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Last Christmas Message

I got a few questions. it might annoy you. It might make you think. It might make reprioritize your life. It might offend you and cause you to shrug it off, having no change in your life whatsoever…

But I have to ask these questions. I just have to…

If Christmas is about peace and joy, where is it? if it’s about family and friends, where is it? Why is no one happy? I just stopped by my local supermarket to buy a few things and I had to wait in the queue. I whipped out my cellphone to check any messages when a loud voice boomed from behind. “HELLO!”

I turned to see a middle-aged man who was also waiting in line, his eyes were directed to some of the cashiers. He had a load of grocery products in his arms. “I see you talking stories over there. We waiting here to be served here while you waste our time!”

So much for the happy season. People venting their frustration in a jolly time as Christmas. Why?

Why is that the very same season that is supposed to bring the family together is the same season that has so many fights and conflict? They are fussing and moaning on what theme they want, what gifts to buy, what food to prepare and what clothes they should purchase.

While we moan about the preparations, some don’t even have anything to prepare. While we complain about spending so much, some don’t even have money at this time of the year. While we complain about the family members that we cannot stand, there are people who have lost loved ones this year.

So, it is extremely obvious that our priorities have been shifted to something that’s not even important. But what is exactly? What is this pandemonium that has slipped into our lives? Is it selfishness? Is it Pride? Or is it the comparison between us and others?

How is it that we push down doors to get in shops for a better sale? How can saving a quick buck be more important than humanity? There are people trampled by hordes of greedy people?

Why is that the death toll is exponentially high in these times? Why is that some don’t live more carefully? Is this not the season about Jesus? Why is it that many engage in drunkenness? Vouching for fun but no responsibility is on the to-do list. And as they drown in their vulnerability, they miss most of the best parts of their lives…

And in the end, when the turkey is eaten, the bottles empty, and so are we. Because our happiness wasn’t based on what we had for Christmas but in what we give, who we are and what we were made to be….

 

Doxology

A form of liturgy, doxology is a set of hymns that must be sung by the congregation as this is required by God. Liturgy comes from the Greek word ‘leitourgia‘ which means “the work of the people”. Doxology, on the other hand derives from old Jewish traditions. Hence that concludes that doxology is a works doctrine as opposed to grace. Liturgy came into the Church through John Calvin, one of the reformers who brought the Calvinism heresy.

What’s wrong with Liturgy?

It’s religion, not relationship. It’s just a bunch of actions that must be repeated. Hence, the heart is not in it and since this deed is done, one would think that they are close to God. It’s almost pharisaical. A following of a law.

David would not tell us anything about Liturgy. He praised worshiped God with all his heart irrespective of what people said. Those who despised him were severely punished.

The Bible says that we must shout for joy. Verse page

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Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

And to dance… Psa 68:3

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall rejoice before God; they shall dance with joy.

And sing a new song, I mean why not?Psa 96:1

Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

 

There’s nothing wrong with hymns but by golly! We serve such an amazing God, how can we have a funeral service every Sunday? Come on! I would rather rejoice in praises unto God because He went all radical to save me. I would go deep into worship to glorify His Holy name because He went deep into the pit to redeem me. I will not be led and controlled by man made doctrine and rituals. I will live to please God. So may you live for Christ, whether you are singing ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Reckless Love’. Just remember to worship Him in spirit and in Truth….