Bishops Share Mission

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Bishops’ Live Vision Cast – August 26, 2012 from Light & Life Communications.

BY JEFF FINLEY

Bishops Matthew Thomas, David Kendall and David Roller shared an updated mission and vision of the Free Methodist Church – USA during a live Vision Cast on Aug. 26.

The Web page for the Vision Cast — fmcusa.org/live — was accessed nearly 1,900 times the day of the event during which Thomas shared the Free Methodist Church’s mission “to love God, love people and make disciples.”


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What About the Poor?

by Bishop David Kendall

 

Here are facts we must not ignore.  Jesus explicitly calls the gospel: Good news to the poor (see Luke 4:18-19).  He doesn’t say, “ … to the poor also,” as if the primary target is a larger group and he’s clarifying that “the poor” are not excluded.  No, the gospel is to the poorperiod.  The poor comprise the primary target group.  Others may find gracious inclusion (I affirm with huge relief!) but the “others” were not—are not—the primary target group.


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Pastor Rick’s Recent Thoughts

My Ears Do That!

‘He who has ears, let him hear.’
I always thought that was an interesting statement made by Jesus. I have ears. Doesn’t everyone? I don’t think I know of anyone who doesn’t have ears. I guess some people are deaf, which is something my dad would accuse me of being.
In my more dense moments as a child, my dad would also accuse me of lacking for brains. Apparently there was this assembly line for handing out brains. He may have insinuated that I heard ‘train’ and assumed I was going on a trip somewhere. He also said I had a brain like a strainer, which I didn’t get for the longest time, but that may have been proving his point.
Before you think my dad unkind, let me assure you I am glad he said stuff like this to me. Otherwise I might not have anything to say to my kids when I am most dumbstruck by some of the things they do.
But what’s most interesting to me is where I recently found a similar line from Jesus regarding the having of ears. To be sure, he said it a few times as He preached. But in this one instance, He said it after explaining a parable. All my dad wanted was for me to understand the words coming out of his mouth. I imagine God wants us to understand His Word, and His heart, as well.
Perhaps you are like me and have laughed along with pastors as they talk about how dumb the disciples seemed at times. They could often be seen arguing about who was the greatest, or getting scared out of their mind, all while in the presence of Jesus. Or they would ask questions that we would know better than to ask God.
At times they would just come right out and tell Jesus they had no idea what He was talking about. It had to be a real face-palm moment for the Son of God. But the disciples would be honest and ask for explanations. One example is recorded in Matthew 13:36-43, where Jesus does explain the Parable of the Weeds. And Jesus ends it with, ‘He who has ears, let him hear.’
I get that Jesus is talking about understanding, something He also compares with our eyesight. ‘Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?’ (Mark 8:18). The great irony is we can have working eyes and ears and yet fail to understand the bigger picture of what God is accomplishing.
If the great irony is having the correct equipment without the ability to use it, the great shock would be to not even comprehend the answer when it is explained to us.


Pastor Roland’s Recent Thoughts

Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.  (King James Version)

 

In Old Testament times, God called his people Israel to come together in solemn (King James Version) or sacred (New International Version) assemblies to worship him.  The term is used in Leviticus 23 where the Lord gave instructions to Moses regarding the various feasts and the Day of Atonement that the people of Israel were to observe each year.  For example, regarding the Feast of Tabernacles he said, “Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto; and you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein.”  (Lev 23:36, KJV)

There are several meanings for solemn given in the dictionary. 


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