Embrace All People

In a recent update from the Free Methodist Church Bishops, we were sent several videos which we thought would be helpful in your own growth as you consider how and who you reach out.

You can find the videos and descriptions here.



Children Leading

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The day had been a stressful one, and my patience had ebbed away, when my son Brett looked at me and said, “Dad. Chill.”

In one word he told me to slow down, not take life—or myself—too seriously. Not bad advice.


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Free Methodist Historical Society

Spring 2013 Newsletter

The Spring issue of the Historical Society’s Newsletter is here.  Included are articles about the new renovations being made at the Marston Memorial Historical Center; Mother Martha Lee, a Free Methodist who ran a rescue mission in Omaha, Nebraska; and a book review of PK: A Preacher Kid Comes of Age During the Great Depression and World War II by Bob Haslem.

Spring 2013 Newsletter



Love Accepts All Things

 

Love . . . always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)

Love . . . bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be nice if love were like a cafeteria line? What if you could look at the person with whom you live and select what you want and pass on what you don’t? What if parents could do this with kids? “I’ll take a plate of good grades and cute smiles, and I’m passing on the teenage identity crisis and tuition bills.”


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From Faux Hawks to Faith

by Pastor Rick
People might look at me and laugh.
-That’s the point.
But I don’t want them to laugh.
But they won’t be laughing at you. They’ll be laughing with you.
No. 
And that’s where the conversation with my 6-year old ended that day. A stubborn refusal to stand out and an unwillingness to be laughed at. Or with, as I was trying to convince her.

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Ministry Happens

When we don’t pace ourselves, we tend to miss divine appointments right and left. In fact, they seem like human interruptions. We get so consumed with trying to get where we think God wants us to go that we put on spiritual blinders and miss the Goose trails He wants to take us down. The key is slowing down your pace, taking off your sandals, and experiencing God right here, right now.

…Spiritual maturity has less to do with long-range visions than it does with moment-by-moment sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. And it is our moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that turns life into an everyday adventure.

Excerpted from Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson



Thank God For His Mercy

Elaine and I moved into the assistant pastor’s parsonage at the Sacramento F M Church in late August, 1974.  I was to begin my new position as Director of Youth Ministries at the church on September 1.  The Job Description and Job Profile had been given to me.  In addition to planning and coordinating activities and ministries for the youth, I was to direct the youth singing group known as The New Experience. When we began, there were about 12 senior high students and about 8 junior high students who were regularly attending the youth meetings.


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They Will Run and Not Grow Weary

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. — Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. — Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

From one end of the Bible to the other, we read of God’s strengthening His people. When the Israelites passed through the Red Sea, they praised the Lord, saying: “The Lord is my strength and my song” (Exodus 15:2 NIV).


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Keep Wonder in Your Worship

Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth…Don’t let your worship decline to the performance of mere duty…Don’t let the scenery and poetry and music of your relationship with God shrivel up and die. You have capacities for joy that you can scarcely imagine. They were made for the enjoyment of God. He can awaken them no matter how long they have lain asleep. Pray for His quickening power. Open your eyes to his glory. It is all around you: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1 ESV).

Excerpted from Desiring God by John Piper



Hearing and Listening (and Doing)

by Randy Streu

As somebody who has stood at a pulpit on several occasions, I get frustrated by the word “Amen.” I imagine

this is a frustration shared by actual, full-time preachers at every kind of church, from home church, to 20-member chapel, to 10,000-seat megachurch.

Allow me to explain. I’ve been going to church nearly all my life. Every so often, you’ll get a preacher who’s just on fire, inspiring shouts of “Amen” from among the congregation. Now, don’t get me wrong: the encouragement is appreciated. It’s just, it’s not the pastor’s (or fill-in speaker’s, as I have been, or evangelist’s) job to merely tickle the congregation’s ears with an exciting message. The idea, as near as I’ve been able to discern — and maybe I’m wrong about this — is to inspire action. In other words, the shouts of “Amen” don’t mean anything, if they aren’t followed up by the shouter’s personal, internal commitment to apply the message to his or her own life.

Perhaps what makes this seeming lack of follow-through so frustrating, though, is that I’m so bad at it myself. It’s so easy to get inspired. It’s such a simple thing to hear God speaking. But to really listen? To apply the word of the Lord and really make a change?

It’s funny: I get frustrated with my kids over the exact same thing. I can only image God’s frustration with me. Thank Him for grace and mercy!

James tells us,

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:22-25)

Hearing what the pastor says is good. Being moved to an “Amen” is good, too. But what God looks for is application. What has the Lord been laying on your heart lately? Has He been using your pastor to give you a message? Maybe you’ve been hearing it long enough. Maybe it’s time to do something about it.