Father Desjardins’ Announcement

"Good morning, Ede." "Good morning, Father Desjardins." "Ede, I have news which I wanted to share with you before it is announced in church on Sunday." She looked at him. "I hope it isn't bad news." "No, it isn't bad news. I've been called to minister to Catholics in a parish in Ireland." For several …

Athens and Areopagus Hill

My wife, Althea and I decided that we would move to Athens because we love the city. We've visited it many times and we decided that we would leave England this year. As EU citizens, it is relatively easy for us to move there. We arrived a week ago to find a place to live. …

Mother of Methodism

"The child that never learns to obey his parents in the home will not obey God or man out of the home" - Susanna Wesley Susanna Wesley was 19 years old when she married 26 year old Samuel Wesley. They had 19 children, nine of them died as infants and one was accidently smothered by …

Love in the Afternoon

"It's good to be home," Joel said as they let themselves into their condo unit. "I don't think I could eat anything else for the rest of the day." It was just after 3pm on Saturday (Sabbath) afternoon and they were now coming home from having lunch with another couple after church. "It was sweet …

Christmas is About Jesus

Behind and above Pastor Williams hung a large projection screen with an image of Jesus with the heading, Christmas is About Jesus. "Christmas is not about Santa Claus; it is not about buying and exchanging gifts; it is not about having a big meal with your family. Christmas is about God's love for mankind. John …

The Sermon

“My question for you this morning, is do you recognize Jesus in other people?  In his book, The Wounded Healer, Henri J.M. Nouwen’s book tells the story of a young fugitive who is trying to hide himself from the enemy. He enters a small village where he receives kindness and shelter from the people.  However, …

Adornment

Who are you to judge another? - James 4:12 It was after the service and she had gone downstairs to use the washroom.  She was at the sink washing her hands when three women walked in.  As she looked at them through the mirror, the ready smile on her face faded when she saw the …

Patience

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing - James 1:4 I was looking over some notes I had taken on one of Dr. Charles Stanley's sermons on patience.  This sermon was preached at the time when God was working with me to help me to be …

The Conflict

Try as he did, he couldn't run away from his conscience or God.  He was in a taxi on his way to a conference at the Protea Hotel in Entebbe, trying not to think about what he was doing to Ife when he heard the words, "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and …

The Visitor

It was Sunday and the church was quickly filling up.  He stood there, smiling and watched as Zendaya walked in and found a seat in the third pew. "Father O'Reilly," a voice said behind him and he turned around.  A tall, slender and attractive young woman was smiling at him.  "Don't you recognize me?  It's Aileen …

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