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Archive for November, 2007

So now that Thanksgiving has nationally come and gone, let’s not forget the spirit of the holiday season and the opportunity we as Christians have to influence those around us who are generally more open and receptive to the gospel at this time.  It’s a season of change and community.  Somewhere amidst the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people ponder what is truly important in this life.  Of course many come to church, and don’t make it back until next December…but God touches people in a life changing way through the sense of communal support our churches offer during this time and all throughout the year.

While there are many views on how Adventists should approach this season, let’s not mute the message in the greeting “Happy Holidays”.  Because it’s not about when we celebrate it or whether you were out on the rooftop hanging the Star of David just hours after Thanksgiving.  It’s about the happiness our salvation brings.  The communal vibe is an aroma  enticing enough to draw those who’ve strayed away back home, and satisfying enough to feed the hungriest of lost souls.  I’m just saying, if the name Adventist becomes synonymous with the Grinch who stole Christmas, we are going to have a lot of problems reaping His harvest.

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After a shopping spree at IKEA, we had the decoration works to recreate the ambiance of Café Renewal, Houston style. Last night we were up late converting the Houston International SDA fellowship hall into a cozy haven where young adults could join in music, munchies, and worship. So tonight when at 7:20pm, 10 minutes before Café Renewal was set to open, we were wondering where our food and band were…things looked grim.

We pulled up around a few tables and started singing. We didn’t need instruments. A new friend had joined us with a beautiful voice, and then another offered a solo. About 2/3 of the way through the evening our snacks showed up. And over the course of the evening, people would wander in. (more…)

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