After much prayer, research, and deliberation, the members of the Diaconate have voted to select Vincent Luwizhi and his ministry, called Acts of Mercy, to be the recipient of this year’s special Thanksgiving offering. Acts of Mercy’s mission is to bring hope to the lives of the poor by serving the people of Africa, and

“When we understand that intimacy demands trust at its core, we understand that we have to change our past experience and become someone who can be trusted.  Our behavior needs to communicate to our spouse, “I do not want to hurt you in any way.”    —Gary and Carrie Oliver, Mad About Us “Love endures all things,

“Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.  The commandments ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: ‘ Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no

“A long and healthy existence requires that we be grateful to God for who we are, and we cannot be thankful for who we are without being thankful for our parents, through whom our life came.  They are a part of our identity, and to reject and be angry with them is to reject and

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  — Charles Dickens  “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” — Horace Mann  “It’s not enough to have lived.  We should be determined to live for something.  May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for

The third commandment teaches us to revere the Name of God.  We cannot misuse God’s name and take the LORD’s name in vain.  For example, merely saying “God wants me to do this” can very well be making God an accomplice to our words (lies).  — Bruce Waltke “Man is not a beast of burden,

O Lord, come quickly and reign on thy throne, for now often something rises up within me and tries to take possession of thy throne; pride, covetousness, uncleanness and sloth want to be my kings; and then evil-speaking, anger, hatred, and the whole train of vices join with me in warring against myself, and try to reign

“The legs feel nothing in the stocks when the heart is in heaven.”    —Tertullian “Neither the reproach which they suffered, nor the stripes which made their flesh smart, nor the stink of the deep dungeon, nor the danger of death, which was hard at hand, could hinder them from giving thanks to the Lord joyfully

About prayer – You say, “but I asked God to turn my life into a garden of the Lord,  and there came the ploughshare of sorrow, and instead of a garden I have been given a wilderness.” God never gives a wrong answer.  The garden of your natural life had to be turned into ploughed soil before

“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.”   —Earnest Hemingway—A Farewell to Arms “This is a time to urge the church to be the church, and remember that when Jesus told us to love our neighbor, he had a REALLY big neighborhood in mind.”  —Stan Purdum, minister and author “I believe followers