We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
This month's Link is to a website of Christian Devotionals, and it is entitled "Christian Devotions". (Clever title, no?) I came across this site while searching for a location where one could read in one place a good, solid collection of devotionals written by an array of different people. Some of the contributors to the site are professional writers, some are pastors and some are just everyday people like you and me.
Give the site a look see - but be careful, it can be a bit addicting!
Aug 26, 2015
Centering in on Jesus
Last week I wrote about the longest journey from the head to the heart and one of the ways we can do this is through trust and thanksgiving. The Apostle Paul wrote, "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
This being free from worry is not all that easy for it is part of a whole family including anxiety, fear, doubt and mistrust. But we can move into the direction of not being as troubled with worry but conversation with God or sometimes another around this aspect of our living.
Then let us live in the word of Jesus when he states, “Remain in me, as I remain in you.” (John 15:4) Use your imagination as you listen to the voice of Jesus speaking these words to you. The words are invitation and promise to each of us. Jesus is saying abide in me and I will abide in you.
You may wish to write out these two scriptures and use them daily until they become part of your heart and life – and the reminder that we are not alone but one abides with us.
...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:
Patrick D. Bovee (Videographer)
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Sunday School has ended for the 2015-2016 session. But be sure to visit the "Sunday School" page (see above) for all the info you will need when the next session starts in the fall. Until then, view the "Children's Story" read by Dawn Trusty during Sunday's Church Service. Also, check out the "Blessing of the Bikes" that occurred June 14, 2015.