PASTOR’S CORNER

The Victory of Christ’s Death and Resurrection

The apostle Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58, “54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”        55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”        56 The sting of death is sin, and the power …

Patient as a Farmer

James 5:7,8 says this, “7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” In this passage a farmer is pictured as he patiently waits for a good harvest.  The good …

Courage

Courage is a virtue that we need in order to serve and love God. Below are two texts which speak of the need for courage. Joshua 1:6-9,  “6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to …

The Coming of Christ & A Summary of Diocesan Council…

Below is a summary of our Diocesan Council meetings on November 7-8, 2019 in Warminster, Pa.  After the end of the article is a link to a summary of Bishop Gillin’s timeline and goals for the next couple of years in the leadership of our diocese.  Just copy and paste the address to read it online. Diocesan Council 2019 Council …

Jesus – God With Us!

“9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;” In the coming of Jesus into the world as a man, we behold the mystery that God took unto Himself our humanity. He became flesh and blood and lived among us.  In Jesus, the apostle Paul …

In Your Anger, Do Not Sin

Psalm 4 begins with these words, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. 2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? 3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will …

About the Holy Spirit

It is quite right that you should feel that “something terrific” has happened to you (It has) and be “all glowy.” Accept these sensations with thankfulness as birthday cards from God, but remember that they are only greetings, not the real gift. I mean, it is not the sensations that are the real thing. The real thing is the gift …

On Forgiveness

As I read over the devotional below by C.S. Lewis “On Forgiveness,” I remembered David’s plea to the LORD in Psalm 51:1, 2 (English Standard Version) “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” May God give us such a …

Followers of the Way

Sometimes we react negatively to labels which are attached to people or groups of people.  There are limitations and disadvantages to labels especially when they are inaccurately applied.  But accurate labels clarify the beliefs and practices of a group of people.  In the book of Acts, there are a couple of instances where Christian believers are called “followers of the …

God’s Grace is Sufficient

   Psalm 4:1,4,5,8 says this in the English Standard Version, “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. 8 In peace …

Pastor Cedric Benner

Pastor Benner has a BA in Bible from Bryan College in Dayton and a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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