Zion United Church of Christ

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Tale of Two Wolves

Posted on May 4, 2022 at 10:20 AM

A Cherokee elder was teaching his young grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego. The other is good- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight i...

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The Awesomeness of Easter!

Posted on April 6, 2022 at 1:50 PM

The Paschal candle is one of the most sacred and enduring elements in Christianity. Made of beeswax to represent the purity of Christ, the candle’s wick signifies Christ’s humanity, and the flame His Divine Nature. It is adorned with one or more Christian symbols, often the cross to represent His redemptive sacrifice; the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet - Alpha and Omega – to signify that He is the beginning and the end; symbols of wheat and grapes, or a chalice...

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March 2022 Pastor's Pen

Posted on March 10, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Love is a choice, not a matter of destiny. It is a choice renewed each day!

-Dean Francis Alfar

We are starting into our journey of Lent. Lent is definitely a journey but as humans I sometime get the feeling that we work towards the completion of Lent rather than working on the journey through Lent to change our lives. Jesus’ life was predetermined. He knew what his purpo...

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The Story of St. Valentine

Posted on February 16, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Story of St. Valentine

The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.


Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ; not even the threat of death could keep hi...

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January 2022 Pastor's Pen

Posted on January 12, 2022 at 11:20 AM

Well, we have made it through another year. We are all making New Year hopes and wishes. I hope starting to attend church is one of them. If you already attend church l hope one of your wishes is to become more dedicated in your spiritual life and more dedicated to your church life. We start a New Year looking ahead to all the possibilities. It can also be a deep cleansing breath of making it through a tough past year. A year where you felt darkness all around you. A new year can make you bel...

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December Pastor's Pen

Posted on January 12, 2022 at 11:20 AM

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Believing in what God demands from us, knowing that it is right and true!

As I get older I realize that God knows my heart before my feelings get there. I know that God expects certain things from all of us. There are rules to live by and if you live by those rules your life will be better on earth and magnificent with our God in heaven. So why is there a problem? Why is it s...

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A Short Lesson on Gratitude

Posted on November 11, 2021 at 11:45 AM

A Short Lesson on Gratitude

Today I want to share a short story I found with you about gratitude. We are coming near Thanksgiving and I believe we can never be as thankful as we ought to be.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.

A man was walking by. He took...

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September-October Pastor's Pen

Posted on October 14, 2021 at 10:45 AM

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The s...

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Building Your House

Posted on August 12, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Building Your House

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter sai...

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July 2021 Pastor's Pen

Posted on August 5, 2021 at 12:00 AM

My son Alan enjoys watching stories about the Texas Rangers. He does enjoy the TV shows, but he also enjoys watching and reading about the original Texas Rangers and how they started. Anything about history and you will get Alan’s attention. Joyce says she has learned more about history living with Alan than she ever learned all through school. So in honor of my son here is a true story about a Texas Ranger I hope all of you will enjoy.

In the early 1930s a major riot broke out...

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