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A Time and A Season

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Time and A Season

I am deeply moved by a post by Montrell Jackson, a Baton Rouge police officer who was tragically murdered in the line of duty in Baton Rouge this week. This young father speaks of the tension and struggle that exists in his role as a black police officer in the midst of the turmoil over the Alton Sterling shooting that occurred there on July 5. His words have now been widely quoted from everyone from activists to politicians, but I share it with you as an invitation and call to prayer. Knowing that Ecclesiastes 3 declares there is a...

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Praying for Peace

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Praying for Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV) I love this verse, it brings solace to me and calms my mind and troubled spirit. Not a week has gone by since my last blog post which was about the heartbreak of evil at work in a horrific act of terrorism in Orlando. Between blogs I tweeted to make a stand denouncing evil and terrorism as the terror in Istanbul came across the media. Now, I am aware of no less than 5 more attacks in...

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Helping the Hurting

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Helping the Hurting

When disaster strikes we are most comforted by those who extend unto us the very love and help of God. Kind words are helpful, the promise to pray is cherished, but finding a way to “be there” for those who are hurting and remind them that God loves them and so do we is the best help of all. This week I had occasion to be with a colleague from London who was bummed about the whole response to the Brexit/EU vote and controversy. When I asked what we could to do be helpful she said prayers for the people of the UK and for...

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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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