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September 3rd is Labor Day, in the United States. Families across the country will celebrate with barbecues, picnics, sporting events, and activities on the beach. It's our last opportunity to enjoy the summer before it ends. This is what Labor Day has traditionally been known for. However, the history of Labor Day is a little more complex than picnics and barbecue celebrations. Here are some interesting facts about Labor Day that you might not have known were true.
  1. The first Labor Day occurred on September 5, 1882 in New York City.
  2. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday in 1887.
  3. The holiday's origins stem back to the 1800s when the average American worked 12-hours a day, 7-days a week. Children ages 5-6 worked in factories and mines.
  4. People avoided wearing white clothing after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.
  5. Labor Day began in Toronto, Canada in 1872 but quickly made its way to the United States.
  6. Labor Day began as a demonstration for workers rights but is modernly seen as an opportunity to celebrate the last day of summer.
  7. In other countries, May 1st (May Day) is the day working people are honored. The majority of Europe celebrates May Day. *
Mary and I enjoyed a quick road trip to Maury City, TN to visit my sister and her family. I pray that today you were able to get out and spend time with family, friends and neighbors.  Take time this week to thank God for your circle of friends.

I look forward to seeing many of you this coming Wednesday evening as we begin a series in Colossians!

 

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It was a great start yesterday to our "What Goes Around Comes Back Around" series! Over the next coming weeks as we move towards Vacation Bible School we will continue to look at those familiar Bible Accounts that we learned as children and see how they can still apply to us today.

As we read the entire chapter of Daniel 3 it was good to be reminded that "God protects those that are faithful to Him." I have said it before and I will say it again.  I look forward to dialogue from each of you
 regarding the text, service and what God has laid upon my heart to share on any given Sunday.  Yesterday I was approached with a very good question in regard to Daniel 3:18;

 But even if He (God) does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up." Daniel 3:18 (HCSB)
 
The question was..."If they (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) had faith and knew that God would protect them why would verse 18 begin with "But even if He does not rescue us...?"  
 
There was no doubt in the minds of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that God had to the power to save them. But the struggle for them is that they did not know at what point the "rescue" would take place. They had the faith to know that the God who did not rescue them FROM the fire was the God WHO MEET THEM in the fire and the God who DELIVERED THEM Out of the fire! It was because of this faith that they could state; "we want you as king to know that we will not..."
 
That is what I enjoy about the Old Testament...the timing of God's power is never on our timeline, but yet it is always on His timeline.  Think about the parting of the Red Sea, the use of the Babylonians in Habakkuk, the big fish in Jonah and the list could on.  So it was not that our 3 faithful men were questioning if God was going to arrive, their faith and obedience reminded them that God would indeed arrive!
 
Next week let's turn to Daniel 6 and through the story of Daniel and the Den of lions lets be reminded of "What Goes Around Comes Back Around!" 
 
Remember to cut-out your artwork for Vacation Bible School and to hand out those tickets!
 
I so enjoy being on this journey with each of you! Midtown needs to hear the Gospel and each one of you have the ability to share!
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