Frankly, none of the plans, as they are, capture my imagination of the future God is bringing to the church. As one scholar recently commented, the Traditional Plan represents a 19th Century solution to a 21st Century problem. I am prayerfully preparing for God to bring us a 21st Century witness in the midst of this divisive 21st Century conference because I believe in a higher unity that comes. My deepest desire is that the Holy Spirit will show up, and we delegates will be led home by another way—a way that is not currently available in any piece of legislation but one that will emerge as we worship together.
My fondest vision is that Jesus will come, and we will finally know what Jesus would do and have the courage to do it ourselves. These are my prayers even as I plan to be a member of and minister in the United Methodist Church before and after the called session. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it?
I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. This is part of a continuing series from members of the Arkansas Delegates who will be traveling to St. Louis for General Conference in February At the time I was not sure I believed in God, but somehow I could not get away from the church. The church had always been a place of grace where I felt welcomed and loved.
In the summer of , I knelt by my bed in the parsonage at Arkadelphia and felt the presence of God. I have heard somewhere that there are three conversions in the life of a Christian. We are converted to Christ, converted to his church, and converted to his cause. I guess I found my way to the church before I found Christ, but the United Methodist Church has always been a place where I experienced grace. After my conversion, I soon felt the call of Christ to his cause. For me, that was the cause of full-time ministry as a pastor in the UMC.
I am now in my 36th year of ministry, and I have to say I have had a wonderful time as a United Methodist Pastor. The grace I experienced as a boy in the church has continued to this day. In , I had the opportunity to serve my church as a delegate to General Conference. That year, I was assigned to the committee that addressed the issue of human sexuality. It was a remarkable experience to sit in that room with 30 other people from around the world. That experience confirmed three things for me around this controversial issue.
First, even though those 30 delegates were worlds apart in their understanding, we offered grace to one another. It was the same grace that I have encountered throughout my life in the Methodist Church. At the close of the meeting, a young man approached me who was on the liberal side of things.
Second, there really are three distinct groups in our denomination: liberal, moderate and conservative. Liberals view the issue of human sexuality from the lens of love based on Matthew Moderates see this issue from the lens of unity based on John Conservatives view this issue from the lens of biblical continuity based on Matthew The final observation was the one which most surprised me.
Due to our misunderstandings, we sometimes assume the worst of others in our community. We accuse liberals of being amoral and unbiblical. We accuse moderates of being institutionalists who only want to maintain the bureaucracy of the church. We accuse conservatives of being schismatic and homophobic.
While this may be true of a small percentage of each of these groups, this is certainly not true of the vast majority of people on all sides of this debate. At the end of GC , some will be joyful, and some will be heartbroken no matter which plan or no plan we choose. Here are my hopes for GC I hope we can offer each other the grace that I have found so abundantly in the United Methodist Church. Even in our differences, I hope we can see the love of God in each other.
Finally, I hope we can respect the pain and sorrow that is going to come from whatever we decide in The birth and life of Jesus ushered in not only a new way of thinking about salvation, but he also spoke to prevailing attitudes toward those who were the least of these: children, women, old men and slaves. Before Jesus, many in society viewed these people as burdens. In Greece and Rome, it was even accepted for unwanted children to be abandoned on the roadside.
He welcomed all children. He viewed them as valuable and worthy of love. As the pastor of First United Methodist Church in 9. Rogers as well as a member of the board of directors at Methodist Family Health, I think about the early Christians who gathered children abandoned on the roadside and raised them as their own. From the beginning, Methodist Family Health welcomed children in the name of Jesus, and what started as a mission of the Methodist Church in Little Rock has now become a statewide continuum of care, one that offers help for children and their families who have been abandoned, abused and neglected.
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Like the children left on the side of the road, the children who have received a home and care from Methodist Family Health had nowhere else to turn. Like the families who could not care for orphans, widows, the disabled or enslaved, Methodist Family Health was and is a safe place to turn for help. Women with a dual diagnosis of a mental health issue and a substance abuse problem can find help — and bring their children with them — at the Arkansas Centers for Addictions Research, Education and Services Arkansas CARES program.
Children who are a danger to themselves, someone else or both will find help at the Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle. Choose from five Arkansas State Park lodges that offer first-class accommodations in the most scenic settings in the state. Photo by Stephen Gideon. The new building is a big improvement over their previous location at Evergreen Dr. The more than 10, square-foot building is almost four times as large as the previous headquarters, and features more meeting spaces, a larger reception area, a new training room that seats up to 70 guests, and extra office space to fit new hires if the Foundation chooses to expand its employee numbers in the future.
The Foundation will have its building dedication and open house from 3 to 6 p. Email hklein umfa. Continued on Pg. The quiet space at the waiting area is open and inviting, encouraging calmness and reflection. This room will be used for training courses, as well as a place to host seminars and other events.
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The room seats around 70 people. Photos by Stephen Gideon. LEFT: One of the many meeting rooms located throughout the building. Argue, Jr. Argue Jr. Argue passed away in May due to health complications. While its onset can have us feeling like giddy little children with the romantic nostalgia of snow, holiday movies, hot chocolate, and cozying up by the fire, those feelings may surely be gone by February after the holiday cheer has passed and the cold weather keeps lingering.
Here are seven ways to help you get through the Winter Blues. Ecclesiastes 3 addresses this, highlighting the bitter-sweet reality that time is a double-edged sword, giving both occasions to mourn and dance, love and hate, plant and uproot. The cold and dreary winter months tend to be a time of reflection upon this truth as we find ourselves bidding farewell to the current year and welcoming in the new one. Oftentimes, this can leave us feeling frustrated about missed opportunities or anxious about future desires. Depending on where you live, it can be hard to see, touch, or smell the earth around you.
Engaging with creation is part of the richness of life. Are the birds chirping outside? Take a moment to listen. Caught deer hanging around, grazing? Appreciate them. Weird things happen to your body during winter. Not to mention your muscles tend to tighten because of the cold and things like asthma and arthritis can be aggravated. Winter can be tough on the body, so be easy on yourself and pay attention to your needs. Is it an extra hour of sleep? Take it. Are your muscles feeling tight? Enjoy a warm bath. Is the sun shining? Get yourself some Vitamin D. Need to burn some calories?
Do some jumping jacks. It can be writing a personal letter, getting a gift basket together, or making a simple phone call. Is there a cause that you feel passionate about that you can volunteer some of your time to? If you find yourself in this rut, it might be helpful to engage in creative ways of prayer and Scripture reading.
One option is Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading, in which you read a specific passage of Scripture multiple times, engaging in meditation, response, and contemplation. Another option is the Ignatian Prayer in which you read passages of Scripture and visualize yourself in the story, engaging all five of your senses.
There are dozens of other ways to engage in creative worship, so try different ones to see which works for you. Also, consider following the Revised Common Lectionary for to help you engage with specific passages of Scripture! Experts say that keeping your mind active with a new interest helps to ward off some of the Blues. This can not only help you feel better but perhaps give you an opportunity to embody that gratitude by creating something for someone else. Enjoy tackling one or all!
You may feel inclined to spend more time alone during the winter months, but experts say that spending time with friends and loved ones can have a positive impact on your mood. So, plan a movie outing or invite a couple of friends over for some tea. It can also be helpful to ask a family member to check up on you and encourage you to keep social. Kate Anderson, Positive Morning Thoughts Courage Life's lessons take a lifetime to learn, that's just how it is in life's classroom.
But as we learn, we teach others. We are all teachers in the school of life. In many instances, the lesson is the ultimate blessing. Amy, All Good Things Take Time Adventure Yep, we can all learn plenty from each other - even those we think don't know as much as we do - if we can just set our egos aside. There's no shortage of lessons. We're all each others' students and teachers. John Penberthy, To Bee or Not to Bee Learning My greatest life lessons have not come from any achievements I have attained but rather from the failures, heartaches, and setbacks that I have experienced.
Marshall Hennington, Words of Wisdom For My Daughter Achievement It is, therefore, my considered opinion that for those of us who genuinely believe that we were destined for greatness, that we are the best versions of what God actually created, and that the only direction that we will always move is a direction that leads us to ultimate success. May life lessons be ones that you see.
On your birthday we wish only the best for you today and throughout the coming year. That is when some of life's greatest lessons teach us so much more than if we got to the top and stayed there. And, you will also find successful people will tell you that the greatest lessons learned is when they faced adversity.
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Ustaszeski Motivational Poems No matter how diligent you are about teaching your children right from wrong, the truth is that the majority of the lessons they learn from you will be the ones you teach without meaning to. And don't get too high when things are good. Robert Perish Good Not only do we need models to grow, we also need mentors. Mentors are people who've followed Christ longer than we have and are able to share life lessons. Rick Warren Sharing Her life was not easy, yet she was a living example of someone who did the best with what life handed her. Thank you, Mom.
We will always be grateful for the life lessons you taught and the love you shared.
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