The Miraculous Story of Hanukkah

The 400 years of “silence” between the closing of the book of Malachi and the birth of Christ is not due to God’s inactivity but rather to no prophet speaking under divine inspiration. The writings during this time, like any other, depict the distinct intervention of God’s hand in the affairs of men.  Though not…

The Story of Valentine’s Day

Why would a Christian priest in Rome in the 3rd century A.D. be imprisoned, tortured and threatened with death just for standing up for marriage, secretly marrying soldiers to their brides?  When we think of Valentine’s Day today, we think of romance, whether serious or trite, but we rarely think of the fact that February…

New Year’s Day

January 1 as New Year’s Day was first celebrated in 46 B.C. when the Julian calendar took effect.  The traditional Roman calendar, first established in the 7th century B.C. was based on the lunar cycle.  Various politicians would add days to extend their own political terms and thus it was frequently corrupted.  Julius Caesar, the…

Labor Day

Labor or work has its origin in the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 2:15 says “the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (NIV)  God did this before the fall as a command and life principle and thus work is good and…