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Clergy Corner: Should Christians have a Bucket List?

File PhotoSusan Beckett. ■ By Susan Beckett / Contributed As kids, most of us had big dreams for the future. We wanted to grow up to be astronauts, famous athletes or even celebrated movie stars. As a child, I faithfully watched the Mickey Mouse Club and just knew in my little heart of hearts that someday I too would be a Mouseketeer, singing and dancing my way across the TV screens of America! I believe as children we dreamed of “being” something amazing, but it seems as we grow older we add to those ambitions and also want to “achieve” and “do” extraordinary things. There’s an interesting term we use today (more…)
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Clergy Corner: People, not objects, lead us away from God

<strong> Clergy Corner:  People, not objects, lead us away from God</strong>
File PhotoPastor Jason Pruitt. ■ By Pastor Jason Pruitt / Contributed “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.” –Galatians 5: 7-8 Paul is writing here to the church in Galatia. The Galatian church was established, and as Paul was known to do, he moved on to the next city. Early in the first chapter, Paul makes it clear that he is surprised that so many converted Christians were falling away from the truth. In Galatians 1:6, Paul writes, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace (more…)
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Clergy Corner: The mission of the church

<strong> Clergy Corner:  The mission of the church</strong>
File PhotoPastor Ronald Ritter. ■ By Pastor Ronald Ritter / Contributed The basic mission of the Christian church that has endured throughout the earth for over 2,000 years was given to Jesus’ disciples immediately prior to His ascension into heaven. It is recorded in the New Testament’s Book of Acts, Chapter 1 and verse 8. It says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ESV. The Judeo-Christian roots of America testify that this mission was executed faithfully with excellent results from its colonial period (more…)
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Clergy Corner: The power of changed lives

<strong>Clergy Corner: The power of changed lives</strong>
File PhotoSusan Beckett. ■ By Susan Beckett / Contributed I was watching the evening news recently when a short news brief played across the bottom of the TV screen and caught my eye. It was in the single line of running news at the very bottom of the picture. It read, “China ramps up persecution of Christians and other religious groups.” Digging a bit deeper on my computer that evening, I came across a mountain of information about what Xi Jinping is doing to stomp out Christianity in China. Here’s just a sample of what I found: “The Chinese government is destroying crosses, burning Bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers (more…)
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Clergy Corner: What it means by saying grace

<strong>Clergy Corner: What it means by saying grace</strong>
File PhotoMichael Falgout. ■ Michael Falgout / Contributed It was our oldest son who first brought it to my attention. “Why do we say, ‘Thank you, seed,’ before we eat dinner?” The simple answer is: we don’t. But, when our youngest says grace before our evening meal, that is what it sounds like. I honestly don’t know who was the first among us to pray, “Thank you, Father. Thank you for this day. Thank you for this food that we have received. Amen.” But, somehow, it stuck, and was passed down from brother to sister until the last part was shortened to: “Thank you f’th’s day. Thank you f’th’s…ceiv’d (sounds like: (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Joy comes in the morning

<strong>Clergy Corner: Joy comes in the morning</strong>
File PhotoRick Puls. ■ By Rick Puls / Contributed About two weeks after my wife and I were married, we began working at a church in South Gate, California. She became the substitute church organist, and I became the new youth pastor. The senior pastor at the church was named Troy Heard. He immediately became my mentor. I knew very little about ministry and he taught and modeled how to preach, teach, care for the sick, encourage the fainthearted, do spiritual warfare, work effectively with leadership, and simply love and care for people in the name of Jesus Christ. I soaked up everything he said and did. Troy had his faults, (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Hubble, Einstein and the Origin of the Universe

<strong>Clergy Corner: Hubble, Einstein and the Origin of the Universe </strong>
How observations of distant galaxies unlocked the secrets to the origin of the universe and confirmed a central claim of Christianity facebook.comDennis Rasmussen. ■ Dennis Rasmussen / Contributed In 1923 and 1929, astronomer Edwin Hubble made several startling discoveries. Peering through the Hooker Telescope at Mount Wilson, at the time the most powerful in the world, he observed that other galaxies, beyond the Milky Way, existed, that the universe was expanding, and that it was cooling down. These observations completely rewrote cosmology (the study of the origin of the universe). They also forced the most brilliant man of his age, Albert Einstein, to admit that he was wrong for believing what (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – September 27, 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: Amazing, how sweet life is!

File PhotoSusan Beckett ■ By Susan Beckett / Contributed A friend of mine once sent me a hilarious quote that I absolutely love and still have posted in my office where I can see it every day. It says, “Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh ‘crud,’ she’s up!” Now minus the bad word, I think that’s just a terrific, in your face quote! Another person once penned something short and sweet, but no less profound: “Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.” Wow! That’s a zinger for sure. But, enjoying this amazing God-given life is something that doesn’t (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – September 20, 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…)