Monday, November 18, 2013

"You Bear Witness"
This is the Season of the Church Year that is focused on end times.  As Christianity prepares for the Season of Advent, which is that time prior to Christmas the color for the Church is Blue. Prior to Advent the Color is Green.  Today I share several pictures from the Church I attend that display the Christmas Season.  

The Gospel Lesson for November 17th was Luke Chapter 21.  I will quote a portion here:

"Then he (Jesus)  said to them, "Nation will rise 
against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes,
and in various places famines and
pestilences.  And there will be terrors
and great signs from heaven.  But before
all this they will lay their hands on you
and persecute you, delivering you up to the
synagogues and prisons, and you will
be brought before kings and governors for my 
name's sake.  This will be your opportunity to 
bear witness.  Settle it therefore in your minds
not to mediate beforehand how to answer,
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which
none of your adversaries will be able to 
withstand or contradict.  You will be delivered
up even by parents and brothers and relatives
and friends, and some of you will be put
to death.  You will be hated by all for my name's
sake.  But not a hair of your head will
perish.  By your endurance you will gain 
your lives."

Please be aware that I placed the emphasis on the sentence:  "This will be your opportunity to bear witness."  In fact the title of this post is exactly what was placed on the Church Sign Board for the week of 11 November 2013.  No matter our actions we are all in fact bearing witness regarding our faith, or  our own reputation.  Our witness can be positive or negative.  Thus this post.  I would encourage everyone to conduct a positive witness because a negative witness only creates problems.  As regards our faith we need to bear witness that we do indeed love our Savior.

In his message for November 17 our Pastor reminded us all that when we pray the Lord's Prayer we are asking our God to come when we pray "Thy Kingdom Come."  As we celebrate the Christmas Season of 2013 let us all be mindful of our prayer - "Thy Kingdom Come."  While we may not be ready to leave this earthly life, we are actually praying for our "Coming into Heaven."  Certainly something to contemplate and meditate about this day and every day.

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