Language has a problem when a word or phrase is used too often, particularly in given scenarios, they tend to lose their meaning, or at least their punch. For instance, the word ‘religion’ gets tossed so much that it could be anything from an ancient voodoo-ism, to philosophies, to weak modern approaches to verbalize fashionable ‘supernatural’ beliefs, or even different denominations of Christianity. Since Christianity is not a religion, it cannot be lost in the mix. Christianity is a Person, and because of Him, a Way of life.
Anyway, to be a Christian means an authentic follower of the Christ. So, this season unmistakably reminds us of the ‘Christ thing’. And, therefore, we call this season Christmas. Talk about over-used! The dilution of its significance is not in its true meaning, but in its de-railing into a period of concentration on stuff. Now, it’s not a horrible evil to want to bless someone with a gift. The problem is the loss and ignoring of the true meaning.
Some people are so uncomfortable with the stem word “Christ” that they substitute an ‘X’ and stick it to the ‘mas’. Some even erroneously think it means the cross, which it does not. Aha! Here is the springboard for our discussion today. What does this sparkly word Christmas really mean? We’re ready to break it down. What do Christ and ‘mas’ have to do with each other? It is obvious who it deals with. But, what about the suffix? The little addition ‘mas’ is short for mass which basically implies celebration!
So, if we are faithful to its meaning and intent, the purpose of this season should be to celebrate Christ, the incomparable gift of God himself to redeem His creation back to Him. Are you and I doing this? Really? Yes, what a mass this is!
HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!
Home Church International
1 Corinthians 16:19 (Message Translation) – “The churches here in Western Asia send greetings. Aquila, Priscilla, and the church that meets in their house say hello.”
Greetings to the fellow saints who meet at the house of Skip and Julie in Boquete, Panama. I bid you blessings in the name of Jesus, to all the called-out ones gathering as a Spirit-led group called Home Church International. We include our greetings to be extended to our brethren and sisters-in-faith meeting in houses under the pastoral leadership of Jojie and Jhing Esguerra in tribal Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Receive and walk in our Father’s blessings. Though stressful times are upon much of the earth, especially for Christians, we declare His promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” “Greater is He that is in you than he (satan) that is in the world.” “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Believing God and His Word without question is my charge to you. We are not doubters. We are “overcomers” and “more than conquerors.” A conqueror is not only one who wins the victory, but enjoys the spoils and treasures left behind by the defeated. Yes, my brethren, we are not just conquerors. We put on our whole armor and trust Him to defend us. (Ephesians 6) When the devil comes around to harm or scare you, the Bible says he walks around “like a roaring lion.” See here that he is not a lion and not to be feared. He is only ‘like’ a roaring lion. He is trying to convince you to put your faith in fear and quit trusting the Savior. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
And so, brethren, walk out your faith in Him, with your head held high. He is the One who can be trusted forever. Share your faith in your house churches. Encourage one another in Christ Jesus.
Until we share again, I remain your brother in Christ.
Apostle Paul Allen, homechurchintl.com
More references: Rom. 16:3-5; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1,2