Friday, April 20, 2018
TIM Good morning, I’m Tim Wise, Sanctuary Choir Director at Central. When you think about fishing on a boat, there are some important things to remember. One of those is to not drop a lure in the bottom of the boat because the noise scares the fish away. The same can be said for our attempts at being fishers of men. We should watch the noise we make with our words and language or we might scare away new followers of Jesus. Once you have hooked a fish, it becomes a tug of war match. The fish doesn’t want to be caught. Often times, the people we try and reach through the gospel don’t want to become followers of the Way. It’s a struggle to reach them where they are. Finally, it’s best to not go fishing alone. When you’re with someone else, you have a friend to keep you company and to help you when things go wrong. When you try and reach someone new for the Gospel, don’t tackle the task alone. Utilize your fellow believers; bring people with you. Then, you have backup to lend a hand and someone to rely on when your lines get crossed or the fish just won’t be caught.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
DENNIS Good Morning. I’m Dennis Gossett, with Central United Methodist Church. In the most famous verse in all of the Bible, we find that God so loved the world. This verse can be found on handwritten signs at ballgames, on billboards, on t-shirts, and hats. Those who are not Christians can often quote John 3:16. So, what does it mean, “God so loved the world?” First, it is a declaration that God does indeed love the world that He created. Some may feel that God simply created and left everything to handle itself. If God really does love the world, then He is not a mean tyrant, as he is often made out to be. Love is God’s greatest ultimate attribute. God is love and it changes everything. Second, this declaration is how he loves the world. The word love carries with it a lot of different interpretations. For some, love is the sappy, gooey kind of emotion that one finds in the movies, which brings two people together who find ultimate fulfillment in each other. For others, it is the kind of love for one’s self, which searches for fulfillment at the expense of other people. God’s love, however, is much better than that.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
GLENDA Good Morning: Do you hold grudges and can't let things go? If so, you will suffer in life. Do you have a hard time forgiving someone? If this is so, guess who will be the one to hurt? You! Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” My goodness, what a scary thought. We all want God's forgiveness, don't we? What a shame if he based his forgiveness on the way we forgive others. The bible says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ's sake has forgiven you.” Forgiven people should be forgiving people. So, if you want to live a happy, healthy life, you must learn to forgive. Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
BOB Good morning! This is Bob Peden of Central, a United Methodist Community here in Meridian. A man in a real hurry was sitting at a stop light. When the light changed to green, the lady in front of him did not obey its command – a green light IS a commandment – NOT a suggestion. When the light turned to red, and she had still not moved, he began screaming and beating on his steering wheel. He was interrupted by a policeman, tapping on his window. "You can't arrest me for hollering in my car," he exclaimed. But the officer ordered him into the back seat of the patrol car. After about two hours in a holding cell, the arresting officer advised him he was free to go. "I knew you couldn't arrest me for what I was yelling in my own car.” "The officer replied, "I didn't arrest you for shouting in your car. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I said to myself, "What a jerk. Then I noticed the 'Cross' hanging from your rearview mirror, and the Fish symbol, and I thought you must have stolen the car." How do YOUR actions match up with what YOU profess and proclaim?
Monday, April 16, 2018
JOHN Good Morning! I’m John Branning, Lead Pastor of Central United Methodist Church. Even if we don't practice a particular religion, we do worship something. Our hearts, souls, and minds can't exist in a vacuum. We're all under allegiance to some set of beliefs. Our love and need to be loved drive us to the feet of some god. Part of our inventory needs to include looking to see who or what brings us to our knees. In the book of Exodus chapter 20 we find the ten commandments that are a part of the Jewish and Christian Communities. The first commandment God gave says, "You must not have any other god but me”. If we want to reorder our lives according to God's design, it is helpful to start with the standard he set up – the Ten Commandments. He begins by simply asking that we recognize him as God. Are we willing to admit that our Creator and Rescuer is fully deserving of our wholehearted love and commitment? Are we willing to turn away from our other gods to worship him alone? If you are willing, then you will be filled with life and peace that comes from knowing Jesus. I invite you to worship with us this Sunday at Central.
Friday, April 13, 2018
GLENDA Good Morning: Today is a special day for the children at Central's Children's Center. We have been having a fundraiser this week for St. Jude Children's Hospital. We have been collecting money all week, and yesterday, we had a fun day to celebrate all our hard work. Today at 11:00 a.m., we are having a parade through downtown Meridian. We'll start in front of the church. We'll be dressed in costumes and have our floats on little red wagons. It's a lot of fun. Come on down. Sit on the front steps of the church and join in on the fun. Bring your little ones. They'll love it! We're teaching our children how wonderful it is to help others in need. Hope to see you at 11:00!! Have a wonderful day!
Thursday, April 12, 2018
BOB Good morning! This is Bob Peden of Central, a United Methodist Community here in downtown Meridian. I often hear people quote Jesus's saying from the 5th Chapter of Matthew: God sends the rain upon the just and the unjust. Usually, they mean, God sends bad things to happen to both good and bad people. Living in Mississippi, this makes sense. Rain brings gloomy days, disrupted plans for the day, and often the danger of floods. But Jesus said this in Galilee in the 1st Century. In an area as drought-stricken as the middle east is, rain can only mean one thing – a blessing. So, in saying God sends rain upon the just and the unjust, Jesus suggests that God sends his wonderful blessings on all people. Thus, Jesus is reinforcing what he says elsewhere, God only sends good things to people who are both just and unjust. Evil comes from our choice to disobey God. God is the only source of every good and perfect gift. So, whether it is rainy or the sun shines today, God pours out His blessings upon each of us.