Weekly Ponderings

October 2015

The Attitude of Stick-to-itiveness

Dear friends, The ministry Voice of the Martyrs recognizes this Sunday, November 1st as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  If you visit their web-site you will find more information about their ministry including a powerful video that calls upon Christians to not only pray for the Persecuted Church, but to also pray for those who are doing the persecution.  Sunday is also “All Saints Day” in many Christian traditions.  I invite you to...


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Who Are God's Children

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Ponder for a moment with me the following questions… “What is the fundamental or foundational vocation / work of a follower of Jesus?”  “What should be at the core of each and every action of each and every disciple of Jesus?”  “What does a child of God do to reveal to the world that they are one of God’s children?”  Is what a follower of Jesus believes the most fundamental thing?  Is...


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Being Pure in Heart

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   Poor in Spirit, lamentation, meekness, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, mercy and now purity of heart.  The Beatitudes are interconnected with each other.  Mercy is joined at the hip with purity of heart.  This week’s Beatitude is “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  What does it mean to be pure in heart?  For many a pure heart means a heart that is undefiled by impurities,...


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The Attitude of Compassion

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This Sunday we continue in our Beatitude sermon series.  This week we will seek to cultivate the “Attitude of Compassion” by hearing and responding to Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”  We will have an opportunity to show mercy on Sunday to people around the world by giving to our World Mission Offering.  Our World Mission Offering supports the work of our missionaries,...


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Blessed Are Those Who Thirst and Hunger for Righteousness

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Before I sat down to write this pondering this afternoon, I googled Hurricane Joaquin’s forecast.  I was thankful to discover that the forecast is for Joaquin to stay out at sea, which means those participating in the CROP Hunger Walk, as part of our Project Feedback, will hopefully stay dry on Sunday afternoon.  As I give thanks for this positive weather report, I am also mindful of those who have felt the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin...


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