Our Daily Elder Devotional: How Can We Be Holy?

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 Franklin Graham.

How Can We Be Holy?

We certainly can’t conceive of holiness apart from the understanding that we are to be “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18). In other words, to be holy, as Peter, Paul and the other New Testament authors envision, is to be increasingly like Jesus: loving what He loves, turning from what He hates, speaking as He would speak, loving and forgiving and bearing with one another as He has with each of us.

If people don’t see and hear Jesus in us, we have fallen short of what the New Testament means by the word holiness.

 

Iglesia reformada Avenida de Clinton  www.clintonave.org  2017 Blog número 175  25 de junio de 2017  deja el sol brillar!

Iglesia reformada Avenida de Clinton
http://www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog número 175
25 de junio de 2017
deja el sol brillar!

Sus oraciones son necesarias. Anticipándose a la instalación de paneles solares en el Santuario y educación, construcción de cubiertas durante bastante tiempo pero se han visto obligados a esperar pacientemente. En casos como yo, la espera no ha sido una de paciencia pero la impaciencia. La empresa, Geoscape, ha prometido que esta semana se entregarán los paneles y se instalarán las unidades. Sus oraciones son necesarias. Contamos con todos los ejemplos vistos de contratistas que proyectos. De hecho, algunos de nosotros nos preguntan si llegar tarde no es la meta de algunos contratistas.

Nuestra esperanza es que este proyecto será totalmente eliminar nuestra factura de electricidad, así como nos da 10 mil dólares en efectivo por la venta de los “créditos” que ganamos de sobre-producción de electricidad. No, esto no está garantizado. El mercado para estos créditos varía y no sabemos cuántos días soleados y nublados que tenemos cada año. Estas son variables que nadie puede predecir. Sin embargo, estamos seguros que nos será de hecho se benefician sustancialmente estos paneles.

Por favor orar por la entrega y la instalación esta semana. Orar por la habilidad, diligencia y seguridad de los instaladores. Después de la instalación por favor orar para el sol, que será visible y activo en la producción de muchos voltios de electricidad para nosotros. Creo que las generaciones futuras nos agradecerán el regalo de la eficiencia energética que les damos y nos pondrá un buen ejemplo a nuestros vecinos como nos esforzamos por ser “verde”.

Sus oraciones de panel solar se necesitan hoy y durante la semana.

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Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 175 June 25, 2017 Let The Sun Shine!

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

www.clintonave.org

2017 Blog Number 175

June 25, 2017

Let The Sun Shine!

Your prayers are needed. We have been anticipating the installation of solar panels on the sanctuary, and education building roofs for quite some time but have been forced to wait patiently. In cases like me, the wait has not been one of patience but impatience. The company, Geoscape, has promised that this week the panels will be delivered and the units will be installed. Your prayers are needed. We have all seen examples of contractors being late on projects. Indeed, some of us wonder if being late is not the goal of some contractors.

Our hope is that this project will completely eliminate our electric bill as well as give us ten thousand dollars of cash from selling of the “credits” that we will earn from over-producing electricity. No, this is not guaranteed. The market for these credits does fluctuate and we don’t know how many sunny and cloudy days that we will have each year. These are variables that no one can predict. Yet, we are confident that we will indeed be benefiting substantially from these panels.

Please pray for the delivery and installation this week. Pray for the skill, diligence and safety of the installers. Following the installation please pray for the sun, that it will be visible and active in producing many volts of electricity for us. I believe that future generations will thank us for the gift of energy efficiency that we will give them and we will set a good example to our neighbors as we strive to be “green.”

Your solar panel prayers are needed today and during the week to come.

 

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Something’s Wrong

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 Our Daily Bread.

Something’s Wrong

The morning after our son, Allen, was born, the doctor sat down in a chair near the foot of the bed and said, “Something’s wrong”.  Our son, so perfect on the outside, had a life-threatening birth defect and needed to be flown to a hospital 700 miles away for immediate surgery.

 

When the doctor tells you something is wrong with your child, your life changes.  Fear of what lies ahead can crush your spirit and you stumble along, desperate for a God who will strengthen you so you can support your child.  Would a loving God allow this? you wonder.  Does He care about my child?  Is He there?  These and other thoughts shook my faith that morning.

 

Then my husband, Hiram, arrived and heard the news.  After the doctor left, Hiram said, “Jolene, let’s pray.”  I nodded and he took my hand.  “Thank You, Father, for giving Allen to us.  He’s Yours, God , not ours.  You loved him before we knew him, and he belongs to You.  Be with him when we can’t.  Amen.”

 

Hiram has always been a man of few words.  He struggles to speak his thoughts and often doesn’t try, knowing that I have enough words to fill any silence.  But on that day when my heart was broken, my spirit crushed, and my faith gone, God gave Hiram strength to speak the words I couldn’t say.  And clinging to my husband’s hand, in deep silence and through many tears, I sensed that God was very near.                                          Jolene Philo, Guest Writer

 

The best kind of friend is a praying friend.

 

Psalm 34:11-18New International Version (NIV)

11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is againstthose who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lordhears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Iglesia reformada Avenida de Clinton  www.clintonave.org  2017 Blog número 174  24 de junio de 2017  Eden viene a Bergenfield

Iglesia reformada Avenida de Clinton
http://www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog número 174
24 de junio de 2017
Eden viene a Bergenfield

el jardín del Edén era un lugar maravilloso. Dios lo creó como un hogar para los primeros seres humanos. Vivían en el paraíso con los animales como compañeros y regalaban en la generosidad de los frutos de la vegetación. Esto, por supuesto, había requerido ningún trabajo. La tierra produce recompensa sin necesidad de mano de obra. Tal vez la mayor parte de Eden fue Dios caminaba con los primeros seres humanos. Tenían comunión juntos.

Comunión con los animales nos lleva un poco más a ese Edén. Tan difícil como es el trabajo, amigos que se criaron en granjas decirme que había algo especial y tranquila sobre una vida. Hablan de la relativa tensión baja de vida en la granja. Profesionales de la salud me dicen que tener mascotas es bueno para los seres humanos. Me pregunto si las mascotas no nos traen un poco más al Edén.

El viernes, un pedacito de Edén llegó a Bergenfield. LittleExplorers, la escuela ubicada en nuestro edificio, tenía un zoológico vienen para los niños. Había una gran variedad de animales, pero ninguno más popular que el potro que dieron paseos a los más pequeños. Sus caras eran todo radiante a la vista y el toque del animal. Trajeron a los jóvenes un poco más a el Edén que fue significado para nosotros.

Todos perdimos algo un poco de esa creación como pasamos de lo rural a la vida urbana. Tal vez con la ayuda de los animales y el cuidado de devoción a Dios podemos recuperar un poco de esa alegría del Edén.

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Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 174 June 24, 2017 Eden Comes To Bergenfield

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

www.clintonave.org

2017 Blog Number 174

June 24, 2017

Eden Comes To Bergenfield

The Garden of Eden was a wonderful place. God created it as a home for the first humans. They lived in paradise with animals as companions and feasted on the bounty of the fruits of the vegetation. This, of course, required no work. The earth produced bounty without the need for labor. Perhaps the greatest part of Eden was that God himself walked with the first humans. They had fellowship together.

Fellowship with animals brings us a bit closer to that Eden. As hard as the work is, friends who grew up on farms tell me that there was something special and peaceful about such a life. They speak of the relative low stress of farm life. Health professionals tell me that having pets is good for humans. I wonder if pets do not bring us a little closer to Eden.

On Friday, a bit of Eden came to Bergenfield. LittleExplorers, the school housed in our building,  had a petting zoo come for the children. There was a variety of animals but none more popular than the pony who gave rides to the little ones. Their faces were all aglow at the sight, and the touch of the animal. They brought the young ones a bit closer to the Eden that was meant for us.

We all lost something a bit of that creation as we moved from the rural to the urban living. Perhaps with the help of the animals and careful devotion to God we can regain a bit of that joy of Eden.

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#LittleExplorers                                            #PettingZoo

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Our Daily Elder Devotional:

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 “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Keep on Being Filled

Ephesians 5:18New International Version (NIV)

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit

The command to “be filled with the Spirit” actually has the idea of continuously being filled in the original Greek language.  We are not filled once for all, like a bucket. Instead, we are to be filled constantly. This verse might be translated, “be filled and keep on being filled.”

Dr. Merrill C. Tenney has compared this to the situation of an old-time farm house kitchen.  In one corner, was the sink; above it was a pipe through which came a continuous stream of water from the spring outside.  The water, by running constantly, kept the sink room full of good water.

In the same way, we are not to let ourselves be filled and then emptied of the Spirit—like a leaky bucket—only to be refilled later on again and again.  Rather, the Holy Spirit should flow within us constantly—and He will, as we yield ourselves to Christ’s presence and power each day.

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