Posts from June 2018

Posts from June 2018


When Life is Tough (part 2)

Galatians 3:23-29 What makes one person more valued than another? In some places, it is how much money someone has. In another place, it might be the color of skin. In school, it could be the person with the highest grades. In some cultures, the politician has the greatest influence. In first-century Galatia (part of present day Turkey) certain qualities set people apart from one another: a free man was more valued than a slave; a male had more authority…

Gift Of A Healthy Home

Heifer Project I just finished painting my closet yesterday. Many of the recipients of our gifts thru Heifer International would probably ask “What is a closet?” God’s poorest and hungriest families would love to have living conditions as clean as a newly painted closet. Well, as always, help is on the way. One donor this past month specified giving two gifts of a “Healthy Home.” Families are given the opportunity to earn the income they need to improve their living…

Temptations and Consequences

Luke 8:1-3 Jesus extends his ministry of hospitality far beyond our wildest imagination. As he travels from place to place, many decide to follow him. Some experience the freedom of a new life. In all circumstances, those who decide to follow Jesus experience a change in heart. They cannot remain the same. Something beautiful happens, and they know it. The text may not explain in detail about all those who follow Jesus, but their stories are as important as those…

When Life Is Tough

1 Kings 19:1-15a Elijah did not exactly get it right, did he? God gives him a great victory over four hundred-fifty prophets of Baal in a face-to-face encounter, but Elijah runs scared from the threat of one person, Jezebel, who is miles away. God sends a messenger to make sure that Elijah eats, but the prophet has to be told a second time. to take on nourishment. Elijah complains that he is left alone as the only faithful one in…
New Life

Rise to New Life

Luke 7:11-17 Her only son has died. Being a widow with no male in her family, she will now be dependent on others for care. She can only hope that others will provide for her. Relying on charity, she faces the burial of her child. She must feel hopeless and grief stricken, as she walks along with the funeral procession. Then something extraordinary happens. Jesus comes to the bier, lays hands on it, and tells the young man to “rise.”…
Lay Speaker

Becoming a “Lay Speaker”

Certified Lay Speaker A Lay Speaker is a member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church; who is well informed on the Scriptures and on the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church; and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care giving ministries.  Persons wishing to make this commitment will need to answer yes to…
On the Shelf

June’s On the Shelf

On the Shelf for June The Library has three new books available for your reading pleasure. The following Publisher’s Descriptions and Editorial Comments for each book will help you decide which one you want first! The summer is long and hot so stop by to check out any of our wonderful selections. The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford This is an uplifting and inspiring book. You will journey through the Holy Land with Kathie Lee…