Author: Mark Chironna

ADVENT: The Promise Of His Coming

Greetings, Beloved! My prayer for you as we enter this Advent Season, and celebrate Christmas 2017, is that the grace and peace that comes from both God our Father, and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, would be yours in abundance. You are His child, and by His Spirit, that glorious experience of peace, from the Maker and Giver of peace, is my heart’s desire for you right now. So much is taking place in the nation and in the nations that is unsettling, disturbing, chaotic, and creating uncertainty for many. Yet the sure promises of God are “yes...

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If It Matters To You, It Matters to God!

by Dr. Mark J. Chironna Greetings, Beloved! May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with your spirit! I am ever so grateful for your steadfastness of faith in the gospel. The strength of the body of Christ requires that all of us stand strong in these days of challenge and change. I want to share something with you that happened to me a few weeks back. I had just returned from vacation, and we had a guest preacher on that Sunday. After I walked to the pulpit to offer a closing prayer and benediction to the flock, I dismissed them in peace and then lingered, as is my custom, at the altar to greet and pray for the saints. A precious member of the congregation came up to me and quoted something I had said in closing, prior to the benediction. I said these words: “If it matters to you, it matters to God!” She asked me something to this effect, “Bishop, would you be willing to teach on that or do a series on that, so that I can understand it?” Mind you, there was a certain earnest plea in her voice and what seemed to be a deep cry in her spirit when she raised the question. For me it was one of those “God moments.” You could call it somewhat of an epiphany. While an...

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Watch And Pray

Greetings, Beloved! I sincerely pray that this email finds you in a healthy place in Christ. Starting today. My heart’s desire is that Christ, who is our Peace, our Shalom, in whom there is an absence of all things harmful, and in whom there is the presence of all things beneficial, will cause there to be nothing missing and nothing broken in your life. I know that the challenges you face are real, as are the stressors that come with living in a fallen world, even when the grace of Christ is your portion. I want you to know I am praying for you today. I also want to talk to you today briefly about prayer—not just about praying, but also about being watchful, and why that is an inseparable part of prayer. This will be the first in a 4-part series I will post about watching and praying. It’s a fitting topic because we are currently in the midst of the Lenten Season—the 40-day period that the church of Jesus Christ historically has set aside to watch and pray before Holy Week, in remembrance of Jesus’ deeply painful testing in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of His suffering and crucifixion. At this time, it is healthy for us to become aware of this reality: our spirit is willing and our flesh is weak. It is the...

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