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    • rev.dennis
      This is our website to share and collaborate on whats important, believing, being good to each other.
      Why Believe?
      Why not Believe?  Many times I get asked, "Why is it so important to believe?" I wonder how you can not believe. Everyone has been in a time in there life they weren't sure how they got through it. Maybe you feel unlucky because you don't win the lottery or get the person you want but God above has a plan for you. Just open your eyes, your heart and your soul and you'll see it. Just believe and it comes easy.
      You are never alone
      It is very easy to feel alone especially when times are rough and it feels the weight of the world is pushing you down.  You have us, you have God and you have your faith which will keep you strong.
      Being open to receive his gift
      So many have a difficult time opening there heart and mind to the gift God wants to share with you.  Everyone believes differently and none of them are wrong. What’s important is believing.

    • rev.dennis
      My name is Rev.Dennis and I was born and raised Christian Catholic by my parents.  Every Sunday we went to church and sat, kneeled and stood as the Priest tried to communicate with us what he believed we needed to know.
      For a few years I was an alter boy at St.Daniels Catholic church in Clarkston, Michigan which was better than sitting, kneeling and standing in a pew.  Still at a young age I didn’t understand why we were forced to go to church every Sunday when obviously there was more fun things to do.
      I joined the Air Force while I was still in Brandon High School and was on the Delayed Enlistment Program so when I graduated I could go to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.
      During the service I became closer to God and religion after I have had several close calls.
      I am now a non-denominational minister.  I originally became an ordained minister to marry friends and family.  As soon as I was ordained I felt this was a very big responsibility and started doing research. Read a bunch of books and I’m still the same person as I was just more aware of the significance of being labeled as a minister.
      I’m not just someone who can marry you but I can also be a friend, someone you can talk to or ask advice. When you need someone to lean or when you feel your faith is failing you, I can be there.

    • rev.dennis
      A million times we've need you,
         a million times we've cried.
      If love alone could've save you,
         you never would have died.
      In life we love you dearly,
         in death we love you still.
      In our hearts you hold a place
         no one else will ever fill.
      It broke our hearts to lose you,
         but you didn't go alone;
      For part of us went with you,
         the day God called you home.
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      Entered Life     January 16, 1959
      Entered Eternal Life     October 5, 2019

    • rev.dennis
      When someone we love passes away,
      We ache, but we go on;
      Our dear departed would want us to heal,
      After they are gone.
      Grief is a normal way to mend
      The anguish and pain in our hearts;
      We need time to remember and time to mourn,
      Before the recovery starts.
      Let’s draw together to recuperate,
      As we go through this period of sorrow;
      Let’s help each other, with tender care
      To find a brighter tomorrow.
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      Date of Birth   January 16, 1971
      Date of Death  January 3, 2013

    • rev.dennis
      If we could bring you back again,
      For one more hour or day,
      We’d express all our unspoken love;
      We’d have countless things to say.
      If we could bring you back again,
      We’d say we treasured you,
      And that your presence in our lives
      Meant more than we ever knew.
      If we could bring you back again,
      To tell you what we should,
      You’d know how much we miss you now,
      And if we could, we would.

    • rev.dennis
      O God, who brought us to birth,
      and in whose arms we die,
      in our grief and shock, contain and comfort us;
      embrace us with your love,
      give us hope in our confusion and grace to let go into new life;
      through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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      Birth Date     March 12th 1972
      Death Date   November 8th 1993

    • rev.dennis
      I cant believe I'm standing here,
             Saying my goodbyes
      To a Dad that meant the world to me,
           My Dad with big brown eyes
          Anyone who loved him
        Will know how I feel today,
      My Dad was the sunshine of my life
      Who could light up the darkest days.
      So goodbye Dad my only Dad,
         Take your wings and fly
      To eternal happiness and your reward,
         through the big gates in the sky.
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      Birth date:   April 11th, 1948
      Death date: March 24th, 2009

    • rev.dennis
      Thank you for the lives
      of all those loved ones
      who, whilst no longer
      walking beside us
      or holding our hand
      along life’s journey
      as once they did, live on
      in the collective memory
      of those they have left behind.
      Enjoy their company, Loving God
      until we shall meet again
      Amen
      ----------------------------------------------------
      Birth date: Feb 7th 1954
      Death date: Nov 26th 2016

    • rev.dennis

      A Done Deal

      By rev.dennis, in Sermons,

      Col. 2:11-15
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      And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses (Colossians 2:13 KJV) 
       
      You have negotiated a contract. All parties are happy with the terms. The check is written. You are given title. The deed is conveyed to your name. The deal is done. And the good news is that you are not in debt. You have free and clear title to the item you purchased. It is a good feeling. Paul continues to teach about our sufficiency in Christ to the church in Colossae. These members were worried about some of the works related faith being promoted by others. So the worry begins. It was needless worry. 
       
      We have been free from sin. We are no longer ruled by sin but are now ruled by the Savior. Think of a long term illness. When you are sick for a long time, the pain and symptoms rule your life. I believe this is why the ministry of healing was part of Jesus' work before He went to the cross. For many people, illnesses and impaired conditions ruled their lives. A man born blind is ruled by darkness. Jesus comes and heals the man. He is free from darkness. It is a complete healing. A man is deaf and dumb from birth. Jesus touches the man's ears and tongue and he speaks and hears. Completely. A woman comes to Jesus with a serious blood flow condition. It has kept her from worship. It has cost her a fortune. She cannot escape the torment and Jesus heals her completely. A man born with a withered arm is asked to stretch it and Jesus makes it completely whole. 
       
      God negotiated a new covenant with mankind. When Jesus cried out, "It is finished" on the cross, the deal was done. Because of that transaction is complete - 
      We Are Complete in Our Salvation. 
      We Are Complete in Our Forgiveness. 
      We Are Complete in Our Victory. 
      I. WE ARE COMPLETE IN OUR SALVATION. 
      In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12)
       
      Not By Works: The human tendency is to try to work our way into God's graces. Paul, interestingly enough, speaks of circumcision. Why? It was one of the biggest stumbling blocks for so many in the early days of the church. It is also a good example to teach from. In Paul's day the Jewish practice was to circumcise a baby boy on the eighth day after he was born per Leviticus 12:2-3. The Mosaic Code incorporated this practice that was given by God to Abraham in Genesis 17:10-14. This was a symbolic function: "...it shall be a token of the covenant..." The word token is translated as sign or signal or beacon. It points to a greater truth. 
       
      There were two views on circumcision among the Jews. Some took the view that when you circumcised a child, he was saved. He was automatically numbered among God's faithful. In their thinking, this work was all that was necessary. Yet Paul writes in Romans 9:6, "For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel..." In others words, not every circumcised Israelite was faithful to God for salvation. One example is Judas Iscariot. He was a circumcised Jew and Jesus called him the "Son of perdition" (Jn 17:12). And again we have in John 6:70 where Jesus said to His disciples, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
       
      There is a similar error today. It is with baptism. There are some who will teach that one must be baptized in water to be saved. These are the groups that often include infant baptism in their faith practice. Why? A few reasons:
       
      Certain reformed groups see baptism as the new sign that replaced circumcision. Because the church has replaced Israel, in their mind baptism is the new sign of the covenant. Infants must be baptized to be identified as part of the community of faith. This group does not make belief part of the equation but does demand evangelizing the child later in life. 
      The Orthodox groups see infant baptism as an act of faith on the parents' part. They view God's grace to be able to save the infant beyond human comprehension. They take the verse Hebrews 13:8 out of context: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Their logic: the infant Jesus saves the infant. The child Jesus saves the child. The adult Jesus saves the adult.
      The Catholic groups see infant baptism as saving from original sin. This group seems to be in the middle between the Reformers and the orthodox. 
      As we will see in a moment, salvation is done ...
       
      By The Work of God: 
       
      "...ircumcised with the circumcision made without hands... Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead."
       
      Salvation is the work of God. Let's remember that when God gives the command to circumcise as a token or a sign. It represented the work of God. Abraham's response was just faith. He carried out the sign, the symbol, of faith. In fact if you read Genesis, Abraham was justified by faith as recorded in Genesis 15:6. The command to circumcise comes years later when Isaac is born in Genesis 17. Paul uses imagery of circumcision to reveal an important truth. Let's look at circumcision again.
       
      - First, it reveals. Flesh is cutaway and reveals a source of life. It is a witness of eternal life that links everyone here with Adam. 
       
      - Second, it reinforces a truth. Because Adam and Eve sinned, we are all sinners. Our sin is deeply rooted. 
       
      We cannot save ourselves. It is cut who circumcises our hearts. It is an action of faith. Paul switches to baptism. We are buried with Christ in that we identify ourselves as Christians. Again it is by faith. That faith begins at the moment of salvation and moves us forward in life until the end when we stand before God in Glory. We trust God to do it all for us. 
       
      @ Mark 16:16 - "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
       
      @ Acts 2:38 - "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized..."
       
      @ Acts 2:41 - "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized..."
       
      @ Acts 19:5 - "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
       
      @ Romans 5:10 - "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."
       
      @ Romans 10:13 - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
       
      @ 1 Corinthians 1:18 - "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
       
      Salvation is complete! It is not by works but by faith. This also means that...
       
      II. WE ARE COMPLETE IN OUR FORGIVENESS.
      And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross (Colossians 2:13-14)
       
      Completely Guilty. Paul's choice of words is significant. He first begins with "being dead in your sins..." which points to our actions. He does not use sin but sins. All the deeds a person does prove who he or she is: a sinner. I have heard people complain about how some of their co-workers and fellow students. They ask me, "Why do people do such things?" My answer is simple, "They do what they do because of what they are." This leads to Paul's second half of the equation, "...the uncircumcision of your flesh..." This was a term used by the Jews to describe Gentiles. Gentiles were people outside of God's promises and covenants. Paul applies this statement to describe the former nature of the members of Colossae before their conversion. 
       
      The nature of the unbeliever makes him or her completely unable to respond by human effort. They are described in Ephesians 2:12 as having no hope. 
       
      Completely God. Not the contrast between "you, being dead..." and "...hath He quickened together with him..." Here is our hope. God gives life. It is life we gain when we come to Christ. Paul describes the work of forgiveness by pointing to the cross. Note the amount forgiven there - ALL! It is a source of our joy, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Ps. 32:1). 
       
      We find throughout all the Old Testament a system of sacrifices designed to obtain forgiveness. When Moses wrote the Law there was the requirement for the person offering a sin offering to place his hand on the innocent animal. This action was designed to symbolically represent the transference of the guilt from the one making the offering to the innocent animal. The priest, as God's agent, would accept innocent animal now as the appropriate substitute. The Bible declares that "and without shedding of blood is no remission" (Heb. 9:22). That is God's remedy. Christ, the complete innocent, became our sin-bearer: "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28).
       
      That action made it complete. Paul notes that the written record of our sin and deeds - all the laws we broke - are wiped away. Note the words "Blotting out..." in the Greek is compared to the way one would erase ink. Imagine that! You break the law. You receive a citation. You go to court. Someone innocent pays your fine. The judge does something different. He takes your citation, moves a blotter over it, and the permanent ink is gone. It is as if the charge was never written. That is how complete your forgiveness is. 
       
      Let's look at one more image. The One who wrote the Law was nailed to the Cross. Think on that. Let it sink in and then realize...
       
      III. WE ARE COMPLETE IN OUR VICTORY: 
      "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it" (Col. 2:15).
       
      Debt Cancelled. Our victory is complete because Jesus cancelled the debt. Think of this. Debt does has some power. It has the power to enslave. When you have a load of debt you are limited in what you can do. When Jesus was nailed to the cross and said, "It is finished," that was not a whimper of defeat. That was the cry of victory that shook Hell. The phrase "it is finished" is one Greek word that can be translated the debt is cancelled. The Devil always had power over the sinner by keeping us in fear of death. Death is a great unknown for those who do not know God. 
       
      If you do not believe in God it is hard to imagine life after death. A minimal belief in God permits some idea of life after death. But because of the question of evil in the world, man has to consider what life in the afterlife will be like. There is within us the truth about our nature that we do not want to admit...that we deserve hell. For some in a works based religion it must be maddening to try to keep a record of all our good deeds and our bad acts. This terrifying balancing act will keep a person in a frantic state of fear. And Satan loves that. But the Good News is that Jesus Christ has cancelled it all and thus has spoiled all the powers against us. He has robbed them of their victory.
       
      Devil Disarmed. When you spoil an enemy, you have a defeated and disarmed foe. Hebrew 2:14 reads, 
       
      "Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." 
       
      The coming of Son of God in the Person of Jesus of the Nazarene was a brilliant stroke of military genius by God. With a combination of mercy and grace, the sinner is saved and thus the Devil's destructive power is rendered useless. When you are born again, you have your name entered into the Lamb's book of life. This is what is promised to the believer and unbeliever per the Book of Revelation.
       
      Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years...And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:6, 14-15).
       
      Devil's Defeat Displayed: "... he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Paul uses language familiar with the typical Roman citizen. When a general came home from victory in battle, he would display the defeated kings and chieftains in chains. When we survey the blood stained cross and look into the empty tomb, we are convinced of our victory. These items are just two of the items which point to the devil's defeat. There is one more item that we tend to gloss over - the church.
       
      Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39).
       
      "...we are..." I love those two words. We are conquerors through Jesus Christ. Sin no longer separates us from God's love. It is a done deal. It is the church that shall reign triumphant and ride with Him when He comes to establish a new Kingdom. It is a done deal!
       
      CONCLUSION
      We have complete salvation which provides complete forgiveness and thus we are granted complete victory. Though we are fighting a defeated foe, we should do so with the mindset that there are still pockets of resistance that we must face. The enemy still has strongholds of unsaved souls that we need to enter by God's grace and our obedience. This is our task until that day when He calls us up for the next great event. Until then, let us be more than conquerors! Let us lift up our faces and voices to Him as victors. Let us not fear the darts of the devil but trust the shield of faith to protect us as we move into the battle girded up with the breastplate of righteousness, bound by the belt of truth, carrying our sword the word of God and moving forward with our feet shod with the Good News!

    • rev.dennis
      LOVING GOD, we don’t always understand your timing, but we trust that you are good. We know that you hold us in your hands and wrap your love around us when we we are sad. We are sad today, Lord.
      Comfort us with your presence. Grant us peace in our hearts. Fill our minds with good memories of the one we love.
      You are the great Healer, and we ask you to heal our hearts today and wipe the tears from our eyes to see the hope you have set before us. Amen.
       
      Obituary
      Kenneth Ray Hosang passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the age of 84. He was born February 1, 1935 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Harriet Hosang. Ken was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University. He enjoyed all sports and excelled in football. Ken also joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Greenland. He taught school including social science and coaching football and basketball before being hired on as Safety Director at Pontiac Motors. He spent the last 23 years as a substitute teacher at Smithson Valley High school until he suffered a fractured hip and was forced into retirement. He continued to go to many of the high school games. Ken was preceded on death by his parents, Charles and Harriet Hosang, and his grandson, Jason. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Suzanne Hosang; five children, which include his son, Ken Hosang and wife Shelene; daughter, Shelley Jordan and husband Jimmy; daughter, Kerry Orme and husband Mark; son, Daniel Hosang and wife Michelle; and daughter Sherri Gill and husband Timothy; eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His stories, his laugh, and sense of humor will be dearly missed, but we will be comforted by so many wonderful memories.
      God of love and mercy,
      embrace all those
      whose hearts today
      overflow with grief,
      unanswered questions
      and such a sense of loss.
      Grant them space
      to express their tears.
      Hold them close
      through the coming days.

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