June 14, 2017
This week Pastor Moore would like to direct our attention to a letter recently put forth by the President of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, regards President Trump's recent action withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. The following is Bishop Ough's letter in its entirety.
STATEMENT ON DECISION BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO WITHDRAW UNITED STATES FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2017) - The decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is not only disheartening but also puts God’s creation in further crisis. As the Bishops of The United Methodist Church, we issue this statement in defense of creation. It is our responsibility to take care of this planet we live on, this beautiful gift from God, the Creator of all things seen and unseen.
Psalm 115 reminds us that “The highest heaven belongs to the Lord, but God gave the earth to all people.” Dejectedly, as human beings, we have misused God’s splendid gift to the point of destruction. We believe that God has entrusted the care of this planet to all of us, and that is why we cannot remain silent when human neglect, selfishness and pride threatens to further harm this planet.
The decision by President Trump saddens us and we call upon the leadership of the United States to reconsider the decision. We believe that this decision, if not reconsidered, will contribute to worsening the state of this planet already exacerbated by overconsumption and our misuse of resources. The decision further isolates the United States from critical and essential climate and energy use conversations and negotiations.
We urge President Trump to rejoin the efforts of nearly 200 countries that have agreed to voluntarily reduce their carbon emissions.
As United Methodists, we have long supported action to address the present and growing threat of a changing climate. Our Social Principles state: “We therefore support efforts of all governments to require mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” (United Methodist Social Principles, ¶160.D) As Christians, we must stand with our neighbors through the world to address both the impacts and root causes of climate change. The Bible informs us: “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers; the heavens languish together with the earth. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.” (Isaiah 24:4-5)
We are especially concerned because many members of our global church live in coastal areas that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. We see God’s creation groaning in pain (Romans 8:22) when we see the adverse impacts of global climate change. This impact disproportionately affects individuals and nations least responsible for the emissions. “We therefore support efforts of all governments to require mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and call on individuals, congregations, businesses, industries, and communities to reduce their emissions.” (Social Principles, ¶160.D)
The United Methodist Church will continue to call for bold leadership and advocate for policies rooted in justice and sustainability.
We join with other global and faith leaders to call for a comprehensive response to climate change. By caring for God’s people and God’s planet, we offer ourselves as instruments of God’s renewing Spirit in the world calling for social and environmental holiness. We will do this by challenging those whose policies and practices neglect the poor, exploit the weak and harm the environment.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough
President, Council of Bishops
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
One of Pastor Carroll's many weekly Devotionals is well worth reading over a few times. It is titled:
"God's Mind Does Not Need Changing"
And as this particular Devotional is so worth a second or, perhaps, multiple readings, it is being made available at the link shown below. Please check it out. It is inspired thinking, indeed!
March 14, 2017
Did You Know?
Jeanne T Marini
March 6, 2017
I was catching up on the last couple sermons and was taken by the reference to the stain glass of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane. Many may not know that this stain glass was donated in Memory of my mother, Ruth Chase, who also loved and served God and her church. I look at it whenever I'm in church because of it's connection to my Mother and her memory but also because it makes Jesus so "human" and shows the unimaginable struggle He had leading up to the cross. He asks God for strength just as we do. As the season of Lent begins it is still hard to wrap my head around what God & Jesus did for me/us. The ultimate gift of forgiveness of our sins and the promise of everlasting life.
(The Importance and Significance of Unleavened Bread in Communion)
To view an October 30th Sermon regards the place, meaning and necessity of Unleavened Bread in its witness and identification of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, please click here...
November 7, 2016
I read a couple articles in the Upper Room recently that really made me think about being a Christian. Are we only Christians when we are in trouble or when we need something? It is only then when we take the time to pray and then it is only to ask God for help and you find yourself bargaining with God. “Lord if you do __________ for me, I promise to _________, and I will never do that again”.
In a song by Diane Muise “And the World Is Watching” says: The Gospel preached is not the one we live. We know that there are needs, but we don't give. Something special is at church, you know. If nothing good is on TV, then we might go; and even our kids realize that Christ is not first in our lives.
Then there is the parable about the talents. We can relate to this story in our own lives. Our “talents” – what our Lord has entrusted to us – are our abilities, our resources, our time. We can use these to build up the Body of Christ. Or we can be like the servant who buries the talent, helping no one. What talent has God entrusted to you?
Our God has given each and everyone of us so much, and yes, we all go through some rough times, but if you really stop and think of all the blessings that you do have, I think you will agree that the positives out number the negatives by far. With this in mind don't you think it is about time that we show the Lord our gratitude for all he has given us by first taking that ONE hour on Sunday to go to CHURCH and thank him. Secondly, put those God given TALENTS to use by volunteering for some of the jobs that keep our Church doing the work that our Lord has asked us to do, by spreading his word and helping our neighbors.
The world is having its problems, you can't pick up a paper or turn on the radio or TV without hearing more bad news. We need to get back to the basics and put prayer back in the schools and get back to putting the Lord back in our lives. I believe this would help get respect and peace back in our lives.
Let's get our priorities straight.
October 31, 2016
I just want to let you know how much I enjoy listening to the sermon and our choir when we are here in Florida. This weeks sermon really hit home with the 5 things we may regret not doing. I felt as though Pastor Carroll was talking to me. My goal is to be more mindful of those things every day of my life. I also want to thank Ellen and the choir and let them know what a great job they did. Miss you all.
At a Tennessee Football Game---not a joke
Christianity is now the target of persecution...
THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!
GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND PASSES IT ON.
I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CAN SEE THE PROBLEM, BUT OUR SOCIETY CANNOT.
This is a statement that was read over the PA system
At the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston,
Tennessee, by school principal, Jody McLeod
"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School
Football games, to say a prayer and play the
National Anthem, to honor God and Country."
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court,
I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of
Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at
This time, I can use this public facility to
Approve of sexual perversion and call it "an
Alternate life style, "and, if someone is offended,
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing
Condoms and calling it, "safe sex."
If someone is offended, that's OK.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of
Killing an unborn baby as a "viable" means of Birth control."
If someone is offended, no problem...
I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise The goddess, "Mother Earth", and call It "ecology.."
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the
Classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional
Christian convictions as
"simple minded" and "ignorant"
And call it "enlightenment.."
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to
Ask HIM to bless this event with safety and good
Sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, Diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be
Tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD And HIS Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff
And students to abide by rules with which they
Do not necessarily agree.
For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at
Best, and at worst, hypocritical.
I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally.
I certainly do not need to add an intentional
For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar
That which is Caesar's,"
And refrain from praying at this time.
"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD
And ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to bless this
Event, please feel free to do so..
As far as I know, that's
Not against the law--yet."
One by one,
The people in the stands
Bowed their heads, held hands with one another
And began to pray.
They prayed in the stands.
They prayed in the team huddles.
They prayed at the concession stand and
They prayed in the Announcer's Box!
The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court
Of the United States of America- The Seat of "Justice"
In the "one nation, Under GOD."
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered
What so many have forgotten. We are given the
Freedom OF Religion, Not The Freedom
That HIS remnant remains!
JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."
If you are Not ashamed,
Pass this on!
Sept. 11, 2016
I wear a cross around my Neck.
It gives me great comfort as it lays gently
against my heart.
It reminds me that God and
Jesus are always with me as I move on
about my life. Guiding me in ways of which
I am aware and in many others of which I
My cross reminds me that I am
A Christian and try to follow the ways and
teachings of my Lord and Savior
throughout my life.
To try to be a blessing to
someone each day, be it large or small.
To remember that random acts of kindness
are special both to the giver and the receiver.
To be forgiving of others for
I know not what inner turmoils they may be facing.
My cross also reminds me of the
beautiful cross that graces the alter in my
wonderful new church.
The church whose minister and congregation have
warmly welcomed me into their midst from my
very first day.
They have become my wonderful friends and a very
special part of my life.
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