Martin Luther and the Roman Catholic Church disagreed about many things. But there was one thing they actually agreed upon: the ideas of Galileo. Galileo was an Italian scientist who supported the theories of an earlier scientist, Nicolaus Copernicus.
In Walt Disney’s Aladdin, we’re introduced to a poor street rat, a boy who is down on his luck. Aladdin feels like he has no choice but to steal to eat. One day, Aladdin unknowingly meets the princess in disguise.
More, better, bigger, and faster in this world does not bring rest, peace, joy, or serenity. None of those things deal with the real reason for the gloominess in our lives. Trying to treat our gloom with those things is like trying to cure the flu with a band-aid.
Aren’t you glad it’s over? Last night, we left another year behind us. It was a doozy, wasn’t it? A year marked by racial violence, terror attacks, an unprecedented election that demonstrated the national division in our country.
Every one of us his forgiveness, his peace, his hope, his presence for that day! Today, God promises his forgiveness, peace, hop“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Today, all around the world, Christians are lighting the third of four Advent candles. And although we don’t see it here, in many Advent wreaths, that candle stands out. It’s the perfect example of that classic Sesame Street jingle: “One of these things is not like the other.”
Every year I hold out the empty hope that winter will not come. Every year I dream that somehow fall will go straight into spring. But every year, I’m disappointed. It’s the first real snowfall that always kills that dream.
Waiting this time of year is hard, isn’t it? There’s so much anticipation for the parties and the presents and all the things that go with Christmas time, it’s so hard to wait. But you know what’s about the only thing that can make waiting even harder?
Teach us from his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” Like people rushing to the stores this past Friday to get those once-in-a-lifetime deals, so people from around the world rush to this mountain to hear the good news of forgiveness.