While the holiday season is hectic, by the time Christmas Eve rolls around our focus should be one of peace and joy. Let me encourage you to get all of your Christmas shopping done now, so you and your family can visit one of our local churches on Christmas Eve to pause, reflect, and join others in praising the true reason for the season — the awesome truth that God sent Jesus Christ to earth to be with us.
My list wont be exhaustive, as I’ll only promote various Christmas Eve services around Bangor that are on my radar. Some are contemporary, others more traditional, but all are about Christ.
This story passed through my social media feed the other day and I couldn’t resist giving it a virtual ‘shout out’.
Discount Mattress and Furniture in the Airport Mall in Bangor currently has their windows decorated with a nativity, and the words ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season.’ Nothing wrong with that, right? Jesus is the reason for this season after all.
I see a lot of fear in people as they react to the news of Ebola. Specifically in Maine, I see fear as people express their opinions on the actions of nurse Kaci Hickox in Fort Kent.
Fear is not from God.
The local organizers of Bangor’s first ever ‘Day of Hope’ were pleasantly surprised at the turnout this past Saturday on the Bangor Waterfront. It’s safe to say most volunteers were not expecting so many ‘guests of honor’ to be lined up outside the event’s entrance by 9 AM. But the rain held off, and by day’s end everyone involved was simply thankful to have played a small part in the event’s success.
Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization out of Missouri, has partnered with organizations and local churches in the Bangor area to offer a ‘Day of Hope’ on the Bangor Waterfront Saturday, September 20th.
The purpose of this event is to simply serve those in need in our area by way of free medical and dental screenings, haircuts, grocery distribution, a hot food area, fun for the kids (Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, etc), clothing items, and much more.
The most prominent race in Tuesday’s primary election was in the bid to secure the GOP nomination for Maine CD2 – the seat Mike Michaud is vacating in his run for Governor.
How did Bruce Poliquin pull off such a decisive 12 point victory in a race where the presumed favorite of party faithful was Kevin Raye?
Well, there was one key to victory that no one else is really talking about.
No family should ever have to watch their child die, let alone in barely 3 months from a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Ben Sauer celebrated his 5th birthday with his twin brother just 8 days before he passed away. One can’t help but think about how different it must have been for the family just one year prior, on the 4th birthday, when not a hint of sickness was in little Ben. Or even just a few months prior, in the family Christmas photo, when the cancer still had not yet reared it’s ugly head.
Furthermore, no one should have to go through such a tragedy alone. In years past it would typically be close relatives, and maybe the local community, that would rally and help shoulder the grief and heart ache. But in today’s blogging and social media era, thousands have followed the heart-wrenching story of little Ben Sauer while his mom, Mindy, has blogged every grief-stricken detail, while at the same time maintaining an eternal focus filled with life-giving hope.
Our society by and large champions a woman’s right to abort. The prevailing sentiment is that a pregnant woman should be able to choose to end the life of her baby if it is determined to be inconvenient or unexpected. Furthermore, most pro-choice advocates affirm that a woman’s ambitions, regardless of circumstance, should be able to take precedence over the life of an unborn baby, even when there is no threat to the life of the mother.
Well, consider the case over the past couples weeks in the UK of Josie Cunningham –
UMaine chapters of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Navigators, and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) are teaming up to provide prayer and worship opportunities for students during the 2014 Collegiate Day of Prayer.
Everyone — community members and students — are invited to attend and participate.
First, let’s make something clear: Richard Sherman is not a thug (ie., ‘a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer’).
By now, even if you’re a nominal sports fan, you’ve probably seen the interview heard ’round the world in which Richard Sherman, who is a defensive back for the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks, proclaimed himself ‘the best corner in the game’ (which is true), calling San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree a ‘sorry receiver.’ You can see the short interview below.