Remember and Observe

December 08, 2014 - 13:41

By Pastor Hal Hester, Vineyard Christian Church

As we rush toward the holidays, I am reminded that the essence of holiday is holy days: time and seasons that we set apart from the rest of the calendar to observe and remember. These two elements are key to making these days holy. I often hear people lament the loss of Christmas to commercialism, but I don’t share that concern because I know that my faith and my choices are not controlled by outside forces. My personal experience of these holy days are set and controlled by me.

The Spirit of Christmas

December 08, 2014 - 00:00

by Pastor Hal Hester

When it comes to holy day celebrations I love the Old Testament feasts and my family and I have taken time to celebrate them and to teach our children, but Christmas is a time when our whole society stops to celebrate. So we do, too. I love Christmas. Over the years numerous people have asked me about the validity of celebrating Christmas, to which I respond that God can redeem anything, and without Jesus’ coming as a child we would not have had his life example, his sacrificial death, and his resurrection. So I think Christmas has merit.


November 11, 2014 - 13:51

A New Mother's Miraculous Recovery

This story was originally covered by the SunSentinel. It is summarized here.

Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism after undergoing a routine c-section. This is when the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby contaminates the mother's bloodstream creating a vacuum effect and preventing circulation.