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No Fear

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

No Fear

For me it is amazing to behold the divine hand of God at work in humanity. We are so very fragile.  In a season where the world is experiencing fear from the Ebola crisis which now claims almost 5000 victims it is difficult to stand firm on God’s promises. It would seem our need for God is clearly displayed daily, and at that, many times a day. When God speaks to us in His Word God assures us and we know by faith that the promises are true and right. The problem for us occurs when we survey the landscape of humanity and all that seems...

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Contagious

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Contagious

If we were playing word association and I were to shout out, “Contagious”, what would be your response? Something tells me that it would most likely not have a positive connotation. And that would be a shame because the power of a contagious love overcomes and that is a positive viral effect. It’s a good and healthy kind of viral spread in a world that fears viral spread. Jesus gave his Disciples and us a very pointed command in John 15:17, This is my command: Love each other. Just seven words. As my friend Regi Stone would...

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Focused and Effective

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Focused and Effective

                The past few years, we have seen some amazing fruit in the lives of  many Christians who have called this church home and yet been hamstrung by a lack of focus as they struggled living out God’s mission to be disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus effectively. In 2008, we began a journey of discovery with God praying that God would help us sharpen the focus and live in greater effectiveness in this role to God’s glory. God was indeed good to lead us to a place where...

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Vital but Resisted

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Vital but Resisted

It’s a message that literally shakes people up.  It is sobering to own and demanding to respond to authentically. It’s a message that  prompts an interesting and mostly surprising response that we hear over time to what is the most challenging truth before us. Throughout biblical history, people have responded with great resistance and sometimes even violence when confronted with this truth. Prophets in sharing this truth as a call from God were persecuted and even murdered. Jesus shared this truth and met the greatest...

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Consume or Invest?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Consume or Invest?

  When Jesus called the twelve original Disciples what did He invite them to? Lately I have been mulling over just what all that entailed in terms of commitment and expectation. The textbook answer occurs in the Gospels and is redundant in the offering, “Come and follow me and I will teach you to be fishers of men.” And Jesus did not disappoint. He did precisely that in terms of teaching, training, and equipping these Disciples to be the words, hands, and feet of Christ to a world of hurting and disengaged people who were...

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Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

Psalm 150:6 seems appropriate today. Despite all the turmoil of humanity God continues to build His Kingdom and unfold His plan across His creation which brings inspiration and hope for all who will embrace God’s redeeming presence. The past couple of months I have seen the paradox of the worst forms of evil and the greatest forms of good. In Africa, I was so inspired by a global gathering of leaders from 22 different countries whom God is gifting in unique ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ in exponential numbers. They were full of...

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Tolerance, Acceptance, and Accountability

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Tolerance, Acceptance, and Accountability

Over the past few days, I have been mulling about something that Rev. John Wesley, a minister in the Church of England, and the founder of the Methodist Church wrote: “What one generation tolerates the next generation will embrace.” Most people, I would think, when hearing this quote would pause to consider if this axiom really works in the progression that Wesley infers. Thank God systemic sins like racism and sexism have not continued to progress in a downward spiral, but rather have been righted by good and Godly people who...

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Does Unity for Unity’s Sake Work?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 15 comments

Does Unity for Unity’s Sake Work?

Just a couple of weeks ago I shared in an interview these words, which I think are best understood with the accompanying rationale that you will find included below: “Our connectional covenant depends on obedience and faithfulness to the policies adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC). From bishops, to clergy, to laity, to boards and agencies, it is that covenant that makes us united and binds us together. When the covenant is not maintained and protected at any level of the church, we suffer from disunity and...

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The Bible, Marriage, and Same Sex Attraction

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 1 comment

The Bible, Marriage, and Same Sex Attraction

The church’s position on marriage after 2000 years of history and continuity is after two millenniums being challenged. Many don’t see that as an issue. What would it hurt to be more accepting? A great question for us all to process and especially among all those who equate loving as accepting . John 14 is very clear in the words of Jesus himself, loving is obeying His commands. Jesus equated loving with obeying. I am torn. My heart and soul yearn to love God and love people. I love the people of our church and community of every...

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The First Temptation of Christ

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

The First Temptation of Christ

Though he wrote the work some 25 years ago it washed over me like a refreshing wave. Henri Nouwen’s, In the Name of Jesus, Reflections on Christian Leadership reminded of why I answered the call to the ordained ministry. Nouwen has a way, simple and succinct in words and yet deep and wide in meaning. Consider this gem, “Jesus first temptation was to be relevant; to turn stones into bread.” Relevance…Relevance…isn’t that one of the buzzwords that we on the inside of church culture have bantered about as a...

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