OceanFest

OceanFest on July 4th draws over 100,000 people who visit various booths along the Promenade in Long Branch, NJ. To be sure it is a festival of sorts. People come from the surrounding area as well as [...]

By ray-ciervoOctober 5, 2016

Jesus Rejected the Endorsement of a Respected Leader

[Part 13] All of us like to receive compliments especially from those we respect, but Jesus rejected the endorsement of a very respectable leader.  An endorsement rises above a compliment and give [...]

By michael-petersOctober 3, 2016

Miracles

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2016 Dear Friend in Christ: I believe in miracles and believe that I have personally witnessed some miracles.  I am taking into account that you probably w [...]

By charles-simpsonSeptember 22, 2016

Gimme Some Truth

Information without insight is trivia. Rhetoric without reality is virtual vapor. Who do you trust? To whom are you listening? Who are your associates in your daily life or online? What do you read? W [...]

By stephen-simpsonSeptember 20, 2016

Jesus Did Not Endorse Caesar

[Part 12] During this political season it’s important to remember that Jesus did not endorse Caesar when he said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things [...]

By michael-petersSeptember 14, 2016

Gender Identity Created by God

[Part 11] Pope Francis said this past week that it’s terrible for schools to tell children that they can choose their gender.  The choosing of gender is the logical development of separating gen [...]

By michael-petersSeptember 6, 2016

Values are not Commands to Jesus

[Part 10] We live in a world of values.  People voice their values, vote their values and join churches that reflect their values.  According to Alan Bloom, who wrote The Closing of the American Mi [...]

By michael-petersAugust 31, 2016

The Spirit of Truth

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2016 Dear Friend in Christ: I cannot think of a more important subject for this time than TRUTH. It is vital for each of us to ask these four questions rega [...]

By charles-simpsonAugust 24, 2016

Scripture: Final in Authority to Jesus

[Part 9] According to the worldview of Jesus, the Scripture is final in authority.  He answered every temptation of Satan with a quote from Scripture.  Three times Jesus said, “It is written” [...]

By michael-petersAugust 19, 2016

Self-Denial: Not the Same as Denying Yourself

[Part 8] The third and final temptation of Christ in the wilderness was a blatant appeal to self-exaltation.  Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would just worship him.  Jesus [...]

By michael-petersAugust 16, 2016

Identity through Relationship with God

[Part 7] Jesus responded to the temptation to prove who He was by saying, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test?” (Matthew 4:7).  His identity was shaped by His relationship with the [...]

By michael-petersAugust 9, 2016

Inward View of Self

[Part 6] Inward view of self has replaced the soul in the postmodern person.  People no longer talk of themselves as souls created in the image of God but as selves seeking fulfillment.  This res [...]

By michael-petersAugust 5, 2016
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