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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

From Pastor John's book...

Clearly right and wrong is not a question of knowing or not knowing. It should be obvious from man’s history, and our own, that no amount of education or self-knowledge alone brings moral and ethical power. This, however, does not diminish the value of Christ’s followers having as accurate a self-knowledge as possible.

Honest introspection, when done in the light of God’s standards of righteousness, is necessary for spiritual progress, but we must never introspect without a strong sense of His love and grace. The quickest way to despair is to look into the darkness of your own heart without the light of the Heavenly Father’s love.

The Word of God is the mirror which gives us the true reflection of our spiritual condition and the way to experience his gracious pardon, Presence and power.

While knowledge of ourselves is not a guarantee of personal moral progress, it is evident that widespread acceptance of false ideas regarding human nature may well be one of the leading causes of much confusion in the Church and the madness loose in many parts of the world today.

Once the heart has surrendered to the call of God to trust His Word of love made real to that heart through the New Testament Gospel message, the content of that Word becomes more than verbal communication and spiritual ideas. It develops into a deep inward knowledge, increasing in certitude and life changing conviction.

"Third Millennium Antivirus" by John Cerrato, Jr.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

From the Pastor...

Ben Franklin, at a critical impasse during the Constitutional Convention in June 1787, attempted to introduce the practice of daily common prayer with these words:

...In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor... And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance. I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: ...I therefore beg leave to move - that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberation, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.