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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 …

Paul’s Proof of the Resurrection

Acts 17:1-3 (ESV) says this, “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This …

Jesus Reveals His Glory

During the season of Epiphany, which begins on January 6th and generally runs until the beginning of Lent, the readings from Scripture are focused on the theme of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ being revealed.  In John 2:1-11,  we have the record of Christ miraculously changing water into wine at a marriage celebration in Cana.  Jesus came to this wedding …

Advent

What do you within the confines of your house during the season of Advent as part of your preparations for Christmas?  I specifically narrowed the scope of this question within the confines of your house or apartment so as to not include other tasks during the holiday such as Christmas shopping, sending Christmas cards, etc.  From year to year, Sarah …

God’s Creation

I love the different seasons. My favorite season of them all is autumn. I love to see the colors of the leaves in October, and I appreciate the temperature moderating from warmer to cooler temperatures. Creation itself is a reminder that we did not bring it into being, but God did. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the …

Psalm 123:2

Psalm 123:2 in the English Standard Version says: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us. “ As I think on this verse, it teaches us our utter dependence on …

Psalm 107:1,2

In Psalm 107:1,2 the Psalmist says this, ”Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.” On Tuesday, May 8, Sarah and I along with Ernie and Diane Neels attended the Metro Maryland Youth for Christ banquet at Martin’s West Banquet Hall.  It was …

Romans 5:17

In Romans 5:17 the Apostle Paul says this, 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. In this verse, the apostle Paul speaks of two gifts which God gives to us through His …

Ephesians 4:30-32

In Ephesians 4:30-32, the Apostle Paul writes this, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ …

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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