Category Archives: Control Issues

Remnant, Arise!

So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would … Continue reading

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Highly Encouraged, Highly Esteemed

We had an incredibly interesting, heartfelt, and soul-searching conversation this week at staff meeting that I thought I would share with you… This is certain: God has led this congregation to seek the deeper things of the faith—to be a … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Building Comes First!

The Spiritual Building Comes First! In my last several blogs, I have tried to openly share with everyone interested that: 1)      We are (of course!) a United Methodist congregation—one that by God’s grace is significantly like the vibrant Methodist Churches … Continue reading

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Pray for Favor!

Our Life Journal readings on the 9th included the first two chapters of Nehemiah.  In them, Nehemiah cried out to God in a beautiful prayer, asking for God’s favor with King Artaxerxes concerning the enormous ministry God had put on … Continue reading

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First Church – A United Methodist Congregation

Q: Are We Leaving the United Methodist Church? To answer the question in a word, NO! It has been both amusing and dismaying to hear the chatter since we chose to change our logo as part of our Website redesign … Continue reading

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Under Grace, or Under-graced?!

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14) ESV. Under Grace.  As Christians we celebrate that we are no longer under the law but under grace.  As Christians we … Continue reading

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There Must Be Something in the Water…

There must be something in the air.  This was a comment made at a lunch meeting I recently attended, and was in reference to all the conflict that seems to be swirling in town.  The School Board, evidently, is about … Continue reading

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God is using “Conquering Control!”

I recently received a Facebook message from a couple of special Christian parents in another state.  Their son had found Conquering the Game of Control on a book cart…at the local jail.  While his incarceration was short and for a … Continue reading

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Amazed by God’s Favor

I just finished reading about renewal in the United Methodist Church found in the December issue of Charisma Magazine – an article written by me.  The publishing of “A Fresh Method” is another example of the remarkable ways the Lord … Continue reading

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When Faith Becomes Sight

I am living in the wonderfully strange intersection of “I always knew it would happen!” and “I can’t believe it has finally happened!” For twelve years I have been guided by a faith that propelled me to preach about, research … Continue reading

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