Belief in Jesus Christ is hard for many people to find – even for those who go to church!  There are a few simple things that can help people to encounter the living God found in Jesus Christ. “If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be; […]

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A busy cafe table is turned into a church family every Thursday night, as faith-filled people studying the Bible speak their truth with love. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. ~  Acts 1:14 Having a Bible study fellowship […]

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The Trinity is one God, showing love to the world and to eternity in three persons: Creator, Redeemer, and Transformer. This joyous song captures that love. We had a joyful worship at First United Methodist Church, Middletown on Sunday, which we capped off with a song called “The Trinity Dance” (words for the song below). […]

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If you’re waiting to be joyful and thankful for God’s grace until after you’re through life’s curves, you’ll miss the grace that’s ready for you now. I ain’t losin’ my soul – God is in control! – Micah Spruance The church that I support as a Seminarian Associate has been worshiping at a local Elks Club, […]

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Setbacks hurt. But sunsets come before sunrises, and trust in God can help us to prepare for them. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. – Maya Angelou Returning to school to pursue ordained ministries at my age, on a very limited income, is […]

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Heart-stopping faith leaps may look like one-time miracles. Like a recent race car jumping stunt, though, deep faith takes rehearsal and teamwork. Christians call this discipleship. Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking […]

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Where’s the fruit? When we feel overwhelmed, we can forget how to give generously, joyfully, and peacefully – but faith can restore us to fruitfulness. Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food…yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I […]

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Shifting from Easter to Eastertide can feel like we’ve already missed the resurrection train. But Jesus had plans for his disciples to get back on board with the Holy Spirit – and he does for us, too. Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them […]

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Many people subscribe to phone services, cable TV, razor blades, magazines, even snack foods – but why not a faith subscription that feeds us and the world? Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. […]

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It’s the event that sets people apart in faith – and, unfortunately, sometimes, against one another. Some ask, “How can we, as modern people, have a faith based on a missing body?” The darkened tomb with its stone seal rolled back in the early hours of morning is more than an unanswered question for these people – […]

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