New Testament Christians were accused of turning the world upside down with the good news of Jesus Christ (Acts 17:6). Is this hyperbole or a record of what happens when people faithfully spread Jesus’ message of love and grace? Based on what Luke says in Acts 5, I believe the…


O Lord God, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and…


The news from Afghanistan is dire. Some may ask, where is God in this? Others know that regardless of the horrible news, that God is present. He works in ways that we often do not understand. But we can always trust that God is present and in control.

In his…


Collect for Sunday, August 15
Keep your Church, O Lord, by your perpetual mercy; and because without you the frailty of our nature causes us to fall, keep us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and…


Almighty God, give us the increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you have promised, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Each week…


Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things…


Success! Do you know anyone who does not like success? There seems to be an overwhelming desire to succeed woven into every fiber of human DNA. We strive for it in every field of life. Vince Lombardi said success (winning) is the only thing that matters in life (or football).


O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one…


1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
those…


As we celebrate another Independence Day, Patrick Henry’s revolutionary words — “Give me liberty or give me death!” — ring with as much punch today as they did when he first declared them in 1775. Those words were shouted from St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, during the Second Virginian…

Joe Porfidio

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