3 Things we can learn from Noah about facing life’s storms

There are so many stories in the Bible of people who faced overwhelming odds and great struggles and yet through their faith they held on to hope and came out victorious to experience a meaningful life. The hard times in life seem to come when we least expect it. This is exactly what happened to […]

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YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA

It is so easy to become set in our ways and stubborn, refusing to see the other side of an issue or story. When you are convinced you know something to be right and true it can be so hard to imagine another way. And yet, a look back in history proves that time after […]

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DID YOU KNOW CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS WAS ONCE ILLEGAL?

It’s true. The Christmas Holiday has always been a controversial one, down through the centuries. Have you ever wondered how we moved from Jesus in a manger to Santa Claus in a sleigh?  It’s fascinating to know that during the Christmas season, more Christians attend parties than any other time of year and more secular people […]

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Finding True Meaning this Christmas Season

I believe we all begin the Christmas season with the same goal, to focus on what matters most. Somewhere along the way, we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our never ending “to-do lists” and commitments! If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, it’s never too late to reset! Maybe you understand the importance […]

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Christmas Spirit: what to do when you’re not “feeling it”

Ready or not the Christmas season is here! The shopping has begun, trees are going up, homes are being decorated and schedules are filling up! And while these things are designed to help us get into the Christmas spirit, sometimes it takes more than decorating your house and going to parties! Sometimes it’s hard to […]

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Thanksgiving prepares our hearts

I love the Fall! It is one of the most inspirational times of year when the leaves change color and the air feels crisp and fresh. We are experiencing a beautiful Fall this year in Oklahoma and it has really helped me feel in the spirit of Thanksgiving; and how it all began! Just three […]

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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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