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A Brief Story of Jesus

Holy Week.  For Christians it is the most meaningful week of the year. It is filled with teaching about the death of Christ and the glorious rising of Jesus from the tomb. We celebrate … more

Spring 2021

Spring is back again in upstate New York. The long winter is ending and soon flowers will be back and leaves, on the trees, will be green. Spring is so beautiful and of maybe the prettiest of the … more

Saint Patrick’s Story

Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal … more

One Glass of Milk

One Glass of Milk A young man was selling goods to help pay his way through school. He had only one coin left that day and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. … more

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I would like to share with you a story about a friend whose talents, gifts, and determination have allowed him to achieve more than others. The determination and single mindedness of this friend, … more

Tiresome, Trying Times?

Are we tired of our trying times? Do we wish we could get on with our lives and go back to normal? Thinking of the times that Job had to get through, he was afflicted with painful sores from the top … more

A Christmas Miracle

It was an ordinary day. But then something happened. A divine interruption. Gabriel, an angel, sent by God, stepped into Mary’s life and spoke to her.  He said she had found favor with … more

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The Advent Season is here! It officially began the day after Thanksgiving. Even if stores begin in July and some people have already finished decorating their homes. For some of us, myself included … more

How Thankful was Thanksgiving?

This year with the COVID virus raging among us, it was difficult to get together with family and friends. To be safe many did not do so. Does this mean that our Thanksgiving was deleted this year? … more

No Failure is Fatal

In the 1991 Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills faced the New York Giants. The Bills had the ball during the final minute of the game. They reached the Giants’ 29 yard line. The Giants were ahead by … more

Halloween, All Saints Day, And All Souls Day

Everybody knows the secular holiday of Halloween; but not everybody knows it derives from a holy day, All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, followed by All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2. Did you realize that … more

God’s Wonderful World

As we look around the wonderful mountains that we have in this region of the Catskills we see the season of fall in all its splendor. We see the colors splashed all the hillsides. It is a sight that … more

Peter And the Wolf

Peter And the Wolf is a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. It is a symphonic fairytale where a narrator tells a children’s story while the orchestra illustrates … more

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The story of Lazarus being raised from the dead in John 11 is an attention-getter. It reveals the miraculous power that is available to us through Christ. Jesus was a friend of Lazarus and his two … more

The Return

On Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, there was a National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance in Washington, DC. The theme of the event was “The Return.” “The Return” means that … more

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In the course of our lives when troubles arrive it seems that God is extremely far away. Things happen that we had not planned for. Troubles come in threes. Sometimes God seems so far away. He seems … more

Unchartered Waters

An expression that we often hear these days during the pandemic is that “we are in unchartered waters.” Water is frequently used as a metaphor. Water itself is a remarkable compound, H2O, … more

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Computers are an amazing tool when we learn to use them properly. We’ve probably all had the experience of thinking we had saved a document, only to realize it wasn’t saved correctly, and … more

Thank God

What a beautiful morning it is as I write this. Spring has finally arrived in all its beauty. The trees are blooming, flowers are blooming making for a glorious springtime. The earth is showing the … more

The Star Thrower

There is a story told by scientist and philosopher Loren Eiseley (1907-1977) that tells a story for all of us to heed:  “Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the … more
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