Hebrews: When you need a word of encouragement

One of the great resources in the Bible that we can turn to when we are in need of encouragement is the book of Hebrews. We do not know who the author is, but we do know that it was written to the early church when they felt alone and oppressed and needed words of […]

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Don’t quench the Spirit

I love the verse in 1st Thessalonians 5:19 that says, “Don’t quench the Spirit.” In other translations it says, “Don’t put the Spirit’s fire out.” I love that! It is the statement that when life is hard and we’ve been through difficult times, it is God’s Holy Spirit that comes to ignite that fire, that […]

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History of the Protestant Reformation- Part 3 (Confession)

While we were in Europe recently, Marsha and I had an opportunity to attend a service at Notre Dame in Paris, when I noticed the confessional booths with signs posted for visitors from all over the world to know their confessions could be heard by priests in all languages. Confession isn’t something Methodists spend a […]

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History of the Protestant Reformation- Part 2

Last week we looked at the event in history that launched the Protestant Reformation into full gear; Martin Luther nailing his “95 Theses” to the church door at the Castle of Wittenberg. There’s more to the story, though and that is the topic for this week’s Three Things!   200 Years Earlier First, it helps to […]

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History of the Protestant Reformation- Part 1

What started the Protestant Reformation? We have such a rich history as United Methodists and I believe it is so important for us to learn and understand more about that history so that we might have a deeper appreciation for the church, which will help us evolve throughout our time. Over the next few weeks, […]

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Drum Major Instinct

When I was a young man, just 20 years old, I hadn’t yet been to seminary or finished my undergraduate degree when I first began serving a small, country church. I knew nothing about preaching, so I found a few preachers I liked and started reading their books to learn a little theology and also to get ideas for my sermons.

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Am I good enough to be loved by God?

It was 500 years ago on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther tacked 95 Theses on the door to the castle in Wittenberg. He didn’t know it at the time but this action was like lighting a match to a tender box that would start the Protestant Reformation and literally, change the world.  The 95 […]

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What to leave in what to leave out?

Packing for a trip to the mountains requires a lot of decision making! Often, when we visit Colorado in the fall, it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts, but it can also get cold so we pack long pants and long-sleeved shirts. There’s always a possibility that it will get really cold, […]

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The best is yet to come

You know there’s something exciting about children and the way they dream, and I’ve often wondered, when is it in life that you and I stop having a vision about a better day and we decide to settle because life is hard? You may know that this topic is one that is so dear to […]

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