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Just these lines… for December & January

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      Just These Lines My Friends…. To say I am looking forward to all the gifts of the Advent season, but most especially this year, the gift of Hope.  The Epistle to Hebrews (6:19) calls hope ‘a safe and secure anchor for our whole being.’  I like that idea of hope as an anchor. Apostle […]

    Just these lines… for November

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      Just these lines my friends to say…..how are we to be the Church in today’s broken world? We live in a world of division on many fronts.  As Christians and Methodists, we know the pain of conflict, tragedy, disasters, and acts of terror and violence around the world.   How do we find ways of sharing […]

      Just these lines for October: from Pastor Norma

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                                                    A Word from Pastor Norma There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthian 12:4-6. One of the experiences that […]

        Just These Lines… for September

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          Just these lines my friends to invite us to ponder together….. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Jesus called people to follow him.  ‘Follow me’ appears 21 times in the gospels.  Every time Jesus says it, Jesus is looking for decisive action; he invites and expects a response. The word ‘follow’ […]

          Just These Words… for July-August

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            “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 19 Just these lines to ‘ask’…. Have you attended an annual conference? As clergy, I have been attending the VA Annual Conference […]

            Just These Lines… for June

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              Just These Lines My Friends…. To say that Leslie D. Weatherhead’s timeless classic “The Will of God” is one of my favorite Christian writings.  Throughout my ministry, I have chosen to teach from it in each of the worship settings in which I have served. I was delighted to see that United Methodist Adam Hamilton […]

              Just These Lines… for May

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                What does God expect from us when it comes to the children?  I recently picked up a book by Chris Ritter, “Seven Things John Wesley Expected Us to Do for Kids.”  I am preparing and looking forward to a preaching series on this topic coming up in June. For this article, allow me the gift […]

                Just These Lines… for April

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                  Just These Lines My Friends, To say I am looking forward to many April blessings in worship and ministry. The month begins with the opportunity to attend this year’s Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer- the theme is God, How Would You Have Us to Pray?  The plenary speaker, Rev. Juanita Rasmus, is both a pastor and […]

                  Just These Lines… for March.

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                    Isaiah 58:6-7.  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see […]

                    Just These Lines… for February

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                      Just These Lines my friends to say….. Make Love your aim– is Apostle Paul’s summing up directive of 1 Corinthians 14. After his lofty poetic vision of love expressed in the 13th Chapter, Paul focuses in, making it real, in our lives, the church, and ultimately the world. Jesus is the source and center of […]