February 2, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – February 5, 2023

As the Scriptures tell us, on the night before He died, Jesus was deeply concerned about His disciples’ relationship with the world.  As far as physical presence was concerned, He Himself, would soon be leaving this world behind.   But His followers would still be here; having to deal with the same world that had hated and crucified Him.  After they had seen what the world did to Him, what would it do to them? How would they react?  Perhaps they would try to run away and hide, or they might be tempted to blend in with the world.  Either way […]
January 26, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – January 29, 2023

Several years ago, there was a story in the news about a family in a small town in Florida.  It consisted of a father, a mother, and two young sons.  They were normal family, except for one problem.  Both boys had AIDS.  Both boys contracted the virus through a blood transfusion.  Their presence in the public school was bitterly resisted by other parents, whose children attended that same school.  One night, under suspicious circumstances, the family’s house burned to the ground.  Finally, they were forced to move to another town.  They had been  rejected by their own community. Some people […]
January 19, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – January 22, 2023

St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, “there are varieties of gifts, varieties of ministries, varieties of effects.” What St. Paul is telling us is that unity among us does not mean sameness. Such was certainly not the case with the early disciples.  There were differences,   disagreement, and disputes among them.  And one of the most beautiful things about the New Testament is its honesty.  There is no attempt at covering up. When James and John were arguing over who should have first place in the Kingdom of God, the Gospel reports it just as it happened.  When Paul and Barnabas […]
January 12, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – January 15, 2023

All of us are familiar with the Ten Commandments. We have heard about them all of our lives. Many of us could recite most of them from memory. They are the moral and ethical foundation upon which our society is based. Without them, it would be impossible for people to live together in peace and harmony. But there is another set of laws that are even more basic than the Ten Commandments. We could call these the “Twin Commandments”. They too are found in the gospels. The first is a quotation from the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament: […]
January 7, 2023

Letter From the Pastor- January 8, 2023

If one is to believe the statistical charts and reports so commonly quoted today, a single conclusion is inescapable: the disciples of Jesus are not inning the world, they are losing it! Now mind you, I said, “If one is to believe the statistical charts ….” for quite frankly, figures can be quoted, twisted, used, or misused to prove virtually anything.  It is never easy to know just how reliable or accurate any survey is, at least not until you know the background and bias of the agency or individual responsible for it. But without quoting any specific numbers or […]