2 Churches in the MS Annual Co...

Feb 7, 2017 by

Statement by Bishop James E. Swanson 2/6/2017 Dear Mississippi Conference, I send you holy greetings during this season of Epiphany. It is with a heavy heart I announce to you that it has come to my...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jan 31, 2017 by

ORIGINAL SIN In the rather optimistically titled “MAKING THE ‘TERRIBLE’ TWOS TERRIFIC!,” child psychologist John Rosemond wrote, “The newborn, lacking any other frame of reference, relates all early...

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Monday, January 30, 2017

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ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD Buster is a church member in Madison Heights, VA.  Twenty-five years ago when he had just graduated from high school, he had no relationship with God.  One night he...

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Commission Update

Jan 27, 2017 by

By Patricia Miller, Executive Director of The Confessing Movement I think the first meeting of the bishops’ Commission On A Way Forward went very well.  The 3 bishop moderators had given great...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

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ATONEMENT Several years ago at the Congress on Evangelism, Bishop Will Willimon told of going with a group of United Methodists to visit death-row inmates in Alabama.  Bishop Willimon sat down for a...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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A SAD WORKAHOLIC Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in his book “Go East, Young Man,” recalls a co-worker named H.A. Moore.  “He was an excellent lawyer of the old school, completely dedicated...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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THE PURPOSE  OF  WORSHIP A cathedral in Florence, Italy was built in an unstable area.  Engineers chose therefore to construct its great dome with a slit in it.  Many feet below the dome, a brass...

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Way Forward commissioners shar...

Jan 24, 2017 by

Jan. 19, 2017 | UMNS They are praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and trusting in their common Wesleyan heritage to help find “A Way Forward” for The United Methodist Church.The Commission on a...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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ISSUING INVITATIONS A man came out of his house one Sunday morning headed to church just as his neighbor came out of his house carrying his golf clubs.  The golfer said, “Henry, come play golf with...

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Monday, January 23, 2017

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THE LAST QUESTION A veteran nurse recalled this significant experience: “During my second year of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student and breezed through...

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017 by

GOD KNOWS OUR WORTH A certain nurse won the admiration of her entire community with her patience, cheerfulness, and genuine concern for others.  She gave far more of herself than anyone could ever...

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton hadn’t won a game in eight weeks.  A critical press was suggesting that he be dropped from the starting rotation.  The future looked bleak...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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THE TIME BANK Imagine that there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.  It carries over no balance from day to day.  Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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TOO BIG TO TITHE A church member made an appointment with his pastor to talk about a problem. “Pastor,” he said, “jobs were hard to come by a number of years ago.  So I asked God’s help in finding...

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Jan 16, 2017 by

FIRST FRUITS TITHING There was a knock on the door of the hut occupied by a missionary in Africa.  Answering, the missionary found one of the native boys holding a large fish in his hands.  The boy...

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Judicial Council April 2017 Me...

Jan 13, 2017 by

The Judicial Council meeting this April will address some very important challenges to church law including the recent election of Rev. Karen Oliveto, a lesbian in a same sex marriage, and...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

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A POLITICALLY CORRECT THANKSGIVING In today’s politically correct environment where you have to be so careful to avoid offending anyone, we can understand why a fourth grader gave the following...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION An overweight business executive decided it was time to shed some excess pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to work to avoid his...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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THE HISTORY OF TEAMWORK At a Midwestern fair, there was an event called the horse pull.  Strong horses were hitched to a sled on which were placed various weights.  The grand champion horse pulled...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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A TRUE FRIEND A farmer was out plowing one spring morning.  The spring thaw had just occurred and there were many muddy valleys in his field.  In one particularly wet place his tractor bogged down. ...

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