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Pastor’s Blog 4/4/17

In the Christian faith, Easter has come to mean the Celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after His crucifixion. It is the one of the oldest Christian holidays and the most important day of the Christian year, because of the significance of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the event in which Christianity is based. Easter Sunday is…

Pastor’s Blog 2/28/17

II  Corinthians  33::11–99 People print all sorts of things on T-shirts, from obscenities to affirmations of faith.  If T-shirts had been popular in Paul’s time, he would have had a shirt pre-pared for members of the church at Corinth.  Their shirts would have said some-thing like, “Christian Under Construction.”   These Corinthians were not yet what God wanted them to be. Paul…

Pastor’s Blog 1/27/17

God’s Love There is here at St. John’s, a strong concern for other people, from kinship to friendship. According to the Bible, love is caring in action. Love is not what we feel. It is what we do. Love is a gift of God. This love is rep-resented by God’s love for us. It is a non-partial, sacri-ficed love probably best exemplified…

Pastor’s Blog 12/28/16

As Time Passes By As I look into 2017, I look at a block of time.  I see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds.  All of this is a gift from our God.  We do not deserve it nor can we earn it.  We can’t even buy time.  Time is a part of life. This…

Pastor’s Blog 12/7/16

Christ’s Christmas Gift…Do You Have One?       The people bowed down and worshiped Him.  They opened their gifts and gave Him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11 Most of the time Jesus is not involved in our lives as our Christ during the holidays.  We put up trees and really don’t know why.  We place a manger scene in…

Pastor’s Blog 11/1/16

IF YOU ARE HAPPY—SAY AMEN When I wake up in the mornings, I find myself saying, thank you Lord for another day. I try not to take my last night for granted.  I think we all fall short of giving God praise and thanks for what he does for us.  I call this grace unmerited. I used to think money was my…

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Live With What You Have and Be Grateful  I was pondering the other day about God’s Grace and His mercy, and that thought led me to think about how thankful I should be. There are so many things I have and literally I take for granted. We are all guilty of having good friends and assume they are supposed to be there for us.…

Pastor’s Blog 7/31/16

In Times Like These  In times like these, the song writer said, we need a Savior, in times like these, we need an anchor, be very sure, be very sure an anchor holds and grips a solid rock. “Ruth Jones” 1902-1972”. Surely in times like these, in these yet to be United States of America, we truly need a Savior. When one…

Pastor’s Blog 6/25/16

What is Extravagant Generosity?  Forty percent of the American people spend 110 percent of their annual income each year. People sustain their lifestyles through ever-increasing auto loans, credit card debt, and mortgages. When people with different incomes are asked, “How much more income would it take for you to be happy?” they answer, saying that 20 percent more income would ease their…