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Remembering Donald E. Saffel, a beloved member (#1231) of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today his birthday, October 31.
Remembering Anna Frances (Stanton) McChesney, a beloved member of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today her birthday, October 31.
Remembering Ruby C. (Cook) Archer, a beloved member (#200) of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today her birthday, October 30.
Remembering Joyce M. (Alverson) Gauntt, a beloved member of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today her birthday, October 30.
Remembering Erma May (Hodges) Welker, a beloved member (#825) of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today her birthday, October 30.
"What you see and perceive may be the opposite of what you thought"; With a song in my heart; thoughts from our music director, Rick Roberts.
There is a moral to this tale: what you see and perceive may be the opposite of what you thought, and that would be an injustice.
Jesus was also a victim of such sad circumstances. As Jesus began his earthly ministry, even those closest to him struggled to understand his teaching and believe in him. His family tried to take him back home. His disciples scratched their heads. The religious leaders and authorities outright rejected and plotted against him.
If you study the Gospel of Mark, you will find a theme of misunderstanding and rejection that helps us recognize Jesus for who he really is, so that we might believe and grow deeper in relationship with our Savior and Lord.
May you have a blessed week.
With a song in my heart,
Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray; With a song in my heart; thoughts from our music director, Rick Roberts.
I only misbehaved in church one time. I was about 5 years old and from the time we entered the sanctuary, until after the service, I insisted it was time to go. My mom didn't take this so well, and my dad gave me "the look". I don't know how they learned "the look", but I understood that something bad was in the future. I wasn't wrong. When we got home, I got a stern talking to, promised a spanking if that ever happened again, and banished to my room.
Taking their admonishment seriously, I never misbehaved again.
"Pray for me" the child said. I believe that is the heart's desire of all of us. I am comforted knowing that I am in your prayers. Prayer is important when someone is ill, loss of a loved one, going thru a hard time, or facing uncertainty.
Those prayers are valuable to one's well-being. Pray is so beneficial for both the "pray-er" and the "pray-ee".
Prayer is also a time of thanksgiving or requesting success for someone. Prayer is a time for laying out your needs. Prayer is asking for good things for others.
Like the words of an old hymn, "Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?"
May God richly bless you this day and every day,
With a song in my heart,
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. (Psalm 95:4,5); With a song in my heart; thoughts from our music director, Rick Roberts.
Good morning, everyone,
We finally made it to Friday. I hope everyone has had a blessed week.
Normally, on Friday's, I usually talk about crazy things. Today, it will be a little different because I think we need a little laughter:
One day, a police officer pulls a car over and
sees the back seat is full of penguins.
The officer tells the driver, “You can’t be doing this;
you must take these penguins to the zoo!”
The next day, the police officer pulls
the same car overand says,
“Hey! I told you to take these penguins to the zoo!”
The driver says, “I did,
and today I’m taking them to the movies!”
Now, that's what I call being an accommodating lover of pets. Which brings to mind that we should be lovers of all nature.
I've been fortunate to have made many travels around the globe. I've enjoyed the beauty of an English garden with rainbows of color and wisteria embracing the house. I've stood on the edge at the Grand Canyon and was in awe of the sight. I've traveled the Alpine Way and was astonished at the majestic, snow-covered mountains against a palate of cobalt blue sky. I've been in the desert of Arizona at night gazing at the animation of the twinkling stars. In Ireland, I was amazed at the many, many shades of green.
God's nature is impeccable, awe-inspiring, beautiful, and a gift from our Creator to enjoy.
In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. (Psalm 95:4,5)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Psalm 96:11,12)
These are just a few examples of the words of gratitude and acknowledgement of Gods glory found in the Psalms.
Search them out and be blessed.
Oh, just one more nature tale:
Q: Why don’t ants get sick?
A: Because they have little antibodies
See you Sunday with a song in my heart,
Remembering Jimmie Lou (Newton) Koon, a beloved member of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today her birthday, October 27.
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A senseless mass casualty shooting has occurred in Lewiston Maine. There have been many lost and wounded. There is a manhunt on the ground to locate the shooter and residents are sheltering in place. Please join me in prayer...
The key word of this tale is Faith. Faith, as defined, is a confidence or trust in someone and belief that is not based on proof. For instance, I had faith that my dad would provide for my family. Or faith that I would not fall off my bike once the training wheels were removed. It could have been faith that when I did something bad, there were consequences.
In 1st Peter there are meaningful words about faith:
"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him.
Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (1 Peter 1:6-9)
Faith, in the form or trust, is so wonderfully stated in Psalm 143:
"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you, I entrust my life." (Psalm 143:8)
If you wish to be encouraged by what your faith in God can do, read Psalm 143 this day. It will give you pause for thoughts to ponder.
With a song in my heart,
"Love, compassion and forgiveness". Bruce Seaman will facilitate a panel, including Manal Fakhoury and Jon Ohlman. Crossroads II class for Sunday, October 28, 2023. The class will be held in the Session Room and on Zoom.
Bruce Seaman will facilitate a panel, including Manal Fakhoury and Jon Ohlman.
Bruce, Manal and Jon are all well known to us at Fort King PC. All three have worked with the criminal justice system of Marion County.
The discussion will begin with the scripture passages attached to this email. As Bruce notes, “Jesus’ Kingdom preaching is highly practical, not theological or abstract. The element that most consistently gets left out of the discussion is money.” How does that Kingdom preaching relate to the real world of Ocala/ Marion County today? Manal, Jon and Bruce together will address different facets of that question.
Note: The devotional by Joan Promin, as well as the scripture passages for Sunday, is below.
Church/Ourselves: Living the Life and Teachings of Jesus
Session 8: Love, Compassion, Forgiveness (and Money)
A devotional reflection
by Joan Promin
I find myself at an entirely new stage of life: closing out a life that has lasted 90 years. Adjusting to being a solitary person after 68 years of being part of a wonderful marriage. I thank God for allowing me to be so comfortable while knowing how many others throughout the world are far less comfortable. So, I’m constantly grateful for that.
Perhaps the greatest difficulty that faces me daily is something that was in the last line of a recent poem that Judith Bullen wrote. “Dare to love our enemy as we love ourselves.” And again, in the Lord’s Prayer, “… forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”
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Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take; With a song in my heart; thoughts from our music director, Rick Roberts.
Good Wednesday morning,
Today, our quote of the week is from Nelson Mandela:
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It’s in our hands to make a difference.” (Nelson Mandela)
Change? Some of us like change, some of us don't, and some of us reluctantly tolerate change. Depending on what the "change" is, I am any one of the "like, don't, or tolerate" categories. I dare say all of us fit in one of those categories at some time or another.
However, I believe the words of Nelson Mandela encourage me to be in the enthusiastically embrace change category that makes a difference in the world around us. But what can you and I do to make a difference?
"Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians)
No one does anything alone. Help friends and family get through life's obstacles, and they will do the same for you.
"This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you." (John)
God loves us in a matchless, incredible way. It's your obligation to take the love you receive from our Creator and find ways to bring that love and goodwill into your community.
"This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you." (Philippians)
It's alright to do what's good for you and your family, but keep in mind what will be most beneficial for your community. Trust that others are also looking out for your interests as well. Everyone has to work together.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah)
Fix your eyes on the new things God wants to do in your life.
I'm sure you have the same question I have: "How do I accomplish these Bible "instructions?"
The answer can be found in Psalm 32 - "Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Trust in the Lord with all you heart; do not depend on your own understanding."
Take a few moments this morning and read Psalm 32. Meditate on its words and you will be blessed.
With a song in my heart,
Remembering Aubrey Kenneth Lee, Jr., a beloved member (#1063) of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today his birthday, October 24.
Ervin Bullock speaks about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict; a special gathering next Sunday after worship: Sunday, October 29 at 12 noon In person and on Zoom.
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