Posts Tagged ‘God’

Happy Birthday/Independence Day, July 4th 2015

July 3, 2015

 

Big crowds come out for Denver's Fourth of July celebration

Brady

Emilee, Tobey, Brady

While July 4th is the day we celebrate our national independence from British rule it is also the day we celebrate (in the Branch and Bellow household) the birth of our grandson Brady Bellow. Brady turns 14 this year and is growing up into a handsome and a very nice young man. I took this picture at Emilee’s graduation and it is the most recent one I have with Brady in it. I will confess that I surely am proud of all of my grandchildren and celebrate everyday because of the blessings and joy they bring into my life. Happy Birthday Brady Bellow. May God bless you and be with you all of your life.

Remember Jeremiah 29:11 – 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

If we seek Him with all of our heart we will example the fruit of the Spirit that Paul tells us about in Galatian’s 5:22:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self- control.

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wanderings, Wonderings

June 9, 2015

Day of Pentecost

This is a copy of my article in our June Newsletter that is published by Jan Day. You can read the whole newsletter by going to our website http://www.orangewesley.org. In the right hand column you will see our pages and the Newsletter is one of those. Click on Newsletters then click on the page you would like to read. It should expand for easy reading.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ, Pastor Randy

May the 24th was Pentecost Sunday. For the next twenty six Sundays we will be in the season after Pentecost and then it will be the Advent season again. As most of you know Pentecost is the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming down upon the disciples in the Upper Room.

Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Some folks heard them and were amazed and others heard them and said they were drunk at 9:00am in the morning.

Acts 2:5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God- fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked:”Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?

Acts 2:13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine. ‘”14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:”Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!

Even today Christians are made fun of by those who do not believe in Jesus Christ or the God who sent Him to us. I have said before that sometimes Christians are Christ’s worse enemies. Simply by their actions and words they turn people away from Christ and eternal salvation. Only by being filled with the Holy Spirit will we ever be able to turn the tide of people leaving churches because they cannot see or feel love in the house of God. Each and every person who claims Jesus Christ as their savior is responsible for their actions in Church and out in the world. The only way any of us can ever come close to being the people Jesus Christ teaches us to be is to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit in Church and out in the world. Seek the Spirit of God and know that you can be that person who invites souls into the fellowship of Christian Love through word and deed.

Pastor Randy

Monthly Newsletter for June

June 2, 2015

Jan Day has done another outstanding job of publishing our monthly newsletter. Let her know how much you appreciate her hard work as writer, publisher, photographer and chief editor. I have posted the article in our Newsletter page as well as below. Please remember to pray for those on our prayer list and pray for our church.

June NL Front Pg & Prayer List 2015June 2nd page 2015June NL Pastor's Pg & Spotlight 2015June Calendar 2015

Upperroom Daily Devotional 4-21-15

April 21, 2015

http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Lectionary Scriptures for 4-26-15

April 20, 2015

Lectionary Scriptures for 4-19-15

April 13, 2015

Lectionary Scriptures for Sunday 4-12-15

April 6, 2015

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

January 20, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we celebrated this week, spoke with some frequency during his years of ministry of putting on the “weapon of love.” Responding to those who resisted the emerging civil rights movement, King asserted, “We will counter your force with soul force, we will match your ability to hate with our ability to love.” And King reminded us that at the heart of Jesus’ life and message is the call to be peacemakers and reconcilers. Violence, said King again and again, “never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problems; it merely creates new and more complicated ones.”

We live in a world thirsty for this gospel of peace. With Martin Luther King, and with Jesus before him, we need to announce with integrity, “The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. It is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than on love. It destroys community…Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”

The world today is faced with the same kind of bigotry and hatred that Martin Luther King faced. While we are making great strides in our country to eliminate racism the fact is it is still here. It not only is here but it is seen in so many different countries and is an integral part of their culture.

I want to say I don’t have a cure for the ills of the world but perhaps it would be more accurate if I were to say I know the one who does! Jesus Christ! Jesus tells us the most important part of His teaching is to Love God and Love Neighbor. With that in mind I go back to the Old Testament and the Psalms, Psalm 19 says “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” If we practice what Jesus teaches then there cannot be any room in our hearts for prejudice and hatred.

By the way, if I were to have written the quote from Psalm 19 I would have written “Let the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” If I am meditating on what God and Jesus Christ would have my words be, then I could be pretty sure that they would be acceptable to them. Meditate and speak. Sounds like a good way to present Christ to the world.

Pastor Randy

Resolutions?

January 1, 2015

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Well I didn’t make any New Year resolutions! I did however decide to open my heart and mind more to Christ and the Holy Spirit’s leading influence. We can make resolutions by our own will and mind but we really need a good reason to follow through on those resolutions. Decisions to grow closer to Christ will take our will out of the picture and replace it with the will of God. That will always leads us in the right direction. Have a very blessed New Year walking in His resolve depending on His wisdom.

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

October 27, 2014

We will be voting soon, so:

Matthew 22:34-46:
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. ’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

We Are Citizens of This World

In an invocation prayer at the United States Senate, Peter Marshall said, “Lord Jesus, Thou who art the way, the truth, and the life, hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make men free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Make us to see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please, to do what is right.”

It is unthinkable that a Christian would not vote! It is unthinkable that Christians would not run for public office! It is unthinkable that Christians would withdraw from the responsibility of taking part in public life. The Christian has a responsibility to Caesar for all the privileges which the rule of Caesar brings. We are citizens of this world and must be good ones, if we are Christ’s disciples.

While we may not all be suited to public office, we must all vote. It is not only our right to go to the polls and vote but it is our responsibility as Christians to go vote our Christian values. I will not tell you who to vote for but I will tell you that if we love God with all our heart, soul and mind then we must reflect that love in the life we lead and the things we do to make life better for all of God’s children. For us as Christians we must not vote by party lines but for individuals who best reflect God’s will in this world. It is your choice, it is your conscience, it is your relationship with your God that will lead you to vote for who best reflects your relationship with God.

Have a blessed month in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Randy


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