"We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly, we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and consequently, its observance is a superstition, because [it's] not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Saviour's birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occurred..." Spurgeon, C.H. "Joy Born At Bethlehem," A sermon: delivered on a Lord's Day Morning, December 24th, 1871. Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, pp. 697-698. When he said, "We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons," he spoke the language of the believers of his time. Since then the number of the "superstitious"
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Today I read a news article about an assistant university basketball coach who after a problem with drinking went to a rehab center to get help. He said: “that man changed my life. John Lucas changed my life ” -- Rod Strickland We are certainly glad that he got help, but the transformation is short of what really needs to be done. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can forgive sin, and only by faith in Christ can a person be born again and get a new life: 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." THAT is a changed life! To stop drinking or smoking is one thing. To become a new person on the inside is something completely different. Only Jesus Christ can give a new life. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life," He said, "no one comes to the Father but by me" (John. 14:6). Don't stop short with external reforms, getting rid of a bad habit o