LONDON—How would you think to spend December 24th and December 31st in 2016 knowing that those days would be Sabbath days? With all the habits of this world to prepare for Christmas or to be ready for the New Year, the brethren in the United Kingdom decided to have two special afternoons.
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not,
nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;"
We live in a continuously changing world. Science, technology, and politics are not the only factors responsible for the change. Society has changed as well. Long established values and worldviews that used to be upheld and advocated for centuries are now not only questioned but largely discarded and even despised and replaced. Such developments are linked with the idea of progress – but progress may not always be the result.
Did you know that those who quit smoking by the time they are forty can reduce the risk of premature mortality by ninety percent, reverse lung damage, and lower the risk for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and lung cancer?
Many who smoke do not have access to education concerning the practice's ill effects, nor to health care that supports quitting. So how can you and I help? There are many who can benefit from hearing the good news of Christ's power to set free, as well as from Christian love and support.
Dear brothers and sisters around the world,
Warm Christian greetings with the following inspired words: “Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light…. Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof” (Romans 13:11, 12, 14).