Living Witnesses

By Gary Bergel  “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  And do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander…. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”  -- 1 Peter 3:15-18The Christian faith is incarnati … [Read more...]

Protecting the Unborn

by Gary Bergel“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart...”  —Jeremiah 1:5  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  —Ephesians 2:10Andrea Bocelli, one of the best-known operatic singers in the world today, sat down at the piano during a charity performance for Haiti on June 1, 2010 and started telling a “little story.” He shared how a young pregnant woman went into t … [Read more...]

A Better 2013 for God’s World

by Gary BergelAs the Gospel was energetically propagated during the first centuries after Christ's resurrection the world became increasingly aware of the fact it was living "in the time of the Christ." Historians began to reference events as being "before Christ," BC, or as occurring after His nativity, AD, anno Domini, "in the year of Our Lord."As the Gospel moved westward from Jerusalem, the epochal reality of Jesus Christ began to indelibly imprint civilizations, cultures, g … [Read more...]

Christmas Seals & Potential

by Gary BergelEmily Bissell introduced the Christmas Seal in the United States on this day in Delaware in 1907. Her cousin, a doctor working at an open-air sanatorium, enlisted Emily in the growing fight against tuberculosis (TB). The small sanatorium was in danger of closing for lack of funds.Emily had read about the sale of Christmas Seals in Denmark in 1904, an idea conceived by Danish postal worker Einar Holboll to help raise money for children with tuberculosis. She decided to try … [Read more...]

Praying for Full Provision for All

by Gary Bergel "Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people.... This, then, is how you should pray.... Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 4:19, 6:9, 11:29)A prayer common to Christians worldwide is what we now call "The Our Father" or "The Lord's Prayer" -- a model prayer which Jesus of Nazareth, Rabbi Yeshua, taught his disciples as they sat together on the Mount of … [Read more...]

Holy Week- “See, My Servant”

by Gary BergelHOLY WEEK - From its own posture of "Hosanna," creation responded to Christ's entry into Jerusalem. Flowers sang their multi-hued praises. Palm fronds and willow branches "clapped their hands." (Isaiah 55:12) Jesus declared that if the disciples and masses had been silent, then the rocks would have cried out. All of creation waits for its release from corruption and death too. It groans and "stands on tiptoe," as J. B. Phillips phrased it in his translation of Romans … [Read more...]

The Mercury Rule \ A Tipping Point

by Gary Bergel"Pollution is essentially a by-product of our vastly increased per-capita consumption, intensified by population growth, urbanization, and changing industrial processes. In the coming years, problems of environmental degradation will rise exponentially." (Ash Council Memo to President Richard Nixon, 1970)The close of 2011 finds the U.S. at an historic ecological tipping point.On Friday, December 16, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed … [Read more...]