Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

SABRINA

We have all heard or seen the stories on social media about someone who tipped over the top or some other act of kindness, but in Acts 28, we hear Paul speak of another type of act. “Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. “Unusual kindness’ - not because Paul and his companions were important people or because of their political or theological views - it was simply raining and cold.”

Today we encounter people who are up against the elements of life. How do our acts of kindness morph into the unusual category? Maybe it’s not simply holding the door for the elderly person at the grocery store, but also helping them to unload their groceries into the car or not watching the mother with the screaming toddler but rather offering her a word of support and perhaps a $5 gift card for a special coffee you have tucked away, just for times such as this.

Unusual kindness is going ABOVE AND BEYOND that immediate need. In all of the troubles of today’s world, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all make unusual kindness a part of our everyday lives? Have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

DENNIS

Good morning everyone. I am Dennis Gossett with Central United Methodist Church.

Have you ever considered what authentic Christian faith looks like? We all have heard of the many horrible examples of what it doesn’t it look like? The writer of the Epistle of James understood faith to be not so much as what you feel but more about what you do.

For James, faith is not a heavy or moralistic Christian duty. Instead, it is the Christian possibility and lifestyle. In both the Old and New Testaments of the bible, active faith is made very clear. For example, we read that God not only loves the poor but that he cares for them. Jesus taught us to be imitators of God; to do as God does. It is like a child who will imitate what they see their parents doing.

When my son was very little, he would do and say exactly what I did. Therefore, I had to be really careful and mindful of that fact.

If we are to love God, we are to love and care for the poor and hungry too. Jesus said, “You will know my disciples by the fruit they bear.” He meant that we are to be known by our ethical behavior that is illustrated by life experience.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GLENDA

Good Morning: One of my favorite Bible verses is this statement made by Jesus: “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. They hear my voice and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;”...but the best part of this statement to me are these last words: “and no one shall snatch them away from me.” That tells me that once we claim Jesus as our Savior, He knows us. He will never fail us. He will never let us go. There is no-one on earth who can separate us from His love and His protection. He doesn't say life will be perfect. But He lets us know that His perfect love will always be there for us. We can count on it! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JOHN

Good Morning! I’m John Branning, the Lead Pastor of Central United Methodist Church.

Have you ever heard the old saying that sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me? I think that we can all agree that there is no truth to that old saying. In fact, words can hurt in a way that actually can make us see ourselves in a very negative light.

The power of our words must not be forgotten in a world of social media and technology where everyone desires to be heard. The book of James tells us that if we can control our tongue, then we are the strongest people in the world.

It is time that we intentionally speak to people those words that bring encouragement, hope, and joy. That is what being followers of Jesus is all about, sharing the good news to all people. I invite you to worship with us this coming Sunday at Central and bring a spirit of Joy with you and share a good word with others today.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

BOB



Good morning. This is Bob Peden of Central a United Methodist Community here is Meridian.

Psalm 150 is a clarion call to worship the Lord, our God. APraise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.@

I encourage you to bring your praise and join with others in worshiping God this Sunday morning.  If you do not have a church home, you are welcome at Central United Methodist Church. Worship is at 8:30, 9:45 or 10:55. ALet everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

DENNIS

Good morning everyone. I am Dennis Gossett with Central United Methodist Church.

Did you know that Jesus is moved with compassion on all those people who live on the fringe of society; those who are marginalized, outcast and ostracized. However, compassion often receives a radical form of criticism, because it announces that pain and hurt must be taken seriously, and it is not to be accepted as normal or natural. But rather, it is abnormal and an unacceptable condition for humans.

In Jesus’ time and culture, one of the most unbecoming qualities someone could demonstrate was compassion. After all, empires are never built or maintained on the basis of compassion. They are maintained by the rule or norms of law and people are expected to accommodate those norms, otherwise, the whole empire would collapse.

When Jesus pushed back against the rules with compassion, it upset his nation. He wasn’t simply acting out of an emotional response. Instead, he was criticizing the entire system for being numb to the hurt, pain, and injustice of others.

Let me encourage you today to go against the grain and show compassion.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TIM

Good morning, I’m Tim Wise, Sanctuary Choir Director at Central.

Jesus and Nicodemus were having an evening conversation about seeing and entering the kingdom of God. Jesus speaks to this in John, Chapter 3.

Verse 3 says, “Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

This confused Nicodemus and so he asked how it’s possible to be born again.

Jesus answers in verse 5, “I assure you, unless someone is born of water AND the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom.”

Have you connected with God and consider yourself baptized in both water AND the Holy Spirit? Do you know what it means to be a follower of The Way?

If you are seeking to answer these questions with confidence, come connect with us at Central and see what all this can mean for you. It's through connecting in worship and community that you can find yourself answering these questions with confidence. Remember…life is better connected.