Dear Friends, As we enter the season of Advent, we are doing as the season suggests, we wait. Advent literally means waiting. We wait for the movement of God. We wait for the refreshment of the Spirit as the Spirit enters our lives. We wait to see the miracles present in our lives. As we wait, let us also watch. Let us train our eyes to see what God has in store for us. In a recent sermon, I shared the Scripture from Philippians concerning how we are to approach life. We are to press on— forgetting the past and looking forward to the future. Sadly, all too often we do the opposite. We embrace the problems and pain of the past, reliving them in the present which robs us of the precious anticipation of the future that God is preparing for us.
Dear Friends, As we have neared the end of the season of Lent, I hope that this season of the church year was a blessing to you. We here at St. Andrew talk about being intentional about our faith. During these last forty days, we have looked at ways to deepen our faith. We have looked at fasting and prayer, meditation, and Scripture study. As we complete our journey and seek to live in the resurrected community, we need to look at other spiritual disciplines that can enhance our journey together.
Dear Friends, As we have now entered Lent, may this season of the church year be a blessing to you. We talk here at St. Andrew about being intentional about your faith. Here are some ways that you can focus on your faith during this next forty days.
–Fasting and Prayer. In our world today that is all about giving into our desires, we have lost the power of self-control. Fasting is a means by which we gain self-control in our lives. Fasting can be anything from fasting from food to fasting from something that eats up too much of your day. Fasting from food or other items such as videos can involve fasting for a period of time such as a morning to a day. It can also involve fasting from a specific food such as chocolate or dessert or fast food. While fasting, when the hunger pangs or desire hits, use that moment to pray. While praying, God will be the center of your thoughts which m
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As we enter the fourth month of the new year, we need to remind ourselves of words that affirm. There can be many places where we read or have heard words that pain our heart. So it is very important for us to hear and listen to words that affirm great spiritual truths.
One of the greatest statements that I have ever heard, we celebrate at this time of the year-“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.” (Luke 24:6) Or how about this statement of life, “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were…Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (John 20: 19-20). [Read more…] about April’s Newsletter
During the season of Advent, I have been highlighting the scripture messages as filtered through a classic Christmas movie. We have stood with Charlie Brown and asked the real meaning of Christmas. We have watched miracles unfold before our eyes both on 34th street in New York City and in the city of David, Bethlehem. We have experienced how God can use the outcast for His heavenly purposes. We have allowed the love of God to expand our hearts to the place of compassion. As we have embraced the Christ child, we have realized that we do have a wonderful life in Christ…