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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

God Is Calling, Will You Answer? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Jesus’ submission to baptism was no simple act of personal piety. Jesus saw John’s baptism and fiery preaching as a declaration that there would be a new world order where God will set right what the evil world did wrong. By submitting to John’s baptism, Jesus declared that he was ready for this new world order he is to start with His ministry. We as Christians are called to live our baptism. We can’t afford to make ourselves comfortable or do only what will be appreciated or be satisfied with the way things are. We have to struggle with what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s important and what’s not important. Baptism changes us. It is a celebration of grace and an enactment of the Word of God....

God Is Calling, Will You Answer? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-01-08T18:56:44+00:00

Expectations | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Have you ever been in a situation where people did not live up to the hopes and expectations you had for them? If so, you can probably understand why John the Baptist was confused in the Gospel from Matthew, we will read on Sunday. Uncertain, scary times can shake us up and cause us to have doubts about our faith. John the Baptist is a good example. When we, like John, are moved by the Holy Spirit, we vow to follow God. When we receive blessings, we are sure that Jesus is our Savior. When we face tragedies and disasters, we question our faith. We question why these things happen. We are wrapped up in our suffering that sometimes we can’t see, hear or feel God’s presence.....

Expectations | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2019-12-10T18:50:54+00:00

In Times of Trial | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

Most of us have not had the experience of being hated and persecuted for being followers of Christ, which is the case in some parts of the world. We all know that in small and in sometimes big ways, following Jesus will often put us at odds with the values of this world, and at times the values of our friends. The truth is our faith is on trial every single day of our life. We are most susceptible to fail when tragedy and stress come to call. So, what do you do when your world is falling apart?...

In Times of Trial | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs2019-11-14T22:00:36+00:00

Prayer–What A Comfort | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

As Christians we should have a strong belief in prayer and the power of prayer. It is part of our relationship with God where we can never stop growing or do too much. Prayer is a wonderful privilege that God extends to us to come and talk to Him and lay everything at His feet. Prayer shouldn’t be our last resort when times become difficult. Rather, it should be the first life-saving ring if you will, we grab when we are drowning and hold on to for dear life. Is it always easy? No. But, then again, neither is life, hence the need for these reminders to take everything to the Lord in prayer before, in the middle of and after feeling totally overwhelmed by it all....

Prayer–What A Comfort | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs2019-10-17T17:06:12+00:00

The Shrewd Manager | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

On Sunday we have one of the most unusual parables Jesus ever uttered. We could call it the parable of the Shrewd Manager. It’s a story about a manager who was squandering money that belonged to his employer. He used dishonest methods to give an accounting of money that belonged to his boss. You see the manager was a cunning, conniving, dishonest person. One can’t help but smile at how shrewd he was. You can’t help but admit that what he did was a clever little idea if however terrible, morally apprehensible....

The Shrewd Manager | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs2019-09-18T20:31:30+00:00

Religion vs. Relationship | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

In the Gospel story for this coming Sunday, a lady whose disability has caused her to be bent over for 18 years, walks into the Synagogue and upon seeing her Jesus who was teaching calls her to come to Him. He lays His hands on her and she is healed. The leader of the synagogue was not happy because Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath....

Religion vs. Relationship | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs2019-09-05T21:45:16+00:00

The Lord’s Prayer | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

unday’s Gospel message is instantly recognizable as the Lord’s prayer, or one might say the disciple’s prayer as it was the disciples who asked Jesus “how to pray.” We must assume they already knew how to pray as they spent time in synagogues and temples. They also had been in the presence of Jesus for quite some time, witnessing first hand all the mighty works he had done, impressed by His wisdom, power and His love. So, if you think about it, they were basically, asking Him how they could pray, and get similar results themselves. The Christian life is fueled by prayer. It is made stronger by our intimate relationship with God each day....

The Lord’s Prayer | The Rev. Deacon Robert A. Jacobs2019-07-26T15:10:36+00:00

Seize The Moment | The Reverend Deacon Robert A. Jacobs

If we only live once, we must live our life meaningfully. Can you imagine what your life could have been if you did not delay when the opportunity was given. What if you studied before the exam? What if you bought that stock before it went up? For some what if they received Jesus as their Savior when they were younger? We all have the tendency to postpone. There are those who stay up all night to finish a project at the last moment....

Seize The Moment | The Reverend Deacon Robert A. Jacobs2019-07-26T15:12:50+00:00