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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Elisha, the devoted disciple of Elijah, could have settled for just everyday protection from God. Do we settle for just what gets us by in faith? Or are we willing to ask for more? When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha […]

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Are you a prophetic presence for God? You may not feel it, but God’s still, small voice in you is calling you to learn more about what needs to be shouted. “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where…I felt my heart strangely warmed.” ~ John Wesley, 1738 I’ve […]

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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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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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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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So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him…” – Mark 14:13 I arrived for my bible study group at the Shoreline Cafe in Branford Thursday night just after 7.30, with a table-full of wonderful people to greet me. I […]

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