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Advent 2 - The Sunday of Peace

Wednesday Dec 02, 2020
 
The Season of Advent reminds us of the importance of spiritual
preparedness, of the readying of our hearts and minds for the
life transforming presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
On the 1st Sunday in Advent we lit the candle of Hope in our
churches as a reminder that as followers of Jesus Christ we are
the people of hope.
On the 2nd Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Peace.
Jesus’ birth was announced by a great company of angels
saying “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace
to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
But knowing all too well our sinful nature we may wonder if
peace is possible at all. Wars, fights, conflicts, anxieties and
stresses of all kinds mar our human existence on every possible
level and there seems to be no respite from their destructive
force.

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The Season of Advent

Wednesday Nov 25, 2020
 
December signals the coming of Christmas and so our
preparations begin. There are gifts to buy, cards to send, menus
to plan for, people to see. The four Sundays – and weeks - of
Advent remind us of the importance of the spiritual aspect of
this preparation, the readying of our hearts and minds, not only
for the celebration of Jesus’ birth (1st coming) but also for His
future return in glory (2nd coming) when He will set up His
kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful, both
living and dead.
Advent is full of symbolism and meaning, which is also
reflected by the themes of the four Sundays/weeks

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The Evangelist as Intercessor by Rev. Louis Sully

Wednesday Nov 18, 2020
 
Please read Ephesians 1:15-18

The world's present situation has a psychological impact on
people in many ways. That includes people who want to travel
for leisure, for business, to visit friends and relatives. Those
who are grieving find themselves isolated without any physical
contact-the world seems to stop. There is a physical detachment
that is not only troubles the mind of people but also creates
confusion, fear, emotional distress, uncontrolled tears, and
sickness. As much as we speak of technology, 5G network,
etc.., we are underequipped to deal with this pandemic. If there
is a time that we need each other the most, it is now. Now it is
time to put aside all our differences to tend to each other.

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Encourage One Another- by Rev. Otto Menko

Wednesday Nov 11, 2020
  Please read Acts 27
The weather was promising. The merchant ship was gently
rocking on the waves in the harbor located on the west shore of
Crete. It was one of the larger vessels that regularly traversed
the sea between Rome and the eastern Mediterranean, making
a handsome profit for her owner. Presently it was loaded with
grain destined for Rome and merchandise to be traded in ports
on its way. But it also carried another ‘kind’ of cargo, prisoners,
to be delivered to their fate: prison, execution or slavery. The
apostle Paul was among this ragtag group of convicts. They
were overseen by Julius, a Roman centurion of the Imperial
Regiment and a small cohort of soldiers under his command.
Julius paid special attention to Paul, for he was not considered
a ‘common criminal’; he was supposed to be tried in the
presence of the Emperor himself.

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The Evangelist’s Spiritual Leadership

Wednesday Nov 04, 2020
 
I want to start with a very human question for each of us - How
can I stand before God? Paul, in the Epistle written to Titus
styles himself as a slave (Greek: doulos) of God, joining a great
line of prophets in the Bible who served God and God alone
unreservedly. So how do you stand before God?
Martin Luther found only one answer to the question- how can
I stand before God – and it is by believing in the grace and
mercy of Jesus Christ. We must determine the state of our soul
in the midst of the battles of life and relationships, in the midst
of the raging and roaring, in the midst of life and death. If we
are to stand before God, what will give us credibility? It will
only be the love of God in Christ Jesus which has wrought our
salvation. Knowing that we are loved by God therefore enables
us to give our life completely -as a slave to God.

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The Evangelist Bearing Witness by Mr. Mike Bowerman

Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
 
Rick Warren tells how he once saw a Peanuts cartoon that
described the evangelistic strategy of many churches. Charlie
Brown was practicing archery in his backyard. Instead of
aiming at a target, he would shoot an arrow at his fence and then
walk over and draw a target round wherever the arrow stuck.
Lucy walked up and said, “Why are you doing this, Charlie
Brown?” He replied, “This way I never miss!”

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Always Reforming by Rev. Otto Menko

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
 
When thinking about Reformation, we instantly recall the
names of Martin Luther, John Calvin and the five ‘Solas’:

Sola scriptura (by Scripture alone)
Sola fide (by faith alone)
Sola gratia (by grace alone)
Solus Christus (Christ alone)
Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)

These, in a certain sense, sum up the essence of the Reformed
Faith which emerged from the 1517 reformation. However,
there is another aspect of Reformation that is lesser known but
equally important. It is expressed in the Latin slogan, “Ecclesia
reformata et semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei”, “The church Reformed and always reforming
according to the Word of God”. 

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Fishers of Men by Rev. Godfrey Meghoo

Wednesday Oct 14, 2020
 
Please read Mark 1:17-20
During the days of the Coronavirus, when there was a
lockdown, and people were not allowed to go into the sea, or to
go fishing, many persons missed the opportunity to do that very
thing—to catch fish, not only for putting food on the table, but
also for the fun of it!
I have felt the exhilaration of catching a fish. One has to get
ready for it. You need hook, line and sinker, and equally
important, some good bait. Catching a fish gives you a good
feeling inside. Sometimes, you are not sure whether the hook is
caught in a rock, or it is a heavy fish trying to get away! I have
even seen a young man catching 3 fish on one line—by
connecting more than one hook to the line. Some big fishermen
go fishing, not only to put supper on the family’s table, or for
the fun of it, but also for commercial use, as a business.

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Are We All Evangelist? by Ms. April Ann Lewis

Wednesday Oct 07, 2020
 
Please read Ephesians 4:4-16

The letter to the Ephesians written by the Apostle Paul looks at
salvation from God’s point of view. Paul was a pragmatist, he
started churches, and of course, he was a missionary, spreading
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In this letter he gives us practical suggestions on how we are to
walk, and it is based on the doctrine we find in the first two
chapters on who we are in Christ.
Paul points out that we were made alive in Christ by accepting
God’s free gift of salvation. We became the followers, disciples
of Jesus Christ and as such we are expected to grow in our
relationship with God by reading God’s Word, engaging in
prayer daily, by fellowship and giving. 

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Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council Popular Report

Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
 
All Charges were well represented at the Council meeting held
at the Webster Memorial Church Hall on Saturday, September
26, 2020.
CELEBRATIONS
Council expressed its gratitude the Ms. Angela Martins who
served as Chair of Council from January 2015 to January 2020.
Several Members offered their words of appreciation and
thanks to her and in response Ms. Martins indicated her deep
appreciation for the privilege for having served the Council and
wished the Council well.

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