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Religion

  • Ask Fr. John: Being close to God by going to church

    Why do we stress church attendance? — JBA

    The Church is literally the Body of Christ. This means that corporately, not individually, we are Christ himself, still incarnate in the world, doing His work.
    If a person desires with their whole heart, one can unite to Christ and become a member of his body. Ideally, this is motivated by a simple desire to know God and to be where he is.
    Out of this love for God comes the desire to follow his commands and to worship him. However, this happens in a context which is not our own.
    Orthodoxy maintains the ancient Jewish belief that God is manifest in the temple.

  • Church Listings 10-28-11

    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: Explaining the difference between arks

    “Why do we call Noah’s big boat an ‘ark’ because there is also the ‘ark’ of the covenant?” — Hunter

    Your question opens the lid on an interesting discussion concerning boxes, boats and baskets.
    To get to the bottom of it, you have to consider the meaning of various words in at least four different languages — Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English.
    In the Hebrew Bible, there are three different words to explore. The one most commonly used for “ship” (such as the vessel Jonah sailed in) appears often.
    A second, more specific term, used only twice, refers to Noah’s boat and to the basket used to float Moses on the Nile River.

  • Church Listings 10-21-11

    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

  • Sharing beliefs about original sin

    What do we believe about original sin? — E.F.

    The meaning of the word “sin,” like many words, has changed with the trends of society.
    “Sin” has become synonymous with judgement, shame, abuse, and hate. In the Orthodox Christian Church sin is about relationship; it is the failure to love according to God’s definition.
    Orthodox use the term “Ancestral Sin” rather than “Original Sin.” Primarily, God is a loving God.
    Orthodox reject the teaching that individuals inherit the guilt of Adam and Eve’s sin.
    The primary inheritance that humanity receives from Adam and Eve is death.

  • Church Listings 10-14-11

    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: Pastor offers an explanation of the 'angel of death'

    “Was it the ‘angel of death’ which passed over the Hebrew and Egyptian homes and killed the first born where the blood was not on the door post? Does this “angel of death” appear other places, like where 70,000 were killed?” — Hunter

    Sometimes we use a phrase that we think is in the Bible because it sounds like it ought to be biblical. The phrase “angel of death” is a good example. Actually, the phrase does not appear in Scripture. Its source seems to be a loose combining over time of various Bible stories, some that recount events of death and destruction and others that speak of warrior-type angels.

  • Stephen Trout joins FUMC as new pastor

    The First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos welcomed a new pastor in June.
    Rev. Dr. Stephen (Steve) E. Trout is a veteran of the United Methodist ministry, having served 32 years in full time ministry in the New Mexico Annual Conference. Trout has served rural and urban, small and large churches throughout New Mexico and West Texas.
    He was most recently the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Farmington. Trout is also the chairperson of the Order of Elders for the New Mexico Conference, serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Equipping Disciples Task Force and president of the Board of Directors of UMR Communications (publisher of the United Methodist Reporter).

  • Church Listings 10-07-11

    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

  • Defining the Orthodox Christian Church

    What is the Orthodox Christian Church? — George P.

    Multitudes of names for many differing Christian groups is a relatively recent development within Christianity. The ancient church was one community and thus needed one name — Christian. That one group exists today. The ancient church was founded by Christ and His Apostles and was established on Pentecost by the Holy Spirit. The ancient Christians received a lifestyle from Christ, not merely a new moral code; they believed particular things about God and their relationship with Him.