November 2010

Mission/Ministry: Holidays, Holiness, Honor

To ‘honor’ is to give respect, even more, to give reverence and homage. It is those words that I would use only to refer to my Creator, my Savior, and the One who has my heart first and foremost.
During this time of year, we live in a world that has a different focus on who should receive honor. First we had Halloween that slides seamlessly into Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations and shopping comes out simultaneously with the costumes. What are we to do to be the ‘salt and light’ in these holidays?
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Editor’s Table

My desk for work is also geographically located in my home. I am a detail person and a multi-tasker. For all the wonderful plus’s to having your own business, holidays are days that I can count on the business being ‘closed’ but it also means – no business and no money coming in. So my husband and I are working long hours, as many others must do, to finish work before the other offices shut down for the holidays.
In the middle of all of this scurrying around, there is Thanksgiving.

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Rubber Meets the Road

Our intrepid traveler, Iris Lloyd, has sent us some pictures from her Fall travels. I hope all of us take some time to look at the splendor of God in all the colors of His creation. The Editor

Ponce De Leon

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Youth/Young Adults

Four couples with children were asked about Fall holidays and celebrations. What are you teaching your children?
Couple A
have 3 children ages 9, 7, and 5
We have no Fall celebration in our home other than Thanksgiving.  I am very honest with my kids about Halloween.  I have explained to them that I do not like it because it promotes fear, terror, horror, and is all around evil.  I then explain that all those things come from hell.  They get it.  On the other hand, I am not…afraid, or concerned about Halloween.  We have never taken the kids trick or treating other than at big church festivals (which, by the way, they always get way more candy there ).
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Bible Q & A

Each month we will pose a question to our featured ‘professor’. We welcome questions from our readers. Send in your questions!
Featured Teacher:
Jody Neufeld is the editor of Bible Study Paths. She has been an RN for more than 30 years; the mother of three and grandmother of six. She and her husband are the owners of Energion Publications and Neufeld Computer Services.
How do I live in thanksgiving like Psalm 100 when I have lost my job and we hope we aren’t homeless by Christmas?
I want to begin by saying that I do not have all the answers. That is no surprise and neither is it a surprise that God is the only One who does!
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