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Religion

  • Knowing God is something to boast about

    Many have argued that Christian churches have driven people away by harping on morality. I think they are right. Many of those same people would reason that churches ought to simply become less judgmental and more accepting. Once again, I must agree. I doubt, however, that most of these would be in agreement with me regarding the proper path.
    It seems to me that churches in the U.S. have lost at least two generations of people because a wrong approach to teaching the Bible.  We have chosen two extremes. Often, we have taught the commands of God without connecting those commands to the character and nature of God.
    We might have some short-term success in changing people’s behavior with that method.
    On the other hand, many have thought that they found a solution to the problem by simply backing away from the commands of God. That is a recipe for disaster. Many cease to mention the clear commands of Scripture. Others simply stop making personal application to themselves and others. The only real solution to this problem is found in cultivating a real and personal relationship with God.  We must come to know Him.

  • Church listings 9-25-15

    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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. 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. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    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

  • Seminar on creation Sunday

    At times it may seem like Christianity only addresses heaven and the life to come, rather than earth and the life we live now. It may even seem like Christians are not fond of talking about the beauty of the creation in which we live.
    However, the proclamation of the Gospel is framed in the context of a creator who created a physical world in which He desires to interact with His creation.
    Ever since the second century, Christian theologians, such as Irenaeus, had much to say about creation shaping the entire message of the Gospel.
    The historic church has consistently taught about the mystery of the incarnation in which the creator of all things took upon flesh and blood in order to restore fallen creation.
    Jesus came to save sinners and renew creation so there would be no more death or decay.
    Thus, the topic of creation links people to God, each other, and the world. The goal of a Christian is to be a good steward of the gifts that God gives to us in the physical realm.
    Discover how seeing yourself as a human creature of God can bring wonder into your life and give you a fresh sense of gratitude and purpose.
    Redeemer Lutheran Church will present a  free workshop entitled “Discover the Wonder of Life as a (New) Creature of God.”

  • Bishop Daniel to visit Saint Job of Pochaiv

    On Sept. 26 and 27, his grace, Bishop Daniel of the Ukranian Orthodox Church in the U.S., will visit Los Alamos and his parish, Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church. He will preside over the Vigil of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Sept. 27.
    Bishop Daniel will be available to speak with parishioners and those who are curious about the Orthodox Faith. All are welcome. A meal will follow the services.
    The bishop tries to visit each of his parishes every year.
    This year, he will share the celebration of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, the commemoration of when Empress Helen, the mother of the Saint and Emperor Constantine, who found the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. It is one of 12 great feasts of Orthodox Christianity.

  • ALPHA class asks, ‘Is there more to life?’

    Question:  “Why do you think you have been placed on this Earth?”
    Answer: “That’s a good question. I don’t really know. I haven’t figured that out yet.”
    Beginning 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will offer the ALPHA course, in 10 weekly sessions, exploring these and other of life’s questions. If you are looking for answers that appeal to the head, as well as to the heart, ALPHA provides a way to explore these questions in a relaxed, informal, non-judgmental, non-committal environment. ALPHA cuts across all denominations, and this course offers insight into the Catholic perspective.
    ALPHA is for those who are not Christian, but have spouses, family members or friends who are Christian, and who want to find out what this “Christianity thing” is all about. It is also for those who are “cradle Catholics,” but have not followed through with their faith or want to take another look at what the church has to offer. In other words, ALPHA is for everyone.
    A typical ALPHA course creates a comfortable environment and combines a friendly meal with a short presentation, live or video, followed by an intimate, small-group discussion. The issues are clearly presented and the claims of Christ are examined in the company of fellow inquirers.

  • Church listings 9-11-15

    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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. 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. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    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: What does the Bible say about ethics?

    “What does the Bible teach me about being ethical?” — Stephen

    What is “ethical?” The discipline of ethics seeks to define how one “ought” to act in a given situation.
    Classical ethical thinking considers the particulars of the cultural ethos, standards of commonly accepted behavior, and traditional values.
    Going deeper, ethics also seeks to identify the source(s) of authority that establish the rules of normative behavior.
    Ethics raises questions about the reality of objective truth, whether one can know the “highest good,” and how one chooses from among many options that which is right and best.
    One distinctive function of Scripture is that it portrays God, known most clearly in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, as the norm for thoughts, words and behaviors. He is the highest authority for what is ethical. He, not man, is the standard for what is ultimately good.
    The Bible goes on to paint a portrait of a humanity that is at least capable of choosing to act rightly. People, created in the image of God, possess intellectual, volitional, empathetic, relational and spiritual capacities (Gen. 1:26ff). We are, therefore, capable of being moral agents. To deny this capability and its attendant obligations is to deny our humanity.

  • Church listings 9-4-15

    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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. 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. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    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.

  • Pope: Priests can absolve ‘sin of abortion’

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and painful decision.”
    In a letter published Tuesday by the Holy See, Francis said he was allowing all rank-and-file priests to grant absolution during the Holy Year of Mercy he has proclaimed, which runs Dec. 8 until Nov. 20, 2016.
    The Roman Catholic Church views abortion as such a grave sin that it put the matter of granting forgiveness for an abortion in the hands of a bishop, who could either hear the woman’s confession himself or delegate that to a priest who is expert in such situations.
    Now, Francis is making it possible for women to bypass this formalized process in the approaching special Year of Mercy while putting the stress on “contrite” hearts.
    In a statement after the pope’s letter, the Vatican made clear that “forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects. The newness is clearly Pope Francis’ pastoral approach.”

  • Church listings 8-28-15

    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 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. 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. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    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