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God Won't Fit In Your Box!

"For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." 1 Corinthians 1:25
This past week, I had the opportunity to travel with our youth to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky for a week of service with and for the people of Appalachia.  During the trip, our groups worked to build an addition for a family home, a new shed, and a new roof for a woman in Tennessee.  I was extremely blessed to see our youth working so hard to enhance the living conditions of others through these projects.  Though the week was very hot and humid downright sweltering, God's presence met us there and we were able to complete our projects without any major injuries or hiccups (unless you count the time that I was almost knocked out by a flying hammer, thrown by an anonymous youth group member).
Amidst the backdrop of the mountains, we had several opportunities to reflect on our day in an air-conditioned dormitory.  Often, our times of reflection would q…

What I've Learned From Losing My Voice (besides the fact that others like it)

Last night, I arrived home to find out that my voice is gone.  Yep, no voice (no cheers from the peanut gallery, please).  Today, I am still without much of a voice (even the dog has recognized it and no longer listens to me when I get after him because I cannot raise my voice).  It's interesting because last night was the first healing and wholeness service at Lambertville UMC and tonight is the healing and wholeness service at Emmanuel in Blissfield.  While I am convinced that God does not will us to be sick, I do believe that he can work despite our ailments.  With that said, do I believe this is a spiritual attack?  It very well could be, because I know the demons hate it when God's people pray, especially for healing and we are certainly in a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12).  It may also be due to the severe allergies that I have been dealing with over the past several months, or even a combination of the two.  Either way, I am praying for God's total healing to tak…

Confessing for a Lack of Confession

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another... that you may be healed" - James 5:16 This coming Sunday, I will be preaching the second sermon in our series on healing, simply titled "Obstacles to Healing".  One of the obstacles to healing in our lives, I believe is that of true confession.  I don't mean the simple "I'm sorry... for now" type of confession, but a true deep-down confession of our faults, to God and to one another.  I think many of us enjoy hearing the words of James 5, especially the part where we can experience healing through prayer.  However, I think we tend to glance over James 5:16 and the implications of true confession, or lack thereof.  For some reason we Protestants have veered away from the act of confession, maybe because it seems "too Catholic", or more probable is that confession is tough stuff!

Being a United Methodist and subscribing to United Methodist beliefs, I  share in the belief that there are two sa…

Wesley's Healing Ministry

The issue of healing and wholeness has been on my heart very heavily lately, especially in light of situations that have caused hurt and pain around the world and in our local communities.  As a result, I have had several opportunities to prayerfully reflect upon what it means to be a Christian, more distinctively a United Methodist Christian and how much of an impact my faith might have upon my local community.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism realized the impact of faith in a God of love and grace as he not only ministered the gospel of repentance and salvation, but sought to meet the needs of the hurting, the sick, and the poor.
"Wesley was one of the first not only to see the poor as recipients of alms and objects of charitable care, but also to set forth the genuinely Christian duty to eliminate their wretchedness..." - M. Marquardt, John Wesley's Social Ethics. p. 27I believe that God heals today; heart, mind, and soul and that God's grace is continually …