Letters from Paul

December 18, 2011

You are the New Day

This morning I woke up, knowing what lies ahead. I feel the weight of preaching (proclaiming) one of the greatest events in all of human history . . . the birth of Jesus Christ. If you doubt the significance of this event, consider the fact that mankind divides all of history by “The Day of our Lord.” Both this Sunday and next, Christmas Day, our church will focus on the Miracles (please note miracles is plural) of Christmas. My family has personally invited over 50 people to come hear about this event. I have studied, prayed, and asked God to send The Holy Spirit to speak through me, focus our attention, open our eyes and ears, and ultimately change hearts. I am still praying. So, why the sense of heaviness this year? I have preached about the birth of Christ before. Why do I have such a burden? I think it is the result of a couple of recent events that have occupied my mind. One event is personal and the other is very much removed from me. Some might say an international news story, but it still captured my attention.

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December 10, 2011

Stirring up a Hornet’s Nest

Who’d have thought that a simple blog about being thankful and simply pointing out that the Thanksgiving Holiday is pointless to those who refute the existence of God would be so vehemently opposed?  Mind you, I did not post my thoughts on an atheist’s website.  History is really quite clear on this.  Thanksgiving was a day set aside by Christians to thank God.  If you doubt what I wrote concerning the history, I would again encourage you to read the proclamations by William Bradford, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.

Suppose for a moment that a Muslim wrote “Ramadan means nothing to Christians.”  I wouldn’t have a problem with that statement nor with the writer.  Ramadan exists to teach Muslims about fasting, patience, spirituality, humility, and submissiveness to God.”  These disciplines are not exclusive to the Islamic faith any more than “gratitude” is exclusive to the Christian faith.  It goes without saying that the Muslim and I would disagree upon who God is, but I would not be outraged by the proclamation.

This courtesy certainly wasn’t extended to me.  Perhaps, I stirred up a hornet’s nest.  Since my Thanksgiving post, there have been  many comments about what I wrote and a huge outcry that I won’t post the comments by those who were offended.  I have already stated, in a previous blog, that I would no longer allow all comments and why that was the case.  If interested you can read that here:

http://www.paullyle.com/2011/10/12/is-there-enough-time/

The comments left on this topic were a confirmation of my decision.  I have ignored the personal attacks, but perhaps this will settle some of the issues you wrote about and allow others to get a glimpse of what you wrote. continue reading more…