Another Year's Impact
by Faith Parry on December 6th, 2023
The Florida United Methodist Children's Home has been a part of our church's missions list since our founding. I love hearing all the stories that come from this incredible ministry as much as Val and Eddie love to go visit every year.Last year, we chose as a church to downsize our missions list and focus on organizations that embodied who we are as a church, and that gives our congregation ways t...
Now is the Time
by Pamela Todd, Bruceton UMC, Bruceton Mills, WV on December 6th, 2023
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.3 To all who mo...
by Steve Ewers, Aldersgate United Methodist, Sissonville, WV on December 5th, 2023
4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. 5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory...
Be Attentive to His Leading
by Crystal Welsh, Warwood UMC, Wheeling, WV on December 4th, 2023
Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful. Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long...
Won’t It Be Wonderful There
by Buck Edwards, Philippi, WV on December 3rd, 2023
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. He will give ju...
Everyone is Searching for You
by Pam Braden, Calvary United Methodist Church, Ripley, WV on December 2nd, 2023
Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting...
The Bread of Life Our Bridge of Faith
by Coley Dize, Glen Dale UMC, Glen Dale, WV on December 1st, 2023
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God,...
On Having Christ’s Attitude
by (M.J.) Pat Ramsey, Wellsburg UMC, Wellsburg, WV, on November 30th, 2023
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name...
The Church's Future
by Faith Parry on November 29th, 2023
I am not sure what is more exciting then welcoming a new child into the church family. It's a sign of life, regeneration of the church, but also our commitment to the future generations. Sunday, we got to make a commitment as a church to the Coppage family, as Eddie and Val stood with their children, raised in our church, and now their granddaughter, who is being raised in our church. No one has a ...
by Kristi Wilkerson, 1st UMC, Buckhannon, WV on November 29th, 2023
The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow. But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.”“Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.” So she st...
I Just Can’t Wait!
by Michael L. Branch, Mt. Pleasant/Burnt Hill United Methodist Church, Williamstown, WV on November 28th, 2023
Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached. All the tribes of Israel—the Lord’s people— make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks to the name of the Lord, as the law requires of Israel. Here stand the thrones where judgment is given, the thrones of the dynasty of David. Have you ever waited for something good so long that you just didn’t think you coul...
Preparing for New Life
by Jane Arnold, Capon Bridge UMC, Capon Bridge, WV on November 27th, 2023
This is a vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the...
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