Freedom Sunday Report

Dear Pastor and Congregation:

Greetings in the powerful Name of Jesus Christ!

We would like to thank you for your generosity on Freedom Sunday and your commitment to reduce the impact and blight of human trafficking in the world. A breakdown of the 2013 Freedom Sunday offerings and the allocations to projects is as follows:

We hope you will regularly address human trafficking in your region, the nation and around the world as an ongoing part of your ministry, adding a sustained impact to these once-a-year offerings. We invite you to visit or find the link to Set Free Movement on our site to learn how your church can be engaged at a deeper level. This is a significant issue that must be addressed by Free Methodists whose heritage is steeped in the commitment to abolish slavery in every form.

Again, thank you. Please know that your gifts will bear fruit that will last beyond our ability to report.

On behalf of the Board of Bishops,

Matthew A. Thomas
Bishop, Free Methodist Church – USA

Copyright © 2013 Free Methodist Church – USA, All rights reserved.
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The Best Head Coach

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. — Psalm 139:4

As each NFL season comes to a close, a ritual takes place on the first Monday after the last regular-season game. The sports media call it “Black Monday,” when general managers and team owners take stock of how well their team did that year — what went right and what went wrong. Then they look at their head coach, evaluating whether or not he is capable of helping the team perform at a high level next year. A lot of coaching changes take place on Black Monday. The sports media love to cover the firing and hiring — the “coaching carousel” as they sometimes call it. Being an NFL head coach is not for the faint of heart nor for those seeking job security.


The Focus of Your Life

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When Jesus walked this earth, he worked to get the focus off “good” people doing what appeared to be “good things” and to get their focus back on God. Many people in first-century Israel were pointing to the rules; Jesus pointed to a God who wanted a relationship with his people. Religious professionals focused on the law; Jesus focused on the Lawgiver who knew our hearts and offered us grace in the midst of our failures.


Unexpected Corners


Several of us went on a long journey to be part of a fellowship meeting with pastors and church deacons of a faraway mission field. On the way to the meeting, we encountered a woman lying along the roadside. Pregnant, she was groaning in severe pain. Because she could no longer walk the remaining miles to the hospital, the woman’s husband had left to find transportation.


Battle Times


Upside-Down Prayers for Parents

Battle-times are painful times. But they also are defining moments, providing opportunities to identify more clearly what we stand for…and what we do not. When we’re challenged, truly challenged, to fight for the things we deem most important—faith, family, friendship, life itself—we recognize that everything else is transitory, temporal. And we also recognize our dependence on God as our ally, our strength, our shield (Psalm 28:7).


Be Strong and Courageous


Have I not commanded you; Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9

Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:13–14

In 1952, Florence Chadwick attempted to swim the chilly ocean waters between Catalina Island and the California shore. She swam through foggy weather and choppy seas for fifteen hours. Her muscles began to cramp, and her resolve weakened. She begged to be taken out of the water, but her mother, riding in a boat alongside, urged her not to give up. She kept trying but grew exhausted and stopped swimming.


My Big Beef With the Word “Just”

“I’m just a volunteer.” You may use this phrase in a number of different contexts, but in every single instance, the word ‘just’ should be stricken from the sentence. In fact, the consequences of uttering the word ‘just’ when used before the word ‘volunteer’, is actually hurting our church communities.


Great Day of Helping

The mission of the Winona Lake Free Methodist Church is to serve Christ, His Church and our Community by making more and growing better disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Recently adopted, but passionately felt is this mission statement of ours. We’re going to serving our community through something we call The Great Day of Helping. This will take place on Saturday, June 22, 1-4 p.m.

We are inviting those who are in need to come and join us. Among other things, we will be offering canned food and other non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items, haircuts, and family photos.

If you are interested in joining us and helping plan this event, contact the office. There are many people working together to make this event a success. There will be plenty of things going on that day, including activities for children. So there is plenty of things needed before we get to the event.

Love Never Fails


Love Never Fails

The more in love we are with the Father and with our Savior, the more we become like Jesus Himself. And that’s not unique to the relationship between our Creator God and us, His creation. Maybe you’ve noticed that couples who have been married for a long time say that they know each other well enough to be able to complete the other person’s sentences.


Parent’s Progress 5.16.13

Welcome to another week of parenting resources and encouragement. Keep in mind, you may not be a parent yourself, but you probably know of one. Pass this on to them.