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"And He saith unto them: Follow Me."
- Matthew 4:19
 
This was the short but significant command which our LORD directed to Peter and Andrew, the two fishermen brothers, as He called them to be His disciples. To follow Christ means, first and foremost, that we accept Him as our personal Savior and Redeemer. Having found Christ and believing in Him as our Savior from sin, we have a paece in our hearts that passes all understanding. That peace we can have no matter where we are and no matter how much noise and confusion there is about us.
 
The call of Jesus, "Follow Me" also presents a challenge to live a courageous and heroic life, but there are those who imagine that Christianity is for sissies, that for folks who are . . .

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
Gen. 15:1-6
Heb. 11:1-16
Luke 12:32-40
Psalm 50
 
Are you ready to receive the Gift of the Kingdom?
 
Jesus calls us to live on the edge, a place that is often uncomfortable. "Sell your possessions and give to the poor, be dressed for action." Above all be ready, because you don't know when the Son of Man will come. Don't get too comfortable with this earthly life. Yes, it is a gift from God, but as we learned last week, the gift must not be allowed to overshadow the giver. We must beware, so our . . .

"There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve."
- Acts 27:23
 
St. Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, was on his way to Rome to be brought before Caesar. The vessel on which he was sailing was tossed to and fro by a furious storm on the Mediterranean Sea. Those with Paul had given up all hope. But the angel of the LORD appeared to Paul and told him not to fear, for no one would be lost. And Paul, addressing himself to all on board ship said: "There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve."
 
In the persence of those rough and godless seafaring men and before his fellow prisioners Paul confessed himself to be . . .

"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the LORD."
- Ephesians 2:21
 
"I believe in the holy Christian Church." These familiar words of the Apostles' Creed are being spoken in thousands of Christian churches today. The holy Christian Church is also referred to as the bride of Christ, His city, His flock, His body, and "temple of God."
 
The Builder is the Holy Spirit. The tools with which He operates are the Word of God and the Sacraments. Whenever the Word of God is preached and the plan of . . .

"Christ must increase, but I must decrease."
- John 3:30
 
"I will place absolutely no value upon anything that I have or possess escept in its relation to the Kingdom of Christ." That is a practical explanation of John the Baptist's motto: "Christ must increase, but I must decrease."
 
Neither the apostle Paul nor John the Baptist would have agreed with the modern-day success formula that says, to be somebody you have to put yourself first. I have heard a song that . . .

"Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out; He is excellent in power and in judgment."
- Job 37:23
 
Isn't it true that we sometimes act as though God could not take care of Himself and His problems? Luther, the Great Refromer, at one time became utterly despondent. His wife, anxious to teach him a lesson in trust, dressed in mournng clothes. When he inquired, "Who died?" she said, "God," Quickly the lesson came home to him.
 
The Almighty is excellent in power and in judgment." Committing ourselves into His care and keeping, we can rest assured that everything is being . . .

"He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again."
- 2 Corinthians 5:15
 
The appeal of our LORD to serve Him in consecrated devotion comes to us with special force and emphasis at this particular season of the church year. In the first part of the church year we celebrate the great festivals of Christianity, Christmas, Easter, and now Pentecost, and learn what great things God has done for us and for our salvation. In the second part of the church year we continue to mediate on God's love and mercy toward us, but emphasis is placed also upon the . . .

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Rev James Snyder videoPastor Tim has retired from pastoring local churches and is now working alongside his wife to help refugees and persecuted Christians.

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The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyder?s first book, won the Reader?s Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored 8 books altogether.

Rev. James L. Snyder has a knack for making fun of daily frustrations and will increase your humor aptitude so you too can discover that life is less stressful when you?re laughing. Through these essays, you will realize that humor and religion belong together and that its OK to keep from taking yourself and others too seriously.

tongue and taste
October 01, 2022

Why God Gave Me a Tongue

One thing about getting older is that you begin to understand the old saying that you don’t know what you don’t know. It has been so true for me. When I think I know everything, something comes up that I never even thought about. Sometimes The Gracious… Read More
knight
September 24, 2022

Sir Forgets-A-Lot to the Rescue

Contrary to the idea that the older you get, the more you forget, it has never been my experience. I have forgotten things for as long as I can remember. I even forget things that never actually happened. It runs in our family, though it came to me… Read More
hummingbird
August 27, 2022

The Harmonious Melody of Hummingbirds

A few months ago, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage bought a harp and began teaching herself how to play it. She can play the piano, organ, flute, and sometimes me. Now she has graduated to the harp. So I guess she’s preparing for heaven, where she’ll… Read More
snarl
August 06, 2022

When Is It Okay to Be Snarly?

Normally, whatever normal means, I don’t get agitated by many things. I can keep my cool under the most bizarre circumstances. Nothing gets under my skin, and I can take everything with a grin. I can’t remember the last time I lost my temper and got mad. I’ve… Read More
doctor
July 09, 2022

Doctors Are Always Right

Last year I suffered what is referred to as a heart attack. I got to the hospital in time, so there was no major damage. I had one artery known as the "Widow Maker" that was 90% blocked, which seemed to be a very serious thing. Who knew I even had a heart,… Read More
fathers day
June 18, 2022

What the World Needs Today Are Fathers

There is much talk today about what’s wrong with our society. That list is pretty long, but the most important cause of problems in our culture today is the lack of fathers. So many children grow up without a father in the home. How tragic. I was fortunate… Read More

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Rev. Suneel Barkat
Pastor Barkat is a graduate of Punjab University. After receiving a call to ministry in 1999 he attended Gujranwala Theological Seminary, graduating in 2003 with a Master of Divinity (His thesis covered a Biblical model of house churches.) Upon graduating he started pastoral ministry with the Anglican Church and was ordained in 2004, working within that church in different positions until mid 2015 when he got the opportunity for a short training program on Pneumatology from South Korea. Suneel currently is a visiting teacher in an evangelical Bible College empowered by Korean Mission in Pakistan, as well as doing independent teaching and preaching ministry. He has established many Bible study groups and has the passion to preach in remote areas of Pakistan.