The letter to the Colossians is one of the Apostle Paul’s most substantial writings. There are few books in the Bible with deeper reflection on who Christ is and the work of Christ in the world. Paul writes this letter to not only encourage the Colossians, but to remind them of all that they have and all that they are because of Christ.
Charles Ting led our devotion this morning taken from Ephesians 4, Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ. We were reminded we ALL have gifts and talents to contribute and that we are called to be Stewards as well as living a life worthy of the calling we have received. It was our final […]
Among the many blessings in my life that I give thanks for are my parents. I was raised in a good home, with two loving parents. My parents have always been supportive of me and that has made all the difference for me as son, husband, father and pastor.
Kyle and Will began our day with a devotion on “Mistaken Identities” taken from 1 John 3:11-24. We were reminded that at a basic level and from a biblical perspective, we have much in common with the poor. The non-poor suffer from the same kind of poverty as the poor – only it is expressed […]
Several years ago, I decided social media was the greatest new thing since sliced bread, particularly when I discovered I could stay in touch with my adult children even though they lived hundreds or even thousands of miles away. They would post pictures of what they were doing, and it made me feel like I was there with them. Later, I also discovered how social media helped me re-connect with old friends from high school. Friends I’m sure I would never have heard from again were it not for social media. What could be bad about this amazing new technological innovation?
Hannah began our day with a devotion on transformation during missions. We had insightful conversation afterwards with everyone sharing. After our morning painting assignment we were treated to a delightful lunch of moose meatballs with lingonberry (Alaska cranberries) sauce and rice prepared by Kay, an amazing lady and volunteer of the church. She also presented […]
It was on July 16, 1969 at approximately 9:30 in the morning that Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aboard this ship were three brave men, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Neil Collins. The massive Saturn V rocket carried with it the equipment and vehicles the astronauts would need to orbit and land on the moon. It was a moment the whole world would watch with breathless anticipation. A few days later, on July 20 the Eagle would land safely on the moon.
Good Morning from Chugiak! It is a brisk cool 47 degrees with an expected high of 60, absolutely delightful. After a delicious breakfast of pancakes and the devotion from Mona Mae entitled, “The Heart of it All” from the gospel of Mark our painting continued. The church is large and built in the early 70’s […]
The story of Paul’s conversion is a pivotal story in the life of Christianity. Paul was a young Jewish leader who was focused on combating the growing number of people who were following Jesus. Paul decided to expand his persecution of Christians to Damascus. While on the road to Damascus Paul is knocked off his horse and blinded. At the same moment, he hears the voice of Jesus. From this moment on Paul, who once persecuted the Church, now works to spread the news of Christ around the world.
Today we had the opportunity and privilege of worshiping with the family of faith as well as being a part of “A liturgy of Installation and Farewell of Pastor”. This ceremony is rarely performed by the UMC and it was our first time to witness. Immediately following a light lunch we resumed our painting of […]