"I walk through this sinful world as apilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
So what did we do? Simple - the sanctuary was lit by only two candles, Pastor Paratus prepared a spoken word service and all singing was acapella, Anything that needed to be read (like the words to the carols) were on a very simple PowerPoint that didn't take away from the two simple candles. It was agreed that it was the nicest, most meaningful Christmas Eve ceremony we ever held.
Christmas morning service was shared with the PCUSA church across the street. Their church closed their doors for Christmas so Pastor Paratus invited those of them that wanted to worship on Christmas morning to come on over and bring the cinnamon rolls, which they did. They even brought their pianist along to help in our music shortage. As for the guy who had to do the announcements without a Sunday bulletin... I made something up.
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues - This means YOU members of the Southern Baptist Convention. This article is incredible, if you read nothing else in the remaining hours of 2016, read this.
China shuns Christianity but dominates the market on U.S. Christmas decorations. Go figure
Go-Go dancers, rapping about Santa Claus, elves, Christmas trees, candy. and magic...It's Christmas Eve at Andy Stanley's goatpen. I can only wonder how many Operation Christmas Child packages could have been sent and filled for what he spent on the lighting on his stage.
Meanwhile Hillsong shows the quiet dignity of Christ's first advent as this video shows
Hillsong NYC Pastorette Esther Houston promotes vulgarity with her F-bomb apparel. That should tell you all you need to know about Hillsong
Hindus violently attack Christians for the sin of singing Christmas carols in a private residence
Meanwhile in North Korea, Kim Jung Un has banned Christmas, in fact they're now required to celebrate his grandmothers birthday
Religion of Peace Update #1 - Something peaceful this time
Religion of Peace Update #2 - Indonesia is prosecuting Christian Governor for blasphemy against the Koran and are demanding a death sentence.
Religion of Peace Update #3 - Daesh wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, via their lord and master in hell.
How theologically corrupt is Paula White? So bad even the Huffington Post notices
Mary Hale was stuck in traffic in an ice storm with a weak heart. Chest pains, blacked out... but there was a church nearby and God used his people
Scientologist (meaning atheist) Charlie Sheen calls on a God he doesn't believe in to kill Donald Trump.
Former Obama administration staffer says that the Obama administration doesn't understand people of faith. Color me shocked 😕
Atheist, Church killing, Gretta Vosper is STILL receiving a paycheck from the United Church of Canada as an " ordained minister" and she's now creating a secular community in Canada. Yeah, that's got to be tough, creating a secular community in a Christian hating country like Canada.
Christians are the most persecuted group on the planet
Bethel Church janitor prays the Holy Spirit manifests itself in an easier to clean up after form. It's got to be true, I saw it on the internet!