festivity the holiday of Groundhog Day. Their celebration consists of eating lots of sausage (ground hog… get it?), singing Groundhog Day songs, and watching the Bill Murray movie about the day. Way to go, Martha!
Such an interesting idea—celebrating a holiday that others mostly ignore. There are many days like this on our calendar. Indeed, you can do a search on the internet and find that there is something being celebrated every day of the year. This runs the gamut from National Lazy Day (August 10) to Start Your Own Country Day (November 22). You can celebrate almost anything almost any day. Yet, in this abundance of serious and silly holidays, sometimes there are lesser known days of importance that are overlooked… and overlooked to our loss, I would like to say. One such holiday happens to be today.
March 25 is a day that is usually just another day on the calendar for most people. Unless it happens to be your birthday—or you are really into celebrating National Pecan Day or Waffle Day—you will probably go through the entire day without giving a thought to its significance. Yet it is indeed significant. Why? I am glad you asked.
“You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
Ever ask yourself this question: Why prayer? If God is sovereign, totally in charge, and He knows all things and can do anything, then why require prayer of us? Well, there are many answers to this question. And we do not have time to go into an extensive study of prayer. Suffice it to say that prayer is His plan. God has ordained that prayer is the means by which He chooses to work on this earth. Continue reading →
I have just recently finished reading George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. For me, this was required reading in high school. I am sure most of you had to read it at some time in your educational career. I remembered a lot of things from the story. But I had forgotten how insightful Orwell could be. In many ways he sheds great light on human nature, and the ability of fallen man’s ability to oppress and control his fellow man. Continue reading →
I was talking with a long-time friend on the phone the other day. He lives in Massachusetts; I am in Virginia. Emails and phone calls are our friendship vehicles. Thank the Lord for technology. It was good to hear his voice, to catch up on news, to reminisce from events from 35+ years ago. In our conversation he mentioned that he is friends with some Oneness Pentecostals. (This is a unitarian cult.) He commented that even though they do not believe in the orthodox faith of the Bible, they still experience many healings and miracles. There is definitely a supernatural element in their churches. This got me to thinking. Continue reading →