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Pastor’s Blog 12/2/17

God Seeks Justice, Reconciliation, and Wholeness   As we have entered the seasons for love, compassion and for- giveness we need to realize we serve a God that want a people to be just this way. We have no reason other than selfishness not to be willing to forgive. We need to as theScriptures have alluded to is set all hatred aside and love one another as we can. I know we have been wronged but we are Christians and Christians forgive and go on with our lives. Justice and mercy are partners in this process of forgiveness. We are called not to worship our relationships but to live faithfully and as honestly as possible. To live as forgiven people compels us to practice the art of forgiveness with others.“Forgiveness as it is expressed in Je- sus’ prayer…is not a status one achieves; it is rather a life into which one enters justice, reconciliation, wholeness, and holiness. There are many who would suggest that the ultimate goal of forgiveness in theScrip- tures is to lead us toward reconciliation with God and with one another. While reconciliation is indeed central to the gospel claim, it should not be seen as the only reason for such things as repentance and for- giveness. Instead, forgiveness ispart of a larger vison that God has for the community of faith, for the world, and for creation. What is clear is that the reign of God will include acts of for- giveness, reconciliation, hope, love, and justice. Forgiveness becomes one avenue toward that larger vision of God’s world of shalom (peace). As forgiven and forgiving people, ourenergy and focus are renewed, and we find new ways of working toward justice, reconciliation, and whole- ness. Ultimately, this is the call of the children of God. Thanks you God for your Son who gave without conditions. OH! To be like Jesus . Pastor P

Pastor’s Blog 10/30/17

In Trying Times God Is Still My Joy! When the song writer penned, “When I think of the Goodness of Jesus, and all He has done for me, my soul cries out Hallelujah! I thank God for Saving Me!” What an awesome phrase. We should always be thankful to our God for His grace and His goodness. We are in a war-torn…

Pastor’s Blog 10/24/17

Why Is This World So Mean? Partima Sharma says and I quote: “The world is not mean, we the people are. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Make a change in the way you view the world, the way you treat people and you will start seeing things in a different light.” As I paraphrase Godfrey Reemer: The world is…

Pastor’s Blog 8/29/17

Loving, God’s Way Today, we are truly living in a time like no other. The Bible speaks of wars and rumors of wars, yet so many have been fought and won, or lost. It speaks of mothers against daughters and fathers against sons. We say we love one another as God loves us. My question is; how do we love one another…

Pastor’s Blog – 07/01/17

Disciples DisciplesDisciples Make Disciples  The first thing Jesus commands us to do is to GO! Jesus did not say, “build it, and they will come.” Instead, as ones who are commissioned by Jesus, we are sent to go to our neighbors both locally and globally. The very definition of being ones who are sent requires us to GO out-side of our walls…

Pastor’s Blog – 06/28/17

What’s Wrong?  I am concerned about the massive amounts of killings in the United States of America. Every time I turn on my TV all I see seems to be the demise of our country and the world. What on earth has happened? Why are people so fragmented? Why are we so desensitized about so many bad things We some-times act as…

Pastor’s Blog – 5/1/17

“Thank you” is one of those wonderful phrases people use to express a special gratitude.  But there’s often a lot more to it than those two words can say… When it comes from the heart, from deep inside the nicest feeling and the most special thoughts, “Thank you” means so much. It means thank you for taking the time to show that…

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…