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  • Ask Fr. John: Explaining the meaning of theosis

    What does the Orthodox Church mean by “theosis?” - An

    “God became man that man might become (like) God,” said St. Athanasius the Great about God’s purpose for man. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Pet 1:4-5.

  • Church Listings 02-10-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • Bullying series continues

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will host the second service in a series on bullying. The event will begin with a free dinner at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The topic is, “Sometimes to handle a bully, we need our strongest ally, who is Jesus.”
    The third service will be Feb. 26, when the topic will cover how to get help for yourself and the person who is doing the bullying.

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day at WRPC

    Neighbors and friends of White Rock Presbyterian Church are invited to join with members to celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy a chalupa supper, during which the new interim  pastor, Rev. Dr. Harry Cole, will be introduced.
    Cole  began his interim ministry with WRPC on Nov. 27 after serving as an interim pastor in about 10 other congregations around the nation.  Most recently, Cole was interim pastor at  Westminster Church of Roswell.
    St. Valentine’s Day is a traditional occasion honoring sweethearts, married couples and all who celebrate the love of Christian fellowship.
    Marriage is a sacrament of the church and  love is a passion of the heart, the symbol of St. Valentine’s Day.  

  • Ask Fr. John: To pray without ceasing is an ongoing process

    What does Paul mean when he says “pray without ceasing?” and how do you do it in this world? — E.B.

    Paul means we are called to pray ceaselessly. This may seem unreasonable to some but it is nevertheless what we are called to do. Christ calls us to love God with all our soul, all our heart, all our mind and all our strength.
    This implies relationship and personal communication. Prayer is simply ongoing relationship with God, communion with him.
    If we love God with all our being, we will necessarily strive to pray without ceasing. In other words, to relate to him ceaselessly.
    Note the word “striving.” We do not end up there all at once.

  • Church Listings 02-03-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, 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

  • Bible Answers: God cannot force forgiveness on a person

    “How do you explain the ‘unforgivable sin?’ I thought all sins could be forgiven by God.”—Steven

    On its face, this passage (Mt. 12:30-32) poses a dilemma for those of us who believe that God can and will forgive anyone for anything if repentance and confession are genuine. We sometimes say, “No sin is too big for God to forgive …,” which is what we understand from many passages (e.g., I Jn. 1:9).
    Surely, his grace is comprehensive and efficacious for all who gratefully receive it.

  • Church Listings 01-27-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, 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

  • Explaining why we inherit the 'fallen state'

    Why did God expel Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden? — J.A.

    This verse is often misinterpreted, as are many verses in Genesis. People think that God drove Adam and Eve out because he was angry, no longer valuing them.
    In certain non-Orthodox theology, the sin of Adam and Eve makes them absolutely wicked and perverse. In these twisted interpretations, God kicks out the sinners because they sicken him. God forbid! Nothing could be further from the truth.
    The image of God remains in mankind after the fall. After the fall God still loves mankind.
    As we’ve mentioned before, we do not inherit the guilt of Adam but the “fallen state,” that is aging, sickness, death and a tendency toward sin.

  • Church Listings 01-20-12

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, 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