Findings: My Journey To Joy                            

This is the true story of a church in America's Bible Belt, the First Christian Church in Florissant, Missouri--a church with a meager beginning and record of steady growth for forty-nine years until the weight of sexual abuse charges against a youth minister left it, and its congregation, broken. This is a case history and analysis of those events.  

This is for the victims.—Joy S. Taylor, Author

Joy in Verse Encouragement for 20220517

Today is a beautiful day, because Ezra read the Book of the Law of Moses to the people, and Nehemiah and Ezra deemed it a holy day, “And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law…

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What am I to Make of This?

I am baffled by this comment from the senior pastor, because it is opposite to his behavior in 2012 when three trustworthy individuals came to him to report their concerns. I joined the church around 2003 and wasn’t aware of a reported case, though that is not to say there wasn’t one prior to 2012….

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Prayer for Today

Everlasting and mighty God, you are El Roi, the God who sees me. You captivate me, because you are the Creator, Holy and Righteous, and yet you seek a relationship with me. You desire my presence in your courts. You allow me access to your throne and mercy seat. My greatest joy is sharing moments…

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Joy in Verse Encouragement for 20220516

Today is a beautiful day, because Elisha succeeded Elijah, “Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, ‘Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?’ And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha…

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At Least Two Sides to Every Argument

Vague statements do not stand against arguments substantiated by documentation. Redirection from the main topic does not answer the issue at hand. Does questioning the platform of presentation disprove a valid point? Doesn’t it take another valid argument to come against it in a reasonable dialogue? Here’s my burning question. Shouldn’t I expect abject truth…

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Prayer for Today

All-seeing, all-knowing God in Heaven, there is nothing outside your control. Thank you for the apostle, John, and his infinite perspective from forever ago to eternity to come. Thank you for his witness. John, who walked three years with our Savior and witnessed the transfiguration, stood at the base of the cross. He was in…

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Joy in Verse Encouragement for 20220515

Today is a beautiful day, because Elijah and Elisha had fifty witnesses to their crossing of the Jordan, “Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the…

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The Reporting Issue

The whistleblowers revealed their belief that the senior minister, as a mandated reporter, neglected to hotline Brandon M. after being notified multiple times of possible abuse of a minor. The case study, “Is it Enough?,” listed three people who had notified the senior minister. There is no incidence of which I am aware that any…

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Prayer for Today

Lord God, we are living in the era of mass instability, mass psychosis and mass hysteria. I have never experienced this in all my many years. Thank you for your constancy and faithfulness. Thank you for the anchor that holds. Thank you for your truth and promises. Thank you for the peace, assurance and sanity…

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Joy in Verse Encouragement for 20220514

Today is a beautiful day, because God provided for Elijah, “And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Arise and eat.’ And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And…

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