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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 23, 2014

Recognizing the blessings in my life

By Pastor Darryl Carr, First Baptist Church | Aug 22, 2014

The past number of weeks have been a real challenge for me. I am currently preaching through the letter to the Ephesians from the New Testament. The author of the letter, the apostle Paul, had been through a lot of struggles in his life. But in this letter to the church at Ephesus, he really encourages them to remember all the things that God has done for them. In the early verses of the letter, Paul tries to explain the many blessings that they received when they made a decision to follow Christ as their Savior. He says that God has blessed them with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Spiritual does not refer to immaterial blessings as opposed to material ones, but rather to the work of God, who is the divine and spiritual source of all blessings.

I have been challenged to take a good hard look at all that I have because of what God has done for me. He has blessed my wife and me with two wonderful children and four fantastic grandkids. He has blessed her and me with 41 years of marriage. Unfortunately I have not always recognized just how much God has done for me. But, I am being reminded again this year how really blessed I am.

I am challenging myself and all of you to take a few moments to allow God to show you just how blessed you are to live in this great country. How blessed you are to have the family that you have. How blessed you are to worship freely the God of the Universe, the creator of all.

To God be the Glory, Great things He has done, He so loved the world that He gave us His Son.

Take time this weekend to find a church in Washington to worship and praise the King of Kings!!!

Comments (3)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 08, 2014 00:50

A conversation with a Jesuit priest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kEb-GZG2ZM



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 07, 2014 20:43

 
Click here for a tour of Merton’s Corpus Christi by James Martin, s.j.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85KR_I7FVOo



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 07, 2014 20:32

Harlem's skyline landmark is the slender steeple of Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church on West 123rd Street and Lenox Avenue. This is a cultural landmark, too, as the birthplace in 1968 of the Boys Choir of Harlem. The church was built by the Harlem Reformed Dutch Church, which separated along economic and geographic lines in 1887,  when this building was constructed as the Second Collegiate Church of Harlem, to serve the wealthier families living in western Harlem. John Rochester Thomas (1848-1901) designed the late Victorian Gothic Revival building faced in yellowish Ohio sandstone that was constructed between 1885-1887. By the late 1920s, the demographics of Harlem had changed, and many white Protestants relocated to other areas. In 1929, the Collegiate Reformed congregation moved downtown (taking the bell with them) to become the East Eighty-ninth Street Reformed Church. Their former church building was leased in 1930 by an Adventist congregation formed by the merger of two older black groups, and that group, now named Ephesus, purchased the building in 1939. The Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church grew rapidly, and by 1945 the membership reached 1,000, the mortgage was satisfied and a new pipe organ was installed. Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church is within the Mount Morris Park Historic District, designated in 1971 by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
This area of Harlem is now being restored and many young white professionals are moving to the area and renting renovated brownstone apartments. The circle of life.
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