Preparing for the Greatest Gift of Love

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and its theme is “LOVE.” The four Advent Sundays are meant to be the focal points of a season of spiritual reflection and preparing one’s self to experience new ways each year the hope, peace, joy and love God offers to us....

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Preparing for Joy

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent and the theme is “Joy.” In a season of somber preparing to experience the birth of the Divine in anew into our lives, we come to a Sunday of rejoicing called in Latin “Gaudete Sunday.” A passage from the assigned text for...

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Preparing for Hope

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and the theme is Hope. Hope in the Bible has a different meaning than what most folks normally think. Scripturally “Hope” is the calm assurance that God will do what God says and give us what we need. Most parents make every...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018

Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. We will light the candle of Hope and remember that in the midst of darkness and fear, with the birth of the Christ Child, hope was born. We pray hope will be born in our hearts we prepare for Christmas 2018. Of course,...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

Hyperbole is speaking in an exaggerated manner to make or emphasize a point. It is often used in the writing of scripture. Of the gospel writers, Matthew uses hyperbole the most often in the telling of Jesus’ parables. Failure to recognize the hyperbole being used, people often read into the...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR REFORMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017

This Sunday, many churches around the world will observe the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. It will be done to commemorate the act leading to what is called the Reformation when on October 31, 1517, German Monk Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017

In the 1980s, rappers and comedians came up with something called “drop the mic.” A “mic drop” is the gesture of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. Figuratively, it was an expression of triumph for a successful event and indicates a...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2107

“Old habits die hard” is an old saying I grew up with. I’ve noticed it’s a very true saying when it comes to legalisms we learned in church. One such legalism many of us learned in church was to be properly dressed when going to church. Even when legalism grew...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017

Sunday evening, America, once again, experienced the horror of an “unprecedented” mass murder, this time in Las Vegas. What seems to stand out this time is that as of this writing, there’s no known why to this killer’s heinous act. None of the usual markers – mental illness, radicalized terrorism,...

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