Commentary

December 20, 2013

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- Do you know what took place every year from 1910 to 1950 at the department store Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia this time of year?  More than 14,000 would walk through huge double doors and take their seats as an organist led the crowd in singing the hymn: “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”  It seems we have lost that perspective in our culture and yet people still love to hear the sounds of Christmas as evidenced by some recent YouTube videos.  The U.S. Air Force Band flash mob performance at Smithsonian Museum singing “Joy to The World” with two million hits and the a cappella group Pentatonix rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” with more than 20 million hits prove the reason for the season is not so far away.

Through our prayers – an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community

- Ask God to help you make time to celebrate the real reason for the season.

 




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