Snow Can’t Stop The Sermon


Last night it snowed about 6″ in our area.  It was a fluffy, light, pretty kind of snow but it did force our Church to cancel this morning’s service.  You put that much snow on top of an already ice covered and unsalted parking lot and there was no other answer but to cancel. That didn’t stop the word of God from getting out to the members of our congregation.

Our Pastor had been watching the weather for the past few days anticipating that we might have to cancel… or at the very least that she might not be able to make it since she lives a half hour away.  So what did she do?  Did she quit for the week thinking she’d get a rare Sunday off?  Nope!  She hatched a plan to use technology to get the semon out.

From the comfort of her home she delivered the sermon and recorded the audio.  I say comfort but perhaps it was uncomfortable giving the sermon to an imaginary audience.  I guess she’d have to weigh in on that.

We were then able to put the mp3 in a public folder on Dropbox for everyone to download and listen to.  The message went out via Facebook that the worship service was cancelled but the good news was you could still hear the Good News in the form of a podcast!

It’s times like this that I’m really thankful for technology.  I’m thankful for a Pastor who isn’t afraid of it.  Who willingly allows her sermons to be put on YouTube each week for those who might have missed it or want to hear it again.

Sometimes faith and technology collide and seem to go against each other but today was an example of a perfect pairing.

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Christmas Traditions – My Daughter’s View


My oldest daughter enjoys reading my blog and has noticed how much fun I am having with it so she asked if she could share a post. What a great idea!  So the following is her thoughts on Christmas traditions.  Enjoy!

Do you have any Christmas traditions?  Does your family do anything special?  I have heard a lot of fun Christmas traditions that my friends do.  Many go to the movie theater, eat out, or a maybe it is putting up a tree together. Whatever it is, it makes a holiday special in my opinion.

Our family has a lot of fun ones. We put up a real tree a couple of weeks before Christmas and decorate it all together while listening to Christmas music.

Another one we have is shopping and making shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. I love putting boxes together for children that are less fortunate than me.

I also look forward to fun pajamas that are Christmas themed.  Our family on Christmas day eats breakfast pizza for brunch, and has a Christmas picnic for supper.

I look forward to these things. When we do these things repeatedly year after year you never really think about what Christmas would be without them. You know what I mean?

To my Dad Christmas Eve wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without watching the movie A Christmas Story. So this holiday have fun with your traditions and remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

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A New Favorite Christmas Song

I love Christmas music.  We have a pretty vast collection of it in my house.  Country, contemporary, Christian, rock… we have Christmas music in just about every flavor you could think of.  As good as it all is my favorites are almost always the classics.

The Christmas Song from Nat King Cole?  Love it.  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives?  Makes me feel like a kid again.  Silent Night by Frank Sinatra?  Does it get any better?

Every once in awhile a new Christmas song will sneak it’s way onto my list of favorites. This is the case of of Francesca Battistelli’s Christmas Is.

It’s a fun pop song that mentions lots of the superficial (and very relatable) things about Christmas but at the end there’s a twist.  SPOILER ALERT.  Stop reading now and watch the video if you want to hear the twist unfold.

Did you catch it?  After mentioning many of the things the world thinks Christmas is it ends with the real meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is Jesus!

Perhaps one of my favorite things about this song is how fun and infectious it is.  It would be easy for a non-believer to get caught up in it and then end up hearing what Christmas really is.  Maybe it makes them want to know more about Jesus.  If that were to happen I think it’d be pretty cool.

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