I. This Sunday in Church
Bible Readings for This Sunday (January 1)
Sermons for This Sunday (January 1)
II. Lectionary Reflections: Circumcision of Jesus
Holy Name: What's in a Name?
Throughout Genesis, and the rest of the Bible, names are changed to reflect new
identities and purposes. Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah. Jacob
becomes Israel. In the New Testament, Saul becomes Paul and Simon becomes
Circumcision and Naming of Jesus
When you were baptized you were given a new name. God gave you His Triune name,
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It is a prophetic
name. By giving you His name, God is telling you that He IS GOD TO YOU. I WILL
BE YOUR GOD AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. ...
The Circumcision of Christ- Sermon for New Year's Day
Don't take this power and calling lightly. Remember what St Chrysostom said
about the Holy Name of Jesus, "If it has power to drive way demons, if it can
banish illness, much more will it aid your own actions." This year, and every
year, go forth and resolve to be powerful servants for Christ. ...
Eighth Day Savior
There is a direct line from his birth to his circumcision to the cross.
Circumcision foreshadows the blood he will shed for the sins of the world. ...
Carry The Gospel With You
We begin the new calendar year, and as we begin it, we reflect on a title
the Church has given to Mary, the mother of Jesus. That title, Mary, the
Mother of God is as much, even more, about who Jesus is than it is about who
Mary is. ..
III. Featured: New Year
Good News for the New Year
Do you need good news today? The best news of all times is that Jesus loves
you and He has provided the Way for a full and loving relationship with the
Father. As you begin this New Year, spend some time asking God to reveal His
heart to you. ...
Trusting God with the Next Chapter of Your Story
When a new year arrives, we can look to it expecting good things or the
worst of things. It all depends on how we view the Author of our lives. Do
we trust God to write a good story? Do we believe that he has a good plan
and good intentions for us? ...
Counting the Year's Blessings
Have you heard any good news lately? Bad news abounds. It's been another
tough year. Economic woes continue. Greece and Italy are on the verge of
The 3 Things we can give to God in 2017
As we enter into a new year, here is something to remember: When it's all said
and done, we have three things we can offer God - our treasure, our talent, and
our time. Each of these is given to us by God, and each of them should be given
back in generous portions. ...
My New Year's Offering
We can make all the resolutions we want, but we can't change ourselves. But
when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us. The renewing
of our mind requires inward change and comes from God at work in us. It requires
diligence on our part. It requires changing our thoughts, our priorities, and
goals to be aligned with those of Christ. ...
IV. General Weekly Features
Recipe: Grilled Zucchini and Goat Cheese Roll Ups
Recipe: Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Mozzarella and Basil
Easy Ways to Prevent Food Waste
Here are few easy tips to prevent food waste and ultimately, save you money. ...
Family Special: 5 Things to Pray for Your Marriage
Keeping a marriage strong in the midst of shuffling schedules and rigorous
responsibilities takes intentional effort and a whole lot of prayer. ...
Securing Our Assets in Heaven
Think this through, okay? At the judgment seat of Christ, He is going to put
everything under the torch and the good stuff will survive (good news) and
the bad, worthless stuff will go up in flames (equally good news, I think!).
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