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Fear of the Unknown

....Fear of the unknown traps us in despair and that’s the situation Jesus placed His disciples in. He wanted them to face that fear in their own lives. He then gives them the cure for that fear. It wasn’t another miracle or sign from heaven. He simply said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid. Those simple words removed their fear.....

Fear of the Unknown2018-07-25T18:25:08+00:00

The Faith Healer

There are some Biblical texts that refer to the relationship between sickness and sin or between forgiveness and healing. These relationships exist not because God has decided to inflict sickness, but because sickness and sin define everything that is wrong with our world. In other words, they define the mess that God comes to clean up. There are those who believe that God should rid the world of sickness and death, and that belief might make some sense. If God protected everyone who believed in Him, then everyone would believe not out of love, but out of a calculated self-interest. People would believe only so that God would take care of them and their families....

The Faith Healer2018-07-11T18:30:03+00:00

Keeping Holy The Sabbath

We live in a world whereby it seems that every hour of every day is filled with things that need to be done, however we never seem to have enough time to do it all. How often have you caught yourself wishing for more hours in the day or more days in the week so that you could finally catch up and finish everything that you are supposed to do. Parkinson’s law says, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” So, regardless of how much time you had available you still wouldn’t have enough. This Sunday’s gospel talks about the sabbath. The day the Lord rested from the creation of the world. A day that we are to rest from our labors....

Keeping Holy The Sabbath2018-05-31T23:35:03+00:00

Committing To Jesus’ Two Great Commandments…

We like the disciples, are called to love each other. When we love each other, we will experience the joy of obeying God. When we love one another, we also allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and grow in us. How it grows will depend on our connection to each other, to God and to His church. The stronger our faith, the more we will do, and it is the things that we do for God and for others that bring glory to God and strengthen the Holy Spirit within us....

Committing To Jesus’ Two Great Commandments…2018-05-03T23:05:13+00:00

Jesus Can Erase Your Doubts — Just Like He Did for Thomas

In a Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown is talking with Lucy as they walk home on the last day of school. Charlie Brown says to Lucy: “Lucy, I got straight A’s. Isn’t that great!” Lucy in her typical fashion shoots down poor Charlie Brown and says: I don’t believe you Charlie Brown. “Unless you show me your report card, I cannot believe you.” Can you relate to Lucy? Seeing is believing, isn’t it? Most people have to see something before they can believe it. I am sure we have all heard, “don’t believe everything that you hear and only half of what you see.” This is often how we described the apostle Thomas, but is this really accurate?... ...Jesus tells Thomas that he believed because he saw and was convinced. Maybe you have been caught in a downward spiral and things have been slipping in your spiritual life. Maybe you are just waiting for the chance to see some proof. Jesus is with us now by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. He is here waiting for you to turn from your lack of focus and faith to proclaim Him as your Lord and your God. I do not know what it is that you need today but Jesus does. Just as He knew what Thomas needed so long ago. He knows today what you need and He is waiting to meet that need.

Jesus Can Erase Your Doubts — Just Like He Did for Thomas2018-04-04T15:14:40+00:00

God’s Greatest Gift — Why Question It?

What was the best gift you have ever received? We might have a lot of different ideas about what makes a great gift, but think about it for a moment, what was the greatest gift ever given. Think about a beautifully wrapped package. As you can probably guess by the way it is wrapped, there is a gift inside. Everyone likes to receive a gift. I can’t imagine anyone saying that they don’t enjoy receiving a gift. If someone were to give a package to you and you were asked, give me five dollars, would it be a gift? No, if you to pay for it or do something to receive it, it isn’t a gift. When someone gives you a gift, it doesn’t cost you anything. It doesn’t come with any conditions. All you have to do is accept it. That’s what makes it a gift.... ...What is that gift? It is the gift of eternal life. It is the gift of God and it was given to anyone who wants to receive it. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Whoever –that’s you and I. The greatest gift of all is for you and me.

God’s Greatest Gift — Why Question It?2018-03-06T17:52:00+00:00

Jesus On the Mountain Top

Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? Most everyone at some point in their life have had a mountaintop experience. It could have been at a graduation, a personal achievement, an actual mountain climb, a job that you didn't' think you would have.

Jesus On the Mountain Top2018-02-07T23:51:13+00:00

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

God’s word says (Galatians 3:26-29) “You are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus, {27} for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. {28} There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. {29} If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” We live in a world that reams with in inequality based on religion, race, gender, social status. The result is social injustice, racism, discrimination, wars and genocide. This is not God’s kingdom. God’s Kingdom is coming and when it fully arrives there will be no inequality in it. In God’s Kingdom there is social justice and equality for all. It’s the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw and spoke so articulately. It’s the dream that like followers of Christ share. That is why they persistently and continually pray and ask God for His Kingdom to come.....

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.2018-01-12T00:16:39+00:00

Are You Ready To Be One of the People Who Light The World?

Christmas is just one week away and I want to draw your attention to the significance of the Incarnation, the word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. The greatest rescue mission, if you will, the world has known. “The light of the world.” In Sunday’s Gospel, God sends John as a witness to testify to the light. So, the question is, why does God send humans witnesses at all? Does He need our help? He has chosen weak vessels to display his great power to witness to the light and to push back the darkness. That is what He did with John the Baptist....

Are You Ready To Be One of the People Who Light The World?2017-12-21T21:18:14+00:00

The Re-Imagining of the Parable of the Talents

We are all familiar with the story of the master who summoned his slaves before going on a journey and entrusted them with his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, each according to his ability. “For the person who uses what he is given will be given more. But the person who is unfaithful, God will take those things away from them.” Let’s look at a story I found and perhaps better understand this parable....

The Re-Imagining of the Parable of the Talents2017-11-17T00:43:52+00:00