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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Do I own my things or do my things own me?

After a weekend full of repairs around the house including the roof, washing machine, car and mowing the grass, a friend once commented to me, “You know Bob, sometimes I’m not sure if I own my things or if my things own me!” I couldn’t help but agree. The things we own can put such […]

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Enough for Everyone

One of my all time favorite stories from the Bible is from John 6:2-14. it is the only miracle that Jesus performs that is told in all four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John! Here are three things to share about this story.

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How to avoid becoming cynical

We live in a time where it seems, we constantly hear about incredible terrorist acts or mass shootings. We live in a time where there is so much meanness, where we are divided, where we are extremes on the right and the left. We live in a time where it sure is easy to become cynical, to become afraid, to become harsh ourselves to try to make it in this kind of a world. There are three things that I believe we can do to rise up above the time in which we live and make a difference!

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How much money does it take to be happy?

Scarcity is burned into our brains, because of the culture in which we live. Advertising is based on telling us what we lack in the three As, appearance, achievements and affluence. We are bombarded with messages that cause us to ask ourselves, “What are all the things I need to own in order to be […]

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