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  • The best word for Christian faith — ‘love’

    “If you could distill the Christian faith down to one word, what would it be?” — Jake

    There are numerous candidates:
    Grace: One of my favorites, this is the unearned gift of forgiveness which God extends to any person who is willing to trust Him and accept His gift (Eph. 2:8-9).
    Hope: this term does not refer so much to feeling, desire or chance; rather, it is an expression of confident assurance in God who is trustworthy and reliable (Rom. 5:5).
    Faith: “being certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). Christians believe the invisible, mysterious God who transcends time and space has acted in history. Christian faith is not reliant upon empirical proofs — it is an expression of trusting in things not seen.
    The one word I would lean toward as perhaps most descriptive of Christianity is “love.”
    Scripture declares that God is love (I John 4:8). This is the love that “came down” at Christmas time. God so loved the world that He sent His Son into the world as a means for humans to be rescued from spiritual death (John 3:16).
    God’s love never fails (Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14: 18; Ps. 33; 136). He demonstrated His love toward us while we were separated from Him (Rom. 5:8).

  • Church listings 12-26-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Church listings 12-12-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Bible Answers: Differences between nativity story and Bible tale

    “What is the difference between the familiar Christmas story and the information the Bible gives?”

    Throughout the years Christians have tended to “fill in the blanks,” which surround the biblical account of the nativity. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is that the birth narratives are scant at best.
    Appearing in only two of the four gospels, the stories do make reference to angels, bringing messages to Zacharias, Joseph, Mary and the shepherds (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:11ff; 1:26ff; 2:8ff). There is a journey to Bethlehem, Joseph traveling with an expectant Mary. A birth, (swaddling) cloths and a manger appear in one brief verse (Luke 2:7). Shepherds did come running to find the baby of which the angels had told them.
    There is, however, no mention of a donkey as a means of transportation. The story does not document a stable (the barn is inferred from the use of a manger for a bed.) There is no account of animals in the nursery of the newborn baby — this is a sentimental picture of the manger scene created by our imagination.
    Many manger scenes add three “wise men,” magi (astrologers, astronomers . . . ?) from the east (Matt. 2:1-12). The timing of their visit may not have occurred at the same time as the birth.

  • Bible Answers: Explaining who Apostle the Paul was

    “Who was the Apostle Paul?” — Barbara  

    Readers of the New Testament often quote this man, for which there is good reason.  Thirteen of his letters written to first-century churches and Christians comprise almost half of the New Testament.
    We have glimpses of Paul’s story scattered throughout his writings. He was a Jew from the Asia Minor city of Tarsus (Acts 9:11; 22:3). Because of his Roman parentage, he was a citizen of the empire (Acts 22:25) and well educated.
    Devout in his faith, Paul zealously persecuted the new sect devoted to Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 8:1-3; Gal. 1:13-14). This sect, first called “Christian” in Antioch (Acts 11:26), was winning many converts and posed a threat to Jewish stability and way of life (Acts 4:1-7; 5:17, 33-40; 17:5-8).
    Paul never tired of describing his conversion to faith in Christ. Three accounts of his experience appear in the book of Acts alone (9:3ff; 22:6ff; 26:13ff). Following a dramatic personal encounter with the risen Jesus, Paul did an about face and became an ardent evangelist and church planter. Much of his ministry consisted of strengthening and encouraging the churches with which he was associated (Acts 14:22; 15:32, 41; 16:3; passim).  His letters contain both theological teaching and ethical instruction.

  • Church listings 11-14-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • White Rock church volunteers help build homes

     

     

    Volunteers from White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) worked with members of the House of Fellowship (HOF) church near Gallup over the Columbus Day weekend to work on houses for two families of the HOF. The House of Fellowship is a Navajo church ministering to the needs of the people in their community.

    The two churches have a long-standing relationship, with groups from each church visiting the other regularly. Jennifer Holmes, of WRPC, says of the relationship that, “the House of Fellowship community has helped WRPC with fundraisers, maintenance, and administering the Julie’s Helpers Scholarship Fund so this trip was an opportunity for us to give back. The enduring relationship between the two groups helps us to grow, understand and appreciate each other’s culture.”

  • Church listings 10-24-14

     

     

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Vatican International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

     

    The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos invites the community to join us as we host the Vatican International Exhibition of The Eucharistic Miracles of the World, October 4-6.  The Exhibit consists of 126 miracles that took place throughout the ages in various countries of the world. Through an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that have been recognized by the Church. The miracles have all been recognized by the local bishops, some miracles were also recognized with papal bull, but not all the miracles were recognized also by the Pope. The most recent miracle in the exhibit occurred in Poland in 2008.

  • Angry at God for the tragedies of the world

     

    “Are we allowed to get angry at God for allowing tragedy to happen?” — David 

     

    Is God the source of tragedy? We don’t want to think so. We perceive of Him as ultimate love and thus the very one who protects us from tragedy. 

    Our anger arises when we are certain that a sovereign God could have stopped a terrible event and when we are also pretty sure there can be no good purpose for it.