Does your church follow the ecumenical calendar? Most denominations would know it by that name however the Roman Catholic Church might call it the liturgical calendar. It follows seasons and holidays with time off for good behavior from June through October. Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and Pentecost are all in its shadow. I once asked a pastor during Advent that if the Holy Spirit gave him a message to preach would he do it? He responded by saying he would do so after his Advent series. First Thessalonians 5 tells us not to quench the spirit Strangely enough, the ecumenical calendar fellows hurricane season almost day for day. You can even find The Minister’s Revenge on this calendar. It is when on Christmas the pastor says, I suppose I’ll see you all next Easter to his packed congregation and he can say the same thing on Easter. I belong to an independent Bible Church that would by no means Follow The ecumenical calendar. The Holy Spirit is not reigned in by that yearly calendar. The denominations and the Roman Catholic Church can have it.
I’ve never before had this carol but I hope you enjoy it. Here is the link.
Good King Wenceslas is a great Christmas Carol and the fanciful way this organist plays it is quite remarkable. So sit back and enjoy this marvelous Carol.
What exactly can take down a wall? A stick of Dynamite? A sledgehammer? Walls can be breached quite easily so why put enormous amounts of money into a wall? Right now walls are very much the talk of the country. At one time both parties were interested in a wall on our Southern border. At separate times of course. Why bother? It is easy to take down a wall. Look at the wall between East and West Germany and how easy it came down once the effort was made to do so. Did you know that a wall existed, a very formidable wall, that lasted through the entire Old Testament and the Gospels and ended just about the time of Stephen. It was up there in a long time and it was called a wall of partition that separated Jews and Gentiles.
Examine what the Jews had here compared to the Gentiles. The Gentiles were in a sorry state but God had a secret that he had kept within himself from the beginning of time. It was to be released to the Apostle Paul.
When the wall partition came down salvation for both Jews and Gentiles was possible through the blood of Jesus Christ that he shed on the cross for them.
He himself is our peace. I only wish more people knew that and would accept him as their lord and savior. Jesus Christ tore down this wall. Throughout his Earthly Life Time he came to his own and his own rejected him. He sent out his disciples to the Jews only as evidenced in Matthew 10:4-6 and 15:24. His ministry was to the Jews or to the circumcised according to Romans 15:8. Jesus once called a gentile woman a dog and just think what kind of publicity he would have got today off that statement? The me-too movement would have been all over Him. But through his blood shed on the cross he pulled down that middle wall of partition and pulled it down for good. For the good of mankind. He has made Jew and Gentile one in him.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.