Category: The Pastor’s Pen

South Hill United Methodist Church

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11 Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2 The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. 3 By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.…
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Weary

I have to admit to you. I am weary. When I look around, I see wonderful work this church does in our community. That work is increasing as we live more fully into our mission of becoming instrumental to the life of the community. I see incredible work our United Methodist Church does on a…
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Service

Gifts

Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. 2 You know that when you were Gentiles you were often misled by false gods that can’t even speak. 3 So I want to make it clear to you that no one says, “Jesus is cursed!” when speaking by God’s Spirit, and…
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Perfection

Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete. Matthew 5:48 I just spent some time away at Pastor’s Convocation. This year’s focus was on John Wesley’s somewhat confusing and paradoxical doctrine of Christian Perfection. It seems that over time this doctrine has been misinterpreted…
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Resurrection

15 Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good news that I preached to you, which you also received and in which you stand. 2 You are being saved through it if you hold on to the message I preached to you, unless somehow you believed it for nothing. 3 I…
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Lessons from Trees

12 Yes, you will go out with celebration, and you will be brought back in peace. even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you; all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 In place of the thorn the cypress will grow; in place of the nettle the myrtle…
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broken hearts

Broken Hearts

This is an excerpt from the sermon I preached on February 18, 2018. Friends, have you heard the news? Yet again, we have news headlines about tragic and violent loss of young life that breaks our hearts. How many more do we have to hear about before we do something? How long before those headlines…
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Lent and Valentine’s Day

9 God didn’t intend for us to suffer his wrath but rather to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Jesus died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with him. 11 So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing…
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Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do…
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Christmas Wishes

Luke 1:68-79 68 “Bless the Lord God of Israel because he has come to help and has delivered his people. 69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house, 70     just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago. 71 He has brought salvation from our enemies and from…
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