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A Pagan Holiday

12/10/2018

By The Rev. Dr. Tom Pace   Christmas is, of course, an American pagan holiday. I don’t mean that disrespectfully – I love Christmas in all of its spiritual depth and with all its theological meanings attached. By pagan I mean that it is not a peculiarly religious holiday. Everyone – Christian believers and unbelievers and all the variations in between – celebrate Christmas. Of course there are those devoted to other faiths who do not celebrate the holiday at all. But the irreligious in America ...


An Invitation to the Party

12/10/2018

By The Rev. Dr. Tom Pace   I drove down my street one evening and it was lined with cars. As I drove past a neighbor’s house, I looked through the windows, and there was a great party going on. People were laughing and kids were running around in the front yard. The front door was wide open, and I could hear the music playing. I felt a little twinge inside – “How fun! I want to go! Why wasn’t I invited?”   One image Jesus uses for the Kingdom of God is a party. The father throws a shindig for ...


God’s Battle Plan

12/10/2018

By The Rev. Kip Gilts Nehemiah had his Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem, three nemeses who repeatedly threatened the good work that he was commissioned to do. Their showdown comes to a beautiful crescendo when the prophet responds to his rivals, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down to you.” (Nehemiah 6:3) I have my own unwelcomed, yet familiar intruders. They are shame, guilt, and futility. Shame often comes to me reminding me of my brokenness, my own prejudice as I seek to eliminate ...


Lakeview da la Bienvenida al CEO / Presidente Interino

12/10/2018

Palestine, Texas – El Centro Metodista de Conferencias Lakeview se complace en dar la bienvenida al Reverendo Dr. Mark H. Young como CEO / Presidente interino. Young llega a Lakeview después de años de servicio en la Conferencia Anual de Texas de la Iglesia Metodista Unida.   “Habiendo conocido a Mark por muchos años, es emocionante tenerlo a la cabeza de Lakeview durante este período interino, declaró Monroe Walker, Director Ejecutivo. “En el poco tiempo que lleva aquí, he visto al personal ...


Salvation is Near

12/10/2018

By The Rev. Dr. Karen Dorris   “Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith.” Romans 13:11 CEB   The boxes of Christmas decorations came down from the attic about a week ago and I have enjoyed getting my house ready for the season. It always takes me a week because my decorations are full of memories. I can’t place any of them without remembering the joys of seasons past. Many of the ornaments on the Christmas tree were gifts, as were many of the nativities I love to place all over...


The Christmas Story Starts with Pain

12/10/2018

By The Rev. David Dorn Did you know the Christmas story as told by Luke, starts with pain… the pain of an elderly couple’s infertility? We often gloss over the intro to the Christmas story in order to get to the “good” parts, yet the way this story starts is equally beautiful and profound. 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in ...


The Makeshift Sled

12/10/2018

By The Rev. Kip Gilts One great thing about moving away from home as a teenager is that every time I return to Ohio I’m still a teenager, at least in my mind. So, there are times when I am a bit more impulsive and a bit less responsible than I am in Texas. Such was the setting for “The Makeshift Sled.” We had driven nearly 1,000 miles and were closing in on the Ohio border. The hills of Kentucky were getting less blue-green and whiter the farther north we drove. Finally, I could stand it no ...


They Went Home by Another Road

12/10/2018

By The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Millikan   One of the most intriguing stories we have at Christmas is the story of the Magi or the Wise Men coming to the manger to see the newborn Jesus. It’s intriguing for several reasons. First that they were looking for a star, which would announce his birth. Second, they followed that star, and even stopped by King Herod’s when they needed directions. Third, once seeing Jesus, they laid before him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But it was in a dream, ...


Destinada a Liderar: Essie L. Bellfield

11/8/2018

Por: Sherri Gragg   Una niña llamada Essie En 1932, durante algunos de los días más oscuros de la Gran Depresión, un leñador afroamericano y su esposa, una criada, decidieron abandonar las pandillas y los barrios marginales de Pittsburgh, Pensilvania para ir al ambiente racista del Sur. Cuando se dirigieron hacia su futuro en Jennings, Louisiana, Albert Lagard se hizo cargo de las pocas pertenencias de la familia. Su esposa, Ollie, acunó a su primera y única hija.   Una niña a la que llamaron ...


Nadie andará hambriento aquí: La Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de Gladewater Será Anfitriona Para la Cena de Acción de Gracias de la Comunidad

11/8/2018

Por: Sherri Gragg   Las mesas han sido distribuidas. Bandejas llenas de pavo al vapor junto al relleno y cazuelas caseras, galletas, pasteles y tartas.   Pero no es el tercer jueves de noviembre. Es el día anterior.   Nadie Andará Hambriento Cada año, el día antes del Día de Acción de Gracias, Gladewater FUMC organiza una cena comunitaria de Acción de Gracias para garantizar que nadie en su comunidad pase hambre durante las festividades. La semana antes de la fiesta, el grupo de jóvenes de ...


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