Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2018 Blog Number 196 July 19, 2018 Bergenfield Roads

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

www.clintonave.org

2018 Blog Number 196

July 19, 2018

Bergenfield Roads

 

Driving around town this last week has been a royal pain in the neck. The town is working on a major road re-surfacing that stretches the entire length of the main road in town. We have endured road closures and detours. It has taken me twice as long to get many places because of the round-about routes that I have had to take. In short traveling has become a source of great stress for everyone living in town or visiting here.

 

Things got worse this morning when I hit a raised man hole with my tire. It wasn’t long until my sensor light lit. I had an under-inflated tire. It certainly wasn’t what I had in mind for the day but what was one to do? Road repairs are road repairs.

Last evening, I had the pleasure of driving on the newly improved, paved road on the south side of town. What a pleasure it was. There were no pot-holes, no raised man holes, just smooth driving. This is a shout out to the crew that has been working on these roads in the horrible heat that we have experienced and to those who found the money to do it. It seems worth it. Thank you for your foresight and your labor.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #KidFriendly

#Detours                                                       #RoadRepair

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Clinton Avenue reformado Church  www.clintonave.org  2018 blog número 196  julio 19, 2018  Bergenfield carreteras

Clinton Avenue reformado Church
http://www.clintonave.org
2018 blog número 196
julio 19, 2018
Bergenfield carreteras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Conducir por la ciudad esta última semana ha sido un dolor real en el cuello. La ciudad está trabajando en una carretera principal re-superficie que se extiende toda la longitud de la carretera principal en la ciudad. Hemos soportado cierres de carreteras y desvíos. Me ha tomado el doble de tiempo para conseguir muchos lugares debido a la ronda de rutas que he tenido que tomar. En breve viaje se ha convertido en una fuente de gran estrés para todos los que viven en la ciudad o visitando aquí.

Las cosas empeoraron esta mañana cuando golpeé un hoyo levantado con mi neumático. No fue mucho hasta que se iluminó mi sensor. Tenía una llanta inflada. Sin duda no era lo que tenía en mente para el día, pero ¿qué era uno para hacer? Las reparaciones de la carretera son reparaciones.

Ayer por la noche, tuve el placer de conducir por la carretera recientemente mejorada, pavimentada en el lado sur de la ciudad. Qué placer. No había agujeros de olla, no agujeros de hombre levantado, sólo conducción suave. Este es un grito a la tripulación que ha estado trabajando en estas carreteras en el calor horrible que hemos experimentado y para aquellos que encontraron el dinero para hacerlo. Parece que vale la pena. Gracias por su previsión y su trabajo.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #KidFriendly

#Detours                                                       #RoadRepair

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: We Wait on God

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.

We Wait on God

Isaiah 40:31Amplified Bible (AMP)

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But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.

Nowhere does the Bible teach that Christians are exempt from tribulation and natural disaster.  We live in a world infected with the disease of sin and we share in its misery and pain.

 

But the Bible does teach that we can face trials with a power that others do not have—the power of God.  As we trust Him, God helps us endure and even discern His purposes in the midst of suffering.  Christiana Tsai, the Christian daughter of a former governor in China, wrote, “Throughout my many years if illness (53 years), I have never dared to ask God why He allowed me to suffer so long.  I only ask what He wants me to do.

 

The eagle has the unique ability to lock its joints and sour effortlessly on an updraft, instead of flapping its wings.  As we wait on God, He helps us use the wings of adversity to soar above our problems.  As the Bible says, “Those who wait on the Lord…shall mount up with wings like eagles.”

 

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2018 Blog Number 195 July 18, 2018 Throw-Away World

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

www.clintonave.org

2018 Blog Number 195

July 18, 2018

Throw-Away World

 

Today is bulk day in our part of town. Our street, and the streets all around this area are lined with every kind of item that that you can imagine. What saddens me is that so many of the items discarded are useful. They are perfectly good items that are simply discarded. We live in a throw-away world and do not seek to repair and re-use what we have.

Certainly, some items are broken and need some fixing. Much of the furniture of my cabin was discarded and I spent a bit of time repairing it. Whenever I fix items for new use, I say a prayer of thanksgiving for Mr. Augello, my grammar school shop teacher who taught me how to do such repairs. They are skills that I enjoy using. I wish that more people had learned a few skills, but I am told that “shop” classes are rare now in schools. This lack of knowledge does not just affect our skills, it affects our view of life.

We now discard strained relationships instead of repairing them. For many, the need to buy instead of repair, keeps them in a cycle of charge cards and interest payments. Soon people can be in “debt bondage” that they constructed themselves. We are called to be stewards of the Earth we live in. Does our buy and throw away philosophy of life help us to be such stewards? Would it not be good for the earth, and us, to get away from the disposable nation and begin repairing and reusing? I believe that it would be good for the earth, good for our neighbors, and good for us. How about we give it a try. The picture below, that I found on Facebook, says it all.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #KidFriendly

#Disposability                                                #Repair

#BulkDay

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Clinton Avenue reformado Iglesia  www.clintonave.org  2018 blog número 195  18 de julio, 2018  desecho mundo

Clinton Avenue reformado Iglesia
http://www.clintonave.org
2018 blog número 195
18 de julio, 2018
desecho mundo

Hoy es día a granel en nuestra parte de la ciudad. Nuestra calle, y las calles alrededor de esta zona están llenas de todo tipo de elementos que se pueden imaginar. Lo que me entristece es que muchos de los artículos descartados son útiles. Son artículos perfectamente buenos que simplemente se descartan. Vivimos en un mundo desechable y no buscamos reparar y re-usar lo que tenemos.

Ciertamente, algunos artículos están rotos y necesitan algún arreglo. Gran parte del mobiliario de mi cabaña fue descartado y pasé un poco de tiempo reparando. Cada vez que arreglo artículos para uso nuevo, digo una oración de acción de gracias por el Sr. Augello, mi profesor de la escuela de gramática que me enseñó a hacer tales reparaciones. Son habilidades que me gusta usar. Desearía que más gente hubiera aprendido algunas habilidades, pero me dicen que las clases de la “tienda” son raras ahora en escuelas. Esta falta de conocimiento no sólo afecta nuestras habilidades, sino que afecta nuestra visión de la vida.

Ahora descartamos relaciones tensas en lugar de repararlas. Para muchos, la necesidad de comprar en lugar de reparar, los mantiene en un ciclo de tarjetas de carga y pagos de intereses. Pronto la gente puede estar en “servidumbre por deudas” que ellos mismos construyeron. Estamos llamados a ser mayordomos de la tierra en la que vivimos. ¿nuestra filosofía de la vida de compra y desecho nos ayuda a ser tales mayordomos? ¿no sería bueno para la tierra, y para nosotros, alejarnos de la nación desechable y empezar a reparar y reutilizar?

Ahora descartamos relaciones tensas en lugar de repararlas. Para muchos, la necesidad de comprar en lugar de reparar, los mantiene en un ciclo de tarjetas de carga y pagos de intereses. Pronto la gente puede estar en “servidumbre por deudas” que ellos mismos construyeron. Estamos llamados a ser mayordomos de la tierra en la que vivimos. ¿nuestra filosofía de la vida de compra y desecho nos ayuda a ser tales mayordomos? ¿no sería bueno para la tierra, y para nosotros, alejarnos de la nación desechable y empezar a reparar y reutilizar?

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #KidFriendly

#Disposability                                                #Repair

#BulkDay

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: How To Have a Great Prayer Life

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.

How To Have a Great Prayer Life

2 Chronicles 7:14New International Version (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What are the fundamentals of a great prayer life?  Here are the important points:

 

  1. Spend the time.  Don’t just do your prayer on the run.  Try to setup a special time each day for you and God to chat.  Any good relationship needs a time commitment.

 

  1. Honor God in your prayers.  Here is one way to remember not to just ask for things.  ACTS =Adoration,Confess your sins, Thanksgiving for all that you have been given, Supplication – your requests.

 

  1. Make your requests simple and specific.

 

  1. Have confidence.  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1New International Version (NIV)

 

  1. Rest in Him while waiting for His response to your requests.

 

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2018 Blog Number 194 July 17, 2018 Police Youth Academy

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church

www.clintonave.org

2018 Blog Number 194

July 17, 2018

Police Youth Academy

 

Yesterday I had the good pleasure of seeing Captain Rabboh of the Bergenfield Police Department. It was a surprise conversation as he saw me at a local deli. Usually we see each other by appointment, at meetings, or events. This was a spontaneous meeting but very fun. With him were two young women who were part of the Police Youth Academy. It was wonderful to see the captain and meet the women.

The youth academy is a yearly summer program that is sponsored by the police. Participants are shown what it is like to undergo police training, are able to spend time with officers and gain a bit of knowledge as to what the lives of police officers are like. It is good learning for young folks who might be contemplating a career in law enforcement. My local Rotary club is one of the sponsors of this academy.

This academy is just one more reason that I admire and respect our Bergenfield Police. It does our local young people well, introduces them to our local officers, and, I bet, keeps many of our young-lings out of trouble.

Well done, Bergenfield Police Department. You have done well one more time.

#ClintonAvenueReformedChurch              #RevMarkWilliamEnnis

#BergenfieldNJ                                             #KidFriendly

#BergenfieldPoliceDepartment                   #PoliceYouthAcademy

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