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What a joy it was to see the Waynesburg community come together yesterday at the Relay for Life!  The devastating impact of cancer had touched almost everyone there, but it was clear that the compassion of the community was hewn from a far greater spirit than cancer’s destructive work.

Our Lord is with us to care for us every step of our lives. The world often wants to make us think we are alone and left to carry our burdens by ourselves. Yesterday was a beautiful example of the factb2ap3_thumbnail_cast-cares.png that none of us is alone, even in the midst of the darkest places. God has given us each other to help bear one another’s burdens.

I know the next couple of weeks will be intense for all of us as the semester draws to a close. During this time, I hope we can all look for ways to support and encourage one another. Cherish these last moments of the semester. Stop and tell a graduate how much they have meant to you and speak words of blessing to them as they prepare for the next phase of their lives. And when the burdens get too much to bear, know that you can cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares for you.

 

Blessings,

Rev Carolyn Poteet

 

cpoteet@waynesburg.edu

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John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

b2ap3_thumbnail_John-8-12.pngEvery time I walk outside in the evening and it is actually still light outside, I can’t help but be thankful. What a difference light makes! It is almost as good as the prophecy in Isaiah, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light!”

Tomorrow in chapel, we have the privilege of welcoming Johannes “Jannie” Swart, a professor World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is from South Africa and has lived through the darkest days of his home country. He has seen what a difference the light of Christ can make in the midst of the darkest hatred and broken relationships. And he has seen that light spread from his home country around the world to bring hope, peace and reconciliation in places where no human action could have accomplished. Only the Prince of Peace, who was willing to lay down his life for us, could bring that kind of light into this darkness.

What are the dark places in your life today? Are there places of doubt? Insecurity? Unforgiveness? Fear? Shame or Guilt? I pray that you would allow the light of Christ and the warmth of his love to fill your heart today and drive away all the darkness. And may the peace that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings,

Rev Carolyn Poteet

 

cpoteet@waynesburg.edu

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Matthew 5:43-45- “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

Many heroes of the faith have given me encouragement over the years – Elizabeth Elliot bravely ventured into the village of Auca Indians who had killed her husband. When she shared Christ with them and they saw her passionb2ap3_thumbnail_Matt-5.png and courage, they knew there must be something powerful in the God she served and the whole village came to know Jesus. Gladys Aylward led hundreds of children to safety in occupied China during WWII. Eric Liddell, of Chariots of Fire fame, left fame and fortune to re-enter the mission field and died in a concentration camp in Japan.

 But few are as brave and inspiring as St. Patrick. He spent six years as a slave in Ireland before escaping back to his home in England. When he became a priest, though, he realized God was calling him back to the land of his captivity. Those were the people who most needed to hear about hope and freedom through Jesus Christ. Patrick countered the prevalent Druid religion of the region and taught locals using objects they could understand. The most famous is his use of the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Just as the shamrock has three equal leaves to form one shamrock, the Trinity has three equal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who make One God.

My question for you today is, are you prepared to love your enemies as St. Patrick did? Are you willing to lay down your life not just for your friends but for those who challenge you and everything you stand for? Are you willing to stand up for Jesus Christ even if it could cost you your life?

 

I leave you with St. Patrick’s Prayer:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

 

Blessings,

Rev. Carolyn Poteet

 

cpoteet@waynesburg.edu

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John 1:1-3, 14

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt b2ap3_thumbnail_John1-1.pngamong us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

This morning on the way to work, it seemed like a strange combination to be stepping over snow piles while listening to birds chirping. The birds know that spring is coming, even though the storms haven’t quite figured it out yet. The birds are evidence of the promise of spring.

This week we enter the season of Lent. In our Bible study this week, we are focusing on Jesus as the Word of God, the Word made flesh.  What does it mean to give someone your word? Our word is our promise. Jesus Christ is God’s promise to us – and not just a verbal promise but a promise who came in the flesh so that we could see and know the love that God has for us.

Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of God’s love – we get overwhelmed by the demands of midterms and work and expectations. It is times like these that we need to stop and listen. Listen for the birds chirping, listen for the still small voice, listen for a reminder of the promise that God is with us, God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. It may seem like the storms will never cease, but I promise, spring is around the corner.

 

Blessings,

Rev Carolyn Poteet

cpoteet@waynesburg.edu

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The Rev. Dr. Donald J. Dawson, director of World Mission Initiative (WMI) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will present his lecture, “Answering God’s Call,” as part of the Christ & Culture Lecture Series, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. 

In addition to his lecture, Dawson will speak Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. 

Dawson had 24 years of pastoral experience leading churches in mission involvement before beginning as director of the WMI in 2000. He was pastor of the Buffalo United Presbyterian Church in Sarver, Pa., and the Hampton Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, Pa.

Dawson also serves as the director of the New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC). The NWMC has mobilized the church for mission for 108 years and uses its Presbyterian mission heritage to encourage a deep spiritual life of fellowship with God by promoting service and witness for Jesus Christ.

The WMI fosters an environment of mission work and is committed to raising a generation who will lead the church in rediscovering its identity as the sent people of God.  

 

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