Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2018 Blog Number 139 May 22, 2018 Vanilla Soft-Serve Therapy!

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

http://www.clintonave.org

2018 Blog Number 139

May 22, 2018

Vanilla Soft-Serve Therapy!

I don’t remember where I heard it but I remember being taught that if you learn to enjoy simple things in life you will always find joy in life. I wish I knew who taught me that. It has served me well over the course of my life.

Probably the best example of this in my life has been my love of Vanilla Soft Serve ice cream. I remember as a child waiting at the window knowing that Mr. Softee would be parking across the street by the fire hydrant. I would hold the money in my hand and compulsively count the money, making sure that I had enough, until the truck arrived. The kids who lived on the other side of the street got to the truck first, so I always had to wait in line. I never understood the ice cream that some people ordered.

Some ordered sprinkles. Others ordered chocolate. The ones I understood least were those who ordered a chocolate/vanilla twist and then had the hot fudge put on it. When my turn came I ordered my vanilla soft serve. I loved it then and I love it now.

Last week, on one of those miserable rainy days, I was visiting a member at Woodcrest, in New Milford. As chance would have it, the facility was hosting a special event and had a soft ice cream truck parked outside. Of course, I walked over and got my vanilla soft-serve. Even better, it was free!

And so, I stood under the overhang on a damp rainy day and had my vanilla soft-serve. There was something about that cone that made the weather seem not so bad. Enjoy the simple things in life and we can overcome any of life’s difficulties.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #SimpleThings

#VanillaSoft-Serve

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Clinton Avenue reformado Church  www.clintonave.org  2018 blog número 139  mayo 22, 2018  vainilla suave-servir terapia!

Clinton Avenue reformado Church
http://www.clintonave.org
2018 blog número 139
mayo 22, 2018
vainilla suave-servir terapia!

No recuerdo dónde lo oí pero recuerdo que me enseñaron que si aprendes a disfrutar de cosas sencillas en la vida, siempre encontrarás gozo en la vida. Desearía saber quién me enseñó eso. Me ha servido bien en el transcurso de mi vida.

Probablemente el mejor ejemplo de esto en mi vida ha sido mi amor de vainilla suave servir helado. Recuerdo como un niño esperando en la ventana sabiendo que el Sr. Softe sería estacionar al otro lado de la calle junto a la boca de incendios. Tendría el dinero en mi mano y contaría compulsivamente el dinero, asegurándome de que tuviera suficiente, hasta que el camión llegara. Los niños que vivían al otro lado de la calle llegaron al camión primero, así que siempre tuve que esperar en la cola. Nunca entendí el helado que algunas personas pidieron.

Algunos ordenaron espolvorear. Otros pidieron chocolate. Los que yo entendía menos eran aquellos que ordenó un chocolate/vainilla Twist y luego tenía el Fudge caliente poner en él. Cuando llegó mi turno pedí mi vainilla suave servir. Me encantó entonces y me encanta ahora.

La semana pasada, en uno de esos miserables días lluviosos, visité a un miembro en Woodcrest, en New Milford. Como casualidad, la instalación fue anfitrión de un evento especial y tenía un camión de helados estacionado fuera. Por supuesto, me acerqué y me dieron mi vainilla suave-servir. ¡ aún mejor, era gratis!

Y así, me quedé bajo el voladizo en un día lluvioso húmedo y tenía mi vainilla suave-servir. Había algo en ese cono que hacía que el clima no pareciera tan malo. Disfrutar de las cosas simples en la vida y podemos superar cualquiera de las dificultades de la vida.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #SimpleThings

#VanillaSoft-Serve

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Bible teaches us about God’s Love, our Sin and Forgiveness

Our Daily Elder Devotional

We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

Today’s devotional comes from my heart to you.

The Bible teaches us about God’s Love, our Sin and Forgiveness

A very dear friend of mine wanted to discuss a previous daily devotional that I shared with all of you about King David.  He explained that King David did not seem like a really good role model or hero based on the many sorted things that he was involved with (lust, adultery, murder see 2 Samuel chapter 11 to name a few).  I began by explaining that I agreed with his assessment of David.  He was quite a sinner!  And yet it says:

 

Acts 13:22New King James Version (NKJV)

22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David[a]the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 13:22 Psalm 89:20
  2. Acts 13:22 1 Samuel 13:14

 

How can such a sinner be “a man after God’s own heart”?  Let’s go back to my belief about the Bible itself.  The Bible is a love note to us about our relationship with the Almighty God of the universe.  We know about God’s unending love for us from it, for example:

 

John 3:16New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

Then we know more about His love, His mercy and His forgiveness through such sections as seen below (verses 11 and 12 really hit the nail on the head for forgiveness):

 

Psalm 103:1-14New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

A Psalm of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

David always accepted God as his sovereign ruler.  He also acknowledged his sins.  Her repented for them and tried to do a better job going forward.  WOW!  That sounds like our Christian beliefs about sin doesn’t it?  So we acknowledge our sins, repent for them and ask for God’s forgiveness.  Then God washes us clean as snow through the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus!

 

We can learn from the Bible, through King David, that even though we are all sinners, there is hope for us!  God will never turn his back on us, if we do like King David and we acknowledge our sins, repent for them and ask for God’s forgiveness.

 

So David is not a comic book hero for us to emulate, but rather a reflection of a sinner like us, that God can truly love.

 

 

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2018 Blog Number 137 May 20, 2018 Happy Birthday Library

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

http://www.clintonave.org

2018 Blog Number 137

May 20, 2018

Happy Birthday Library

This year our library is celebrating its 100thbirthday. Our town has been full of events celebrating this mile-stone. If you ever get to Bergenfield, I recommend that you stop in for a visit. It is housed in a wonderfully equipped building not far from the church. Of course, it has books and movies for rent, and used books for sale. What library doesn’t have these things? It also has wonderful children’s programs as well as events for adults. Again, what library does not have these things? This library, however, has something special.

It is hard to describe, but you can feel it when you walk in the door. There is an atmosphere of welcome, of community, of support. Young people from local schools light up with smiles as they walk in. It is another home for them. They feel a sense of safety and comfort where they are free to explore and learn.

Today in church we will be honoring our Library and blessing the staff, Friends of the Library and the Library Board. They deserve our blessings, our support and our honor. We will be blessing these people in church. Please come and join in the blessing. Everyone in Bergenfield has been blessed by this library, come to church and bless them in return.

Happy birthday, Library. Thank you for all that you have done.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #BergenfieldPublicLibrary

#LibraryCentennial                                         #BlossingOfTheLibrary

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Clinton Avenue reformado Church  www.clintonave.org  2018 blog número 137  mayo 20, 2018  feliz cumpleaños biblioteca

Clinton Avenue reformado Church
http://www.clintonave.org
2018 blog número 137
mayo 20, 2018
feliz cumpleaños biblioteca

Este año nuestra biblioteca está celebrando su cumpleaños número 100. Nuestra ciudad ha estado llena de eventos celebrando esta milla de piedra. Si alguna vez llegas a Bergenfield, te recomiendo que te detengas para una visita. Está ubicado en un edificio maravillosamente equipado, no lejos de la iglesia. Por supuesto, tiene libros y películas para alquilar, y libros usados para la venta. ¿qué biblioteca no tiene estas cosas? También cuenta con maravillosos programas para niños, así como eventos para adultos. De nuevo, ¿qué biblioteca no tiene estas cosas? Esta biblioteca, sin embargo, tiene algo especial.

Es difícil de describir, pero se puede sentir cuando entras por la puerta. Hay un ambiente de acogida, de comunidad, de apoyo. Los jóvenes de las escuelas locales se iluminan con sonrisas mientras caminan. Es otro hogar para ellos. Sienten una sensación de seguridad y comodidad donde son libres de explorar y aprender.

Hoy en la iglesia estaremos honrando nuestra biblioteca y bendiciendo al personal, amigos de la biblioteca y la Junta de la biblioteca. Merecen nuestras bendiciones, nuestro apoyo y nuestro honor. Vamos a bendecir a estas personas en la iglesia. Por favor, vengan y únanse a la bendición. Todos en Bergenfield han sido bendecidos por esta biblioteca, vienen a la iglesia y los bendicen a cambio.

Feliz cumpleaños, biblioteca. Gracias por todo lo que han hecho.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #BergenfieldPublicLibrary

#LibraryCentennial                                         #BlossingOfTheLibrary

 

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Keep Perspective

Our Daily Elder Devotional

We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

Today’s devotional comes from my heart.

Keep Perspective

Isaiah 41:10New International Version (NIV)

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Quid hoc ad aeternitatem?  As Saint Bernard of Clairvaux used to mumble when faced with the usual parade of trials and tribulations.  Translated:  What does it matter in the light of eternity?  It is all about perspective.  There are always times when things seem to be just too much, and we can easily become overwhelmed.  This is the time to remember what Saint Bernard of Clairvaux said and keep a cool head as we struggle through the day, knowing that God is strengthening us and holding us up.

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2018 Blog Number 136 May 19, 2018 A New Seminary President

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

http://www.clintonave.org

2018 Blog Number 136

May 19, 2018

A New Seminary President

Last evening, I had the pleasure of attending the baccalaureate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. The high light of the baccalaureate was the inauguration of the Seminary’s new president, Rev. Dr. Micah L. Mc Creary. Current students, faculty, and alumni all gathered in Mast Chapel and Hageman Hall to eat together, catch up with old friends, and then worship together. Our worship concluded with our sharing of the Lord’s Supper.

Our last president, Gregg Mast, oversaw a property sale and swap with Rutgers University. He saw what I call the old building (my father-in-law called it the new building) razed and a much newer, modern and more functional building erected. It is a much more functional facility.

What will our new president do? Only God knows at this point. I do, however, know a good many of the faculty. Each and every one of them gives the new president high marks. He inspires and unifies. He certainly is not naïve about the difficulties of mainline congregations and their organizations. Micah knows the challenges, but he told me that “God hounded him into coming to meet the challenges.”

I have confidence in Micah, New Brunswick, and the Reformed Church in our area. I think that God has blessed us richly. I will pray that he will be well gifted with the Holy Spirit as he begins his work.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #NewBrunswickTheologicalSeminary

#Rev.Dr.MicahL.McCreary                            #ReformedChurchInAmerica

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