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What Are You Worth?

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

I wonder if when you read the Bible you find yourself looking for clear do’s and don’ts, or maybe you look for the plain sense of what something says and take that at face value? I have often found that people may easily find such verses and phrases; yet, simultaneously people may miss the proverbial forest for the trees.  Let me give an example from the Epistle reading for the upcoming second Sunday of Lent.

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The Lenten season marks a six week time before Easter when the church chooses to focus on a journey that leads to the cross of Jesus and his resurrection. At times the journey is very challenging, as any journey into wilderness would be. We use this season to journey to the depths of our souls to learn that which the Lord would reveal, strip away, and restore. 

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Blessed with Good Life

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
What times in which we live! A growing liberal, post-modern, post-Christian trend of truth being relative to however one wishes to define truth has come to a raucous halt for clarity when now new leaders are engaged speaking, passing laws and leading the nation. More than in any transition of presidential administrations that I can recall — and there have been some bumpy and noisy transitions– the hue and cry is louder this time. I think there is too much cry and not enough listening.
Words matter, because words actually mean something specific. There isn’t in any dictionary a footnote to each word defined which reads, “This word may also mean whatever you want it to mean.”  That would truly be relativism!  As I watch and read the news, I find myself trying to take in more deeply (and I hope with more wisdom) what truly (ahem…) underlies the motives for those crying for sudden clarity when such a short time ago so many people wanted broadly defined realities for national life.

Revealing

Saturday, January 14, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Some years ago a friend said to me very sincerely, “But there isn’t really any claim in the Old Testament that God is the only ‘god.’ The New Testament writers formed that concept later, didn’t they?”   We had been talking about the challenging idea that God is exclusively so– meaning, he is God alone.  There is no other god or gods which are, in truth, actual living beings. There are other “gods” which people worship, but the Bible’s claim is that such other gods don’t actually exist as such. They are devices, idols, and imaginings only.  None other have actually revealed themselves as exclusively God. Only the God of the Bible has done so.

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Waiting Is Goodly Hard

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
“Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80)
So is the response in this coming Sunday’s Psalm for the fourth week of Advent.  The psalmist is looking back in time to those events that led the people of God to be in trouble and in need of divine help.  What went wrong? For too many years– generations– the nation waffled in its love and allegiance to God. They forgot how integral God was to their livelihood and blessing.  They thought they could make their own way, and they thought they could chase after other gods for better help.  God allowed the results and consequences of their choices to develop and take hold of the people. They became both secularized and, conversely, polytheistic.  What went wrong? In their wandering faith and waffling belief, they stopped trusting the Lord their God for their provision, care, leadership, truth, and blessing.

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Waiting… (by Deacon Cindy Miller)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Dear Friends,
“Are we there yet?”
 “Has it arrived?”
 “Where is it?”
 “Is it finished yet?”
 “Just a little longer”
Are these phrases familiar to you? These are especially common phrases used at this time of year. We, young and old, use these phrases when we are waiting for something exciting, fun and/or special to happen or arrive. Sometimes the phrases slip out when we get tired of waiting, but they are a sign that we are looking forward to what is ahead.  Why keep asking if we don’t care about it!

Thankful

Saturday, November 19, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

This time of year always brings a convergence of celebration dates. I’m thinking of Thanksgiving and the liturgical Sunday of Christ the King, which ends our liturgical year. I’m also thinking of Nov. 10, the date eight years ago when I began leading our church. I’m also thinking of Nov. 15, 2009, the date on which I was ordained a Anglican priest, and I am also thinking of Nov. 1994, which is the date when our church was established.   There is much to celebrate!

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Easter People Still Celebrating

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

There are reasons that the Church dwells in given seasons. It keeps us close to God’s story and God’s purpose for us.  This seasonal rhythm is true for many expression of the Christian Church.   Until the 20th century, all expressions of the Church used liturgy and church seasons. Today still more than 75% of the Church worldwide uses liturgy and marks the seasons of the Church with scripture, songs, teaching, and art (and more) which connect the Church to the life of Jesus and his Church.

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Palms and Promises

Saturday, March 19, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

Palms and Promises– what a combination! When we think of palms, we may think of tropical paradise like Hawaii or perhaps the arid & ocean landscape of southern California. Whatever your association may be, the message of this Palm Sunday is that the Jesus is hailed triumphantly as king only to be quickly rejected. How remarkable it seems to me every year during this part of our faith journey during which Lent leads us to Holy Week. Jesus is seen as king, hailed as savior, desired to reign, and then given up for execution. How right and wrong can people be all at once? Read more…

Rejoice! A Lenten Response

Saturday, March 5, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Dear Friends,
Tomorrow is the 4th Sunday of Lent.  During the Lenten journey, we set aside tasks, habits, and patterns to give God more time and space to guide our lives.  Perhaps you have made more time for reading scripture and prayer? Maybe you have been more regular in attendance in worship and more engaged during worship? Maybe you have been more intentional about being less “habit-busy” and simply more thoughtful about how you use your time in ways you feel convicted? I hope that you have been more aware of how God is meeting with you and of those things that he may be uprooting in you so he may plant something better in their place. What do I mean by that?

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Anglican Mission logoChrist The King Anglican Church embodies the Three Streams of the historic Christian Church: The Scripture (Evangelical stream), The Sacred (the Sacramental stream) and The Spirit (the Charismatic stream).   We are happy to belong to The Anglican Mission: A Society of Mission and Apostolic Works. The Mission.  The Mission began in December 1999, and it has been the leader in establishing new churches and ministries in an Anglican heritage across North America. In recent years, The Mission has grown to include many overseas works, including The Anglican Mission: India.

We’re committed to believe and trust Jesus Christ, to be directed by His Spirit, and to trust in His Holy Scripture as our standard in matters of faith and practice. Everyone who is at Christ the King now was once a visitor and decided to make this his or her church home. We hope you will consider making the same decision! If you are interested in church membership or more information, please call the church office at (408) 770-2260.

 

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