Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Sweets for your Sweety

January 31, 2019

Women of Wesley Bake Sale

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February 10th

Before and After Church

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Church is 11am-12noon

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

Our Newsletter January 2015

December 30, 2014

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This is what is happening at Wesley UMC. From everyone at Wesley UMC in Orange we wish a very blessed New Year to all who read our blog. Please click on each picture to be able to read the articles. Don’t forget to pray for all those on the Prayer Needs list. One correction to our Hospital, Convalescent & Shut ins list is that Francis Cain has passed on to greater Glory. Her and Ivan are now together again. Also Valda Davis is recuperating well from her knee replacement surgery at home. Thanks again to Jan Day for all the hard work she puts in gathering, writing and building a great newsletter.

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

September 23, 2014

Philippians 2:1-5

2:1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,

2:2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.

2:4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

When Paul was writing this letter to the Philipians he must have really been trying to encourage them to change a lot about themselves. While Paul was writing to a church to thank them for being so faithful and generous, in so many ways he is asking them to go against so much of their own human nature. We just have to look at the two human traits that are so prevalent in so many people, selfish ambition and conceit, to know that there were some problems within the church at Philippi. It is natural for us to want more, to do better than others, to be honored in our daily lives. It is so natural that Satan will surely use those things against us and keep us from being the people that Paul is encouraging us to be. We get caught up in our own lives, thinking about our own needs and forget about just what Jesus taught us to do and who He taught us to be.

So you ask how can we be those people. How can we put aside our own feelings and desires and serve God. Well, Paul gave us the answer and it is in this next scripture below.

2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus

If we study scripture, read the teachings of Jesus, pray and meditate, allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate our thoughts and profess our faith to others we will move closer and closer to to being in the same mind that was in Jesus Christ. Our God graced us with Jesus Christ so that we would have a different model to follow than the one our flesh would follow.

Jesus said He was the way, the truth and the life! Study, Believe and Live,

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ,

Randy

Request from the Bishop-Janice Riggle Huie

July 29, 2014

My thoughts on this letter from the Bishops:

I know that pride is something that is usually frowned upon and that we are supposed to live our lives humbly but when we say we are proud of America and that it was founded on Christian values and that it is a Christian nation then we must follow Christian values. The letter below addresses those values. We must reach out to those who are disenfranchised and offer them help. The children who are coming may be coming illegally and we can have our own political views but as Christians we must stand up for them and offer them help until our political system deals with the issues that their presence brings. The United Methodist Church is doing just that and as Christians first and United Methodist’s second we must support the aid that they are offering and look for  ways that we as a United Methodist Church can participate/help in those efforts.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ,  Randy

July 17, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today a humanitarian crisis is unfolding on our southern border with the arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children. Many of you have communicated with us about your heartfelt desire to provide compassionate care for the unaccompanied children who are suffering in our midst. As bishops we have been conferencing with each other about how the people of The United Methodist Church might respond in a manner that is most faithful to the gospel. We have also been in conversation with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), community leaders, and government officials. Our colleague, Bishop Jim Dorff, and other leaders in the Rio Texas Conference have just returned from three days on the border assessing the situation and representing the gospel and the church and encouraging people in a Christ-like response.

Let us be guided by the Biblical witness of faith:

A Pastoral Letter from Your Bishops to the People of The United Methodist Church in Texas

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me for to such belong the kingdom of heaven.” (Luke 18:15-16) Jesus instructed us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe those in need, visit the sick and those imprisoned. Then he said, “When you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”(Matthew 25:40)

We are to extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:12)

We do not understand all that these children have experienced in their home countries or in their arduous journey to our borders. We do know that their plight breaks the heart of God. Children are some of the most vulnerable members of the global community. Many come seeking to survive. They all need our compassion and care. At a time of concern about a struggling economy and national security, it is easy to give in to fear and to let that fear, rather than God’s heart, shape our hearts and our response. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7). As followers of Christ, we have the power and wisdom of God to care for these unaccompanied children.

As the Bishops of the United Methodist Conferences of Texas, we call on the people of The United Methodist Church to:

  • Pray regularly for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing of these children and families, wisdom for our government officials, and peace for the countries from which these children have come;
  • Work with faith and community leadership to provide housing, life necessities, pastoral/spiritual care, and as stable an environment as possible for these children and families while their long-term status is being resolved;
  • Be attentive to seeing Christ in the faces of these children;
  • Be alert for specific opportunities to offer ministries of compassion and care, which  share as needs emerge.

In the words of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement,

“Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.”

In the name and spirit of Christ, we join with you in Christian love for these children. God bless you.

Earl Bledsoe
Bishop of the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences

Jim Dorff
Bishop of the Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Conferences

Janice Huie
Bishop of the Texas Conference

Mike Lowry
Bishop of the Central Texas Conference

Mike McKee
Bishop of the North Texas Conference

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

September 27, 2013

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Henry Ford was known for both his frugality and his philanthropy. He was visiting his family’s ancestral village in Ireland when two trustees of the local hospital found out he was there, and they managed to get in to see him.

They talked him into giving the hospital $5,000 dollars (this was the 1930’s, so $5,000 dollars was a great deal of money). The next morning, at breakfast, he opened his newspaper to read the banner headline: “American Millionaire Gives Fifty Thousand to Local Hospital.”

Ford wasted no time in summoning the two hospital trustees. He waved the newspaper in their faces. “What does this mean?” he demanded. The trustees apologized profusely. “Dreadful error,” they said. They promised to get the editor to print a retraction the very next day, stating that the great Henry Ford hadn’t given $50,000, but only $5,000. Well, hearing that, Ford offered them the other $45,000, under one condition: that the trustees erect a marble arch at the entrance of the new hospital, with a plaque that read, “I walked among you and you took me in.”

A humorous story about a great man and two other men who were shrewder business men than he was. Our scripture lesson from the Lectionary for 9-22-13 was Luke 16:1-13. The manager who got caught with his fingers in the till –so to speak- and got fired. His next step was to get some of his former debtors to be indebted to him by reducing their debt before the Master got the word out about his dismissal. He took his master in also, and was commended for his shrewdness. Jesus tells us, “for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light”.

I am not sure how we should be more shrewd in dealing with our own generation but I do know that if we are faithful in treating others as Jesus asks us to we will be doing all He wants us to do. More importantly we will be faithful to God’s will for us in a secular world where we are called to take people in.
That is to take people into our churches, homes, and hearts.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Randy

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

April 3, 2013

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Our new roof. Looks good, huh! You can see the difference in the home page picture. No doubters around here about the work we had done. See my thoughts about a biblical doubter below.

Have you really ever thought about Thomas or his doubt. Maybe we need to look closer at who Thomas was and really what his faith was.

When Jesus turned his face toward Jerusalem the disciples thought that it would be certain death for all of them. Surprisingly, it was Thomas who said: “Then let us go so that we may die with him.” It was a courageous statement, yet we don’t remember him for that. We also fail to point out that in this story of Thomas’ doubt we have the one place in the all the Gospels where the Divinity of Christ is bluntly and unequivocally stated. It is interesting, is it not, that the story that gives Thomas his infamous nickname, is the same story that has Thomas making an earth shattering confession of faith? Look at his confession, “My Lord, and my God.” Not teacher. Not Lord. Not Messiah. But God! It is the only place where Jesus is called God without qualification of any kind. It is uttered with conviction as if Thomas was simply recognizing a fact, just as 2 + 2 = 4, and the sun is in the sky. You are my Lord and my God! These are certainly not the words of a doubter. These words exclaim his true belief. Just like Thomas don’t we often have doubts even though we still believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. When faced with tragedy don’t we look for proof that Jesus is still alive and with us.

Thomas got his proof. Have you gotten yours? Reach out to Jesus and see if He is still alive in your heart. Jesus is there with you and all you have to do is accept Him as your savior. Do it today! You will be one of those blessed because they have believed and even though they have not seen Him. Amen

Pastor Randy