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Messages on John

Act Two

The great novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives.” But Fitzgerald was wrong. There are plenty of them. Pentecost Sunday celebrates the power of the Holy Spirit in enabling us to have not only second, but third, fourth, fifth, or more, chances to get it right. This is the power and mystery of God’s grace and powered by the Holy Spirit.

The Thomas Conspiracy

Jesus finds us where we are Today’s Scripture – John 20:19-29 We typically focus on Thomas as the doubter, the one who dares question the resurrection. We ought to see him as who he is, one who loved Jesus and was in deep grief following the resurrection. The notion that Jesus actually was alive and had come back was shocking. For Thomas this was a pivotal moment of faith for him and affirmed him worthy of Jesus’ love and affection…

Born Anew

John 3:5 Titus 3:5-8 The Nicene Creed declares the identity of Jesus based on scripture and the witness of the Apostles and early church fathers. It is that declaration of our hope though Jesus and that gives us joy even in difficult times like the present. Make your donation today Paul and the other early disciples understood what Christ had done on the cross and just how important is is that we realize Christ died for us even while we…

Sanctification, A Wesleyan View of Discipleship

Acts 1:8, John 15:4-5, Romans 5:8 Making Disciples in the Wesleyan tradition means that it is practical and accountable. Practical in that we are engaged in the world in good works and sharing the gospel of Jesus and accountable in that we are engaged in small groups where we encourage, pray, study, and hold one another accountable. Wesley, through his formation of the “Holy Club” developed a way to be practical in faith, not just in worship and the sacraments.…

God Lessons from Brazil

Hearing the experience of those on short-term or long-term missions whose lives have been dramatically changes and shaped in new ways can help us grow closer to God and in turn, we become more missional.
A Mother's Comfort

“A Mother’s Comfort”

There are many images in the Bible describing God in the feminine form. Isaiah 66:13 is only one of these. Also because of God’s great and tremendous love of us the word “comfort” is also used frequently in the Bible to describe God’s awesome caring for us.
Jesus said "I Command You!"

Jesus said, “I Command You!”

As followers and disciples of Jesus we are to love each other as God and Jesus love us. We don’t really have a choice if we are to call ourselves “Christian”.
MoreThanAFeeling

More Than a Feeling

Central truth: The love that Jesus gives us is more than a happy feeling for Him and others. Jesus’ love calls us to live humbly and unselfishly as we look for the best in ourselves and others. HOW DO I BECOME A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST? Recognize that God Loves You! “How great is the love that the Father has lavished on us, that we can become the children of God.”                              1 John 3:1 Realize that you need God’s…
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