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Why Are We United Methodist?

Mark 1:17

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amThis is another of my reworked devotionals. Seems some things never change or at least stay the same for a long time. The original post was from 3 years ago – as we had just faced GC2016 and were headed to GC2019. The message from this devotional is still current and accurate as we now head to GC2020.

In today’s climate – this might be a very serious question. Why Am I a United Methodist today?

This is a simple question but it might have complicated answers. Let’s look at a few.

One might answer – because the church I go to is United Methodist. It is the church closest to my home or the church I have always attended. I really haven’t thought of why before but maybe I should.

One might answer – because I grew up in the United Methodist Church. It is the church my parents attended and I have just never thought much about changing or trying another church.

One might answer – because I believe in the method of their theological discernment. Now we’re starting to dive a little deeper. Have any of us thought this deep about our relationship with the denomination we attend.

One might answer – I don’t know! This might be a more common answer than we would like.

One might answer – United Methodist?  You mean I’m United Methodist?

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August 22, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

No Greater Joy!

3 John 4

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

112015 Ray McDonaldAs a parent one of my prayers – since my children were young and even before they were conceived – was that they would come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. That prayer came to fruition as they grew and I thank Jesus for the grace shown to my children. There is nothing more important than their salvation. They are all successful in this world. They have done amazing things in life – already. Yet the most important thing is that they know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Are we praying for our children – our grandchildren – and for some of us – our parents and grandparents? Is that the first thing we think of when we think of our loved ones? Is our prayer that they will know Jesus? Is our prayer that they will come into a deep relationship with Jesus? Is our prayer for their salvation? Continue reading

May 10, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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