A NSUMC Adult Bible study will recommence on Saturday morning January 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Although Paul's Letter to the Romans will again be explored, various selected topics in support of the study of Romans will also be investigated.
No preregistration is required. Simply arrive at our church located at 389 North Main St., in Salem any Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. starting January 20, 2018
Come join with other learning disciples of Christ as we explore the amazing truths revealed within the Living Word of God!
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...
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An Important Message!
October 13, 2017
For the past month or so I have been focusing on our mission as Christ’s Church to constantly be in prayer and to constantly keep watch for our Lord’s promised return. As it is, I feel that mission to be very specific to my calling from God and His Son, Jesus. And thus, I have endeavored to continually speak, write and act to remind all in our fellowship of our calling to prayer and of our attention to the “signs of the times” as regards our Lord’s return.
I would like to stress here that our Lord’s return is frequently likened, by the Prophets and the Gospels, to the birth of a child. As most women who have experienced a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy understand, the day or the hour of delivery is simply unknown. However, the final days of such a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy are well known and are, in fact, anxiously anticipated. Within those “final days” there is much speculation and joyful anticipation for the birth of the child, and signs of its arrival, within the period of those “last day” are diligently observed and noted, with each sign being held as a hopeful possibility of an imminent birth.
As already noted, so it is with our Lord’s return. Whereas the hour or the day of his return remains unknown -- unknown up until moments before the actual appearance (birth), all can know, all should know, when the last days are at hand. Be assured, we are in those last days. But, as with a birth, it takes enlightened understanding and foreknowledge of the mechanics of the process for the signs of that process to be even recognized. And once that process is understood, then one must be diligently aware, seek for, and interpret any and all signs (symptoms) displayed by the one soon to deliver. That, in a nutshell, is the directive we received from our Lord to continually exercise. We are to watch, and watch with knowledge and understanding of the process for his promised returned.
As amazing as it always sounds, we have all heard of instances where a woman has, to her utter shock and bewilderment, given birth not even knowing she was pregnant. Many factors play into such a thing. Total ignorance of the natural process and/or total ignorance of her own body and “symptoms” are two likely factors. Let us not be so unawares! Let us strive to understand the process (for a lack of a better word) and the signs of our Lord’s return. He told us to watch. And, he told us what to watch for. Jesus wanted, and wants, us to be aware, ready and not to be caught off guard. He told us to watch and pray for his return. Knowing the times and the signs of that event are entirely possible. If such was impossible, why would Jesus tell us to watch and what to watch for?
So, my friends, let us keep watch. The Church is in labor. She is close to her delivery. Our salvation is much closer now than when we first believed. And so, let us pray as Jesus taught us…”thy kingdom come!”
North Salem United Methodist Church
February 16, 2018
THE GIFT OF THE WORD
Lent is a wonderful time to allow the Bible to spiritual shape us in our lives. Persons across the ages have witnessed to the power of the Holy Scriptures. We know that Jesus made the books, we call the Old Testament, a part of his learning experience. Following are quotes from various sources on the Bible.
“We will only be happy in our reading of the Bible when we dare to approach it as the means by which God really speaks to us, the God who loves us and will not leave us with our questions unanswered.” - Dietrick Bonhoeffer
“Let no day pass by without reading some portion of the sacred scriptures and giving some to meditation, for nothing feeds the soul as well as those sacred studies do.” – Theonas of Alexandria
“When scripture is our guide and nourishment for this journey (to God), then we are praying the Bible. Jeremiah beautifully conveys the outcome of this form of prayer when he writes, ‘Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.’” – John Mogabgah
You may wish to read a short passage or a sentence and to live with it through the day or the week. Lent leads us to Good Friday and with that may I suggest this first week the words from the Cross (Luke 23:34) “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Meditate on these words, that is chew them around and if one comes forth speaking to you. Reflect on it and write on the word and where it may make you for your spiritual formation.
...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...