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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

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