January 19th, 2022 by Dr. Larry Selig
In 2002 when we felt the Lord call us to move to the Orlando area to be closer to all of our children and grandchildren, we first had to sell our home in Pittsburgh to afford our new Florida home.
No offers came for several months, until a husband and wife came one evening, looked quickly at the home, spoke to me briefly, and left. I said to Ida that I strongly felt this was the couple who would be the buyers.
December 7th, 2021 by Dr. Larry Selig
Every Advent, our church in Pittsburgh held an outreach for the children and families in the community to explain the real meaning of Christmas.
Up to 7,000 children and adults came each year during the four days we called “The Joy of Sharing Christmas.” Tour guides led groups of 25-35 through a series of rooms where live actors in costume would share the REAL Christmas story.
So what does the real Christmas story look like?
October 24th, 2021 by Dr. Larry Selig
"I’m fine. Thank you.”
Translation: “I do not need any help.”
In the American culture which encourages the value of independence, how reluctant we often are to accept help from others. It feels like a sign of weakness or dependence.
And yet for Christians, this runs counter to the teachings of Jesus and Paul that we are created for community, with openness, vulnerability, and mutual support. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15). “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
As a pastor, it felt good to help others carry their burdens. I wanted to be a strong leader. But seeking help for myself seemed uncomfortable. It was like a sign of weakness.
September 6th, 2021 by Dr. Larry Selig
A young husband I shall call John, with a wife and two young sons, was just diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. It was inoperable, terminal, and he was given just six months at best to live. In spite of growing up in the church where his parents and wife were still active, he became indifferent about his faith in God. That was until he received this diagnosis and John became very angry with Him!
February 3rd, 2021 by Dr. Larry Selig
Israel is a unique country in many ways, not the least of which is its small but varied geography, a veritable land bridge between Asia, Africa and Europe.
If placed on a map of Florida, it would only stretch from Jacksonville in the north to below Melbourne in the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the St. John’s River on the west. It is only 150 miles north to south, and 50 miles wide near Jerusalem.
But while this part of Florida is mainly flat and sandy, Israel has all of the variety of California: snow covered mountains, desert regions below sea level, ocean beaches, fertile valleys, and wilderness areas. In fact, the geography of Israel is sometimes called the “fifth Gospel”.
September 28th, 2018 by Dr. Larry Selig
Have you ever questioned God's concern for you, your family, or friends who were facing crises which seemed out of control?
Have you found it difficult to trust God when your prayers seem to go unanswered?
December 9th, 2016 by Dr. Larry Selig
Originally sent to the parish via email 12-2-16.
Do you believe in angels? I mean, like the angels we read about throughout the Bible? Especially at Advent and the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus, angels appear everywhere. We sing carols about them, see them on Christmas cards, and in pageants. But are they real today?
This Sunday at the 10 AM service, I want to share with you how I came to believe that angels were and still are real. We will discuss who they are, how many there might be, what God calls them to do, and share several recent angelic encounters that cause me to say, "I believe!" Hope to see you Sunday!
February 27th, 2015 by Dr. Larry Selig
Most of the three years of Jesus’ ministry took place along the Northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Here He did most of His teaching, preaching, miracles, and fed the 5,000. Most of His disciples were from this region. But just before He took His disciples on His last trip to Jerusalem, where He knew the Cross awaited, He left the quiet, pastoral hills of Galilee for a two day journey to Caesarea Philippi. Why?