I am the senior pastor at Grand St Church in Albany, New York.
Posted 5/28/12 at 10:29 AM | Peter Mattice
Have you ever wondered how facebook matchs up against twitter, Well wonder no more
Posted 5/24/12 at 2:47 PM | Peter Mattice
have you wondered how you can spot a liar ? Well with this infographic you can .
Posted 5/24/12 at 10:36 AM | Peter Mattice
Memorial day is Monday and it’s the unofficial start of the summer. A time for parades BBQ. But while your firing up the grill or going to the parade.
I challenge you to say thank you to all the service men you see this weekend no matter which war they came from. I also challenge you to go to your local grave yard and find a service men I’m sure in every cemetery there is one or two.
I myself am a Gulf war 1 veteran.
You don’t know what a simple thank you or a salute does to a service man. Just the acknowledgement that we volunteered to lay down our lives to keep this country free.
Put a single rose on their head stone and say thank you.
So how did memorial get started?
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. FULL POST
Posted 5/23/12 at 11:33 AM | Peter Mattice
Do you Play angry birds? how much do you like the birds. well here is how you rank along with everybody else.
Posted 5/22/12 at 10:36 AM | Peter Mattice
Coffee drinkers rejoice a new study says drinking coffee can prolong your life.
The study, described as the largest of its kind, found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, accidents and injuries, diabetes, and infections, but not from cancer. Researchers observed these results after accounting for the effects of other risk factors for dying, such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
The scientists examined the connection between drinking coffee and death among more than 400,000 men and women in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Participants lived in six scattered states and the Atlanta and Detroit metropolitan areas. At the beginning of the study, they were 50 to 71 years old and had not had cancer, heart disease, or stroke.
Between 1995 and 1996, the men and women completed a comprehensive questionnaire assessing their diet and lifestyle. Nine out of 10 study participants drank coffee, and few of the coffee drinkers said they also drank tea, the focus of a future analysis, says researcher Neal Freedman, PhD, of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute. FULL POST
Posted 5/21/12 at 10:26 AM | Peter Mattice
Religion has spread out into social media heres a break down of religion on Facebook
Posted 5/20/12 at 11:22 AM | Peter Mattice
Heres a break down of how people visit church websites
Posted 5/18/12 at 10:25 AM | Peter Mattice
Now I am properly going to a lot of flak for this but here goes, the 2nd commandment says
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments"
This Second Commandment explicitly forbids the use of any type of inanimate or lifeless imagery—"any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath," in the worship of the living God.
Yet God did create on earth a likeness of Himself—in humans. He specifically tells us that He "created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27)
Human beings—descendants of Adam and Eve—are living images of the living God. We, of all God's creatures, are fashioned in His likeness. ". . . In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created" (Genesis 5:1-2) FULL POST
Posted 5/17/12 at 10:21 AM | Peter Mattice
James the Just was the oldest brother of Jesus and one of the leaders of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. He was also known as James the Righteous. Both words, "just" and "righteous", refer to his honesty, piety and strict ascetic practices. Because of his importance in the early church, a letter attributed to him was included in the New Testament as the Epistle of James. But his leadership role put him in jeopardy during periods of persecution, and he was eventually put to death in Jerusalem in 62 AD.
The gospels first mention James in Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3, where he is listed along with three other brothers of Jesus and some un-named sisters. According to John 7:5, James and the other brothers initially didn't approve of Jesus' ministry. But they did become followers later, and were members of the early community of believers who lived in Jerusalem after Jesus departed.
James and the other early believers in Jerusalem still regarded themselves as Jews. They worshiped regularly in the main Jewish Temple, and they continued to adhere to the old Jewish religious laws. Outsiders regarded them as a new Jewish sect and called them Nazarenes, a name of uncertain origin. FULL POST
Posted 5/15/12 at 9:47 AM | Peter Mattice
With all the news as of late especially here in Albany NY with people shooting each other in the streets every day and if not shooting each they are stabbing each other. People killing children and all the other horror stories.
I have to ask why does God let the devil destroy the life of his creation.
After going through the bible this weekend especially though the prayer service I did Sunday morning.
I have to answer the quest ion this way.
I believe he does I don’t believe a God who created the heaven and the earth would allow all this violence to happen to his children. What parent will willfully allow their children to be killed for no reason? So for that reason the devil has to exist.
To prove Satan exists all you have to do is look around or pick up a newspaper or watch a news program.
I know God gave us free will but I don’t think we would knowingly have us take another human life without intervention from Satan.
I don’t think that was in his plan for creation . FULL POST