I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. - -  Martin Luther, 1517

God forbid that I should limit the time of acquiring faith to the present life. In the depth of the Divine mercy, there may be opportunity to win it in the future.  - -  Martin Luther, 1521 

December 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the Scriptures, we read, “Be people who do what the word says, not people who only hear it. Such people are deceiving themselves.” (James 1:22 EHV)

As we move into the Christmas season, we honor and praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate His wondrous birth, a birth that symbolizes the New Birth we have in Him.

Our Lord came to Earth so that we may have this New Life in Him, a life that transcends everything else. A life that comes with the assurance we will all spend eternity with Him.

It is also a life that comes with responsibilities. Being a Christian is an honor and a privilege. We are privileged to be His. He sacrificed His life for us all. What will be a sacrifice for Him? In this season of giving, the ultimate sacrifice we can give Him is to honor Him by giving to others.

This time of the year we will be asked, on numerous occasions, to give to the less fortunate be it donating time or money to food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, or residential treatment facilities.

What will we do? Will we help “the least of these”? Will we be available to those on the margins of society?

The Wise Men took gifts to Jesus. They traveled approximately 400 miles. They made the sacrifice to take gifts to Jesus.

Will we even travel a few miles to be “doers of the Word and not hearers only?”

In His Grace, Mercy, and Peace, I remain,

Bishop +James Walter Clifton