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  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted 8 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 15th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 12,1-8): It happened that Jesus walked through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some heads of wheat and crush them to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed thi...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted 8 hours ago by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 20, 2018   « July 19  |  July 21 »   Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 393 Reading 1 Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 When ...

  • Living in the Aythirity of Christ Today

    Posted Thu at 11:39 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 19, 2018 Living in the Authority of Christ Today Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV A Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time My mother had just taught me how to drive a car and it was the first time I had control of the wheels as she sat in the front passenger seat. I was trying to keep my anx...

  • Put Your Faith in Christ, Not in Feelings

    Posted Thu at 11:28 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Put Your Faith in Christ, Not in Feelings Constance T. Hull Rather frequently, I hear people make arguments about aspects of the spiritual life, the Church, morality, or relationships that are predicated upon a particular individual’s feelings. Some will complain that the Mass doesn&rs...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Thu at 8:54 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. –Corrie ten Boom, author   A Time to Act Rejoice, the future is full of pro...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Thu at 8:51 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Genesis Of Love Thursday, July 19, 2018   The word Ahavah is Hebrew for love. In Genesis 22:2 God says to Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering...” It’s the first appearance...

  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted Thu at 12:37 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 15th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 11,28-30): Jesus spoke thus, «Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and y...

  • Daily Readings

    Posted Thu at 12:35 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 19, 2018   « July 18  |  July 20 »   Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 392 Reading 1 Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 The ...

  • St. Frederick

    Posted Wed at 8:43 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    St. Frederick St. Frederick, grandson of King Radbon of the Frisians, was educated by the clergy of the church of Utrecht, and later became a priest known for his great piety and learning. He was placed in charge of instructing catechumens and was eventually elected Bishop of Utrecht around...

  • The Root of Many Faults

    Posted Wed at 8:34 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Fear: The Root of Many Faults Sam Guzman Many of our faults and failings are more complex than we at first realize. Our patterns of behavior are rarely random, and surface sins are often merely symptomatic of deeper, more subtle wounds in our souls. Fear is a prominent example of a deeper w...

  • Living in the Present for a Happier Life

    Posted Wed at 8:17 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Living in the Present for a Happier Life Alan Scott Growing old is inevitable. Sure we can dress young, act young, and even color our hair to make us think we’re young. But, at a certain point, you will be confronted with a jarring realization: you are closer to the grave than the cr...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Wed at 7:24 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection And whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your wrongdoings. Mark 11:25 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Not only do we not know God except through Jesu...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Wed at 7:20 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    More Than Forgiveness Wednesday, July 18, 2018   Luke 6:37 says, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” The Greek word translated as forgive in that Scripture is apoloo’oh. In Acts, the same word is used to speak of the disciples ‘sending away’ the o...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Wed at 12:38 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 15th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 11,25-27): On one occasion Jesus said, «Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Fathe...

  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted Wed at 12:35 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 18, 2018   « July 17  |  July 19 »   Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 391 Reading 1 Is 10:5-7, 13b-16 Thus s...

  • Mary and the Wedding Feast of Cana

    Posted Tue at 11:50 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Mary and the Wedding Feast of Cana Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Try to imagine now that you are at a wedding Feast in Cana. You are present with Jesus, Mary, and some of the Apostles. The environment is festive, joyful, and peaceful as you can imagine in most weddings. The couple has true love for eac...

  • The Practice of Contemplative Prayer

    Posted Tue at 11:41 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Contemplative prayer is a persistence in faith uniting us to God — not only with God the Creator, Who is upholding nature in existence, and so in some way is present in every thing, but with God, Who makes Himself available in a supernatural way. God transfigures the believer from within, enab...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Tue at 12:39 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 15th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 11,20-24): Jesus began to denounce the cities in which He had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways, «Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Tue at 12:36 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 17, 2018   « July 16  |  July 18 »   Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 390 Reading 1 Is 7:1-9 In the days of Ah...

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    Posted Mon at 11:45 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patronal feast of the Carmelite order. Following is an excerpt from the Carmelite Constitutions of 1995: Mary, overshadowed by the Spirit of God, is the Virgin of the new heart, who gave a human face to the Word made f...

  • An Animal Sense of God

    Posted Mon at 3:48 AM by Pastor Tony Villari

    There are those who would argue that animals are just animals, and animals do not reason through to a God figure, or a lack of one for that matter.  I mean, you would logically have to consider God before you could deny God, right?  But, scripture has many references to God's influence ove...

  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted Mon at 12:39 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 15th in Ordinary Time Saints July 16th: Our Lady of Mount Carmel View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,34--11,1): Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I ha...

  • Daily Readings

    Posted Mon at 12:37 AM by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 16, 2018   « July 15  |  July 17 »   Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 389 Reading 1 Is 1:10-17 Hear the word of...

  • Abortion and the Biblical "Interpretation"

    Posted Jul 15 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I have reposted this due to a link problem.  It should be fixed.   Holy Scripture states that only a fine will be levied against those who kill a child in the womb.  This is the reasoning for abortion which was presented to me for my last post on the abortion issue, A...

  • Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel

    Posted Jul 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The prayer starts: O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Then one ‘Our Father’ and three ‘Hail Marys’ are to be prayed after each of the following nine salutations 1. By the interces...

  • St. Bonaventure

    Posted Jul 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    St. Bonaventure St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) was born with the name Giovanni in Tuscany, Italy. As a child he became seriously ill and was in danger of death until his mother brought him to St. Francis of Assisi, who was then living in the region as a mendicant friar. It is s...

  • Liturgical Reading

    Posted Jul 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 15th (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 6,7-13): Jesus called the Twelve to him and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And He ordered them to take nothing for the journey except a staff; no food, no ba...

  • Sunday Readings

    Posted Jul 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 15, 2018   « July 14  |  July 16 »   Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 104 Reading 1 Am 7:12-15 Amaziah, priest of Bethel, s...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Seek the Lord when he can still be found; call him while he is yet near. Isaiah 55:6   A Time to Think If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer. –Frank Bianco, U.S. journalist, and photographer &n...

  • Scripture Speaks

    Posted Jul 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Scripture Speaks: Sending Out the TwelveGayle Somers In our Gospel today, Jesus summons, sends, and shapes the Twelve for mission.  How? Gospel (Read Mk 6:7-13)St. Mark describes the first preaching mission Jesus gave to the Twelve, and it is full of instruction helpful to us.  First, He ...

  • The Unexpected graces of offering Daily Prayer

    Posted Jul 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Unexpected Graces of Offering Daily Prayer for OthersSherry Antonetti Saint Paul urges us to “pray without ceasing,” though the translation from Greek means, not that we pray without stopping, but that we keep returning to prayer.  We constantly rededicate ourselves to talking w...

  • Solitary Monastics For Christ

    Posted Jul 12 by Thomas Biddinger

    I Cardinal Abbot Thomas Biddinger pose something for everyone to think about, then afterward I look forward to your comments on my simple philosophy. I thank you in advance for your comments! "You are a unique and unrepeatable gift from God which can never be duplicated, there will never be another...

  • My Weekly "Chaplain's Group"

    Posted Jul 12 by Pastor Tony Villari

    "Thank you, God, for another glorious day in paradise and another chance to excel in life!"  This is the way I greet every morning when the new day begins, and the way I greet each group I talk to every week at the medical center's S.T.A.R. (Stress, Trauma, Addiction, Recovery) Wellness Program...

  • God & The Human Experience

    Posted Jul 11 by Sean Hillman

    My impression of general human philosophy comes down to a simple exultation of God and rejection of humans as weak and cheap knock offs. Now humans are not gods, though I suspect we are more than the mere sum of our apparent parts. However, I think we badly underestimate our relationship with the di...

  • Introductions

    Posted Jul 11 by Sean Hillman

    Hello and welcome to my blog. What I write here may make you angry or may offer you hope. Either way, all are welcome here. Who am I? Just a man with a calling of my heart. I have many such callings but all things in their time. In this time of darkness and chaos, I feel this is the place and the ti...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Because, my Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of faithful love for all those who cry out to you.  Psalm 86:5 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think God expects to hear from you before you can expect to hear from Him. –William Gurnall, author, ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Titanic And Lifeboats Wednesday, July 11, 2018   The Titanic was called the unsinkable ship. It was almost a world unto itself- luxurious, ornate, elegant, and majestic. The idea of it sinking was so unthinkable that they didn’t even provide enough lifeboats for the passengers. And the...

  • Death, Why Worry?

    Posted Jul 11 by Norman R. Van Etten

    Death,Why Worry? We often view death with great sadness. Its a time reserved for solace and self-pity. But why? We for far to long, allowed death to be the end of life. We mustn't accept that! Death is not the final part of life.  It is true, we will sincerely miss the person who has moved on...

  • Christian Apology to LGBTQ:  All Lives Matter!

    Posted Jul 10 by Pastor Tony Villari

    That which is written is especially vulnerable to interpretation.  Considering how a heretical sect of Islam can twist the words of Muhammad from a message of peace into a message of "kill them all and let Allah sort them out," is it any wonder clergy in our own religion can do the sa...

  • Fall Back on Faith

    Posted Jul 8 by Pastor Tony Villari

    We can only hope Lenny Bruce is still right when he stated, “Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.” Even though, for myself, I find no use for the church other than fellowship, a meeting place to discuss, debate, and learn, I would still rath...

  • Contemporary Church Attendance Is Dropping... So What?

    Posted Jul 5 by Monsignor Samuel Cummings, D.D.

    In the contemporary, information-age-world we have today... it's a fair statement that religious service attendance is dropping, particularly among millennials. And maybe it should be that way.Hear me out, first. Historically, churches were about what everyone knows about: the town's moral center,...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth. –John Piper, preacher, and a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Duped By The Stuffed Bear Thursday, July 5, 2018   When I was growing up the carnival would come to town every year. They had games that were rigged to make it nearly impossible to win the prize. They had a basketball with a hoop so small that it was almost impossible to get th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Freedom comes by filling your mind with God's thoughts. –Erwin Lutzer, pastor, and author   A Time to Act Pr...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The City On The Hill And You Wednesday, July 4, 2018   A word on America’s true foundation: The foundational vision and symbol of American civilization came from the lips of Messiah who said: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Yet those...

  • The Tale of Elo and Annie

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Annie saw the old man, as he was the day before, sitting on the garden bench, wearing the same tattered, green wool cardigan sweater and dark corduroy slacks. His well-worn, black, fedora was set rakishly on his head with tufts of silver hair sprouting from the sides. The twisted shillelagh cane he ...

  • A Theoretical "Theory of Mostly Everything" Maybe

    Posted Jun 30 by Pastor Tony Villari

      The more questions we answer, the more questions we discover.  The downside of intelligence is discovering how much you really don't know, about anything.  With this thought firmly planted in mind, consider the smartest people on the planet searching for an elusive theory to explai...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Look at the birds of the air: they neither reap nor gather into bards, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 A Time to Think God sa...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sons Of DeityWednesday, June 27, 2018 Greek mythology tells of supernatural beings who were children of the gods. There was Hercules, son of Zeus, and Perseus, another son of Zeus. Of course, it’s all a myth. The amazing thing is that something even more supernatural than this actually do...

  • The Traffic Stop

    Posted Jun 26 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I've only had one bad experience with a traffic stop.  Usually my friendly, respectful, and easy going nature will win the day for me.  I have found that starting off the conversation with an "it wasn't me" look on your face tends to help.  Depending on the age of the officer involved...

  • Help the Iyayi Foundations

    Posted Jun 26 by REV. DR. Godwin Iyayi D.D

    IYAYI FOUNDATIONS NEED YOUR HELP. The Iyayi Foundation is a Christian based group. Our goal is to help those in need. Iyayi Foundation inspires to encourage a "peaceful" environment with the joy of the Lord providing comfort and security and exposing youth, young adults and adults to a true and rea...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Mystery Of The Manger Monday, June 25, 2018 It’s written in Psalm 147 that God gives to every creature ‘food’. The Hebrew word for food is lechem. Lechem means food, but it also means bread. There’s a town in Israel called the House of Bread. The Hebrew word for house i...

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Posted Jun 25 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I've had to answer, many times, why I may not like a particular person; I've even been asked by the particular person I seemingly haven't liked.  I have always answered, it isn't that I don't like them, it's because they seem to care very little that I have no respect for them.  Hell, I ca...

  • RESTORATION PT 2

    Posted Jun 23 by REV. DR. Godwin Iyayi D.D

    Genesis 25:21. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. Isaiah 54:1-3. 1"Sing, O barren,You who have not borne!Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,You who have not la...

  • RESTORATION

    Posted Jun 23 by REV. DR. Godwin Iyayi D.D

    Restoration: Our God share restore to everyone who read this Blog. 25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,The crawling locust,The consuming locust,And the chewing locust,My great army which I sent among you.26 You shall eat in plenty an...

  • Overcome temptation

    Posted Jun 23 by Br. E.G. Carriere

    "How can I overcome temptation?" The Scriptures tell us that we all face temptations. First Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man.” Perhaps this provides a little encouragement as we often feel that the world is bearing in on us alone, and ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21   A Time to Think You are a creation of God unequaled anywhere in the universe... Thank Him for yourself and then for all the rest of His glorious handiwork. –Norman ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Interrogating The Interrogator Wednesday, June 20, 2018   Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned for his faith by the communist government of Romania. He was interrogated and tortured day in and day out. One day he said to his interrogator, “You interrogate me all the time. Now I want to int...

  • Abort!  Abort!  Abort!

    Posted Jun 19 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Cecile Richards; have you heard about this piece of work?  Well, look upon the face of evil!  Ask yourself why a segment of civilized society looks favorably on the treacherous murder of the innocent; the wholesale slaughter of our future. There is money to be made in murdering the unborn ...

  • A Planet of the Apes?

    Posted Jun 18 by Pastor Tony Villari

    "An Orangutan from a zoo was reintroduced to the wild in Borneo and began spear fishing after watching local fisherman..."  This tale bodes the obvious question: If the fisherman was using the spear to murder another fisherman, would the Orangutan also mimic this act?  Well, from...

  • this is my FATHER'S world

    Posted Jun 17 by Roger Overweg

    This is my FATHER'S world..... Ronnie McBrayer: We are only the caretakers, God owns it all RONNIE MCBRAYER | KEEPING THE FAITH Near Rochester, New York, a prominent, cliff-like ridge erupts from the landscape and runs west for hundreds of miles: Through New York, across parts of Ontario, into th...

  • "NO GAYS ALLOWED!"

    Posted Jun 14 by Pastor Tony Villari

    There comes a point when one has to say, "Methinks thou protesteth too much!"  In other words, what are you, yourself, hiding that you must balk so loudly or judge others so harshly?  And the mere fact that your Christian hypocrisy would deign to judge others ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection 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 Trust in the Redeemer’s strength…exercise what faith you have, a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    How To Develop A Poor Memory Wednesday, June 13, 2018   My great uncle Jack was losing his memory. During our conversation at a family gathering, he said to me, “Who are you?” I replied, “Your nephew. You don’t know me?” He said, “No.” I felt a bit d...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Room Of Nails Tuesday, June 12, 2018   An imprisoned Christian in communist Bulgaria was put into a tiny cell with nails inside that pressed into him at the slightest movement. When his captors closed the door, he prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what t...

  • To Mothers on Father's Day 

    Posted Jun 11 by Pastor Tony Villari

    As a father, and a grandfather, I thought it only fitting on Father's Day to pay homage to the women, the mothers, who allow us to pass on our genetic material for the express purpose of procreation.  More importantly, they have selflessly volunteered to take significant time out of their lives...

  • More "Notes from the Cusp of Forever"

    Posted Jun 9 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I wrote Notes from the Cusp of Forever at the end of this past February.  It garnered average viewer numbers, but I received above average messages and emails concerning, what I considered to be, an average post.  For whatever reason, it touched a chord with a segment of my reade...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionLet’s come before him with thanks! Let’s shout songs of joy to him! Psalm 95:2 (The Daily Life Bible) A Time to ThinkAll the world is an utterance of the Almighty. Its countless beauties, its exquisite adaptations, all speak to you of Him. –Phillips Bro...

  • Private social media group created

    Posted Jun 6 by Karen Martinez

    I recently created a private group on Facebook for those who are needing or looking for positive, uplifting support or wanting to give positive support by sharing quotes and affirmations and prayer. I'm looking for advice on how to word the offer of prayer. I'd like to include specific days I'd po...

  • Plato's Theory of Soul

    Posted Jun 4 by Pastor Tony Villari

    When I first saw "tripartite" I thought it might be some ancient Greek word for a single country where three separate cultures practice racial segregation against each other, but I was wrong again; it was just Plato working overtime.    According to the ancient Greek philosopher, the sou...

  • Dear Readers, Friends and Family:

    Posted Jun 4 by Pastor Tony Villari

    It has been my absolute pleasure over the past couple years to post my writings from the “Congregation for Religious Tolerance” on Facebook while, at the same time, sending my “personal” contacts a link to these postings, individually, through Facebook Messenger. Facebook, pr...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. Psalm 66:17   A Time to Think Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn't pull God down to us. It pulls us up to Him. – Billy Graham, evangelist ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Origins Of General Booth Monday, June 4, 2018   A young preacher in England who had a heart for the poor and unsaved was offered a preaching position in a local Methodist church. His health was very poor and his doctor advised against it, but he decided to glorify God in his weakness and...

  • Yet Another Lighter Note

    Posted Jun 3 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I made a promise to my daughter that I would try to lighten up, occasionally, and try to write something a tad less serious and dramatic than the timely issues we are faced with day to day. To this end, I published the previous post; I have always found that children and animals can teach us much ab...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Seek the Lord when he can still be found; call him while he is yet near. Isaiah 55:6   A Time to Think God takes life's pieces and gives us unbroken peace. –W. D. Gough, poet   A Time to Act Pray for God to help you ke...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionI remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3 A Time to ThinkPrayer is the pulse of life. –Andrew Murray, writer and pastor A Time to ActAsk God to stay with you in difficult situations and affirm that He is helping you now. A Time to PrayLord, help m...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jun 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionIt was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12 A Time to ThinkThe highest form of thinking is prayer. –Norman Vincent Peale, best-selling author and minister A Time to ActBelieve that Jesus Ch...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jun 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    THE SEAL OF ISAIAH Friday, June 1, 2018   One of my favorite streams of news is that of biblical archaeology. In the skepticism of modern times, it seems the Lord has ordained that the stones would cry out to bear witness to the truth of His Word. In a time when scholars w...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection John 14:6 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me.   A Time to Think Let God's promises shine on your problems. –Corrie ten Boom, aut...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Living By The Temple StandardThursday, May 31, 2018 In Israel, there’s a place called the House of Caiaphas. There, you can see ancient measures and standards of weights. In Bible times, Israel used weights and measures to determine price and value. They had to be geared to the Temple or Sanc...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionFixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith . . . Hebrews 12:2 A Time to ThinkWorship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth. –John Piper, preacher and author A Time to ActDo your best and leave the rest to God. A Time...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Prisons And PrisonersWednesday, May 30, 2018 In Acts 12, an angel is sent to release Peter from prison. The first thing the angel had to do was see Peter as a man who happened to be in prison. If he had seen Peter as a bound and hopeless case instead of a person who happened to be in prison and who...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionBlessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence.        Jeremiah 17:7 A Time to ThinkI would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light. –Mary Gardiner Brainard, poet A Time to ActPray fo...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Royal Food Tuesday, May 29, 2018   In a beehive, the larvae are pretty much the same. But what the larvae becomes depends on its food. If it eats royal jelly, it becomes a queen. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. It’s all in what it eats. So, you might think you ...

  • My Choice?  Lose Weight!

    Posted May 28 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I am approaching 65 years of age.  Other than aches and pains brought on by my misspent youth, I feel twenty years younger, almost.  When I went to Mexico for a couple of years, I weighed an amazing 209 pounds at 5' 9".  When I returned, I had trimmed down to 165, despite my diet of t...

  • Utopia?

    Posted May 28 by Pastor Tony Villari

    "When imperfect humans attempt perfectibility - personal, political, economic and social - they fail."  This statement by Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, is evidenced by a sad history of "failed social experiments, repressive political regimes, and overbearing eco...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 NIV A Time to Think Relying on God has to start all o...

  • "Animal" House

    Posted May 27 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I usually open each post with a meaningful photo.  Not so, this time.  Even the images which I post for my Holocaust articles do not come up to the level of heinous gruesomeness, pure evil, inflicted by some elements of, well, humanity.  Including these elements as part of h...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection If you say, "The LORD is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling. Psalm 91:1 NIV A Time to Think The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep disco...

  • The Butterfly Effect

    Posted May 24 by Pastor Tony Villari

    The flapping a butterfly’s wings can influence our weather patterns. For example: severe storms, tornadoes, even hurricanes can all begin with but the flap of a single butterfly’s wings made thousands of miles away.   Now, having said that. Recently when I was flying to visit fami...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Victim Or Victor   Tuesday, May 22, 2018   We live in a victim culture where few take responsibility for their lives. People live as victims of their parents, their society, rejection, abuse, or of behavior they can’t control. Even God’s people often walk around with life...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Pentecostal On Mt. Sinai Monday, May 21, 2018   Moses was a Pentecostal. In fact, Orthodox Jews are Pentecostal. Pentecost is a Jewish Holy Day given to Moses in the wilderness. God told the Israelites to count seven weeks after Passover and then celebrate a special holy da...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMay 21, 2018 The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 A Time to ThinkWe can't always withdraw to quiet hillsides to pray, but Christ will meet with us in the quiet places o...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection May 20, 2018   Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3   A Time to Think Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dada, Tata, Papa, And Abba Friday, May 18, 2018 The word father comes from the Greek word ‘pater.’ It is linked to the ancient Sanskrit name ‘tata.’ In other languages, it becomes dada, baba, or papa. In Hebrew, it becomes ‘abba.’ What joins all these words? The...

  • My Humble "Moronic" Opinion

    Posted May 18 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I have unwavering faith that only a moron would believe a doctrine which states "a moron run through a university and decorated with a Ph.D. will cease thereby to be a moron."  As I have stated in a few previous posts, I have known many people with doctorates who exercise a deep lack of co...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection May 15, 2018   For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.  I Peter 3:12   A Time to Think Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    How To Hear The New Tuesday, May 15, 2018   It takes time for sound waves to travel through space. It takes time as well for your mind to process the sound. So, no matter how close you are to somebody speaking, there’s always a delay between what they said, and when you hear what you t...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A Nation The Size Of New JerseyMonday, May 14, 2018 In 1948, ancient prophecy was fulfilled as Israel was raised from the dead. I’m writing these words in New Jersey. It’s a tiny state with only 8,000 square miles, almost identical in size to Israel. That’s where the comparison en...

  • Heaven Can Wait!

    Posted May 13 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Oh, ya, you betcha mon!  If I have anything to say about it, heaven can definitely wait for me.  Of course that is purely dependent on the validity of my view of heaven being more even handed than what I was spoon fed in my youth.  There is not one righteous among us.  Not o...