It is Sunday morning.  Why not start your week by worshipping the Lord?  Don’t have a church home?  The churches of Christ in the Shenandoah Valley would love for you to visit.  Not that familiar with the Bible?  The Valley churches would love to help you with that as well.  We have a variety of Bible study helps, such as Bible Correspondences Courses, tracts, home Bible studies, etc.  Let us know, and we will be glad to assist you.  And they are all absolutely free!  We don’t charge for teaching God’s word.  It is what Jesus commands us to do in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20;  Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47).

Check your local listings for a church of Christ near you.  The church in Strasburg is located at 467 Aileen Avenue.  That is just off of Queen Street.  Services times:  Bible classes – 9:30; Worship – 10:30.  We would love to see you!Image

As I sit here holding three month old granddaughter, who only wants to sleep today while I hold her, I am thinking about the many excellent Facebook posts I have seen over the last few days concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  

Christians realize that, without the sacrifice of the Son of God on the cross, and the subsequent resurrection, we would have no hope of a resurrection to eternal life.  But, I wonder how many will celebrate his resurrection this time of year, and give his death little thought until this time next year? 

Will you think about it tomorrow, next week, next month?  Or will you return to your daily routine tomorrow, and put the Lord’s sacrifice on the shelf until next year? 

Think about it.

My Thoughts On The Celebration Of Religious Holidays

Americans love to celebrate holidays.  Merchants love this, as it usually increases their sales.  Religious folk love holidays.  It is often the only time they attend worship services (except weddings, funerals, etc..).  And that is the subject of this blog.  There are a lot of different holidays.  The main ones for those who consider themselves Christians, (which is still the largest group in the USA), are Christmas and Easter.  Often special religious observances are observed for each of these, such as the “sunrise service” at Easter.  People come to these services that rarely darken the door of a church building otherwise. 

All of this is interesting since the words, Christmas and Easter are not even found in the Bible (Easter is found once in the KJV where it is merely a mistranslation , pascha, which is the Aramaic word for the Jewish Passover.    There is no record of Christians in the New Testament celebrating special days for any event.  In fact, Paul discouraged them from doing so (Gal. 4:8-11; Col. 2:16-17).

Certainly the birth and death, burial and resurrection are both vitally important to Christians.  But we do not even know when Jesus was born.  If God wanted us to celebrate the birth day of Jesus, would He not have told us when and how?  The First Century Christians celebrated Jesus death by observing it in the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-27; Acts 20:7). 

Seems to me that, if Christians truly love the Lord and appreciate His birth and death, burial and resurrection, they would remember them everyday, and commemorate them weekly in the Lord’s Supper as God commands, not just once a year!


New Testament Christianity In The Shenandoah Valley

In the argument over whether abortion is right or wrong, and/or whether it should be legal or illegal, the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” usually come up.  The argument goes something like this: The “pro-choice” group argues, “A woman should have the right to choose what to do with her own body.”  To which the “pro-life” group answers, “Yes, a woman should have right to choose what to do with her own body, but, she does not have the right to choose what to do to her baby’s body.” 

For the moment, let us consider the topic from another standpoint.  Which position is the most selfless/selfish?

Those who are “pro-life”  do not have anything personally to gain from their pro-live position.  They are thinking solely about the well-being of the baby.  They consider it a human being that is protected under the Biblical commandments against murder, and taking innocent life.  They…

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