06.01.2014. The Feast of Ascension. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. After the resurrection, Jesus taught his disciples about God’s kingdom for forty days (Acts 1:3) and then he was “taken up” to heaven (Acts 1:2, 11). The cross and empty tomb are at the very heart of the gospel message proclaimed by Jesus’s followers throughout history (1 Corinthians 15:1–4).

05.11.2014. The Shepard Goes Through the Gate. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith Jr.

Good morning Holy Angels,

Today we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Easter. And in today’s gospel Jesus says, "The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep; the gate keeper opens the gate for him and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."

05.11.2014. In The Belly of a Fish. By Deacon Bruce McElrath.

In The Belly of a Fish

Jonah must have been very uncomfortable in the belly of the fish. Yet there are many people in this dark and suffocating world who seem to think that the place they find themselves is a pretty good place to be. They believe that the world needs only a few social and political improvements. And they also hold that people themselves possess the ability to make all the needed changes.

04.20.2014. Deacon Says: A Blog by Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Stick out your tongue

One of the first things that a doctor says when he examines a patient is, “Let me see your tongue.” It is often possible to make a diagnosis just by looking inside a person’s mouth. Some diseases can be detected by the tongue’s appearance.

This is even truer as a test of spiritual health. A person’s speech reveals what is going on inside. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt. 12:34).

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