Two cell phones ago, I was introduced to my first Global Positioning System. Amazing stuff! I can enter my destination and, within seconds, a disembodied voice literally tells me where to go. From a car to a star, information from afar! My Android connects with a satellite in a far-flung corner of the heavens and pinpoints my exact spot in the vast universe. It not only tells me where I am, it tells me where I am going. My GPS has a generic female voice that sends me forward. She even recalculates if I decide to flex my independence and follow a different road.
The Safe Sanctuaries ministry in each of our congregations is one important expression of how we order our lives so nothing will interfere with the transmission of the faith and the spiritual growth of any person under the care of our ministry.
Most congregations and spiritual leaders have the first stage of offering instruction down to a science. We proclaim the gospel through word, song, visual image, PowerPoint, DVDs, and repeated explanation. We offer this instruction in classrooms, in sanctuaries, in fellowship halls, in homes, on the Internet, and in just about any place a person can receive it.
Just as Mary and Joseph took a journey more than 2,000 years ago, last month members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins took their own Advent journey.
In early 2010, Rev. Ashley Randall was at his heaviest. What had once been an easy activity – taking a quick walk around the block with his wife – had become a struggle. His wife, Laine, had her own health issues, and began to look at their diet for possible solutions.
Churches of all denominations from the Golden Isles and across the state are cordially invited to attend Winter Camp Meeting at Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island, January 29 through February 1. Outstanding preachers, Bible teachers and area choirs and musicians will examine the theme “The Greatest Story Ever Told” in new and creative ways.
Time brings changes to a society and these changes affect people politically, socially and economically. So it was with the Hebrew people in Egypt when there was a pharaoh “who knew not Joseph.”
Paul’s journey of faith is necessary before the student can accept uncritically Paul’s affirmation that the gospel the Galatians must accept is the one HE preached! (1:6-9). He wanted his readers to know the gospel he preached was not “learned” from others, but came by direct revelation in his personal encounter with Christ. He establishes his credentials as a zealous and learned Jew – zealous to the extent of persecuting Christians. Following his encounter with Christ, a long period of time (three years!) elapsed while his conversion touched every aspect of his heart and mind. He rethought everything and came to the inevitable conclusion that the Law of Moses could not enable a person to have a right relationship with God.