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Over 25 years ago there was a song called "Tryin' To Love Two" by William Bell. It was about a married man that had a loving faithful wife at home but yet another woman had caught his eye. It was an adulterous and dangerous situation.
How many of us are like that today? God has given us more than we deserve. He has restored us after we hit rock bottom. We get on our feet or are de...livered from the fowler's snare only to return to the foolishness of our youth.
God desires that we have a single undivided heart seeking only after Him. He is a jealous God!
Father, Your Word says that if we love You we will keep Your commandments. You admonish us about being lukewarm and double-minded. We pray for an undivided heart this morning loving You with our whole heart.
Forgive us for the times we have been led astray by our adulterous ways from Your safety by the trappings of this world. May we not only be faithful to You but faithful to those that we are in covenant relationship, espoused, and even simple daily interactions. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you. 1 Sam. 12:24
Thursday May 5, 2016
Yom Ha-Shoah --
Holocaust Remembrance Day
After some debate, the Jewish community as a whole agreed on the 27 of the Hebrew month Nisan, since it was during the period of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an act of Jewish heroism and resistance, but still falls after Passover.
This is such a powerful photo. It was taken in April, 1945 by Major Clarence Benjamin and shows a train of Jewish prisoners that had been intercepted by Allied Forces. This is the moment they learned that the train would not be heading to a Concentration Camp and they had been liberated.
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May 2-8, 2016
"The Righteous Shall Be Freed"
The scriptures that are the focal point this week are Psalm 97 and Acts 16:16-34. The Psalm reminds us that our God is a God of justice. When we are with the Creator, while our faith may be tested, we are protected and covered by the Lord our God. Know that with the Creator of heaven and earth we are never alone God stands with us through all our moments in this life.
This week's scriptures in Acts find Paul and Silas witnessing the word of Christ. There was a women who could see the future and made a lot of money for her owners. As she continually followed the two Paul was angered by her continual calling attention to them as servants of the Most High God. Paul turned to her and called the spirit out of her, at which time it left her immediately.
The people who made money off her visions brought Paul and Silas to the authorities. They were judged, beaten and placed in chains in the prison. As Paul continually prayed to God an earthquake shook the very foundations of the prison breaking open all the cells. The jailer took out his sword to take his own life but the prisoners called to him to let him know that they were all still there.
The jailer took Paul and Silas to his home. While there the jailer and his entire family were baptized in the Lord and became followers of Christ.
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)
St. Peter UCC is a community of believers called to welcome all who seek to be in relationship with the Creator. We are a place of refuge where all are welcome to come from wherever they are on life's journey. We are called to share the gifts of God with all who seek. Do not fear for you are welcome here. So come and join us as we travel the same path toward a more perfect union with the Lord our God.