It used to be that decorations and merchandise for Christmas came out after Thanksgiving. Now, all of this is coming out before the end of October. The phrase Black Friday (the first shopping day after Thanksgiving) was coined for two reasons:
1) Police in Philadelphia called it Black Friday as they griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians.
2) It became the day when stores moved from the red (losing money) to the black (showing a profit).
In an attempt to lure consumers, stores would open early on Black Friday to compete. Stores opened at 6am, then 5am, then 4am. To “one up” the other, some retailers decided to open at midnight. Now, Walmart announces that they will open at 6pm Thanksgiving evening. Merchandisers are pulling out all the stops to get as many of your dollars as possible—their goal is to
make as much of a profit off of Christmas as they can!
The celebration of the birth of God’s Son Jesus, was designed, not to profit off of mankind, but so that God could profit mankind! Starting this Sunday, in our 9:30am service, and continuing for 6 Sundays, we will explore Christmas from the perspective of those who experienced it first. Once you understand that, it will change everything for you now.
It is believed that young adults fall away from the Church and the Lord at a faster rate than any group. A recent Focus on the Family study tracked the religious trends of young adults aged 20-30. The results are very interesting:
“Parents who provide a home where faith is vibrantly practiced—even imperfectly—are remarkably likely to create young adults who remain serious Christians, even as they sometimes go through bumpy spots in the road….Not surprisingly, homes modeling lukewarm faith do not create enduring faith in children.”
The study noted: “This is not a crisis of faith, per se, but of parenting.
Among the study's key conclusions for ministry:
-- Churches clearly teaching the Bible (conservative evangelical churches) grew while those that do not
(mainline denominations) declined. Young adults want "uncompromising truth" that "calls them to something beyond themselves."
-- Homes with serious faith tend to produce children who carry faith into adulthood. Christians should create homes where children "witness a vibrant faith that's lived out honestly and intentionally."
-- Millennials want serious, substantive faith -- not entertainment and theatrics. "Truth trumps trappings," the study said.
When it's all said and done, the best way to see your children have a vibrant faith in later years is to live out a vibrant faith before them now. Your consistency and faithfulness will reap great dividends!
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2013/October31/315.html#luy43MyaxVtCiqBx.99
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.