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On May 17, my wife and I welcomed our first granddaughter. Baby R weighed in at barely five pounds and had several health challenges since she was born at just 37 weeks. Despite these early issues, we are grateful she is growing stronger and begin-ning to thrive. As it was with the birth of our first grandchild, Baby J, it was love at first sight; well, that is not entirely true; we were in love with our tiny granddaughter even before she arrived but quickly fell even more in love with her when we held her for the first time and could whisper our welcome to her personally. more
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature... more
Being a part of the continuationist/charismatic church I have been approached with questions about intercession, intercessors and if there is a ministry gift as Intercessor or a spiritual gift of intercession. more
Among the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 is gentleness. As the Holy Spirit lives in us, these fruit are evident in our daily lives. Check the dictionary and you see that gentleness is defined as being kind, tender, or mild-mannered (as opposed to angry or vengeful). In the Bible gentleness may also be translated meekness (which is not weakness). Gentleness in our actions, attitudes, and words requires controlled strength. Let us follow Paul’s words in Philippians 4:4-5, “Rejoice in the Lord always…Let your gentleness be known to everyone.” The world will be a better place if Christ’s gentle Spirit is evident in each of us. May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
One of the hot topics that frequently sparks lively debate within the Christian church is the use of musical instruments during worship. While some denominations hold firm in their belief that only voices should be used to praise God, others embrace a wide range of instruments, from traditional organs and pianos to modern electric guitars and drums. So, what's the deal? Let's dive into the biblical context behind these different perspectives. more
You are not alone if you have forgotten the news from September 20, 2016. Only minutes after we learned Angelina Jolie was filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, an earth-quake hit Los Angeles. CNN jokingly commented, “The two incidents are unrelated.” The family has again been in the news recently as two of the couple’s children decid-ed to drop their father’s last name. more
2 Thessalonians 2:1, 3, & 7  Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him... For that day WILL NOT COME until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction... For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the ONE who is holding it back steps out of the way.  more
Have you ever found yourself wondering about Paul, the apostle who wasn’t one of the original twelve disciples? From a strictly objective standpoint, it’s worth asking if Paul would be considered "qualified" to write about and teach the lessons of Christ. After all, the disciples learned from Jesus firsthand during his earthly ministry, while Paul only came into the picture after the crucifixion. more
On Monday, May 20, His Place Christian Academy hosted a joyful and inspiring publishing party to celebrate a significant milestone: 18 of its students have become published authors through a national student publishing program. This momentous occasion marked the culmination of weeks of hard work and creativity by second and third-grade students, who planned, wrote, and illustrated their own books through a free publishing program with Studentreasures Publishing. more
Who is qualified to write about the Bible? Who is qualified to write about the love of Christ? Who is qualified to discuss the debates of the Christian church? Who is qualified to point out that some church rituals are based on church culture and not biblical doctrine? These are the questions I want to explore in today's column. more
Next Monday, the United States will officially observe Memorial Day for the 156th time. There were occasions before May 30, 1868, when citizens in both the North and South paused to honor those who died during the Civil War. By 1890, every Union state offi-cially observed the day. Most Southern states did as well, but on different dates, and their time of remembrance was called Confederate Memorial Day. more
Psalms 50:22 Listen to this, you that ignore me, or I will destroy you, and there will be no one to save you. more
Today I heard about strong storms and tornadoes, and I am grateful lives were spared because people crowded into storm shelters and basements. I am thankful every day for the shelter my home provides me. Shelter is defined as safety from a storm, an enemy, or trouble. Please remember that God is our shelter. Psalm 91:1-2 says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God and I trust Him.” When troubles come our way, God is our shelter. God will be with us. God’s presence is our refuge providing strength and giving hope. May God bless your day! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
In a remarkable achievement, 18 students from His Place Christian Academy have become published authors through a national student publishing program. As part of this exciting journey, second and third-grade students from the classes of Crystal Verrall and Rhonda Norman planned, wrote, and illustrated their own books through a free publishing program offered by Studentreasures Publishing. The culmination of their creative efforts is titled Fabulous Fictional Fun, a collection that showcases their imaginative storytelling and artistic talents. more
When 15-year-old Amanda Jane Cooper saw Wicked on Broadway, she immediately wanted to play the role of Glinda. She enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University to study theatre. Within months of graduating, she won the role of Glinda in the show’s traveling production. Amid phenomenal success, however, she developed an eating disorder, frequently not eating during the day and binge eating alone in the wee hours of the morning. The struggling actress began carelessly sharing her body with strangers, putting herself in extremely dangerous situations. Though applauded by millions, Cooper hated herself. more
When 15-year-old Amanda Jane Cooper saw Wicked on Broadway, she imme-diately wanted to play the role of Glinda. She enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University to study theatre. Within months of graduating, she won the role of Glinda in the show’s traveling production. Amid phenomenal success, however, she developed an eating disorder, frequently not eating during the day and binge eating alone in the wee hours of the morning. The struggling actress began carelessly sharing her body with strangers, putting herself in extremely dangerous situations. Though applauded by millions, Cooper hated herself. more
Luke 23:32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. more
In our diverse and interconnected world, it is a striking and troubling aspect of human nature to reject, and often mock, beliefs that differ from our own. This tendency is not only pervasive but also harmful, breeding division and misunderstanding. As individuals, we make our choices and have our reasons for believing what we believe. But why isn't that enough for us? Why do we feel compelled to discredit and even ridicule differing ideas? more
As I walked to my car following a very busy Sunday, a man called across our parking lot, “Are you the pastor?” I answered I was one of the church’s pastors and asked what he needed. He began crying as he told me this sad story. He had been hired by a lady in a subdivision near our building to cut down a tree in her front yard. They agreed on a price, but no formal contract was drawn up. However, as he completed the job, she called the police, claiming he had cut down her tree, and she did not know why. According to him, the police refused to get involved, explaining it was a dispute over a relatively small sum of money and there was no contract. The gentleman said the police officers were very kind to him, but he was not paid and was relying on the money from the job for his rent. I bought him something to eat and drove him home. more
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