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Clergy Corner

We All Need Hope

As a pastor, I hear many stories about how hard life can be. Good health suddenly turning bad, bodies that no longer want to cooperate with their owners, memories fading, relationships shattering, sudden twists of events. All of these things test our hope. Last week in one of my clergy groups ...

What lies ahead for 2020 for our local churches?

A New Year is good in that it provides each one of us with the opportunity to look back over the past year. Remember that 20/20 is what we strive for in our vision when we visit the eye doctor’s office. We want to be able to see clearly, and as we start this new year, that should be our focus ...

Finding peace, and hope, in times of turmoil

John Steinbeck used Shakespeare’s words for “The Winter of our Discontent,” the story Ethan Allen Hawley. When a once influential and wealthy family lost everything, Mr. Hawley turned to dishonesty to reverse the family’s fortunes. As true of Steinbeck’s works, the realism of ...

December holidays — bringing light into the darkness

December is a month to ruminate and a month to celebrate. It’s a time to remember the dark moments and a time to celebrate the returning of light. There are so many holidays and observances the world over in December that here in the Northeast of the United States, we forget to remember that ...

Jesus Came Down

Long ago, God the Father sent Jesus from Heaven to carry out the Father’s will on earth. When Jesus descended from heaven’s splendor, He submitted His will to the Father’s. Even when Jesus instructed His followers about prayer, He reminded them to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it ...

The history of Thanksgiving

Do you know the history of Thanksgiving? We learned in elementary school that Thanksgiving could be traced to 1621 when a Pilgrim leader, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of feasting to commemorate the first harvest after a long year of suffering. What you may not know is that, as the ...

Small town gratitude

It’s time to give special thanks. If you do not feel grateful, allow me to suggest a perspective that might help. Consider thanking God for the small town region in which you live. Why? you might ask. Fulton County is largely a small town cultural region. We have several small cities. But ...

Grass and weathered graves mark the earliest Methodist church in America

Long ago, forgotten on West Phelps Street just outside Gloversville in 1790, the first Methodist church was built. Some very prominent men conducted some of the services. Now only weathered gravestones mark the fact that a church once existed there. There was no regular minister back then. ...

Follow the Ten Commandments to obtain an eternal live in heaven

A society must have rules and regulations to function efficiently and effectively. The United States has the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In God’s scheme of things, he gave the 10 Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. The 10 Commandments serve the purpose of giving people a sense of ...

Illusions of self are demolished in Christ’s presence

A salt doll journeyed for thousands of miles over land, until it finally came to the sea. It was fascinated by this strange moving mass, quite unlike anything it had ever seen before. “Who are you?” said the salt doll to the sea. The sea smilingly replied, “Come in and see.” So the doll ...

Celebrate pastoral care week

Oct. 20 to 26 was Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week. The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions. Pastoral Care Week gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the ...

Taking time to say ‘thank you’ brings a joyful smile

Being a human being is not easy. Light-beings encased in flesh and bone, we struggle with our limitations, our shortcomings, our challenges. Being a human being is amazing. Light-beings encased in flesh and bone, we can have so many wonderful experiences through our multiple senses, our ...

Our Legacy

As the years creep by, I find myself thinking of what I will leave behind for my children. It won’t be a financial windfall; but there will be things I hope will be useful.  There will be the photos I have taken which preserve memories and capture the beauty of God’s creation. But even ...

Christ Jesus resurrection has impacted the world

Universally, multitudes of people are born again Christians and face persecution in Third World countries. Believers were first called Christians at Antioch. Therefore, these very same Christians Saul of Tarsus persecuted. Ironically, as Saul was on his way to Damascus, he was converted. The ...

The Elephant in the Room

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning and went into your living room and there, in the middle of the room, was an elephant? Elephants can grow up to fourteen feet tall and weigh up to 15,000 pounds. Well, I think that you would be surprised, and probably shocked. And then, you would ...

Celebrate the seasons of life

As warmer days near their close, family and friends, who extol the virtues of the summer months, groan when I speak of autumn as my favorite season and think it heresy when I share how much I love winter. One friend rolled his eyes when told that one of my favorite hymns was composed by a ...

Have a heart for those in need

See people with your heart and not your eyes. When we look at people with our heart, we are more likely to love them. When we look at people with our heart, we’re more likely to pray for them. When we look at people with our heart, we’re more likely to assist. “I was hungry and ...

Lifted up by the floatation power of God’s Spirit

When my wife, Insouk, and I were traveling Canada on vacation in summer 2017, we stayed a couple of days in Ottawa, Canada. On the first day we visited the Parliament located in the downtown. It is an old historic building looking so gorgeous, prestigious and spacious as well, particularly, ...

A Brush with Death and the reality of God’s sovereignty

I am usually a “healthy as a horse” kind of man and keep active playing ice hockey, kayaking, snowshoeing, gardening, and doing yardwork. But July 2019 was a different story.  I won’t “gore” you with details, but here is the Readers Digest version. I had a colonoscopy (my fourth) ...

We must oppose the demonization of others

Despite all of the blessing that this nation of ours has to offer, these are distressing times. In less then 24 hours we had a mass shooting in two cities. While many will debate the cause and solution to preventing further incidents, I believe that an undeniable contributing factor is any ...