Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

SABRINA
 There was a story in the news this summer about a family vacationing in Panama City Beach when two of the children ventured too far into the water and became caught in a riptide. As the parents and other family members tried to save them, there suddenly were nine people caught in this riptide, dragging them further out. Some people on shore saw what was happening and an 80 person human chain was formed resulting in all nine family members being saved. While this is truly a feel-good story, it speaks to us as for how Christ would have us live. During Jesus’ time on earth, He did not “go it alone” but rather gathered a group of men together, walked with them, talked and prayed with them. From very different walks of life, they were tied together in Christ, and because of that went into the world offering Christ and making disciples. What they accomplished together far exceeded anything they could have done alone. Jesus KNEW they would need each other.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

TIM - COVERED BY GRACE
 Jesus was sitting by a well waiting for his disciples when she arrives. At this time of day, most avoid the well, but this woman prefers it. It's quiet. She is alone. There is no one to condemn or judge her. You see she is well known around the town and her story is full of shame. This woman came to the well thirsty - but not just for water. For something more. She feels empty. She has been searching for satisfaction in relationships, but it all turns to brokenness and baggage and pain. Jesus already knows her story, and when she realizes this, she doesn’t flee in embarrassment or shame. She is excited and wants to know more. So, how is it possible that revealing all of her baggage would lead to fulfillment? One word – GRACE. It is when we experience the grace of God that our shame turns into a yearning for him. If shame is the driving force in your life, you’ll never feel reprieved. Come before Jesus and see what happens when your shame is met with his Grace.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GLENDA
 Good Morning! “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” Psalm 56:3. That's the Bible verse for the month of October at the Children's Center. During the next few days, children all over Meridian will be hearing about ghosts and goblins and all kinds of scary things. At the Children's Center, we have been stressing the importance of having a good time during Halloween, but we also want them to learn about the difference between make believe and the real thing: God. There's nothing wrong with pretending. In fact, most children learn a lot through play and in pretending. It's our job as adults to teach them what pretending is and give them an alternative. That alternative is the Love and Care of God for each one of us. So, if you have fears in your life, just repeat that Bible verse: “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you” and teach that to your children. It helps when you are scared and feel all alone. It will remind you that you are not alone and through your trust in God, your fears can be erased. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

JOHN
 Good Morning! I’m John Branning the Lead Pastor of Central United Methodist Church. During the great depression, many families could scarcely afford the basic essentials, much less Christmas presents. One father suggested to his family that they could use their imagination and make pictures of the presents they would like to give to one another. For the next few days, each member of the family worked secretly, but joyfully. On Christmas morning the family gathered to exchange their creative gifts. Dad got a shiny black limousine and a red motorboat. Mom received a diamond bracelet and a new hat. Little Pete received a drawing of a swimming pool and pictures of toys. When it was Pete’s turn to give his present to his parents with great delight, he handed them a brightly colored crayon drawing of three people – a man, a woman, and a little boy. They had their arms around one another and under the picture was one word: US! Maybe we have forgotten truly what should be most important.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

BOB Good morning! This is Bob Peden of Central, a United Methodist Community here in Meridian. In the days of the old west, when cattle were allowed to roam free and rounded up only once a year, some of the steers became rather wild and could not be herded. Occasionally, a steer would become too wild to drive and too strong to be drug in behind a horse. On these occasions, the cowboys would often take a small burro and tie it by a rope to the steer. The steer would throw the burro around unmercifully, but each time the burro got up, he would take a step or two towards home. In a few days’ time, the two would show up at the ranch. The steer sorry and worn out. The burro clearly happy to be home. You see the steer was unclear as to where he wanted to go. But the burro was focused on one thing - getting back home. Jesus calls us to that kind of focus upon His kingdom. Where is your focus today?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday October 13, 2017

BENJI I was talking with a friend of mine the other day, and he shared something insightful with me that I would like to pass on to you. He said that his family was immensely important to him, it is what gets him through, but not all his family is related to him. You see we all need support structures in our lives, and our families are only a piece of a greater whole. Co-workers, friends, fellow members of our civic organizations and churches, all are important people to have alongside us in life, to love and support, encourage and edify, and also to lovingly speak truth into our lives when need to hear it most. And if you are looking for the welcome and support of a church family, I would like to invite you to join us at Central for one of our services this Sunday, at eight thirty, nine forty-five, and ten fifty-five, and see for yourself that in Christ life really is better connected. May God’s peace be with you today.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DENNIS
 Good morning everyone. I am Dennis Gossett with Central United Methodist Church. We live in a society where the majority of people do not want to have any rules placed on their lives. There is a belief that Christianity is an outdated piece of history that has nothing to say in our technologically advanced lives. Maybe you are one of those individuals. After all, why does anyone need to be forgiven? And certainly, we all know right from wrong. After all, any reasonable person knows the rules of the town they live in. They know what not to do to keep them out of trouble with the police. However, what good behavior and rules fail to do is foster love. For example, most people do not steal out of fear of punishment and not out of love for the other person. Some even think of the Bible in the same way. But the Bible shows us that God’s way not only teaches us to do good but to love our neighbor. God wants to give us a fresh start and put love into our hearts so that we can truly be the person that we were created to be. Without him, we will never really know how to love people.