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To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours. –I Corinthians 1:2

Paul was writing to a group that sometimes was divided, sometimes together but not clear about who or what the church was. Paul was writing to a time when some had strong understandings of membership and fellowship and others had no or little understanding of that. Paul was writing to a divided people. And he set forth one truth of the Gospel— the Church is all those sanctified (that is washed clean and made holy) by Christ, those Christ calls to be holy, and those in all places and all cultures and all colors and all back-grounds who call on Jesus. Who defines the church? God does. We in America are so used to making our own decisions. Many even think they are the ones who choose to be a part of the church. The truth is not that way. Will we listen?

By a vote of the vast majority of the presbyteries this month, the PC(USA) has added a new phrase to the ministry of members section of the Book of Order (G-1.0304), although the idea and the need to do this has been contained in the Directory for Worship (W-7.5000) since reunion in 1989, so a mandated part of our church order. The phrase is “caring for God’s creation”, but what it really means is stewardship. Stewardship is caring for and using properly that which another owns. All creation is really God’s!

As we enter the Easter season, I think it is important to remember the joy and love of God. And as this past year has and continues to be full of division and strife, war and rumors of wars, I think it is best if we Christians remember to have hope and joy in the Lord. Instead of fear and despair, let the Resurrection be full of Life and joy and laughter for you, remembering what Paul said to the Romans — Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21) In that spir it, I offer the following short tale from the website Will and Guy’s Humor:

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