Posts Tagged ‘joy’

ARE YOU USING YOUR GOD GIVEN GIFTS AND TALENTS? Never be ashamed to share the gifts that God has given to you. They are unique to you. And they are yours and yours alone to offer. Remember, God has a divine purpose for them. That’s where joy is rooted!

Be the joyful blessing this year and always!
– Mark

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Children reveal values at Christmas

Children reveal true values at Christmas.

Want to know what is truly important to children? Ask them what their favorite part of Christmas was. After worship yesterday, I did just that. And, boy, was I in for a shocker! (more…)

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On the 12th day of Christmas, my true-love gave to me a look back at the spiritual journey of the Old Stone Church which brought us to this day. I doubt you will ever get through the videos in this post in one sitting (or at all), but perhaps there was something that truly spoke to you as you made your way to Bethlehem again this year. Please feel free to share your Advent/Christmas comments below, or share these Advent/Christmas videos with others. May God bless you this 12th Day of Christmas, tomorrow (Monday) on Epiphany and the throughout the whole year ahead!

Peace and Love,
R. Mark Giuliano
The Old Stone Church

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Hope is a Light!

What a joy it was to share this message of Christmas hope from the heart of Greater Cleveland on Christmas Eve 2013. Don’t leave the baby Jesus in the manger this year; let God’s light shine through all your thoughts, words and actions. God bless you all!

–  R. Mark Giuliano, The Old Stone Church

Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.

Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.

– Henri J. M. Nouwen