The Present of Hope  

2“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. …11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Mathew 2:2; 11
Reflecting upon the birth of Mary’s baby──God’s Son, the Magi’s  worship and gifts to the Lord, …

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Our Advent of Thanksgiving

“I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart…” (Psalm 138:1)
The Thanksgiving holiday season occurs just a few days prior to the beginning of Advent season in which Christians anticipate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is during this time of year, many of us reflect on being thankful for family, friends, food, health, and strength needed to progress through life.  We even, individually as well as collectively, seek to help the elderly, the sick and shut-in, and …

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Fear No Evil Jesus Is Still Standing

 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up   steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 7:55
Reflecting upon current events in the shadow of Acts chapters 6-7, clearly Stephen was neither first nor last in the massive blood pool of victims, even children, whom those in charge have dealt treacherously and unjustly.  Today, the heavy sound of far too many of our brothers’ blood is crying …

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Do Amazing Work Together!

“The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.  For we are God’s servants, working together;” [I Corinthians 3:8-9]
Do Amazing Work Together!
We live in an age where people are increasingly concern about a lack of purpose and meaning in their lives.  In spite of their success and various types of personal advancement, many still long for personal satisfaction in their life and a …

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YOU HAVE AN ATTITUDE – Power Thoughts

“ I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 
Apostle Paul’s words reflect both attitude and reality; “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”, Phil 4:13 will never lose its power or relevancy. However, denied bias, long standing social problems within our society have left more than a few individuals feeling somewhat powerless rather than strengthened; displays of discontent have erupted. Unsurprisingly, when we hear of current events the subject of war is often …

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Paid Free and Clear!

“Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples;  and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [John 8:31-32 -NRSV]
Paid Free and Clear!
Right about now in America, many of us are reflecting not only on our blessed freedom and its progression—but on the cost of the freedom that we all hold dear.
What did it cost, over two hundred years ago, …

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Friendship

Proverbs 13:20 b …the companion of fools will suffer harm. 
More and more the daily news reveals evidence that “the companion of fools will suffer harm”. Therefore, this month’s message is a reminder to parents and others to encourage our young people to choose their friends wisely. Summer is approaching and it is that time of year when teens and youth will be out of school. The warm weather is prime for more outdoor activities, gatherings and hanging out with …

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A Model of Faith

“…I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me;” Luke 7:8 [NRSV]
A Model of Faith
May is worth the wait for us to finally baste in the fragrance of blooming flowers, and welcome warm breezes, sunny days, and pleasant evenings for casual walks.  After a drudging through months of cold and snow some of us eagerly go out and arrange beautiful flower pots full of annuals and plants on the porch, deck, and yard.  Gorgeous flower …

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Easter is More than a Day

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2Peter 3:8
Last Sunday was the day many Christians celebrated Easter, the RESURRECTION of our sovereign, reigning King, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On Easter, Christians awake filled with love, faith. joy, and hope because God’s sufficient grace has, is and will always prevail. Therefore, my sisters and brothers, this month’s message is to encourage …

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Grace is Greater than Luck

“…we had to celebrate and rejoice.”  Luke 15:32 [NRSV]
The Luck of the Irish is a whimsical cliché` that one hears from time to time on the occasion of an unexpected good fortune.  But many people make merry of the Luck of the Irish particularly on March 17th otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day.  Indeed on St. Patrick’s Day there are parades and festivals; people converge upon Irish pubs to drink green beer; sing old Irish songs together; and then …

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Spiritual Formation

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship he walked on the water, to go to Jesus (Mt.14:22-33)
Was Peter simply facing a matter of little faith and doubt as Jesus referenced in verse 31? To help answer this, let’s consider the subject of Spiritual Formation. Spiritual formation is a process in which our faith continues …

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It’s Rejoicing Time!

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:3 NIV)
Historically up to the present, New Year’s Day has been a worldwide time of rejoicing—it still is.  And the rejoicing takes place at many venues; some people rejoice in the church until midnight; some in nightclubs or bars; some in the streets downtown, some on war ships, and some even at home.
It seems that the place to rejoice really doesn’t matter …

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