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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Thomas Merton, in his book Raids On The Unspeakable, wrote an essay titled ‘The Time Of The End Is The Time Of No Room’. One of the things on which he comments is the question of news.
We hear a lot about ‘fake news’ and the world seems to be saying that we can’t trust anything we hear; perhaps the right voice is the one who shouts loudest. Merton says there’s so much news that there’s no room left for the true tidings; the Good News.
In an age of corona virus, people wonder if these are the end times; if God is angry at us; we blame people of other nationalities; the list goes on. Merton says the time of the end is the time of demons who occupy the heart (pretending to be gods) so that man finds no room for himself in himself. 2Timothy 4:3-4 says: For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.
But how loudly was the resurrection proclaimed? Even when the women who went to the tomb and heard this news from the two men, when they told the apostles, they thought it was an idle tale. Peter went, and was amazed at what had happened.
The joy of Easter, in the midst of the plague, is not that it denies what is going on; we call it what it is. Easter is the time for the joy that is given not as the world gives, and so nothing can take it away - not even a deadly virus.
It takes courage and faith to see that this tribulation and this joy are really inseparable; the tribulation becomes joy when, through the cross, and the empty tomb, we witness a victory of life over death.
We are not at the end; we are at the final beginning. Can we believe it? Or, like the apostles, does the one bearing this news seem to be jesting.
Grace and Peace,
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