Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

BOB

Good morning! This is Bob Peden of Central a United Methodist Community here in Meridian. Life can be hard and challenging. Living can wear away our hope. Religion can imprison us in a world of guilt and shame over our past sins, mistakes, and failures.



Where do we turn to find hope, joy, and peace in a world that seems hellbent on destruction? The answer lies in one simple word, Grace. Grace is often defined as "unmerited favor." God chooses to love us not because we deserve his love or because we've earned his love, but because God is gracious and merciful. We can't take credit for grace because it is God's gift to us. By grace, we are recreated as a person who can then share God's grace by doing good things to those around us.

So, what do you think about this grace? Where have you seen God's grace in your life? And, who can you show grace to in your life today, tomorrow, and going forward as you live a life of thanks for the grace you have received from God?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

DENNIS

Good morning everyone. I am Dennis Gossett with Central United Methodist Church. How is your faith this morning? Is it strong, shaky, or non-existent? Perhaps today we all can be encourage as we are reminded that God really does exist and he is continuing to heal, teach, and guide. All he wants us to do is make time and a place to be with him, so that he can have our undivided attention.

Jesus teaches that we should “go into our private room and with the door shut, pray to our Father.” Making special time and space for God to give us hope when the world tells us there is none. The world tells us that we are doomed by terror. But in our time with God, we become aware of his power, grace, mercy, and love.

Life without this kind of time can easily become destructive. It becomes possessive and defensive; it looks on with contempt to our fellow human beings. It keeps everyone at a distance. You see, God’s voice can break down all of those things that keeps us up at night and gives us ulcers.

So, how is your faith in God? I pray that it will grow stronger daily and you will draw closer to God who loves you. Have a blessed day.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SABRINA


We all know that feeling. It is the middle of the night and you are awake. The issue that has bothered you during the day has suddenly grown into a huge monster in the middle of the darkness, robbing you of much needed sleep. New worries entangle themselves with old worries, feeding the negative thoughts and feelings. Suddenly you are living in a world you have created, unable to manage things that will most probably never happen.

Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we can prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

When we hear this verse we often don’t consider that God is not only telling us to transform our minds, but also assuring us it is possible.

Scientific studies have shown that the way we habitually think forms physiological patterns in our brains – as we think, so shall we become! When we humbly admit our need for changing the negative, fear gripping thoughts and invite Christ to renew our minds — one thought at a time — we are blessed with the ability to enjoy life, despite its challenges. We are saying that we know that this is NOT a problem that God can’t help us to handle.

It sounds so easy, yet it IS so hard. When we do this, however, not only do we conquer our own fear, we are a witness of God’s healing power to others!

If you do not have a church home, I invite you to come and live life with us at Central. Life IS hard – it is easy to let the negative hold us in its mighty grip, but at Central, we do life together, the good, the bad, the ugly and THAT is a positive!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BOB



Good morning! This is Bob Peden of Central a United Methodist Community here in Meridian. The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Rome a long time ago: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?

As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news! Paul says that, we are all called to be preachers. Our lives individually and collectively are meant to send out a message and an invitation: Come and join us and share our experience of faith, love and fellowship. That is the message of Central. Come, connect with us. Live in, live out, and proclaim the love of God revealed to each of us in the person of Jesus Christ, His only Son.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

JOHN

Good Morning! I’m John Branning the Lead Pastor of Central United Methodist Church. Our standard work week in America is 40 hours. We work five more hours a week than the French, which totals a whopping nine more weeks a year for Americans.

Most of us get two weeks off for vacation, while the average European gets six weeks of vacation. Two out of three Americans also fail to get eight hours of sleep a night, and 40 percent of them said they have a hard time staying awake on the job.


We are working harder, longer, and sleeping less. We aren’t any happier than we were 50 years ago when we worked less, made less money, and had less productivity.

King Solomon had it right when he said that we work too hard and sleep less in vain. We do this in vain because we are “eating the bread of anxious toil.” Essentially, we are worrying too much about having enough money for things that ultimately don’t matter. Jesus said that we should seek God and his kingdom first and then everything else will be added. Why don’t we give this a try and get a good night’s sleep tonight?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

GLENDA

Good Morning:  I believe that God put us on this wonderful earth...each of us with our own unique gift. I also believe that it is our duty to discover what that gift is and use it to glorify God.

Each of you has a special gift. Are you using that gift for God? Do you know what your gift is? If you don't, ask your friends, ask your family, ask your pastor to help you discover your gift. Get involved with your church. Volunteer to help where there is a need. When helping others, you may find your gift.

Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Can you imagine a world where we all found our gift and used it as God intended for good works? Think about that and have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

SABRINA



I think author Elizabeth Stone says it best - Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. Being a parent is a life-long deal. The job description may change, but the commitment, love and concern remain constant. There are the phases when we wonder, Will this ever get better? It can be exhausting.  The joy you feel for your child's successes, the pain you feel when they have failures or losses - these things are a part of the package. Permanently.

In Luke 15, the parable of the prodigal son, the father never gives up. He never decides to stop being a parent because his son messed up. You really don't fully get this parable until you are a parent. If you have young children, draw on the strength and support of others to help you through this season. If you have teens that are testing every rule and boundary, stand firm. If you have adult children who are struggling or in trouble, be strong and don't give up. For all parents, be reminded that God's grace is sufficient and that nothing can separate your child from God's love and care.