"We love Him, because He first loved us."
- 1 John 4:19

A little girl was critically ill and need a blood transfusion. The doctor tested her brother's blood and found it just right. They asked the boy if he would give his blood. Of course he would. they prepared him. Just as the doctor was ready to begin, the boy turned deathly pale. "What's the matter, Buddy?" the doctor asked. "When will I die?" the boy inquired. "Die?" You're not going to die," the doctor replied and then asked: "Did you think this would kill you?" Sure, said the boy. "And yet you were willing to give your blood for your sister?" Sure she's my sister, isn't she, and I love her.

Christ first loved us. Willingly He left the company of seraphim and cherubim and lived in the . . .

"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
- Romans 8:37
I found this story about a family in which three children died of diphtheria in less than a week. It was a crushing blow. Only one child was saved. Yet when Sunday came, the parents and the child went to Sunday school and church. The mother taught her class of girls as usual, and the father presided as superintendent of the Sunday school. As he read the great Resurrection Chapter of 1 Corinthians 15 there was only a slight break now and then in his voice.
Amid the faces lined by suffering, rebellion, and despair, noticeable here and there in the worshiping congregation, this family had seemed like a miracle. "How can they bear up that way?", the people of the congregation asked each other.  A fifteen year old boy walking home with his father, solved the mystery. "Dad", he said, "they . . .

"Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tried Stone, a precious Cornerstone, a sure Foundation."
- Isaiah 28:16
The Prophet Isaiah here tells us about the abiding Foundation upon which the Church is built. That Foundation is Christ, a precious Cornerstone, concerning whom St. Paul writes: "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid."
He is a sure Foundation. Firmly standing on this Foundation, St. Paul decalres in the face of all persecution: "I know whom I have believed."  "I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to . . .

"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 . . .

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 . . .


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March 25, 2023

What Would Life Be Without Mistakes?

Let me be clear from the beginning. I have made a lot of mistakes during my life. I have made mistakes that I don’t even know about to this day. Even the ones I do know about, I cannot remember very clearly. Mistakes are a part of life. Unfortunately, some… Read More
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March 18, 2023

It Was One of Those Naughty Flings

Busy weeks seem quite the norm for me. When I think things have slowed down, I turn a corner and things speed up again. So it seems like I never really get a break. This past week, for instance, was quite busy, and it was even busier because The Gracious… Read More
March 15, 2023

A Trip Around the Whirlwind

Recently, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were able to take a well-earned vacation. One of our grandsons graduated from high school in Ohio, and we decided to go and celebrate with him. It is amazing what you learn when you go on a vacation. Read More
March 11, 2023

To Ask or Not Ask Is No Option

You would think I would have learned all I needed to learn at my age. However, each day I learn something I did not know the day before. So much of my new learning is still connected to being married to The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I know, for… Read More
March 08, 2023

It Never Dawned on Me Until

I must confess I am too poor to pay attention at this time in my life. I hope one day I will win the lottery and be able to afford to pay attention. But, of course, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage says that you can’t win a lottery unless you play the… Read More
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March 04, 2023

Another Vacation in the Bank

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I arrived home from our vacation late Tuesday afternoon. I’m not one for vacations, but this one was special. Our grandson who lives in Ohio was graduating from high school and would soon after be heading off to… Read More

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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.