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The rule of every speech is: "Have what to tell, and tell it well". In case of sermon, "what to tell" can be received only from God. The paradox of the most sermons I hear is that professional ministers get very advanced at "tell it well" part; they studied it in their college and have been practicing it for years. They can be artistic, adding jokes, keeping eye contact, using interaction, bringing props... in all that, people forget that the most important, the part number one is missing! Ask your church fellows what they have learned from the last several sermons. Not the wrapper, but the content? Probably, you will hear the same basic things from week to week, from month to month.. How is it possible? Did God finish revealing His word to the church? Does not He have anything to tell? Or, probably, "professional sermon preparation" has nothing to do with hearing and sharing God's word? It is not taught in colleges. It does not require diplomas. The simplicity of sermon is "receive from God what He wants to tell, and tell it to others"; and, if you can, tell it well.

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Rosh haShanah is very much like Easter - popular religiously observed Babylonian heritage which, because of calendar proximity, replaced 1 of 12 Lord's Feasts mentioned in Torah (Leviticus 23). Babylonian new year was in the beginning of autumn, and jews started to mix pagan celebration with sacred Yom Teruah. The same way, much later, another pagan holiday, Easter, will replace Pesach. And weekly celebration of sunday will replace Shabbat. Substituting holidays is one of points to change worship system (Daniel 7:25).
And what about new year? Well, according to Exodus 12:2 it is 2 weeks before Pesach. If you value Torah more than human traditions, of course.

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Surrogate worship can be worse than none, for it gives soothing illusion of having done something meaningful.

Some Bible verses were covered by tons of commentaries in order to make them look politically correct 

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This weekend, you can notice how most Christians make 6 errors in the word Pesakh(Passover), and are 6 days late with it. In addition, many confuse rabbit for lamb and eggs for matzot.

And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses and unto Aaron, in the land of Egypt, saying, `This month is to you the chief of months--it is the first to you of the months of the year; (Exodus 12:1-2)
So, Biblical new year is in the middle of March, two weeks before Passover.

Bible has at least one approving reference of Hanukkah (Jn 10:22) but zero of Christmas.

The culture and mentality of every nation is created by its gods. When Israel just left Egypt, they did not have the culture we know from Bible. That was infused to the newborn nation by Almighty later (and even then, not 100% pure). So, if you think words of the Scripture sound like from another universe - remember, so they sounded to first Israelites and all their neighbors. Modern western culture is formed by deities of business, fashion, entertainment, consumerism, sex, feminism... No surprise many can not digest pure Biblical teaching and prefer to adapt it to this pagan context.
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