Ushering in a New Way and a New Day

Christmas is coming! The stores are filled with Christmas displays and the Hallmark channel started showing Christmas movies weeks before Halloween. Black Friday sneak peeks have already started. Predictions for holiday spending are in the billions or trillions, depending on whose report you read. For Christians, our hearts are turned toward exclaiming Jesus Christ is …

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Supremely Good

In Genesis 1, “God said” and humans and all of creation receive life from the very hand and voice of God. God declares that creation is “supremely good” (CEB). All of creation is therefore part and parcel “of God” and as Christians we are called to be that supreme goodness to the world. In recent …

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Lighthouses

Some of my favorite places to visit are lighthouses. They have always held a certain fascination for me. Perhaps it is the idea of a light in the midst of a storm or a constant light to guide ships safely to shore. They also come in an endless variety of sizes and shapes, but always …

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Being an Oasis Church

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is in a challenging time and some churches are choosing to end their affiliation with the UMC. As we experience this conflict, there are brothers and sisters who desire to remain Methodist but whose church has disaffiliated. Chapel UMC (CUMC) has decided to be an Oasis Church that welcomes those …

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Perseverance and Perspective

It’s the Lenten season. It’s a time to take time to examine our hearts to see where we have become separated from God. A time to create space for grace to enter in and allow the Spirit to renew, restore and direct our lives. It takes perseverance and intentionality to gain perspective. As Christ followers, …

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From the Pastor’s Desk: God’s Dream

Written in a time of exile of the Hebrew people in Babylon, the prophetJeremiah declares: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and …

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