Author: Carla Alvarez

Atheists, Cessationists, and What They Have in Common

Atheists and cessationists are those who hold two very different belief systems. One says that there is no God, the other believes in God and Christ as Lord, so what could they have in common? Definitions First, let’s define our terms: Atheist: An atheist is one that believes that there is no God. Buddhism is one of the few religions that believes that there is no God. It is atheistic. Theist: A theist believes that there is a God or multiple gods. Most religions of the world are theistic. They believe in some sort of Supreme Being even if...

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The Scent of the Spirit of Christmas

Do you know what Christmas smells like? Maybe when you think of Christmas, it reminds you of the smell of evergreens, cinnamon, and spice. The sense of smell is considered the bridge between the physical and the spiritual or unseen realm. For those who do not see with their eyes into the unseen realm, the sense of smell is a bridge for discerning that other spiritual realm. There are specific scents that are associated with individual spirits. There is a spirit of Christmas and there is a very specific fragrance that comes along with it. I have been encountering...

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Experiencing the Spirit of Christmas

The holidays can be a busy time with end of term tests and papers, concerts, parties, and one volunteer effort after another. The activity load can be so intense that it can be easy to equate “stress” with the “spirit of Christmas.” However, the “things” and the “doings” are not Christmas. Certain things, traditions, can help us remember the past and build memories for the future, but it is not the thing that Christmas is itself. The Spirit of Christmas is Family The Spirit of Christmas is family. Christmas is a time when families get together, whether they like...

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Hearing the Angels Sing

We were talking about angels. The lesson in our Sunday school class was on Luke 2 when the angels announce the birth of Jesus on the hillside. The shepherds were minding their own business on the hillside, sitting out with the sheep. Unlike David who watched his sheep on that same hillside alone, there were several. I wonder what there thoughts were on before they were suddenly interrupted. Were they wondering, like David, when their opportunity to escape this low level job would arrive. Were they thinking, “there has to be more to life than this?” Were they looking...

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