Join us Tuesday, February 25,
2019 as we return to our study on the Doctrines found in the Book of Ephesians. This week's theme is we have been "made alive in Christ" in Ephesians 2:5 and following. This would be the finest night to attend your first Bible Enrichment experience at Ray Of Hope.We are in this story!Come and see for yourself.
Time - 6:30 until 8:00 PM at
- Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
380 W. 1st St.
Elmira, NY 14901
and on Skype: rayofhope26 is our Skype Contact
Call 607-280-0374, Pastor Benedict, with your
Please sign on to Skype
at 6:15 at the latest. If you go to our web site you can make use of our new Skype button which will open your
computer to your Skype sign on screen if you have Skype already on your device.
To read instruction on how to set this up Click Here.
You may start this Bible
Enrichment class at any time. Come even if this is your first
meeting or your first one in the recent past.
Come sit with us at the
Table of the Feast of the Word Of God.
All versions of the
Bible are welcome, so bring your favorite(s) with you.
Cost for our
classes? There is no cost, or fee, ever. From the Moderator, Veronica Floyd in her Moderator's Report given January 19, 2020: "In 2020, we will return to the practice of collecting an offering at our Bible Enrichment sessions. The offering will be used to support the operational portion of the budget. Please consider saving your change during the week and dropping it into the offering plate, every penny will make a difference."
Your tax deductible
donations are always welcome.
You are as welcome here
as Christ Jesus Himself. In Romans 15:7 we are commanded to:
another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God." (Romans
Christ's peace be with
Pastor Br. Shawn
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Now may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by
the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
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Often I am asked for a
brief summary of how we received the English Bible as we have so many
renditions today. Here is a brief summary written by Finis Dake:
How We Got Our English Bible
English Bible is the result of 1200 years of work by all kinds of learned men.
Portions were translated from the Vulgate, the Latin version, beginning as far
back as A.D. 700 when Aldhelm translated the Psalms into Saxon. Egbert
translated the 4 gospels sometime later. In A.D. 735 Bede translated parts of
the Scriptures into Saxon. King Alfred undertook a translation of the Psalms
but died in A.D. 900 before it was finished. Elfric translated the Pentateuch
and some of the historical books in the 10th century. Nothing else was done
about translation from then to the time of John Wycliffe, who made the first
complete English Bible from the Vulgate in A.D. 1380. The next was a N.T. by
William Tyndale in 1535 and the Pentateuch in 1530. In 1535 Miles Coverdale
made the first complete printed English Bible. Then came the Geneva Bible in
1560, followed by Bishop's
Bible in 1563 and revised in 1568. The Roman church came out with Douay version
of the N.T. in 1582 and the whole Bible in 1609 which has been used by that
church up until now. In 1604 King James authorized 47 men to make a complete
translation of the Bible from the original languages. It was finished in 1611
after 7-8 years of diligent work. It has been the most popular and accepted
version of the English speaking world from that day until now. There have been
several revised versions since then, and a number of Bibles in modern English,
but none have been as well accepted and as lasting as the King James version
and perhaps never will be.
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As a reminder, our
Ray Of Hope Church chapel is open for prayer every day and night from 8:00
AM to 11:00 PM. (Closed 9 hours a day for cleaning and
maintenance.) The Blessed Sacrament, the "Bread from
Heaven" (Exodus 16:2, Psalm 78:24, John 6:32, 41,50,58), the Bread of the
Angels (Psalm 78:25), the Bread of God (John 6:33), the Bread Of Life (John
6:35, 48) the Living Bread (John 66:51), the Sacrament of the Eucharistic
"flesh and blood" of Jesus (John 6:52-56) is reserved in
both kinds (Eucharistic bread and wine) in the Tabernacle in our
chapel. Please know you are always welcome to stop in for a visit with
Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, for quiet prayer, a quiet place to
read and meditate, say a rosary, or just be. Our little chapel
could be your perfect get-away. Who would suspect you were
here? If we see you in the chapel we will certainly say hello and offer a
cup of tea or coffee.
Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. teaches the Doctrine of Universal
Salvation. This is the statement we agreed upon in 2011 and added to
"We believe that
Salvation is a gift that God has given to the entire human
race. Romans Chapter Five explains this Doctrine of Universal
Salvation. One's personal salvation is assured by believing in
God as per John 5:24. Salvation is best known through the Gospel of
Jesus the Christ, and through rebirth by the Holy Spirit." (Ray Of Hope
Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. By - Laws
September, 2011 Lines 1141 - 1148)
At Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. we have the answers, God's answers to all of life's
problems, in the past, the present, and the future in the Holy
Scriptures. If we did not have the answers then we would be a fraudulent
hoax passing as a "religion." Many professional religious
leaders can be heard today backing away from the solid truths of Sacred
Scripture. When they do this they end up with a lukewarm church that
spirals downward to the logical conclusion. The Holy Scriptures give Gay,
Lesbian, Straight, Bi, Trans, Questioning, persons of all colors and expression
of humanity God's answers to all relevant issues and questions. At Ray Of
Hope Church we do our very best to explore those questions and answers
together. If you are feeling lukewarm or cold about your
"faith" or your "spirituality" then perhaps it is time to
turn up the heat and get warmed up by the light of the Truths of the Holy
Scriptures. Come and enjoy the Living and Life-giving Word Of God with
us, start today!Sometimes we just know
there is more to life than aimlessly wandering through until we die.God (not a old MAN in the sky, not female
either, but the Living creating life energy known wherever there is life, all
through the Universe) has a plan and is delighted to reveal much of it for our
understanding and enjoyment in Sacred Scriptures.We love the Word Of God at Ray Of Hope Church
and we are delighted to share that love with you.
Worship is our
primary activity as a church.There is
an old standard in the church, "lex orandi, lex credendi" which means that "the law of prayer is
the law of faith" or "that which we pray is that which we
believe." Our prayer, our worship
is the key to understanding what God has revealed for us to accept as
true.Our congregation offers the
leadership, organization, presentation of worship experiences, and the physical
building space for worship and education in spirituality as our primary service
to the general public.All are welcome
to avail themselves to our services of worship.
Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. is the name of this ministry. The only name associated with this ministry is
the "Name above all names."See
8 Jesus humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
9 Because of this, God
highly exalted him
and bestowed on him
the Name above every other name.
10 So that at the Name of
every knee must bend,
in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth,
11 and every tongue
to the glory of God:
Jesus Christ is Lord.
(This rendition is based upon the 1970 divine
office version of the New American Bible with inclusive language added.)
God knows all of God's works from the beginning to all time. (Acts 15:17b-18)
From the beginning I revealed the end. From long ago I told you things that had not yet happened, saying, "My plan will stand, and I'll do everything I intended to do." (Isaiah 46:10 God's Word Trans.)
For easy instructions on how to use Skype to participate in our activitiesclick here.
+ Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ is Christ-centered in all of its teachings, and therefore does not ascribe to the dogmas, teachings, or practices of any denomination, or para-church organization of the Christian Church. Rather, we maintain an autonomous freedom to draw from the two millennia of immense riches known in all denominations of Christianity. Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an "independent" local Church. This does not mean we stand alone, as though on pride or arrogance, rather we seek to share an interdependence with other assemblies and fellowships of believers who endeavor equally as hard as we do to bring the Gospel to all people.
(Ray Of Hope Church Statement Of Faith)
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. The only name associated with this ministry is the "Name above all names." (see Philippians 2:9-11)
Ray Of Hope
Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
is the original Church in Central New York for
ALL People, including but not limited to
persons who are or might be:
Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Asexual, Pansexual, Hetero-flexible.
Anyone who is human!
Married, divorced, remarried, single,
and persons of all gender expressions.
Persons of any faith / religion or
no faith, no religion, or have no idea where to start with
A spiritual home for those
who are “spiritual but not religious.”
WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO TELL Y
OU IS WE ARE
the Church by us, for us, 4 U!
The Church made by you
we ARE you!
Ray Of Hope Church was founded in 1983
and is serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Elmira New York.
We are in fact serving the world with live interactive worship
Bible enrichment sessions, and meetings
through SKYPE on the Internet.
WE ARE YOU!
We never held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church
WE ARE YOU!
We are not an OPEN AND AFFIRMING church
WE ARE YOU!
We are not a RECONCILING CHURCH or
RECONCILING CONGREGATION for
WE ARE YOU!
We are not an OPEN MINDED or ACCEPTING or WELCOMING
church where you can attend as long as
you blend in quietly and discretely.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:27-31) We often rattle off this Bible verse. It is known as the Golden Rule. In the business world Dave Kerpen, founder and CEO, Likeable Local has a development of this thought that I like. He wrote; "So I came up with the 'Platinum Rule': Do unto others as they would want done to them." What does the other person(s) need from me for the best outcome, that is what I want to learn to understand and do. ~Br. Benedict To read Dave Kerpen's own explanation of this Click Here.
The love between two women is sanctified in the Book of Ruth where we learn about Ruth and Naomi.
The love between two men is sanctified in the Book of 1 and 2 Samuel where we learn about David and Jonathan.
We are a church not because of what we do, but simply because we are here together. ~Br. Benedict
Christ died for everyone so that today, in 2019 we who live might no longer live for ourselves but for Him who died for us and was raised from the dead by God. This resurrection conquered the power of death forever. Now we no longer live to ourselves, nor do we die to ourselves. "For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's." In fact "Christ is the Lord of both the living and the dead." We are under the authority of the Love of Christ. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God made known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.(see 2 Cor. 5:14,15; Romans 1:4; 14:7-9; 8:39)
Read a short article explaining that the original King James Version of 1611 did in fact contain all of the books designated as Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical by some traditions. This shows there should be no distinction between a so-called "Catholic" and a so-called "Protestant" Bible based upon the presence of the absence of these books. To read this article Click Here.