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Kingdom of God Part 4

What a birthday party! Jesus’ birthday is the best party of the year. Praise God the Father for sending his only Son that we might trust him with our lives through the promise of forgiveness and gain an inheritance of eternity in heaven. We are all going to live forever, it is simply a matter ...

Advent Longings: Pondering Strasbourg

It is an Advent night, cold and dark and quiet, with an edge of longing darting through my reflections. International news has caught my attention again and my heart is breaking as I remember and pray. Earlier today, more violence erupted in our world. It is a daily occurrence — a moment by ...

Kingdom of God Part 3

Our discussion so far has sought to define and examine the Kingdom of God as the scripture presents it. We have found God establishing his kingdom on earth since the fall of creation through leaders such as Abraham, then Kings, then prophets with prophecies of a Messiah. Jesus is born and the ...

Jesus Christ is also Lord of the sabbath

From the King James Version: “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? “And he said unto them, ...

Being lost in wonder

Very clearly, I remember my first Philosophy class, taken my senior year in college. I loved it! If I had taken that class in my freshman year I would have changed my major! I would have been a thinker, a philosopher or as Dictionary.com puts it, “a person who offers views or theories on ...

Your Kingdom Come, Part 2

Last time we met we began the examination of Jesus’ words “your kingdom come” in Matthew 6. We explored the Hebrew words for kingdom to discover God’s intent and plan since creation to the time of Jesus Christ. We found His kingdom was established as a divine monarchy beginning with ...

Heaven will surely be worth it all

This article concerning Heaven is based on my personal thoughts, inspirational reflections, excerpts and from Holy Scriptures preached on July 16, 1995 by Evangelist Jonathan Garlock from Saint Joseph Missouri, at the Evangelical Bible Church’s Shiloh summer camp meeting near Hurlock, ...

Your Kingdom Come

In our last discussion, we learned about our relationship with the Almighty God as our Father. A Father who is our King and whose name we want to be hallowed on earth. As we continue our trek through Jesus’ model prayer we grow closer to Christ, emulating his life and heart for the ...

Thanksgiving ready to come again

The year has flown by and once again we find ourselves in autumn, beginning to think about Thanksgiving. I have always enjoyed autumn, especially as a child, and especially October and November, because it is that time in the year that is not yet winter, that still has bright sunny days amid ...

Who hath believed our report?

Greetings in the Precious Name of Jehovah God the Father, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior, and soon coming King of kings and Lord of lords and their mighty Holy Ghost! (Holy Spirit) Personally, while spending a decade in radio broadcasting, this writer learned ...

Diocese installs Wheeling native as pastor

The Catholic Churches of St. Brendan, Elkins and St. Patrick, Coalton welcomed Father James E. O’Connor as pastor through a special Installation Mass on Sept. 25. The mass was presided by Father Casey Mahone, Vicar of the Clarksburg Vicariate, representing Archbishop William Lori, ...

What prayer is not, Part 2

Welcome back to our journey of discovering prayer. In our previous conversation we began to identify what prayer is not. We found three key principles. They were, 1. Prayer is not optional, 2. Prayer is not to honor ourselves, and 3. Prayer is not to be primarily public. Now we continue our ...

What prayer is not, Part 1

Can you think of a speech you have heard where you knew what was being said did not match up with what you had seen lived out by the presenter? Maybe a politician on campaign, someone getting an undeserved promotion, or even your parents in the infamous “don’t do as I do, but do as I say” ...

Turning point for King David: Deal gently

This summer, as we have progressed through the saga of his life, we reach a turning point for King David, when the prophet Nathan was sent by God to confront David about his sin. Nathan told David a story about a poor man who had an ewe lamb. The ewe was a pet, eating out of the poor man’s ...

Prayer 101: Learning how and why

The roar of the crowds, the electricity in the air, the anticipation of the unexpected. Walk into any sports stadium and feel the fervency of the fans. This goes beyond the stadium, however, into the stores, workplace and our homes. People are passionate about their favorite team, regardless if ...

Prevailing prayer, a more sure word of prophecy

Jesus Christ, Almighty Jehovah God’s only begotten Son, throughout the gospels instructs us to pray. As God’s Holy Word declares: We ask, we receive, we seek, and we find. We knock and the door is opened unto us. We must first surrender our lives to Christ through conviction from his Holy ...

If you will, you are able!

In Mark’s Gospel chapter 1 verses 40-42, we find a powerful encounter with Jesus from a leper. I am often fascinated with this story. I see taking place in our time repeatedly some of the same principles, questions and emotions at work. “A leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling ...

God’s Closet hosts Free Shop Day

ELKINS — The Elkins Seventh-day Adventist Church recently kicked off a ministry that is brand-new to our area. The church opened the 40th chapter of God’s Closet, an international ministry that gives local families the chance to participate in a Free Shop Day to provide new and gently ...

Journey through the work of the cross

The journey through the work of the cross we began so many months ago has now reached its conclusion. We have discussed in depth several words associated with Jesus the Christ and his work on, through and beyond the cross. It seems appropriate to close out this topic with a concise summary of ...

Taking a closer look at Psalm 42

That day was a Psalm 42 kind of day. It was as hot and humid as a North Carolina summer day could be and I had a yearning to be cool and comfortable. I had a longing to walk through the woods on my grandfather’s farm, where the shade of the trees would offer relief from the stickiness and ...