Saturday, May 23, 2020

Have you ever thought about the message Lloyd C. Douglas put in his first book, “One Increasing Purpose”?  He suggests that the happiness for which many are desperately seeking might come to them if they would forget themselves and begin seeking the happiness of others.

That is surely the message Jesus brought to earth and it has always been the message of Christ’s Church.  Look around you today and see that truth borne out in the happiest people you know.

Perhaps one of our prayers today should be Edward McHugh’s radio theme song of yesteryear:
If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in mine own willful way,
Dear Lord, forgive — forgive.  Amen.

–Pastor John

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Do you ever feel you are walking a lonely, difficult path?  The Afro American Spiritual says, “Nobody knows the trouble I see, nobody knows but Jesus, sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down,

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Yesterday’s “Gazette-Mail” had a front page story about Governor Justice calling for caution in dealing with the coronavirus.  The headline was: “Be cautious or virus will ‘bite’ us.”  As stated earlier.

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Tuesday May 19, 2020

A message for the time of the coronavirus pandemic:

“For he sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  (Galatians 6:8-10)

It is true that God can and does forgive our sins, but the consequences of our poor decisions remains with us.  We are being reminded every day that ignoring the directives of our leadership is spawning new cases of the coronavirus and more death from it.

Sometimes the determination to do as we please costs ourselves or others health and life.  West Virginians have done better than folk in most states, but we must not relax our guard.  Sometimes we find directives from leadership wearisome and irksome, but we must not relax our fight against this killing virus.  In the first two days of this week, forty-five new cases of the virus have been diagnosed here in West Virginia.

Dear Lord Jesus, we thank You for the gifts of sunshine and rain, for life and opportunity.  We thank You for the blessing of family and friendship.  We thank You for our daily bread, and we are grateful for every good gift You give us, for everything good is a gift from you.

Good Shepherd, we pray for the gifts of health and hope and peace.  Please equip us for well-doing, and grant us the wisdom to obey Your command to love one another as we love ourselves.

Forgive us when we fail you and others, and help us to do and become the persons You created us to be, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

–Pastor John

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A message for the time of the coronavirus pandemic:

“For he sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Word of God for the people of God:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written:  “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are counted as sheep for the slaughter.”

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