Fruit Around the World

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The Wenatchee FMC celebrates its 100th anniversary during the June 23, 2013, service. (Photo courtesy of the Wenatchee FMC)

The Wenatchee FMC celebrates its 100th anniversary during the June 23, 2013, service. (Photo courtesy of the Wenatchee FMC)

Located on a former pear orchard, the Wenatchee (Wash.) FMC has a century-long history of spiritual fruitfulness.


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Fruit Matters

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feb14_foundationPastors and church leaders react in interesting ways when the subject of fruitful ministry comes up. Some immediately rattle off numbers, implying spiritual fruit is primarily measured in quantitative terms. Others insist it is a qualitative thing, pointing out that Scripture teaches that all fruit is not equal (Matthew 7:15–20).


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Parent’s Progress 3.13.14

Parenting has never been easy. Technology is not going to change that. While it has made some aspects easier (remember trying to contact your teen before cell phones?) some things will always be difficult. The internet has given us one more area to keep track and know where our children are. Here are three articles on teens and tech you may find helpful.

 

What is Your Teen Doing on Twitter and Instragram?

This first article explores how teens use social media sites.

 

Millennials: Trust No One But Twitter

Trust is something that is earned. Who are teens listening to?

 

Tuning In

Did you know teens still listen to the radio?



What’s Your Question?

by Rick Nier

It’s not the question that gets my attention. It’s when it is asked.

In John 14, we read Jesus telling His disciples to calm down. Actually, see for yourself what Jesus is saying;

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” ~John 14:1-4


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Thirsty?

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My family calls it the barefoot desert death march. I took my wife and sons for an August visit to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Chaco is a difficult-to-find but spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of massive stone ruins, complex road systems and calibrated astronomy and observation tools — the heart of a thriving Chacoan culture that gave birth to modern Southwest Native Americans. Among the many petroglyphs at the sprawling Chaco site is the “1054 Supernova” that depicts the stellar phenomena that created today’s Crab Nebula.


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Thanks to God For His Mercies

by Pastor Roland

I left off in February’s TEC where we had been appointed to serve as pastor of the Turlock F M Church.  I mentioned that one of the Ripon saints had expressed concern that we were going to be treated badly in our new appointment.  Nevertheless, once again we were moving, but this time it was only about 25 miles.  One of the members from Turlock drove his pickup truck to Ripon and helped us move some of our more fragile furnishings–like our 30 gallon aquarium.  Then, we loaded the larger items and many boxes into a U-Haul van and moved the rest of our belongings to the parsonage in Turlock.


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Freedom Sunday

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Over the past four years Freedom Sunday has helped set the captives free in India, Greece, Thailand, the Philippines, and the U.S. Now we move freedom forward into our neighborhoods and across the globe to Nepal, Colombia, and Taiwan. Formed by prayer, informed by the Word, we amplify the cries of the oppressed and challenge oppressive systems, while serving with compassion.

We are a movement of hope.

Sing.
Pray.
Serve.
Proclaim God’s freedom.
Challenge systems of oppression.
Spend in the direction of freedom.
Create New futures.
End modern slavery.

It’s not just about the day, it’s about God’s movement to end modern-day slavery, create new futures, and help others live in holistic freedom. Please don’t think of this as a program – a “one off.”  Think of this as a first step or, if you’ve participated before, as a reminder and a re-focus, a celebration, of what we are doing in partnership with God.



Tasty Church

We’re posting articles on the 9 distinctives of the Free Methodist Church and the Bishops vision for achieving our goals.

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Bishop David Roller (To read more from Bishop Roller, visit fmcusa.org/ davidroller.)

Bishop David Roller (To read more from Bishop Roller, visit fmcusa.org/davidroller.)

Life and fruitfulness have an essential connection. If one generation exists without fruitfulness, life would be extinguished — except for maybe rhubarb, which seems to have survived unchanged and unimproved since the age of dinosaurs.


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Alive and Well – Thriving and Fruitful

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog.


By David Kendall
Bishop, FMCUSA

In the beginning God created everything healthy and whole. While it is common to think that God made everything “perfect,” such thinking misleads. To our minds “perfect” conveys what is without flaw and incapable of improvement because no improvements are possible since it is “perfect.” But the biblical writer does not describe the world in such terms. Instead, when God finished His creative work, God saw that the whole of creation was “very good.” In fact, God made a world that was alive and completely well designed to grow and develop, to thrive and be fruitful. The creation of humanity no less, brought to the world the first humans fully able to become all God intended and to do all God planned for them to do.


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Free Methodists Partner

The Free Methodist Bishops have identified 9 strategies for us to achieve our vision. We will be posting them here on our blog. This was posted to our site a while ago, but we are re-posting it as part of this series. 


By David Kendall
Bishop, FMCUSA

Our mission is to love God and people, and to make disciples of Jesus who will, in turn, love God and people and make disciples. Our vision is to bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people who multiply disciples, leaders, groups and churches. Our conviction is that accomplishing our mission and fulfilling our vision will require us to partner with other people and groups, both among and beyond the Free Methodist Church. Let me tell you why.


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