June 23, 2016
On this holy place in Iona off the island of Mull, pilgrims come from all over the world. The rich Celtic strain of Christianity flourished here over 1400 years ago and in renewal since 1940 brings folks here including us. Known as a thin place where sacred is felt. A prayer from the Iona Community prayer book which we have used has this prayer. May it be yours this day.
May God's goodness be yours,
And well, and seven times well, may you spend your lives:
May you be an isle in the sea,
May you be a hill on the shore,
May you be a star in the darkness,
May you be a staff to the weak
And may the power of the Spirit
Pour on you, richly and generously,
Today, and in the days to come.
...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:
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A message From the NSUMC Women's Group
The NSUMC Women's Group
June 1, 2016
Below is a something not typical of the "View From The Pew". Following is a video presentation of a sermon given by a SDA preacher by the name of Doug Batchelor, pastor of the Granite Bay Church in Sacramento, CA. After viewing this video I felt compelled to place it here in the "View From the Pew" because, Batchelor delivers a good message about a topic most simply to not understand, that what we traditionally call "The Law of Liberty" is just that, that God's Law, God's Covenant Law, God's Ten Commandments, is what liberates us from a continuing bondage to sin, and is NOT something restrictive or prohibitive to living a good and joy filled life of Godly service - it is what frees us to live life in this world, to serve our God! As Batchelor points out, living without the Ten Commandments, God's self-written law, life can get pretty rough most of the time.
So again, I feel so strongly about the misunderstanding many have about God's Law (not to be confused with the mosaic law as it generally is, but God's own presented and written Covenant Law) that I would like to share with all this video to see just how the Law of God sets us free to LIVE a Christ-like life in serving Christ and our God.
I hope you will watch the video and understand just how liberating and empowering God's Ten Commandments are.
John Wesley in an interesting character to be sure, undoubtedly a bit OCD and perhaps would not have been the most fun guy to hang around with. Nonetheless, as the man that fathered Methodism, but was, himself, an Anglican priest to his dying day, his style, faith and "method" in bringing many to biblical understanding and Christian faith is simply fascinating. Below is a link to a short explanation of the Wesleyan theological heritage and how John Wesley understood his faith and relationship with God. As I said, what is presented through the link is a "short and simple" explanation of Wesley and the tradition he established for us as Methodists. We hope you will be inspired to search further for a deeper understanding of the man and his method.
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...
We have a new Page! It's a Movies Page and it's up and running right now.
Currently, the movies, "The Gospel of John" and "The Life Of Apostle Paul" are available to view. This movies ar full-length HD movies of excellent content, and that is exactly what is hoped this new page will provide; quality movies of quality content for Christian understanding and encouragement.
So, when you have a chance, click on "Movies" in the menu above and you will be whisked away to view:
"The Gospel of John"
"The Life Of Apostle Paul"
You will also find a brief review of the presented movies as well. Comments from viewers are always encouraged. So please, if you have a comment or two after the movie, we'd love to hear them!