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Religion

  • 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

  • Free Seminar

    “God’s Technology,” a free seminar to help minister to families in an electronic age, will be from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 27 at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church, 333  Bryce Ave., White Rock. For more information, visit bapca.org, send email to info@bapca.org, or call 672-3364.

  • Three-part teaching series addresses bullying

    Fr. Colin Kelly will begin a three-part teaching series about how to respond to the terror of bullying during the 6:07 p.m. Contemporary Service starting Sunday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.
    Stories of bullying in schools, in the workplace and even in churches are increasingly appearing in the nightly news.
    A recent news story on KRQE 13 reported a mother’s outrage over the alleged bullying of her son by two of his classmates.
    Roberta Lujan said her 12-year-old son Margarito was at school at the Pojoaque Valley Sixth Grade Academy when two of his fellow classmates began bullying him.

  • Bible Answers: There's a Biblical answer for the 'heebie jeebies'

    “I get what I call the ‘heebie jeebies’ once in a while. You know, that little shiver associated with something spooky, that sneaking sense of impending doom. Does the Bible say anything about that?” — Will

    Everyone has had that sensation: your hair stands on end, your stomach lurches, you look over your shoulder, you have an eerie feeling of threat.
    This extrasensory perception is prompted by strange noises in the night, weird coincidences and scary movies. It might also actually be a legitimate (conscious or subconscious) forewarning of danger. Such sensations likely ought not be taken too lightly.

  • Church Listings 01-13-12

    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.