One of Martin Luther King, Jr. legacies was centered around the idea of a Beloved Community. This was a community of love, peace, inspiration and helping one another in other words, love thy neighbor as thy self.
Fireworks are usually reserved in America for July 4th and January 1 st in celebration of Independence and giving birth to a New Year. In the case of Riverside City Council members, some were celebrating very late or very early on December 21, 2004 at their committee meeting.
The New Year comes only once each year and when it gets here it gives everyone an opportunity to evaluate last years performance and plan a new direction for the next 365 days. Many people see it as a continuation of the past and therefore continue to get what they got last year.
The thought occurred to me of how we celebrate three Christmases at the same time in our culture. The first one is the true reason for the season and that is the glorious birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who took on all our sins in order to save us from our sin sick souls.
Last week during one of our cool mornings the thought crossed my mind of having to start a fire in the stove and churches being on fire for the Lord. I dont remember the exact connection but I recall church members sometimes being excited when talking...