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Clergy Corner: The perfect and the good

Michael FalgoutPastor Michael Falgout strikes a pose with his family. ■ Michael Falgout / Contributed “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17) More than once, in a job interview, I’ve been asked that tricky question, “What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?” or “What are some areas of improvement for yourself?” With questionable sincerity, I have too often fallen back on the confession that I am a “perfectionist,” because it has always seemed like a forgivable, if not acceptable, fault in that context. Defined as a refusal to accept anything short of perfection, perfectionism is usually treated as a venial sin, a lesser evil, (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – September 13th, 2018

The First Church of Religious Science The First Church of Religious Science is a New-Thought-based faith and philosophy. It is founded on the teachings of many masters such as Jesus the Christ, Buddha, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, all paths to the God of your understanding. Our doors are open to all races and orientation. So if you are seeking a spiritual home with supportive, happy, people that are open to learning about how to create and live a fantastic life with no strings attached, come to see us every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Meditation and 10 a.m. for our Celebration Service. We are located at 40450 E. Stetson Ave (corner of (more…)
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Clergy Corner: The Courage to Heal

<strong>Clergy Corner: The Courage to Heal</strong>
Bill HellerPastor Bill Heller. ■ By Bill Heller / Contributed If we break down the meaning of The Courage to Heal, we find that courage has its basis in the Latin word cor meaning heart. Today, it means strength. To heal means to make whole or healthy physically, mentally, or spiritually. So, The Courage to Heal means the strength to make whole. Undoubtedly, you have had some involvement in a healing process be it for yourself, your loved ones, your family, or your community whether you are aware or not. As you read this article, may you see how your involvement as a receiver or a giver of healing is a (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – September 6th, 2018

Spirit of Joy Community Church Spirit of Joy Community Church, ELCA, announces a new study series: Survey of World Religions. Beginning Wednesday,September 5th and continuing for 6 weeks, Pastor Brian Foxworth will introduce us to the practices and beliefs of several major religious groups. Why is the concept of suffering so crucial to the Buddhist faith tradition? Why do Muslims face East when they pray? Our goal is to develop understanding and respect for the beliefs of others. Join us Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM, 3126 W Johnston Avenue, Hemet. 951-652-2519. The First Church of Religious Science The First Church of Religious Science welcomes you to come and learn about the (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Hello God…..it’s me again

<strong>Clergy Corner: Hello God…..it’s me again</strong>
God answers all our prayers; but his answer may not be what we asked for File PhotoRhonda Tretsven. ■ Rhonda Tretsven / Contributed As a child, I learned to pray before I went to sleep every night. I was taught to thank God for all that had occurred that day and what I wanted for friends and family. The image to whom I was praying looked a lot like the white-bearded older gentleman depicted in Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This is the painting where God’s index finger is trying to touch Adam’s finger. It always helps to know who you are talking to. (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Can God possibly be fun?

<strong>Clergy Corner: Can God possibly be fun?</strong>
Finding joy while living for the Lord File PhotoSusan Beckett ■ Susan Beckett / Contributed What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says, “church service?” Do you picture yourself sitting through a funeral or do you picture a church setting that’s alive, vibrant and celebrating life? I believe one of the reasons Jesus was so popular in His time was because He exuded life. I think this “life” oozed out of every pore of His being and every word He spoke carried “life” and because of this, the crowds followed Him by the hundreds and thousands. There had never been anything like it before. But, after all, He (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Being stewards of God’s greatest creation

<strong>Clergy Corner: Being stewards of God’s greatest creation</strong>
Photo courtesy of Trinity Lutheran ChurchPastor Erin Armstrong. ■ Erin Armstrong / Contributed This is how the Psalmist begins one of the great praises of God’s creation and how it relates to the work of God among human beings. God’s work is intimately related to the beauty of creation, and God’s existence and intentions are written into the very fabric of what we can see throughout the universe. And if creation can reveal God in its beauty, perhaps that means we should care for it as much as we claim to care for God. One of my favorite places is in the hills of Oak Glen. The Lutheran Church has a (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – August 16th, 2018

Bible Fellowship Church Missions Sunday 8/26 Come to our Adult Enrichment class at 8:30 am in the multipurpose room to get acquainted with Colin & Becca McDougall who have given their lives to missionary service in Africa. Learn what life in Africa is really like! Colin is a supervisor for Africa Inland Mission and works closely with other BFC missionaries, including Sonya Dilworth. Colin is a compelling speaker and will give a message on “The Sign of the Times” in our 10 am worship service. When asked how BFC could bless them, the McDougalls responded Colin needs $150 for books to take back to his leadership team in Africa and would (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Bridging the generational gaps

<strong>Clergy Corner: Bridging the generational gaps</strong>
Michael FalgoutPastor Michael Falgout strikes a pose with his family. ■ Michael Falgout / Contributed All families have their problems. More than a century ago, Thoreau wrote, “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” I’m sure you’ve also seen such shortsightedness in youth. But, I have also seen as much generational prejudice among those of us who ought to be mature. Many despair about the future that will be in the hands of our youth. Such pessimism is, for me, an even greater cause for concern. Some say our problem is that the family unit isn’t what it used to be. They point to the rising (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – August 9th, 2018

Bible Fellowship Church Missions Sunday 8/26 Come to our Adult Enrichment class at 8:30 am in the multipurpose room to get acquainted with Colin & Becca McDougall who have given their lives to missionary service in Africa. Learn what life in Africa is really like! Colin is a supervisor for Africa Inland Mission and works closely with other BFC missionaries, including Sonya Dilworth. Colin is a compelling speaker and will give a message on “The Sign of the Times” in our 10 am worship service. When asked how BFC could bless them, the McDougalls responded Colin needs $150 for books to take back to his leadership team in Africa and would (more…)