Category Archives: The Bible

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by the People of Bethlehem

“The Most Excellent Way”

Image is taken from the front of the church bulletin for Friday, October 12th, 2012. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

A fine sermon from Pastor Chris Howitz from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13:

Comfort at the Grave: The PCO Remembers Michelle and Julia Hoffman

The PCO (Protestant Church in Oman), TAISM (The American International School in Muscat) and a beautiful family are all experiencing a season of deep grief as we try to make sense out of a senseless tragedy that occurred in Minnesota on August 17th, less than 2 weeks ago.  Michelle and Julia Hoffman (as well as the mother-in-law) were taken from us to be with the LORD.  Here is a news report about the horrific accident.  Michelle and Julia’s obituary is found here.  The son, Jason, was only spared by the grace of God thanks to the quick reaction of a good samaritan.  Memorial services were held in the States last week.  It was such a beautiful service celebrating these two hearts of gold and many of us were only able to witness it from this youtube clip shared on facebook.

The worship from 14:15 to 19:15 is so incredibly deep and uplifting and is proof of Psalm 22:3 that “But Thou art Holy, O Thou that inhabits the praises of His people.”  Music soothes the soul like nothing else.  This is why Ephesians 5:19 tells us to, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”

 TAISM had a special, private ceremony this past Saturday and wrote this page, TAISM Community Mourns Loss, on their website.  For those who knew and loved Michelle and Julia, there will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, September 2nd at 4pm in the Bosch Hall, Ghala.  Please be praying for the family-Michael, Jake, Joey, and Jason.  Today’s sermon from Pastor Michael Peppin could not have been more appropriate.

Learning to Deal with Giants

We all have “giants” in our lives.  Every single one of us.

You Raise Me Up – From Distress to Strength

 “When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;  When troubles come, and my heart burdened be – And I am still and wait here in the silence until You come and sit awhile with me.”

“I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me (or raised me up! :-)out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Psalm 40:1-3)                                “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.”            (1 Samuel 30:6, (NIV) New International Version)                                                                                     “Andy was greatly distressed because fill in the blank with whatever battle I may find myself in..But Andy found strength in the LORD his God.”                                                                                                 (1 Samuel 30:6, (AIV) Andy’s Internalized Version)