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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 | 12 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 | 0 comments

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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Pressing Onward

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 2 comments

Pressing Onward

Philippians 3:14,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Pressing on is a learned behavior! Amazing stories have unfolded in Sochi as athletes who have spent the majority of their lives training to press on towards the prize in the specific competition for which they have earned a spot. To see men and women collapse at the finish line in total exhaustion, having left nothing on the table, have triggered within us the emotions that accompany the human struggle. Be encouraged today...

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Yes You Can!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Yes You Can!

Children inspire me! Look at this precious letter written by a little girl to Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks and be inspired! God is eternally inviting us to a Philippians 4:13 outlook on life, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Sometimes we just need to be reminded that there is one in our corner who believes in us and exhorts us like not other, “Yes You Can!”. Only in Christ can we rise from the ashes, only with Christ can we overcome the obstacles, and only through Christ can we...

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Smarter this Year

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Smarter this Year

No doubt you are familiar with the concept of working smarter rather than harder. I was reminded this week of the brilliance of limiting the number of resolutions this year to something manageable. For me that would be just one! I am convinced I stand my best chance for success with that one resolution/goal being in and around my journey of faith with Christ. Why? Because I have learned over the years that God’s wisdom is better than mine, God’s strength is stronger than mine, and God’s stamina to stay the course far...

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Loving God, Truth, and People

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Loving God, Truth, and People

Been an interesting week of considering practical application of the devotional scriptures I have been reading each morning. Working through the Pentateuch now and have just worked through Leviticus. Combined with the passages in the New Testament like Corinthians I am still convinced that God takes God’s good gift of human sexuality and sexual sin seriously. I understand that many see this differently and my intent is not to be divisive, to be a bigot, but just to live in my responsibility of obedience to the scriptures. Let me say...

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Help For the Hurting

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Help For the Hurting

Just a reminder to join me in praying for all those who are being affected by the Affordable Care Act. That includes people all over our country and in various scenarios and roles including employees, business owners and their families. May God’s grace be near us all and may God’s wisdom be upon our leaders. Two conversations this morning struck me as perfect examples of our need to pray. One is a long time worker for a firm in Detroit who after 20 years will lose his job as his company has made a decision to downsize the...

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Aligning Passion and Purpose

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Aligning Passion and Purpose

One of the great challenges of life is aligning our passion and our purpose. The Bible speaks volumes to God’s great effort to make our purpose to glorify God clear and attainable. There are even vivid examples of specificity for a personal purpose like Nehemiah and Ezra in rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem and the Temple and of God which inspire us to believe that living in God’s purpose makes our potential for being a difference maker enormously impactful. Few would debate that among our specific personal purposes is the...

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A Great New Day

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Great New Day

One of the great joys of the pastorate is the joy of watching God at work in the teachable! Just completed Vacation Bible School here with a cast of 800 who were wonderfully directed by the Holy Spirit. Wow! Lot’s of energy and super servant hours invested in a most worthy effort to share the Love of God that Rocks! 150  children committed their lives to Christ and began a faith journey within the Body of Christ that will last an eternity. There is no better news than that kind of news, hats off to God and the Mount Pisgah faithful to...

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