Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:56
Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95, was not just a towering figure in the political arena, but also a symbol of hope throughout the entire world.
As the Word of God says, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:26 KJV), Nelson Mandela's life truly displayed the works that need to go along with faith. He spent 27 years in captivity for what he believed in. Additionally, Mandela truly displayed the compassion and grace of Christ by exercising great forgiveness and reconciliation. When he became the first Black South African President, he invited to his inauguration the regime members that imprisoned him some 28 years earlier.
Since learning about his death, I have asked myself some questions, "What do I stand for and believe in? As a Christian, "Am I willing to invest and sacrifice 27 days, let alone 27 years for what I believe?" "Do I have the commitment needed to represent our Lord and Savior righteously?
Many Christians can learn from the examples displayed in Nelson Mandela's life.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:52
Following a lengthy and dangerous surgery, the doctor took aside the patient's fretting and talkative wife to instruct her as to his care. "Your husband must have peace and quiet," he told her as he handed her a bottle of pills. "Here are some sleeping tablets."
"What time am I to give them to him?" she asked. "Oh," said the doctor, "they're not for him, they're for you."
When I am anxious, I cannot bring peace to others. When I am afraid, I cannot bring comfort to others. When I am filled with hate, I cannot bring love to others. When I am worried, I cannot bring joy to others. When I am discouraged, I cannot bring hope to others. When I am in doubt, I cannot bring faith to others. Jesus said, "Come to Me and learn of Me."
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:27
Pasadena, CA (December 3, 2014) — Pasadena Presbyterian Church will present the 69th edition of its annual Candlelight and Carols concert on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the church Sanctuary, 585 E. Colorado Blvd. (corner of Madison Avenue) in the Playhouse District of downtown Pasadena.
The church's six choirs, an instrumental ensemble and organists Timothy Howard and Meaghan King will offer a varied program of sacred and secular music for the Christmas season. A highlight of the concert will be the audience joining in the singing of several familiar Christmas carols. A featured work on the program will be "On Christmas Night" by English composer Bob Chilcott, with Dr. Timothy Howard conducting the Kirk Choir and the instrumental ensemble.
As are all programs on the eight-concert Friends of Music at PPC series, the Candlelight and Carols concert is free (a freewill offering will be taken). Free parking is available and the Sanctuary is handicap-accessible. A dessert reception will follow the program.
The church will also offer Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. The early service is family oriented; the 9 p.m. service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. Dr. Mark Smutny will preach and music will be provided by the Kirk Choir, the Van Etten Handbell Choir, and organists Timothy Howard and Meaghan King.
Upcoming events on 2013-2014 Friends of Music series are:
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