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  • The Butterfly Effect

    Posted Thu at 11:31 AM 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 Tue at 7:08 AM 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...

  • "Animal" House

    Posted Tue at 4:47 AM 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...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mon at 4:41 AM 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 Mon at 4:37 AM 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...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection May 12, 2018   All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  Psalm 139:16 NIV   A Time to Think What would our lives look like if we really did live with our life's brevity at the forefront of our mind? Would ...

  • Really, How Deep Can It Be?

    Posted May 11 by Pastor Tony Villari

    What do you do when your path dumps into a swamp? Well, I squat down beside it and ponder the numerous critters that may inhabitant the barrier before me. I pay particular attention to the size of any ripples originating from movement below the surface. It's the thing you can't see, but you figure i...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Answer Before Her EyesFriday, May 11, 2018 Miriam of Magdala, Mary Magdalene, was standing by a tomb weeping over the death of her Rabbi. When she turned around and saw Him, she didn’t realize it was Him. Thinking He was the gardener, she said, “Tell me where you put Him and I&rsquo...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMay 10, 2018 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33 A Time to ThinkFirst thing every morning before you arise say out loud, "I believe," three times.—Dr. Norman Vincent Peale A Time to ActStart another day just right, with a ...

  • Chapter 3 Letter of Barnabas

    Posted May 8 by Joseph Esquivel

    I hope you find this verse interesting, may it bring enlightenment and understanding. We need to look more closely at what was rejected or lost from our Christian History. Even in writings that were at one time considered unimportant we can find points of interest that will open you mind to a broa...

  • The Enemy Destroying Mankind

    Posted May 8 by Willie E. Willie

    There is an enemy in the secret fighting mankind, but we do not understand where the punches are coming from. This so called enemy succeeded in throwing Satan out of God's kingdom, making him evil before God. This very enemy also succeeded in throwing Adam; the probably first man on earth, out of ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection May 8, 2018   But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. James 3:17   A Time to Think When you live with hope in your heart, mind, and spirit, you have discove...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dealing Head On Tuesday, May 8, 2018   We are called to be peacemaker or makers of shalom. We’re to bring God’s shalom, His peace, fullness, wellbeing, and joy into the world – even into our lives. We do this by following the way of the greatest peacemaker: Messiah. He made...

  • Who is a Christian?

    Posted May 8 by Willie E. Willie

    A Christian is a member of Christ's kingdom, But being a member needs something to be done. People who professed to be Christians are literally not, but only Church goers. So long the world is filled with such people (church goers), the world is in jeopardy... Our society can't find peace with su...

  • Money, Power, and Position?

    Posted May 6 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Truth, loyalty, and a kind heart are virtues to be cherished!  Well, okay... sometimes I've been known to fudge, for purely selfish reasons, where truth and loyalty are concerned; I should be ashamed, and I am.  Those lapses in integrity are few and far between, but they do happen, and tha...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMay 6, 2018 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1 KJV A Time to ThinkSpirit is the part of you that feels like hope. —Caroline Myers, author A Time to ActAsk God to stay wi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMay 5, 2018 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 A Time to ThinkGod laughs in the sunshine and rejoices in the songs of springtime birds. -Bruce Barton A Time to ActAwaken the spring in your soul. A Time to PrayDear Lord, today I celebrate Y...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection May 4, 2018   Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.  Hebrews 12:14   A Time to Think There is never a wrong time to pray. —Kelly Johnson   A Time to Act Use today a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    He Who Is In Went Out Friday, May 4, 2018   As teenagers, most of us were concerned about what was in and what was out - clothes, music, the crowd. Even as we get older, we tend to conform to the “in” way of doing things in our culture. In first century Judea, Jerusalem was in an...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 30, 2018   Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2   A Time to Think It is fo...

  • Got Life?

    Posted Apr 30 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I went to my favorite local beachfront restaurant cum watering hole the other day, in order to find some impetus for this post.  I had a beer and pondered my latest conclusion, that my body is getting a jump on my upcoming 65th birthday and has decided to start falling apart.  I have found...

  • The hell we do not know

    Posted Apr 29 by Philip Shin

       There is the hell as it is my love to go there. It is only for me to live without love and something truth. Spiritual training means there is love and it is something truth. There is no more love so it is the hell. Jesus died on the cross and it means my love die, so we are in the hell....

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 29 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 29, 2018   The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  Psalm 119:130   A Time to Think I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light. –Mary Gardiner Brainard, poet   A Time ...

  • Understanding the word "Faith".

    Posted Apr 28 by Willie E. Willie

    The word Faith is misunderstood amongst Christians, not withstanding it's meaning. This word didn't appear in old testament epoch, but springs up from no where during the ministry of Jesus Christ in the new testament diaspora. They question is, did the word Faith substitute another word used durin...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 28, 2018   For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8   A Time to Think To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything H...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 25, 2018   I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17   A Time to Think Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. –Mother Teresa   A Time to Act Be an in...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Arm That Reaches Down Wednesday, April 25, 2018   Hinduism teaches that salvation comes when man merges back into God through the cycle of reincarnation and karma. Islam teaches that the way to heaven is by obeying Sharia law. Buddhism teaches that one must extinguish all the desires and...

  • We Live in a Pond

    Posted Apr 24 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I have always tried to explain to young people the idea that we all live in the same social pond.  Every decision we make in life has an effect on that pond, like a pebble thrown into it causing a ripple.  Every ripple can be viewed as an action taken, a choice or decision, and for every a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 24, 2018    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 There is never a wrong time to pray. —Kelly Johnson  ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Impossible People You Need Tuesday, April 24, 2018   I know of ministers whose basic attitude is, “I could have a very successful ministry…. if I just didn’t have to deal with people.” In the same way, you might be saying, “I want to be loving, forgiving, a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The French Revolution And GodMonday, April 23, 2018 In the late 18th century, the kingdom of France was overthrown. The new revolutionary government proclaimed there was no God, and declared France to be a nation of atheists. What came out of this was called ‘The reign of terror.’ Thous...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 22, 2018   Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10   A Time to Thi...

  • Remembering Childhood Curiosity

    Posted Apr 21 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Do you remember the innocence of youth?  How about your childhood curiosity?  Mine was insatiable and, at times, was worrisome to mom.  I still find myself doing stupid stuff, purely for the sake of discovery, in order to satisfy my adult curiosity. ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 21, 2018 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 A Time to ThinkWhat gives me the most hope every day is God's grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me strength for whatever I face, kno...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 20, 2018 God has poured out his love into our hearts. Romans 5:5 A Time to ThinkHope is a daring seed that you plant with prayer again and again. —Ann Voskamp A Time to ActAlways maintain hopefulness, especially when the going is hard. –Dr. Norman Vin...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Apostle Who Prayed For YouFriday, April 20, 2018 In Ephesians 3, Paul prayed for the believers of Ephesus that Messiah would dwell in their hearts and that they’d be rooted and grounded in love so that they would know the love of God and be filled with all His fullness. But Paul’s d...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 19, 2018 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 A Time to ThinkLife isn't always about finding yourself. More often than not, it's about discovering who God created you to be. —David A. R. White A Time to ActLearn the gr...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Bob Dylan And The Day Of PentecostThursday, April 19, 2018 In the sixties, Bob Dylan wrote a song that became a kind of anthem for that generation. The chorus went, “the answer is blowing in the wind.” You might not think those words are biblical, but in Hebrew, the word for wind is rua...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 17, 2018   Do you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding.   Isaiah 40:28   A Time to Thin...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Child And The Father’s Plan Tuesday, April 17, 2018   As a little child, you didn’t need to carry around a daily planner. You didn’t have to figure out what you had to do. Everything was planned for you by your parents or your guardians- your activities, your education,...

  • It's All about Attitude

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Tony Villari

    It's all about keeping a good attitude, and an ability to look at life through rose colored glasses; to still see the reality in front of you and to be happy in the face of adversity.  You have to be able to, at a moment’s notice, put on a serious face and say, "Bring it!"  When they...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 16, 2018 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 (ESV) A Time to ThinkFaith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. –Mitch Albom, author A Time to ActPractice believing that as you pray you are ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your Secret ProfessionMonday, April 16, 2018 My last name is Cahn. In Hebrew, it means priest. It comes from the name given to the sons of Aaron, the first high priest of Israel. When I was a child, my father told me that I was of the line of the priests. I had very little idea of what that meant. ...

  • "What's Auschwitz?" - My Response

    Posted Apr 15 by Pastor Tony Villari

    For many, any mention of the Holocaust is a reason to turn the channel, mental or otherwise.  Why?  Well, many who have seen the atrocities prefer not to dwell on the horrors of our past.  A few people very close to me are part of this group, not because they don't care, but because i...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 14, 2018 In all this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 13, 2018   Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17   A Time to Think Anything is a blessing which makes us pray. –C. H. Spurgeon, preacher and author ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Message Of Akko Friday, April 13, 2018   On the coast of Israel north of Haifa is the exotic seaport city of Akko. Tourists come from all over to see its exotic buildings and streets. But the importance of Akko is found in the book of Judges. It was given to the tribe of Asher. But the t...

  • Time to Blossom

    Posted Apr 13 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Like a plant, from the moment the seed was put into the ground and germinates, we began to grow.  We struggled upward, each branch with multiple budding family members, each family member creating a branch of their own.  Each bud struggles to find their way, to develop and support the...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 11, 2018   Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6   A Time to Think Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be fee...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Father’s BeggarWednesday, April 11, 2018 A homeless man got off the train at the Pennsylvania depot. For years, he lived as a beggar on the streets. He touched a man on the shoulder and said, “Mister, can you please spare a dime?” The man turned around and the beggar recognize...

  • Saying

    Posted Apr 9 by Richard Brophy

    Somewhere beyond right and wrong there is a garden, I`ll meet you there.

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 9, 2018   I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11   A Time to Think The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. –Louis Pasteur, French chemist   A Time to Act ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Wars Of Jerusalem Monday, April 9, 2018   What is the most attacked city on earth? Jerusalem. And yet Jerusalem is the City of God. Many believers think that if they belong to God, and if they’re in God’s will, then everything will always go smoothly for them. That sounds nic...

  • Finding Faith

    Posted Apr 9 by Pastor Tony Villari

    The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”  This became known as the Socratic Method, a teaching method where a question is posed and the students direct and control the discussion of it.  I am...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 7, 2018   I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid. John 14:27   A Time to Think Flowers grow out of dark moments. –Sister Mary Corita Kent,...

  • Beauty:  Skin Deep?

    Posted Apr 7 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Nowadays people are augmenting everything, breasts, cheeks (both sets), eyes, lips, and if that isn't your thing you can turn your skin into a canvas with a beautiful tattoo.  Hitler's minions would have loved to make a lampshade out of many large tattoos which adorn our skin.  As a matter...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 6, 2018 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. James 5:13 A Time to ThinkIf we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.—...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Strange Case Of West Side BaptistFriday, April 6, 2018 On March 1, 1950, choir practice was scheduled for 7:20 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. Most of the choir members normally arrived around 7:15. The pastor, about to head to church with his wife, discovered that his da...

  • A Personal Slice of Hell?

    Posted Apr 5 by Pastor Tony Villari

    A little pain, a little pleasure; such is life.  Is life filled with the immorality of pleasure?  And, why should pleasure, immoral or not, be frowned upon in a life which many, including myself, equate to one's personal hell on earth?  And, who is to judge the immorality of one's ple...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionApril 5, 2018 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 A Time to ThinkAn optimist is the human personification of spring. –Susan J. Bissonette, author A Time to ActLook for an opportunity to make a positive difference. ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Morse Code In The Dungeon Thursday, April 5, 2018   I knew a man who was put in prison for preaching the gospel under Communist rule. He was kept in a cell with no windows, isolated in chains to prevent him from sharing the gospel. All he could see for years were four walls of his prison cel...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

     The Bethlehem Principle Tuesday, April 3, 2018   'No room at the inn' is one of the most famous phrases from the Bible. When Yoseph and Miriam came to Bethlehem walking in the center of God's will, about to fulfill the ancient prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures, the door slammed in th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 3, 2018   And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6   A Time to Think One of the best ways to demonstrate God's ...

  • I Just Shake My Head... and Smile

    Posted Apr 2 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Wisdom or intelligence, which would you prefer?  I know, and have known, many "intelligent" people, few of which had wisdom worth acknowledging.  Intelligence is certainly no indicator of good sense, and to find folks with both is so uncommon as to bode the question as to whether the two a...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection April 1, 2018   And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. Mark 9:9 ESV   A Time to Think Now Jesus Christ says that there is nothing in this world—sin,...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 31 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 31, 2018    God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8   A Time to Think We focus on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but we forget to pause in the stillness of the days between...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 30, 2018   When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.  Matthew 27:31 NLT   A Time to Think The greatest pain of the cross was the pain of sin...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 30 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sabbath As A Verb Friday, March 30, 2018   Messiah didn’t just die on Friday, He died on the Sabbath. The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word for resting - Shabbat. The Sabbath comes from God’s action for resting on the seventh day. Messiah died on that day, He rested on ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 28, 2018   Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22   A Time to Think What God brings you to, God takes you through. –Reverend Sharon Conno...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Born Yesterday Wednesday, March 28, 2018   The children of Israel were told to celebrate the Passover every year so that they would remember and never forget how the Lord saved them out of Egypt. Rabbi Shaul/Paul at the end of his life called himself the biggest sinner. True, he had once opp...

  • Tetelestai and Why "Good Friday" is Good

    Posted Mar 28 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Tetelestai.  It is what Christ uttered as he drew his last breaths on the cross, according to John.  "It is finished."  Tetelestai.  John wrote this, the Greek translation of an Aramaic word.  It is an accounting term meaning "paid in full."  With His death, He wiped ma...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMarch 27, 2018 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 A Time to ThinkCourage is born at the point where God's grace and human effort interse...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Clear Paths And SerpentsTuesday, March 27, 2018 I was looking through a manual on how to avoid being bitten by a snake in the wild. It said: walk on clear paths as much as possible and avoid tall grass. So the enemy is like a serpent. If you walk on a path that’s not clear, you’ll get b...

  • Introduction to Epistle of Barnabas

    Posted Mar 26 by Joseph Esquivel

    The GENERAL EPISTLE of BARNABAS   [Barnabas was a companion and fellow-preacher with Paul. This Epistle lays a greater claim to canonical authority than most others. It has been cited by Clemens of Alexandrinus, Origen, Eusebius, and Jerome, and many ancient Fathers. Cotelerius affirms that O...

  • Love Is Not Like Chalk

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Tony Villari

    Even when I was a young man, sowing my oats, I knew that love was not like chalk; it was not erasable.  It seems pretty obvious that the love that can be erased is not true love.  Oh, the love can change, can morph into something more or less, but if the love is true it will always be love...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 26, 2018   Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14:6   A Time to Think Humans may be social beings, but solitude has been shown to have great societal value. Jesus was a...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Two Most Jewish Things Monday, March 26, 2018   Growing up, I never saw Palm Sunday as Jewish. What could be Jewish about a man named ‘Jesus Christ’ riding a donkey over palm branches? But He rode into Jerusalem. For the Jewish people, Jerusalem is the city of c...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMarch 25, 2018 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart... Luke 6:45 A Time to ThinkTo be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us–and He has given us everything. –Thomas Merton, writer, and poet A...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 24, 2018   A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11   A Time to Think Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly great.   A Time to Act ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 22, 2018   In the day when I am afraid, I will have confidence in Thee. Psalm 56:3   A Time to Think Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown, motivational speaker   A Time to Act Turn your d...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Right Beside You Thursday, March 22, 2018   Luke 24 records that two disciples on the road to Emmaus received perhaps the most amazing Bible study ever given; Messiah Himself leading them through the entire Hebrew Scriptures showing what was written concerning Himself. And just as amazing is...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 21, 2018   Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6   A Time to Think Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise- then you will discover the fullness of your life. –Brother David Stein...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You’re Being Followed Wednesday, March 21, 2018   An American believer visiting England was taken to see the great royal coach used by the royal family on state occasions. In the back of the coach were two little seats. He was told they were seats for the royal footmen. The royal footm...

  • Friends along Our Path

    Posted Mar 20 by Pastor Tony Villari

    I have received several requests to write more of this kind of post.  Well, it’s not like the muse constantly moves me.  This has become my most read post, however, so perhaps I should look into it.  In the meantime, I’ve been fighting my usual two day cold and finally bro...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 20, 2018   O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Psalm 30:2   A Time to Think It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Anonymous   A Time to Act Confidently trust God to handle things beyond your...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    How To Write Tuesday, March 20, 2018   Your Own GospelWithout exception, the authors of the Gospels refused to lift themselves up or give themselves any good press. Matthew’s Gospel records that Matthew was a sinner and a tax collector. John’s Gospel records that John was one of ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 18, 2018   But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Psalm 22:19   A Time to Think Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony. –Joyce Meyer, author   A Time to Act Place your hope an...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 13, 2018   But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44   A Time to Think Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. —H. Jackson Brown   A Time to Act Never dwel...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Why Is It Even In The Bible? Tuesday, March 13, 2018   In John 7:33, Messiah said, “For a little while longer I’m with you, then I go to Him who sent me. You will seek Me, and will not find Me, and where I am you can’t come.” Messiah is speaking about going back to th...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 12, 2018   Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12   A Time to Think When a person doesn't have gratitude, somethi...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your Barucha For Everything Monday, March 12, 2018   Barucha is Hebrew for blessing. The Jewish people have many baruchas or blessings. In Jewish culture, there’s a blessing for everything. At a Bar Mitzvah, there’s a blessing over the boy, over his parents, over the bread, over ...

  • Perpetually Catching at Straws

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Tony Villari

    The phrase, "Catching at straws," is hundreds of years old. It eventually morphed into "clutching at straws" and then, more recently, "grasping" at straws. No matter which you remember or prefer, the meaning is the same: To try and do something as a last resort that is very unlikely to succeed, or t...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection March 11, 2018   Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12   A Time to Think When a person doesn't have gratitude, somethi...