Perfect love is hard to find, but God invites us to experience Christian perfection – being passionately in love with God and the world together. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32 The outdoor thermometer in my car read 97 degrees on a […]

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Church growth is about more than filling a building with people – it’s developing the many assets that faith reveals in a community. Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ – Matthew 14:16 I serve as a Seminarian Associate for a church that is preparing to buy land for […]

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Violence against innocent people seems to be everywhere. It can seem like an epidemic of madness, at times – but what is our own role in the “violence flu?” [Jesus] had said been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” ~ Mark 5:8 (NASB) As I sat down at my desk this morning, […]

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Churches sometimes face divisive issues such as human sexuality. It’s inevitable – we can’t always love one another as God loves us. The United Methodist Church showed recently that how we close that gap makes all the difference. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world […]

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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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Grace is God’s undeserved gift of love, freely given at a great price. How does a hospital turn into a place infused with God’s grace?  The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration ~William Wordsworth The day is gray and clammy; the hospital building is unremarkable; its hallways are mostly featureless and […]

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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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Responding to a calling to serve the church is about the journey more than the destination – but what joy there is to see your destination arriving! And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ~ Revelation 21:2 Forty years […]

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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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Jesus appeared to his disciples many times after his resurrection – even in their everyday work. Are we missing God’s resurrection promises looking right at us today? Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that […]

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