Monday, January 23, 2017

410

So ... yesterday we were all challenged to commit to read through the Bible in 2017. And 410 (FOUR HUNDRED AND TEN) of you amazing CUMCers signed up to do so! YES!! I am SO EXCITED to see what God will do in our lives as we consistently place ourselves in His presence and listen to His voice!!

Every few days in 2017, I will place a thought or two from that day's scripture readings here on this site. My thinking is: (1) it will help me stay committed; and (2) it hopefully will bless and encourage someone else to stay committed as well.

Here's a quick thought from one of today's passages:

Acts 1:1-11
"'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' He [Jesus] said to them: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'" (vv6-8)

God's going to do His thing (return) in His time.
I simply need to do my thing (witness) now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bruised Toes and A Beat-up Can

We learned on Monday that the United Methodist Judicial Council will not rule on the election of a lesbian bishop at it's regularly scheduled October meeting. They have postponed their decision until Spring of 2017.

Why the delay? The Council says they need more time to "prayerfully consider" the issues involved because of the "importance of the petition." [click here to read more]

The can continues to get kicked down the road.

The frustrations continue to mount.

And we continue to delay the inevitable.

We are a church (the United Methodist denomination) that simply cannot agree on the role and authority of scripture. Radical acts of disobedience and rebellion (spiritual adultery) have been and continue to be committed. Our covenant of sacred trust has been betrayed and broken. We are a church with irreconcilable differences.

My heart is broken. Many of yours are broken. And, even worse, I believe our Heavenly Father's heart is broken as well.

Please continue to cry out to Almighty God that the UMC will listen to and obey His voice. Culture is screaming. He is whispering. Therein lies the challenge.

Come, Lord Jesus! Please come quickly.
-Jody