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The Pagan Origins Of Spring Cleaning

"Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." - Titus 1:15 (KJV)
The season is coming upon us again.  That means it's time to revisit this subject once more.  

Speaking of the December season and related celebrations both religious and secular, Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote a song in 1963 titled, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year."  In it they lauded the roasting of marshmallows, the joy of children playing and, yes, even the dreaded pagan term "Christmas."  Lately this song has been playing on the radio and in retailers across America. And so, once again, we are made aware that the world is turning its calendars nearer to the 25th of December and we are left to debate whether or not this time of the year is wonderful at all.
To some it is shunned as Saturnalia (even though that event was actually commemorated on the 17th of December, not…

Cause of Death: Divorce

"For the entire Law has been obeyed when you have kept the single precept, which says, 'You are to love your fellow man equally with yourself.' But if you are perpetually snarling and snapping at one another, beware lest you are destroyed by one another." - Galatians 5:14-15

It is Sunday morning at First Church and Sister Emily sits in her car in the parking lot debating whether she should try to go inside or turn back to her own home.  She has already spent most of the morning in deep internal conflict.  On the one hand she understands the Biblical command that Christians must not neglect to assemble together.  On the other hand is a pale circle around one finger serving as a reminder of what has been lost.  Two years of courtship, five years of marriage, three months of turmoil and fifteen minutes before a judge last Friday added up to the dreadful and shadowy specter of abandonment, lost love and divorce.

It wasn't her choice.  When she walked down the aisle …

"It's Just The Devil" And Other Things NOT To Tell Someone Who Is Depressed

"Then Job spoke again: 'I have heard all this before.  What miserable comforters you are!  Won’t you ever stop blowing hot air?  What makes you keep on talking?  I could say the same things if you were in my place.  I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you.  But if it were me, I would encourage you.  I would try to take away your grief.  Instead, I suffer if I defend myself, and I suffer no less if I refuse to speak.'" - Job 16:1-6 (NLT)
The normative Pentecostal reaction to depression has been curious to say the least.  If someone comes to us with a gaunt appearance, having lost much weight and energy and wearing a forlorn expression we would know something was wrong.  If they were to say, "Yes, I'm suffering from cancer," we would be immediately moved with compassion.  Our reaction would be the same if they were to tell us they were suffering from any number of physical ailments.  We would understand if they were quiet, withdrawn or even i…