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January 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

Sharing Tradegies

There is an old saying that says "A sorrow shared is a sorrow divided; a joy shared is a joy multiplied." Suffering, after all, is universal. We all experience it. We all understand it. No matter what our social or economic standing, no matter our culture or nationality, no matter our gender or age, we all know suffering. And yet, suffering is also utterly intimate: You may have grieved, but you have never experienced my personal grief. You may have lost a parent, a spouse, or (God forbid) a child, but you have never lost MY parent, MY spouse, MY child.

If I share my sorrow with 9 other people, then there are 10 of us bearing the burden. If I share with 99 others, then there are 100, and so on. And yet we're unwilling to share our burdens. We don't want to be a "bother". We think our own problems and sorrows are too difficult for others to bear or, conversely, that they are too "insignificant" in the grand scheme of things to warrant anyone else's attention. And so, we take our sorrows and grief, and wrap them around us like a blanket.

And, while we as a society are very good about responding to immediate tragedy with casseroles and well-wishes, we too often are unwilling to offer any actual support. We establish Care groups in churches but avoid eye contact with the grieving  in our midst. We pray for and offer meaningless platitudes to the young couple who lost their child, but avoid any actual conversation that may be too difficult.

And so suffering, which should draw us all together, actually separates and isolates us. We need to be willing to be transparent, to expose our own vulnerabilities; conversely, we need to learn to love and support one another without judgment. Our society and culture are not good at encouraging these qualities, as we traditionally value individuality and perceive strength as portrayed by the cowboys, the Rambos, the John McClanes in "Die Hard", who handle everything themselves. That's not real. That's not the community that Christ calls us to.

January 4, 2015, 9:23 AM



Faith – According to the scripture, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”(Hebrews 11:1).  While many may say they have faith we must put our words and thoughts into action and truly trust in God to control all aspects of our life.  How do we each measure up to the scripture? What do you put your faith in?   The following scripture is a promise to each of us if we place our Faith in God. 

Matthew 21:21-22 (KJV)

Jesus answered and said unto them. 21 Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing ye shall receive.



December 28, 2014, 9:16 AM

What gift are you giving?

In the Christmas story, the wisemen bring gifts to the Christ child.  These gifts were of significant value and fit for a king or ruler of that day. As tradition continues, most people will exchange gifts with family and friends, expressing their love and appreciation for their relationships.  As we move through this Christmas week and into the new year, take stock as to what gifts we are presenting Jesus.  Have you consecrated your life to him?  Is he receiving all of your talents?   

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Merry Christmas and God Bless!!

Bro. Scott Rogers

November 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Matthew 21: 28-31

Matthew 21: 28-31

Jesus left us many parables to explain the kingdom of God. In Matthew, He gives us a picture of repentance and following the will of God.

Matthew 21:28-31 "But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father?"

If you are not walking in the will of God, today is a good day to change that.  If you are, remember to continue to listen and obey the will of God.

Bro. Terry Clelland

November 19, 2014, 7:06 PM

The Fall Season

As the fall season begins to show its colors, we are reminded once again that……….

Psalm 19:  1–2  "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."

Psalm 8:  3–4  "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"

Bro. Steve Gray

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