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Difficult Questions – Unexpected Answers | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

People by nature, are inquisitive. There are many unanswered dilemmas that we want to know the outcome. We want answers. We want them now! But we want them to meet our expectations. Look at how we view the upcoming election. We may ask the question, “Who will be the next president?” Many of us may already have a pre-determined way that we feel that questions should be answered. We want our own candidate elected and may be disappointed if the answer doesn’t match our expectations. We want answers, but we don’t want answers contrary to our views. We want answers that match our preconceived notions....

Difficult Questions – Unexpected Answers | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-10-13T15:49:52+00:00

The Generous Giver | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Sunday’s Gospel is about the landowner who hired workers for his vineyard early in the morning and then additional workers throughout the day. When it came time to pay the workers, those that began early in the morning and suffered through the hot sun, expected to be paid more than those who were hired later in the day, but they were paid the same and grumbled. Jesus challenges us to see things in a new way. His teaching stretches our minds and our hearts. He wants us to weigh things on the scales of heavenly worth instead of earthly value. To understand this parable, we need to know why Jesus told it....

The Generous Giver | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-09-16T21:18:39+00:00

Who Am I? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They said, “John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “you are the Messiah, Son of the living God.” Jesus responded “Blessed are you, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.”

Who Am I? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-08-18T22:21:55+00:00

How Much Faith Do You Have? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Allowing stuff to grow up around your life and if not tended too, stuff will choke out the things God is trying to do in your life. Sunday’s Gospel the parable of the “Mustard Seed” pertains to our faith in Christ. This short and to the point parable by Jesus to the crowd that had been following Him, He says, “the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.” So what is Jesus telling us about faith? First, Jesus meant that faith as it concerns Him was based on the reality of His deity, based upon the truth of His promises, and His record of being faithful to His people....

How Much Faith Do You Have? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-07-24T23:20:01+00:00

Offering Hospitality | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

...What Jesus is telling us to do in Sunday’s gospel from Matthew is similar to the famous Golden Rule – “Do unto others.” A cup of cold water is a gift that everyone can give because it is the smallest of gifts. Even this, the smallest of gifts, is precious to the person receiving it, because it sometimes is the gift of life....

Offering Hospitality | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-06-26T22:17:13+00:00

Christ In Our Struggles | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

As believers, we are aware that Jesus will never leave us, nor will He ever forsake us. Those who have been saved by His grace exist within the Holy Spirit. He is our constant companion and guide. While we may not always be aware of the Lord’s presence, He is always near to us. In scripture we read that the Lord will be near to those who are struggling in life or dealing with pain associated with the circumstances of life. There are multiple passages in Scripture where it is undeniable that the Lord was in the midst of His people, providing for their particular needs. We are never alone in the journey, and we need not fear facing life apart from His divine guidance....

Christ In Our Struggles | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-05-28T15:04:55+00:00

Peace vs. Anxiety | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Normally I would write a message based on this Sunday’s gospel but because of the abnormal times we live in, I decided to write a message based on the abnormal times we are now living in.... The disciples were locked up inside their house. They’d barricaded the door. Earlier that morning, they’d heard some outrageous news from some of their women friends. The women had traveled to Jesus’ grave. But when they got there, his tomb was empty! Peter and John ran to the tomb to check things out. They found it just as the women had said, Empty!...

Peace vs. Anxiety | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-05-01T15:33:02+00:00

Palm To Passion | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

As some of you may be aware Sunday has two names on the church calendar. Most know it by its more common name, Palm Sunday. It’s a day were it not for the Corona Virus, we would process into the church, waving palm branches and we as a congregation, singing “Hosanna,” remembering the cries of that first Palm Sunday crowd. The cry “Hosanna,” meaning, “Save us now!” It’s a picture of victory, of Joy! A procession fit for a king!....

Palm To Passion | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-04-02T18:11:35+00:00

Why Are We Here As A Church? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

If someone were to ask you, “why is it we are here as a church?” Would you have an answer ready to give them? We might think we are here to have a place to worship. We might think we are here to hand out food. We might think we are here to encourage each other. We might think we are to do things for God. Those things are all good and we are thankful for them, but that’s not the big why behind why we are here.....

Why Are We Here As A Church? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-03-09T19:43:06+00:00

You are the Light of the World, the Salt of the Earth | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Light is a very common metaphor in the Bible. Along with darkness, light is often used to contrast. Light allows people to see. We can’t see without light. Christians show the world how much God loves them and what Jesus has done to restore their relationship with him. We are meant to be conspicuous to others. Christians must set the example. Suppose there is a group of people and someone suggests they do something bad. Unless someone speaks up and protests, the wrong action will be acted upon. But if someone rises and says, “I will not be a party to that,” then another may rise to say, “neither will I” Christians must take the lead and not remain silent....

You are the Light of the World, the Salt of the Earth | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-02-04T19:32:02+00:00
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