Jolt of Faith

Finding Peace in Prayer

In Saint Paul's second letter to Saint Timothy, he offers a piece of advice we often forget. He urges that prayers be offered in the community for the emperor and those in authority so that the people of God could be at peace. In our crazy world, with politicians...

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Finding True Trust

One of the things I think we all struggle with as people of faith is trust. We say we trust God. We sing about trusting God. You know, when push comes to shove, I trust Him as long as His plan lines up with mine. It's much harder to trust when I plan one thing, and...

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Why does God allow evil in our world?

It's undeniable that as people of faith, we've grappled with a question that echoes through generations: Why does God allow evil in our world? It's a question that touches the core of our beliefs, and it's okay to ponder it. We believe in an all-powerful, loving God....

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God remains our anchor

It often seems like our world is filled with disagreements, wars, tragedies—a stark contrast to the loving God we believe in. But here's the thing: the chaos we see today isn't new. Throughout history, there have been wars, violence, and disagreements. We're just more...

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Restoring History

This week, we are gearing up to mark a truly special moment: the 260th anniversary of St. John the Evangelist Church. As we reflect on this milestone, it's clear that growth and rejuvenation are alive in our pastorate. The beauty of our new stained glass windows at...

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Are we letting the light of Christ shine through us?

Stained glass is more than just a beautiful adornment; it's a profound representation of deeper truths. Today, as the clouds dim the sunlight, the windows don't shine as brilliantly. And you know, that's a lot like us as disciples of Christ. When we let the light of...

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Finding Purpose in Life’s Challenges

We've all pondered the age-old question: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? It can be disheartening when we're faithfully devoted, attending church, praying, and following God's path, only to face adversity. But if we look at the scriptures, we...

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Embracing the Mountain Top Experiences

In our journey of faith and grappling with spiritual realities, one aspect that resonates with many of us is the mountain top experiences. Just like in scripture, these are those awe-inspiring moments when we feel incredibly close to God, much like the transfiguration...

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Embracing Life’s Questions: Wrestling with Faith

As a disciple, we often grapple with profound questions: Why does God allow certain things to happen? Much like the patriarch Jacob in Genesis, we find ourselves wrestling with God, but not in a physical sense; rather, it's a battle within our own minds. Why do...

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The topic we rarely talk about

Its a topic we rarely discuss: doubt. We've all been there, questioning and wondering where God is when life takes unexpected turns. But guess what? Even great figures in history, like Moses and Jeremiah, had their moments of doubt too. Remember that incredible line...

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