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  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Wed at 6:08 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 25, 2018   I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17   A Time to Think Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. –Mother Teresa   A Time to Act Be an in...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Wed at 6:04 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Arm That Reaches Down Wednesday, April 25, 2018   Hinduism teaches that salvation comes when man merges back into God through the cycle of reincarnation and karma. Islam teaches that the way to heaven is by obeying Sharia law. Buddhism teaches that one must extinguish all the desires and...

  • We Live in a Pond

    Posted Tue at 6:32 AM by Pastor Tony Villari

    I have always tried to explain to young people the idea that we all live in the same social pond.  Every decision we make in life has an effect on that pond, like a pebble thrown into it causing a ripple.  Every ripple can be viewed as an action taken, a choice or decision, and for every a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Tue at 5:04 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 24, 2018    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17   A Time to Think There is never a wrong time to pray. —Kelly Johnson  ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Tue at 5:01 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Impossible People You Need Tuesday, April 24, 2018   I know of ministers whose basic attitude is, “I could have a very successful ministry…. if I just didn’t have to deal with people.” In the same way, you might be saying, “I want to be loving, forgiving, a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mon at 6:23 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The French Revolution And GodMonday, April 23, 2018 In the late 18th century, the kingdom of France was overthrown. The new revolutionary government proclaimed there was no God, and declared France to be a nation of atheists. What came out of this was called ‘The reign of terror.’ Thous...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 22, 2018   Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10   A Time to Thi...

  • Remembering Childhood Curiosity

    Posted Apr 21 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Do you remember the innocence of youth?  How about your childhood curiosity?  Mine was insatiable and, at times, was worrisome to mom.  I still find myself doing stupid stuff, purely for the sake of discovery, in order to satisfy my adult curiosity. ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 21, 2018 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 A Time to ThinkWhat gives me the most hope every day is God's grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me strength for whatever I face, kno...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 20, 2018 God has poured out his love into our hearts. Romans 5:5 A Time to ThinkHope is a daring seed that you plant with prayer again and again. —Ann Voskamp A Time to ActAlways maintain hopefulness, especially when the going is hard. –Dr. Norman Vin...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Apostle Who Prayed For YouFriday, April 20, 2018 In Ephesians 3, Paul prayed for the believers of Ephesus that Messiah would dwell in their hearts and that they’d be rooted and grounded in love so that they would know the love of God and be filled with all His fullness. But Paul’s d...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 19, 2018 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 A Time to ThinkLife isn't always about finding yourself. More often than not, it's about discovering who God created you to be. —David A. R. White A Time to ActLearn the gr...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Bob Dylan And The Day Of PentecostThursday, April 19, 2018 In the sixties, Bob Dylan wrote a song that became a kind of anthem for that generation. The chorus went, “the answer is blowing in the wind.” You might not think those words are biblical, but in Hebrew, the word for wind is rua...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 17, 2018   Do you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding.   Isaiah 40:28   A Time to Thin...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Child And The Father’s Plan Tuesday, April 17, 2018   As a little child, you didn’t need to carry around a daily planner. You didn’t have to figure out what you had to do. Everything was planned for you by your parents or your guardians- your activities, your education,...

  • Some Wisdome from Sirach

    Posted Apr 16 by Joseph Esquivel

    Some Wisdom from Sirach Doe no evill, so shall no harme come vnto thee. Depart from the vniust, and iniquitie shall turne away from thee. My sonne, sow not vpon the furrowes of vnrighteousnesse, and thou shalt not reape them seuen solde. Seek not of the Lord preheminence, neither of the King t...

  • It's All about Attitude

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Tony Villari

    It's all about keeping a good attitude, and an ability to look at life through rose colored glasses; to still see the reality in front of you and to be happy in the face of adversity.  You have to be able to, at a moment’s notice, put on a serious face and say, "Bring it!"  When they...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 16, 2018 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 (ESV) A Time to ThinkFaith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. –Mitch Albom, author A Time to ActPractice believing that as you pray you are ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your Secret ProfessionMonday, April 16, 2018 My last name is Cahn. In Hebrew, it means priest. It comes from the name given to the sons of Aaron, the first high priest of Israel. When I was a child, my father told me that I was of the line of the priests. I had very little idea of what that meant. ...

  • "What's Auschwitz?" - My Response

    Posted Apr 15 by Pastor Tony Villari

    For many, any mention of the Holocaust is a reason to turn the channel, mental or otherwise.  Why?  Well, many who have seen the atrocities prefer not to dwell on the horrors of our past.  A few people very close to me are part of this group, not because they don't care, but because i...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 14, 2018 In all this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 13, 2018   Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17   A Time to Think Anything is a blessing which makes us pray. –C. H. Spurgeon, preacher and author ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Message Of Akko Friday, April 13, 2018   On the coast of Israel north of Haifa is the exotic seaport city of Akko. Tourists come from all over to see its exotic buildings and streets. But the importance of Akko is found in the book of Judges. It was given to the tribe of Asher. But the t...

  • Time to Blossom

    Posted Apr 13 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Like a plant, from the moment the seed was put into the ground and germinates, we began to grow.  We struggled upward, each branch with multiple budding family members, each family member creating a branch of their own.  Each bud struggles to find their way, to develop and support the...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 11, 2018   Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6   A Time to Think Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be fee...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Father’s BeggarWednesday, April 11, 2018 A homeless man got off the train at the Pennsylvania depot. For years, he lived as a beggar on the streets. He touched a man on the shoulder and said, “Mister, can you please spare a dime?” The man turned around and the beggar recognize...

  • Saying

    Posted Apr 9 by Richard Brophy

    Somewhere beyond right and wrong there is a garden, I`ll meet you there.

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 9, 2018   I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11   A Time to Think The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. –Louis Pasteur, French chemist   A Time to Act ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Wars Of Jerusalem Monday, April 9, 2018   What is the most attacked city on earth? Jerusalem. And yet Jerusalem is the City of God. Many believers think that if they belong to God, and if they’re in God’s will, then everything will always go smoothly for them. That sounds nic...

  • Finding Faith

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Tony Villari

    The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”  This became known as the Socratic Method, a teaching method where a question is posed and the students direct and control the discussion of it.  I am...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 7, 2018   I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid. John 14:27   A Time to Think Flowers grow out of dark moments. –Sister Mary Corita Kent,...

  • Beauty:  Skin Deep?

    Posted Apr 7 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Nowadays people are augmenting everything, breasts, cheeks (both sets), eyes, lips, and if that isn't your thing you can turn your skin into a canvas with a beautiful tattoo.  Hitler's minions would have loved to make a lampshade out of many large tattoos which adorn our skin.  As a matter...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 6, 2018 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. James 5:13 A Time to ThinkIf we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.—...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Strange Case Of West Side BaptistFriday, April 6, 2018 On March 1, 1950, choir practice was scheduled for 7:20 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. Most of the choir members normally arrived around 7:15. The pastor, about to head to church with his wife, discovered that his da...

  • A Personal Slice of Hell?

    Posted Apr 5 by Pastor Tony Villari

    A little pain, a little pleasure; such is life.  Is life filled with the immorality of pleasure?  And, why should pleasure, immoral or not, be frowned upon in a life which many, including myself, equate to one's personal hell on earth?  And, who is to judge the immorality of one's ple...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 5, 2018 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 A Time to ThinkAn optimist is the human personification of spring. –Susan J. Bissonette, author A Time to ActLook for an opportunity to make a positive difference. ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Morse Code In The Dungeon Thursday, April 5, 2018   I knew a man who was put in prison for preaching the gospel under Communist rule. He was kept in a cell with no windows, isolated in chains to prevent him from sharing the gospel. All he could see for years were four walls of his prison cel...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

     The Bethlehem Principle Tuesday, April 3, 2018   'No room at the inn' is one of the most famous phrases from the Bible. When Yoseph and Miriam came to Bethlehem walking in the center of God's will, about to fulfill the ancient prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures, the door slammed in th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 3, 2018   And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6   A Time to Think One of the best ways to demonstrate God's ...

  • I Just Shake My Head... and Smile

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Wisdom or intelligence, which would you prefer?  I know, and have known, many "intelligent" people, few of which had wisdom worth acknowledging.  Intelligence is certainly no indicator of good sense, and to find folks with both is so uncommon as to bode the question as to whether the two a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 1, 2018   And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. Mark 9:9 ESV   A Time to Think Now Jesus Christ says that there is nothing in this world—sin,...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 31, 2018    God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8   A Time to Think We focus on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but we forget to pause in the stillness of the days between...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 30, 2018   When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.  Matthew 27:31 NLT   A Time to Think The greatest pain of the cross was the pain of sin...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sabbath As A Verb Friday, March 30, 2018   Messiah didn’t just die on Friday, He died on the Sabbath. The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word for resting - Shabbat. The Sabbath comes from God’s action for resting on the seventh day. Messiah died on that day, He rested on ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 28, 2018   Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22   A Time to Think What God brings you to, God takes you through. –Reverend Sharon Conno...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Born Yesterday Wednesday, March 28, 2018   The children of Israel were told to celebrate the Passover every year so that they would remember and never forget how the Lord saved them out of Egypt. Rabbi Shaul/Paul at the end of his life called himself the biggest sinner. True, he had once opp...

  • Tetelestai and Why "Good Friday" is Good

    Posted Mar 28 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Tetelestai.  It is what Christ uttered as he drew his last breaths on the cross, according to John.  "It is finished."  Tetelestai.  John wrote this, the Greek translation of an Aramaic word.  It is an accounting term meaning "paid in full."  With His death, He wiped ma...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMarch 27, 2018 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 A Time to ThinkCourage is born at the point where God's grace and human effort interse...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Clear Paths And SerpentsTuesday, March 27, 2018 I was looking through a manual on how to avoid being bitten by a snake in the wild. It said: walk on clear paths as much as possible and avoid tall grass. So the enemy is like a serpent. If you walk on a path that’s not clear, you’ll get b...

  • Introduction to Epistle of Barnabas

    Posted Mar 26 by Joseph Esquivel

    The GENERAL EPISTLE of BARNABAS   [Barnabas was a companion and fellow-preacher with Paul. This Epistle lays a greater claim to canonical authority than most others. It has been cited by Clemens of Alexandrinus, Origen, Eusebius, and Jerome, and many ancient Fathers. Cotelerius affirms that O...

  • Love Is Not Like Chalk

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Even when I was a young man, sowing my oats, I knew that love was not like chalk; it was not erasable.  It seems pretty obvious that the love that can be erased is not true love.  Oh, the love can change, can morph into something more or less, but if the love is true it will always be love...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 26, 2018   Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14:6   A Time to Think Humans may be social beings, but solitude has been shown to have great societal value. Jesus was a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Two Most Jewish Things Monday, March 26, 2018   Growing up, I never saw Palm Sunday as Jewish. What could be Jewish about a man named ‘Jesus Christ’ riding a donkey over palm branches? But He rode into Jerusalem. For the Jewish people, Jerusalem is the city of c...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMarch 25, 2018 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart... Luke 6:45 A Time to ThinkTo be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us–and He has given us everything. –Thomas Merton, writer, and poet A...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 24, 2018   A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11   A Time to Think Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly great.   A Time to Act ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 22, 2018   In the day when I am afraid, I will have confidence in Thee. Psalm 56:3   A Time to Think Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown, motivational speaker   A Time to Act Turn your d...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Right Beside You Thursday, March 22, 2018   Luke 24 records that two disciples on the road to Emmaus received perhaps the most amazing Bible study ever given; Messiah Himself leading them through the entire Hebrew Scriptures showing what was written concerning Himself. And just as amazing is...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 21, 2018   Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6   A Time to Think Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise- then you will discover the fullness of your life. –Brother David Stein...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You’re Being Followed Wednesday, March 21, 2018   An American believer visiting England was taken to see the great royal coach used by the royal family on state occasions. In the back of the coach were two little seats. He was told they were seats for the royal footmen. The royal footm...

  • Friends along Our Path

    Posted Mar 20 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I have received several requests to write more of this kind of post.  Well, it’s not like the muse constantly moves me.  This has become my most read post, however, so perhaps I should look into it.  In the meantime, I’ve been fighting my usual two day cold and finally bro...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 20, 2018   O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Psalm 30:2   A Time to Think It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Anonymous   A Time to Act Confidently trust God to handle things beyond your...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    How To Write Tuesday, March 20, 2018   Your Own GospelWithout exception, the authors of the Gospels refused to lift themselves up or give themselves any good press. Matthew’s Gospel records that Matthew was a sinner and a tax collector. John’s Gospel records that John was one of ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 18, 2018   But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Psalm 22:19   A Time to Think Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony. –Joyce Meyer, author   A Time to Act Place your hope an...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 13, 2018   But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44   A Time to Think Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. —H. Jackson Brown   A Time to Act Never dwel...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Why Is It Even In The Bible? Tuesday, March 13, 2018   In John 7:33, Messiah said, “For a little while longer I’m with you, then I go to Him who sent me. You will seek Me, and will not find Me, and where I am you can’t come.” Messiah is speaking about going back to th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 12, 2018   Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12   A Time to Think When a person doesn't have gratitude, somethi...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your Barucha For Everything Monday, March 12, 2018   Barucha is Hebrew for blessing. The Jewish people have many baruchas or blessings. In Jewish culture, there’s a blessing for everything. At a Bar Mitzvah, there’s a blessing over the boy, over his parents, over the bread, over ...

  • Perpetually Catching at Straws

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Tony Villari

    The phrase, "Catching at straws," is hundreds of years old. It eventually morphed into "clutching at straws" and then, more recently, "grasping" at straws. No matter which you remember or prefer, the meaning is the same: To try and do something as a last resort that is very unlikely to succeed, or t...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 11, 2018   Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12   A Time to Think When a person doesn't have gratitude, somethi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 10, 2018   Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17   A Time to Think In times of hardship, you have to stop asking God, "Why?" and ask, "What next" —Anonymous   A Time to Act ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 9, 2018   Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12   A Time to Think We are all wounded. But wounds are necessary for ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Asking Big Friday, March 9, 2018   The story is told of a philosopher who came seeking financial aid from Alexander the Great. Alexander ordered his treasurer to give the man his request, which was the equivalent of ten thousand pounds. The treasurer was shocked. But Alexander replied, &ldqu...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMarch 8, 2018 He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good. Proverbs 19:8 A Time to ThinkThe Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Breath Thursday, March 8, 2018   “Ruach” is Hebrew for breath. It’s the most basic thing you need for life, even more, basic than food or water. From birth to death, every moment of your life must be filled with breath or else you die. Ruach also means Spirit. So, ...

  • You Cannot Be a Gay Christian!

    Posted Mar 8 by Pastor Tony Villari

      1 Corinthians 6:9 is generally used as the argument against homosexuality; taken out of context, it is easy to see how.  But, put into context and it is a statement against the "wicked" and how the "wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God."  No...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 7, 2018   It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33   A Time to Think Sometimes, all it takes is just one prayer to change everything. —Anonymous   A Time to Act When you pray, release your worry and ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Priests Of The Light Wednesday, March 7, 2018   In ancient Israel, the priests were in charge of lighting the lampstand of God. But they weren’t just those who lit the lights, they were in charge of keeping the light burning. As God’s priests, we now have to learn to be keepers o...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 6, 2018   So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself.  Genesis 1:27 NLT   A Time to Think Jesus tends to His people individually. He personally sees to our needs. We all receive Jesus' touch. We experience His care...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Monument Of Wasted Riches Tuesday, March 6, 2018   In Cleveland, Ohio stands a building known as The Society of Savings. Much of the money that enabled this magnificent building to be built came from accounts of poor people who never claimed their money before they died. After waiting ye...

  • Abrahamic Religions - The Great Manipulation?

    Posted Mar 5 by Pastor Tony Villari

    After a career in military intelligence, I'm pretty savvy as to why society doesn't need to know everything.  Some secrets and activities are best left in the purview of those who protect us.  These activities are necessary for the security of the country, mom, and apple pie.  We grud...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 4, 2018   Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.  James 1:2   A Time to Think Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. –Margaret Shepard, author   A Time to A...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 3, 2018   Rejoice evermore. 1 Thessalonians 5:16   A Time to Think A quiet morning with a loving God puts the events of the upcoming day into proper perspective.—Janette Oke   A Time to Act Pray ab...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 2, 2018   Give us today our daily bread.  Matthew 6:11 NIV   A Time to Think Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness. –Barbara Johnson, writer   A Time to Act Ask for God’s wisdom to guide yo...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Law Of The Lots Friday, March 2, 2018   Purim is the holiday celebrated to remember the events of the Book of Esther. The word Purim is Hebrew for the lots that were cast to determine the fate of the Jewish people. And so, the Book of Esther appears to be about the law of lots and chance...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 1, 2018   He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer. Psalm 102:17   A Time to Think In those times I can't seem to find God, I rest in the assurance that He knows how to find me. –Neva Coyle, writer  ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A PROPHETIC MILESTONE: THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION Thursday, March 1, 2018   It was an event that caused the world to go into an uproar and the United Nations to declare it ‘null and void’. Jerusalem was again in the news. Donald Trump had done what several American presidents had ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection February 28, 2018   Your eyes will see the King in His beauty. Isaiah 33:17   A Time to Think Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of God. –Author Unknown   A Time to Act Conc...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Pilgrim’s Key Of Escape Wednesday, February 28, 2018   In the book, Pilgrim’s Progress, the lead character named Christian decides to depart from the main highway and follow another path which seems easier. This path leads him into the territory of a giant name ...

  • Notes from the Cusp of Forever

    Posted Feb 27 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Buddhism and Hinduism define "enlightenment" as "a final blessed state marked by the absence of desire or suffering... the awakening to ultimate truth by which man is freed from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations to which all men are otherwise subject... a state of transcendent divine...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection February 27, 2018 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. James 5:13 A Time to Think A relationship with God is the most important relationship you can have. –Author...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Strategy Of The Sheep Tuesday, February 27, 2018   Messiah spoke of wolves and sheep. If you belong to Him, you’re a sheep, not a wolf. Wolves are carnivores that hunt in packs. Wolves are considerably stronger, more cunning, and more ferocious than sheep. The Lord describes the en...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection February 26, 2018   I remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3   A Time to Think Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control. –Lynn Thornton, writer   A Time to Act Cast your cares on the Lord for He cares...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    From The Mouth Of A Shark Monday, February 26, 2018   In 1799, the captain and crew of an American ship named the Nancy was put on trial for smuggling. Before capture, their illegal cargo and ship’s records were thrown overboard and a faked set of records were substituted. Just when th...

  • The Gay Religious

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Christian's are historically "guilty" of, what have come to be called, crimes against humanity, such as the multiple Crusades for wealth and glory in the name of Almighty God, or using God as their excuse for multiple Inquisitions, as well as the Salem witch trials.  Then there is the Vatican's...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection February 25, 2018   Rid yourselves of all malice. 1 Peter 2:1   A Time to Think Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. –Rudyard Kipling, writer   A Time to Act Learn to th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection February 24, 2018   Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1   A Time to Think Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless prayer. –Frances Havergal, poet and hymn writer   ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection February 22, 2018   Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Romans 12:12   A Time to Think Unwrap the hidden beauties in an ordinary day. –Gerhard E. Frost, author   A Time to Act Find joy where and when ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Challenge Of The 80 Year Old Man Thursday, February 22, 2018   Moses went into the wilderness to avoid Egypt. Decades later at 80 years old, he encounters God. When you’re an 80-year-old Jewish man, you’d rather move to Miami and play bingo. But God told Moses to go to Egypt ...

  • LENT 1

    Posted Feb 22 by Pastor Gerry Diamond

    Lent 1   TEMPTATION: THE REFINER’S FIRE   Gold refining   Are you wearing something gold – a ring maybe? Do you know how it got to be shiny and smart, rather than a muddy piece of rock? You can get gold that is 99.9% pure by putting it into an electrolyte bath and ap...

  • Vaccines, Public Service Announcement

    Posted Feb 22 by Carl Hamby Doyen at E.O.M.

    Vaccines OK Im going to attempt draw a comparison for you and leave you to make up your own mind. Think about Adolph Hitler and all the stories you can think of about the Holocaust and the German scientists running medical experiments on those they had housed in the ghettos of places like Auschwitz...