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Posted July 23rd, 2012 by Pastor_David
On Sunday, July 29 we will be worshiping at the Variety Boys & Girls Club, 21-12 30th Road, 11102.
Services will take place at the regular times: 9:30AM & 11:15AM.
For directions click here.
On Sunday, August 5, we will worship at our regular location, the ACI Synagogue, 27-35 Crescent Street, 11102.
Posted July 10th, 2012 by Pastor_David
David Fullerton & I will be team teaching a class this summer called "Who is God?" (Wednesdays, 7:30pm, starting July 11 -- optional pizza at 6:45pm.) The class takes a look at what theologians often call "the attributes of God" -- those dimensions of his nature and character that are revealed to us in Scripture.
At each class session, David & I will be handing out a devotional guide that can be used for personal reflection and prayer during the week. The devotional to be given at the first session explores the question, "Why is this an important topic to study?" To read the devotional guide click here:
Posted June 26th, 2012 by Pastor_David
How well do you know God? If you're like me, there are some things about God that make you a little uncomfortable. It is much easier to love and worship God for his grace, love, and mercy than it is to love him for his justice, wrath, and holiness. How should we worship God for his majesty and power? What does it mean for God to be all-knowing, all-powerful, and omnipresent? God calls us to know him -- to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength -- but learning to know and worship him is a life-long task meant to be done in community. (read more)
Posted June 13th, 2012 by Pastor_David
We've been studying the book of 1 Peter in church. A theme in this book is the repeated idea that Christians don't really fit in this world. Peter says that we are "exiles", "aliens", "strangers" here. Because of this we are called to lead lives that are radically different from those who do not know Christ. Rather than being conformed to the world, we are called to be holy.
Here are several quotes that I appreciate that talk about how important it is for Christians to resist the pull of worldliness and live instead for the glory of God. To read them click here.
Posted June 5th, 2012 by Pastor_David
We've been studying 1 Peter on Sunday mornings this spring. 1 Peter 3:1-7 talks about the beauty and power that fill a Christian marriage when both the husband and the wife treasure the glory of Christ more than their own marital fulfillment. I recently watched a video clip about a young married couple, named Ian and Larissa, whose relationship demonstrates this in an amazing way. To see the clip click here. To hear the message I preached on this passage click here.
Posted May 29th, 2012 by Pastor_David
There sermon text from last Sunday's message (1 Peter 3:1-7) describes the difficulties encountered by Christians who are married to unbelievers. I recently read a very well-written article by a young woman who struggled with God's direction for her relationship with her unsaved boyfriend. To read her article click here.
Posted May 21st, 2012 by Pastor_David
Due to an activity at the ACI Synagogue, Astoria Community Church will worship at the Variety Boys & Girls Club on Sunday, May 27. There will be only one worship service that day -- at 11:15AM. The Boys & Girls Club is located at 21-12 30th Road, Astoria, 11102.
Following the service, come join us for a picnic (weather permitting) at Astoria Park. We'll gather in the park near the corner of 19th Street & Ditmars Blvd. Bring food for yourself & to share and a blanket or chair to sit on. Invite some friends!
Posted April 26th, 2012 by Pastor_David
We are starting a sermon series through the book of 1 Peter. A major theme of this book is: living with hope in the face of suffering.
Posted April 19th, 2012 by Pastor_David
“The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world’s ills, or one solution to humanity’s needs has done untold harm throughout history – especially in the last century.” So said Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, as he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. His words voice a common view in today’s world, the idea that it is horribly wrong for any group or religious tradition to claim to hold insights into the absolute truth.
The prevalence of this view presents some difficulty for the modern Christian. (Read more)
Posted April 9th, 2012 by Pastor_David
Many people have been helped by examining the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some links to material that you might find interesting.