An adult Bible Study for the Fall Season will begin Saturday, September 9th, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m., and will be held at the NSUMC at 389 N. Main St., Salem, NH. The Study will continue for 8 weeks, ending Saturday October 28.
The Letter of Paul to the church in Rome (the Book of Romans) will be the focus of the study. Paul's letter will be explored in the order it was written, as is assumed the Romans themselves received it. To support and further the understanding of Romans, there will be occasional focus on other Bible topics while the study's focus nonetheless remains on the Book of Romans itself.
The Book of Romans is a rich and revealing work that teaches much that is the essence of the Christian Faith, and the study is open to any and all wishing a to explore what Paul has to teach, guiding one through their Christian walk.
Anyone interested in this adult Bible study is invited to participate by just arriving at the NSUMC at 389 N. Main St., Salem, NH on Saturday, September 9th at 9:00 a.m.
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!”
I have provided a few resources below that might shed a bit more light on the matter presented above. Truly, if I appear the fool, be assured I willingly appear the fool for Christ, just one among many foolish Watchmen on the Wall. And I willingly appear the fool for the sake of you, too, my brothers and sisters-in-Christ.
North Salem United Methodist Church
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Below is a video presentation by a Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. And, his message is unique and quite revealing. As Gentile Christians, I am convinced we are simply not "Jewish enough" to readily or adequately understand all the customs, traditions, meanings, analogies, metaphors, nuances, and, more importantly, the ins and outs of the Mosaic Law as we pursue our biblical studies. The Scriptures were, by far, written by Hebrews to Hebrews, and to those Hebrews living in a unique Hebrew culture. Much of what is presented in Scripture is simply lost to us Gentiles living out our lives in a modern Gentile world. I feel, as Disciples of Jesus, we would be well served in serving our Lord, if we took advantage of the uniquely Jewish perspective on the Scriptures that Jewish Messianic believers can provided. The video below is a message that is to our advantage to understand.
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...
October 18, 2017
FINDING OUR PLACE TO SLOW DOWN AND BE
In recent weeks, we have experienced the shortening of our
daylight hours, and for me less time in the garden to reflect,
weed, pick and simply enjoy time of quiet with our Maker. I find
as the season changes I still need this time to be alone with God.
I believe this is in all of our DNA and it is important for each of
us to find quiet moments for meditation and reflection. Some
people find it in driving without the radio on; others in a time of
walking or running; for some the chair on the porch or in the living
room to simply relax into. It is up to each of us to take the
responsibility to find what works for us and then to practice it. The
sacred place and its importance is underlined by Joseph Campbell
“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you
don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t
know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe
anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a
place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you
are and what you might be. This is the place of creative
incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But
if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will
...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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