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From My Heart

From My Heart

The Body of Christ We Christians often talk about Jesus in our hearts, or God in our lives, or the Holy Spirit in us. After all, this is a basic tenet of real tried-n-true historic faith. Well, my accountability group and I are reading Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. He was so smart. I recently...
From My Heart

From My Heart

When July 1st rolls around I will begin my sixth year as your Pastor. Cindi & I are excited about this! What follows are a few healthy observations about us. Although we continue to face attritional forces from various demographic issues like an older population and a shifted dominant city culture, we are holding our...
From My Heart

From My Heart

It’s braggin’ time! You are amazing! We just announced a remarkable resurrection result on Easter Sunday morning. Namely, that a number of us have collectively and sacrificially committed $830,000 over the next 20 months (along with a few extensions) to dramatically pay down our Main Sanctuary debt. Incredible! Jesus is alive in you! It all...
From My Heart

From My Heart

In the classic Isaiah text of Handel’s Messiah we her, “Comfort ye, O comfort ye, My people.” With the following story I intend to do just that. I was recently flown to Annapolis, Maryland to conduct a funeral and graveside service for my Aunt Mary Lou in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The old town funeral home was...
From My Heart

From My Heart

Watching the Movie, Noah In recent Sunday mornings, I led us through the chapters of Genesis that contain the story of Noah and the ark, visually augmenting those messages with select clips from the 2014 big budget movie starring Russell Crowe. When it was released, it was met with numerous panned reviews from many Christian...
From My Heart

From My Heart

I own several books in my library detailing the lives—and deaths—of many martyrs. I read about them now and again because I am encouraged and challenged by their unwavering passion to follow Jesus come what may. For instance, the first martyr, St. Stephen, was known as a man of good reputation, full of the Spirit,...
From My Heart

From My Heart

On Black Friday my family did something we’d never done before that was so successful it might just become a fixed Christmas tradition for us. Last year I finally threw away our old worn out artificial Christmas tree from our child-rearing years, refusing to repair it any further and deciding then that this year we...
From My Heart

From My Heart

I once heard a church leader say, “The Church is one of those human institutions that exists for others.” He was so right. We do not exist for ourselves, our own cozy community or club, our own set of family-like friends. We exist to glorify God… which is done by faithfulness… which includes inviting others...
From My Heart

From My Heart

Recently, at a wonderfully proactive and productive Staff-Parish Relations meeting, we discussed returning a “culture of prayer” to our weekly worship. Primarily, we’re re-establishing the longstanding open invitation to come forward to pray at the altar rail during the Pastoral Prayer time. This standing invitation promotes the freedom to do so when you would find...
Apportionments and the United Methodist Church

Apportionments and the United Methodist Church

The national and global United Methodist Church is heavily sustained through its churches giving “a portion” of their receipts ”upstream” to denominational need. Our annual apportionments at 1stCH are just over $30,000. As big as that sounds, it represents less than 7% of our annual budget. Below are insights into the seven different United Methodist...
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Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus said, “... go make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey Me too. I’m with you always.”