In 1838 Edward B. Force inherited from his father-in-law, Albert Westervelt, a mill and a farm at Red Mills. A barn was built by Edward Force a short distance south of the mill in 1840 and was outfitted with seats in 1842 for religious services.
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Pastor Scott Griffith is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith and was raised in New City, New York. Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where he earned his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music and elementary education.
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OPEN PRAYER AND COFFEE BREAK
When I was a teen I thought I was so grand with my 1966 Dodge that had this massive engine and you could see the gas gauge go down as soon as you accelerated! Of course, once or twice, when I was out on the highway, I’d go 66 miles per hour in a 65 zone. I was breaking the limit. Breaking a limit is to exceed a boundary; do something that’s not supposed to happen, and the like. Many times in history, human beings have broken limits; sometimes to good effect, and sometimes to bad.
It makes me wonder about the birth of Jesus. We live in a world full of limits. Speed limits, limits on how much you can borrow from the bank, laws that limit our behavior, etc. We also have a limit on the amount of life we have in this world. Some people live a full life, and sometimes our children die in the womb. That limit, especially, calls into question the meaning of our existence; why are we here at all?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized the birth of Jesus Christ breaks the limits of this world. God, who is not created, became flesh (Jn 1:14); a virgin conceives and bears a son (Matt 1:23). As soon as he was born, the one thing certain in this world, death, got its limit. At the resurrection, death itself died.
I invite you to take some time each day and think about the awesome power of God in Jesus Christ, who broke the limits of this world, and conquered sin and death. As the hymn goes: Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.
Through the birth of Christ, we die to the limits of this world, and are born into freedom. Thanks be to God.
Grace and Peace,
Deck the Halls of Bethel Sanctuary where we share worship space.
Thanks be to God!!!
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