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Migrants With A Message

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Migrants With A Message

I was overwhelmed this week in reading the stats around global migration and even more disturbed by the accompanying images. Over 15 million people have left their place of birth in just the past 12 months and ventured forth to a destination unknown. That brings the total number of global migrants to 244 million with over 20 million being refugees. Two major corridors have swelled: from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, and from Central America to the U.S. The latest group of refugees didn’t just choose to move and become...

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The Future

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Future

Does the future intimidate or scare you? I found myself in a group of pastors a while back discussing what the future looks like. Ford has already put a stake in the ground saying that in just a few years they will produce a driverless car. Computers as we know them will give way to a virtual image and a chip that we once knew as a hard drive that most likely will be imbedded or attached to our body. Imagine a future where you yourself will be your device. Imagine what the Church will look like say, in 25 years? Will there be a need for...

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Pray Means Pray

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Pray Means Pray

The media inundation around the Presidential election shows no sign of waning as we move towards November. A few of my friends/colleagues have written some very thoughtful pieces around this media blitz and the effect it has had on the general populace and more specifically the Christian community in America. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul gave his discipling protégé Timothy some instructions around worship both corporate and personal, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—...

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The Best Kind of Help

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Best Kind of Help

    Early this morning I was startled by a change in the forecast that is now predicting 20 inches of rain in some parts of Florida and a report of people catching catfish in their front yard. This is shocking in that 24 hours ago their front yard was simply grass, not a lake or river. This is unfolding on the heels of the devastating rains and floods in Louisiana and parts of the southeast coast that damaged 60,000 homes. I thank God for the body of Christ and the move of God through the Church to bring the very best kind of help...

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Magnifico!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Magnifico!

I love being inspired by God at work in people. In my estimation, there is nothing more beautiful than a divine God at work through the Holy Spirit in imperfect perfect people to bring something miraculously inspiring forth out of fragile humanity. Hope is gleaned from God at work in inspiring ways in people! Let me tell you about the Methodist School of Costa Rica in San Jose that is just  simply amazing. Founded in 1921 as a mission of the Methodist Church the school began as a ministry of education and Christian growth for children. Over...

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Ready, Aim, Fire

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 1 comment

Ready, Aim, Fire

Congrats to the girl with the gun for being the first American to bring home a medal and the first Olympic Gold winner at the 2016 games! Ginny Thrasher is a 19-year-old college student from Virginia who now finds fame as an accomplished best-in-the-world. For her, the aim in Ready, Aim, Fire is the difference between winning the gold and going home empty-handed. I was happy for Ginny as I watched her interview, but something she said really reinforced the importance of the aim part – “The closer I got to the end the more...

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Loving Transformationally

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 1 comment

Loving Transformationally

Over the past few months I have witnessed an amazing display of loving disciples of Jesus serving others. It is an amazing witness to a key element of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Loving actions in the name of Jesus that serve others affects them transformationally. I am thinking of all the acts of love I have seen displayed by the Mount Pisgah Cooking team. I am not sure I even know how many people serve on that team under the capable leadership of Bob Daniels, but it appears that there are multiple dozens. Their countless acts of...

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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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