St. Nicholas should be an inspiration to us all. He was a godly man whose reputation for giving to people caused him to be a revered example of what compassion and giving are all about. He was not a jolly, fat man who climbed down chimneys and he didn't have flying reindeer! Stories of his life - a life full of Christian beliefs and values - are the real background for today's mythical Santa Claus. So much of what Nicholas was - and what Santa Claus has become - has been distorted by Satan. What has been done to weaken and distort the testimony of this godly man is wrong. Born in Turkey in the third century, Nicholas was raised by Christian parents. From the time he was born in A.D. 280, they considered him a gift from God. They diligently taught him devotion to God and to be very generous to the poor. At 19, Nicholas was ordained a priest. His uncle, a bishop, prophesied that Nicholas would offer guidance and consolation to many people, and that he would eventually become a bi
Our sinful nature is so ingrained, that it requires a sincere desire and a willingness to do what it takes (in cooperation with God's Spirit of Holiness) to weed out a lifetime practice of impure thoughts and actions.
If we care about our physical health, then we get an annual checkup. If we care about our spiritual well-being as much as we care about our physical well-being, then it makes sense we should/would want to apply the Apostle Paul's admonition to the church in Corinth as well.
Those who are taught how to teach will sooner or later hear that “repetition aids learning.” Repeat your point, in a different way, restating so your hearers will have more than one opportunity to learn the lesson.
Guys seeking to walk in the way of The Christ have a hard enough time dealing with the way women decorate themselves to look pretty and garner attention. It makes it all the more difficult when our sisters in Christ do the same.
We must be able to tell the real from the counterfeit. The substance from the shadow. The truth from the lie. Until such time as we do, we will simply be caught up in the teachings and traditions of mankind.