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Water for the Soul

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Water for the Soul

“Give me your tired, your poor.” – Emma Lazarus Familiar words that many will recognize as inscribed on our Statue of Liberty and the first English words millions have seen as they approached Ellis Island where immigrants began their legal and sacred journey to citizenship. Like many other points of entry into our country today, those who experienced those sights found them to be like water for their soul. Of all the miracles of God’s creation, I am most fascinated by water. Good old H2O makes up the majority of what...

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Orlando

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 1 comment

Orlando

Orlando. It’s the only word one need say to open the door to a flood of sickening thoughts. The reality is I love Orlando. It’s a great and beautiful city. I have many fond memories with family and friends there. However, the evil actions robbing and maiming life bring with it negative associations undeserved by such a great city with so many loving people. Since early Sunday morning when the news of this horrific act of violence broke and we prayed for those effected in our morning worship services, I have just been sick. And...

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Be Encouraged

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Be Encouraged

Jesus is Lord of the Church so be not dismayed! Since several have inquired about my thoughts about the future of the church I thought I would offer an encouraging word. I think it important in an Ephesians 4 mindset for us to build one another up as the body of Christ. So let me give you a list of what fuels my encouragement: -The global church is growing by leaps and bounds and people who have never heard the Gospel are coming to a faith Christ in multitudes. Disciples of Jesus are making disciples of Jesus well! -The resistance to...

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Update From General Conference

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Update From General Conference

Greetings and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! Just wanted to give you an update on the work of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. God is leading us forward in a faithful way with new relevance as we remain faithful to the authority of scripture. Among the highlights: Mount Pisgah has been well represented out here by Bob and Glenda Fincher who have served both in a delegate’s role and in a hospitality role to the global church delegates in so many ways, and by Dan Blevins who is here representing our mission...

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The Lord Watches Over Us

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Christian Life | 0 comments

The Lord Watches Over Us

One of the benefits of the General Conference experience is the beauty of God’s creation to every eye in Portland. Though Spring and the bursts of blooms have long since passed in Atlanta it is in its prime here in the Pacific Northwest. A few days back I stood at the International Rose Garden in downtown Portland looking over a miraculous display of thousands of roses I saw in the distance Mount Hood. Glorious Mount Hood was watching over the city like a watchman proud and pronounced. I was immediately reminded of Psalm 127:1,...

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The Perfect Church

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Perfect Church

The church at its best is the imperfect church. The perfect church only exists where Jesus is Lord of all and then all other agendas are surrendered. The imperfect church postures itself in humility before a perfect, holy, and loving God. The imperfect church willfully places itself in God’s grace-filled hands.  In Christ Jesus our imperfections are mitigated, we are made holy by the blood of the lamb, and we are empowered with the Holy Spirit and given authority in and through the name and presence of Christ our King So why would we...

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Light Overcomes Darkness

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Light Overcomes Darkness

I am excited about Kari Jobe and Christine Caine coming to Mount Pisgah on June 3 and invite you to join me as it will surely be a great night. In that context I have been using Christine Caine’s 10 day devotional available on YouVerse. What a blessing to be reminded of the power of God to heal and redeem as Jesus is truly the light of the world! Christine’s story of being delivered from shame and pain to a life of life and joy is simply amazing. What works for her is available to us in any context as explained in Ephesians 5:7,...

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The Mission of Making Disciples of Jesus

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, umc | 0 comments

The Mission of Making Disciples of Jesus

Do you know the mission of the church? In the United Methodist Church, we frame that mission in these words, “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Because that is God’s impassioned mission in building the Kingdom of God, and the Church’s mission for the redemption of the world, so that is also our mission and more specifically my mission! And the mission is compelling because Jesus promised in Matthew 28 that He would be with us and never leave us nor forsake us! Admittedly, most...

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Jesus Is Lord of All

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 1 comment

Jesus Is Lord of All

Some 30 years ago as I was preparing to enter into covenant as a United Methodist pastor I was asked to explain in writing this statement: Jesus is Lord of all. It was a part of the historical questions asked of Elders as we navigated the crucible called ordination. Though my answer was nearly four typewritten pages I vividly remember, writing: Jesus is Lord of all creation past, present, and future and no weapon formed against Him or His will will prevail. I also went to describe how Jesus is MY Lord! I mention this as we prepare to reaffirm...

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Covenant or No?

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Covenant or No?

It’s an interesting time to be a Christian who is impassioned to be a part of the living body of Christ and God’s holy and universal Church.  But, it is even more challenging to witness the pressure for cultural conformity to compromise the new covenant that Jesus ushered in with His life, death, and resurrection that the Church is called to live in faithfully. In His own words, Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. I would surmise a present day translation would insist that Christ came not to declare covenant...

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