ARCHDIOCESE UNITED CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Message from the desk of Archbishop McComb
Greetings to the People of God!
What a blessing to be standing on the threshold of a New Year that is filled with great promise for the believers in Christ. It is our desire that each of you will both prosper and be in health even as your souls prosper.
I’d like to begin by expressing my gratitude for the love and faithful support of the many Christian brothers and sisters who have passed through the corridors of this ministry by way of this web-site. I know that there is no shortage of Christian (and other) web-sites that one can visit. That you were directed by the Holy Spirit to “look us up” is no coincidence, as I am a firm believer that God does not work in coincidences. Everything that happens is divinely orchestrated by the guiding hand of our merciful Father. Consequently, I welcome you to this site and to visit with us in person if ever you are within the area of any of our local ministries.
As I reflected on the year 2013, I considered that one spiritual meaning of the number thirteen is the bonding of many into one. This number also signifies a turning point from within one's life, a turning point that indicates increased responsibility and accountability. As such, I believe that this is the year that God will connect His people into a unified body. For various reasons, we have conducted His business in fragmented, separated, individualized entities. But God is calling for a unified people who will love, serve, witness, and dutifully carry-out His Kingdom work in this present age. The focus has to be on the things of eternal significance and not on “our ministries.” When we all come together, we can effect changes that truly have eternal ramifications.
The question might be asked, “How will we accomplish such a challenging task.” My answer is to direct you to the Word of God. In the Gospel of Saint John, Jesus uses on the whole 13 comparisons or titles to designate who He is really:
1. I am the Bread (John 6:35 and 6:48 and 6:51)
2. I am the Light (John 8:12 and 9:5)
3. I am the Gate (John 10:7 and 10:9)
4. I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11 and 10:14)
5. I am the Resurrection (John 11:25)
6. I am the Way (John 14:6)
7. I am the Truth (John 14:6)
8. I am the Life (John 14:6)
9. I am the Vine (John 15:5)
10. I am the King (John 18:37 and 19:21)
11. I am Son of God (John 10:36)
12. I am in the Father (John 14:10 and 14:11 and 14:20 and 17:8)
13. I am (John 8:24 and 8:28 and 8:58 and 13:19)
As we continue to go to the source, to the “I AM”, in complete reliance upon Him - we will be able to do the exceeding, abundantly above all that we can ever ask or imagine.
To God be the glory!
Archbishop Carl McComb
Christian Tonic: "The Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear Him so He can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as He has done to this day." (Deuteronomy 6:24)
God's call for your obedience is based on His own commitment to your well-being. Since God is the Creator of life, He knows how life is supposed to work.