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Rev. Dr. Edward DavisA Message from our Senior Pastor

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son."

    As we look at our world today it is broken up into more than a thousand pieces. We see terrorism in one form or another in every nation upon the earth. We see racism, poverty, exploitation and economic inequality. We see deep valleys of social, political, and religious differences, we see mountains of hatred and prejudice, divided classes, races and nations. Brothers fighting against brothers and children fighting against parents; community strife; racial profiling; and conflicts in, too, many nations. If we allowed what we see on the surface to influence us we would be most miserable, pessimistic and fearful.

   But as Christians we must strive to look through the eyes of faith—and move onward as Christian soldiers called out of darkness and "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all of you (Eph 4:3-6) Our being in Christ makes us "All One Body". In essence when we accept Christ as Savior in spite of racial, ethnic, class, or economic difference we have spiritual oneness.

   As humans we have a physical oneness whether we accept or believe it we are related physically one to another. We should not think of ourselves as separate individuals, but as part of one gigantic super-humanity. St. Paul in Acts 17:26 says "And God hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." This scripture highlights our physical oneness. Cut any man, woman, boy or girl and their blood runs red. All men and all women are made of the same basic matter. Men are men and women are women. They all feel pain. They have the same feelings of joy. What hurts you will hurt any body, even though he or she is at is at the end of the earth. We have been created by One God, and the people of the world will be better off when we truly realize out physical oneness.

   All humans have a social oneness. All of us are interrelated and interdependent, no person can really exist or live as though he or she were alone in the world. In the 17th Century John Donne wrote, "No man is an Island, entirely of itself. Whenever one man dies it diminished me because I am a part of mankind." Every person is a piece of the continent a part of the main. Remember the good that you and I do has worldwide repercussions because we are one. Encourage, love, help a child today and prevent a thief, a mugger or criminal tomorrow. We are socially connected when a cure for AIDS is discovered people of all nations will eventually benefit, because "No man is an island"; there is a degree of social oneness.

   We have a moral oneness or obligation as members of a family have a moral duty to each other; we humans have moral duty to our fellow brothers and sisters. There is a moral obligation shared by all to help the poor, the needy, and the disenfranchised. We often try to dodge this responsibility. After Cain slew his brother, Abel, he tried to escape his duty by asking God "Am I my brother's keeper"? The answer was and still is emphatically YES. By just being in the human family, we have a moral responsibility to help anyone.

   Still we have the world with a haunting drum beat of war resounding from the Bush administration. Our world is one of strife, selfishness, racism, and hatred. True Christians have the answer. When people of all classes and races receive Christ, and are submissive to God, they will learn to forgive each other to love each other share and provide for one another. Yes, in Christ—we can sing with truth the hymn "Onward Christian Soldier like a mighty army moves the church of God; Brothers we are treading where the saints have trod; we are divided "All one body we ~ one in hope, and doctrine, one in charity." Christ commands that we be one in Love.

   I want to extend my heart felt gratitude to each member for faithfully supporting your church and God's kingdom building with your time, treasurers, and talents. Let us continue in the spirit of Oneness.

   Let us move forward in prayer for World Peace!

   Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, Senior Pastor