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“Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!!!”

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, And all these things will be given unto you as well.”   (Matthew 6:33)

Anyone know the origin of this phrase  “Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!!!”?

This phrase is actually first recorded in the 1866 novel The Headless Horseman by Thomas Mayne Reid. It was then and has come to be an expression of surprise or disbelief. Jehoshaphat is also mentioned in the book of Joel, where the dead are wakened back to life.

Jehoshaphat was actually a King of Judah and Jerusalem. I shared this in the message on May 1st. They were surrounded by numerous armies from a number of different countries. The odds against them were overwhelming. Jehoshaphat called for the people to fast and pray. As the people gathered, God raised up a respected member of the community and spoke through him. He said to trust and stand your ground. God will fight this battle and the victory will be God’s. As they prayed, praised and stood their  ground, the armies began to fight each other, ‘til there was no opposing army left.

In our Gospel lesson for this first Sunday in May, It speaks of when Jesus walks on the water and calls for Peter to join him. Peter jumps out of the boat, then realizes what he has done. He takes his eyes off Jesus, looks to the water below and begins to sink, “Lord save me!” he cries. Jesus reaches out and lifts him up. “Ye of little faith” Jesus responds. Yet Peter got out of the boat. He took a leap of faith.

As we decide what direction our church, God’s church is going to take, will you hear the call to fast and pray? Will you cry out and listen for God? Who will God’s Holy Spirit speak through to give our congregation direction? Who is willing to get out of the boat and take a leap of faith for God?

Who will join me in fasting, praise and prayer during May? (tues 8-9am, wed 9-10am, thurs 6-7pm) Who will join me to fast and pray during the national day of prayer on Thursday, May 5, 6am-9pm. (formal gathering at noon.)

When we hear from God, who is willing to cry “Jumpin Jehoshaphat!”, take the leap, jump out of the boat, form the famous cannonball dive and trust God will catch us and lead us wherever God is calling us to go”?

I’ll be waiting at the edge of the boat (the sanctuary) to pray and look forward to see who will join me in a group cannonball that will send tsunami size waves that will pour out through our church and into the surrounding community and beyond.

Amen.

 

A Reflection about Lent and the Easter Season

“Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run,

but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize”

1 Corinthians 9:24

Who is ready for the Olympics this summer? I was flipping channels the other day and found the Olympic trials and qualifying race for the Marathon. I must confess, the only thing I like less than running long distances is watching a long distance race. This time I was intrigued by it. The runners, the way they were persevering, some holding up well, others struggling mightily. Two women, training partners, were running side by side encouraging one another. This time it seemed the mentor being encouraged by the other runner. The mentor talked about hitting that famous wall. The time when the body just says quit and give up. She didn’t quit. They both finished the race. It reminds me of the journey of life and faith. I have often said life is a marathon, not a sprint. How often in life do we hit those walls and want to give up on life, faith or both.

It leads me to think about the race our Lord and Savior Jesus ran for us. He ran for 33 years. He overcame obstacle after obstacle. The toughest part of the race was the end. He was abandoned, betrayed or denied by almost all, just a few standing by him to the end. He was tired, he was thirsty. He said, “It is finished” and like the original runner who made it to Marathon with the message, Jesus collapsed and died. As the Apostle Paul said and did, “He fought the fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. Paul also said there was in store for him the crown of righteousness, eternal life, heaven waiting.

The author of Hebrews, some say Paul, also wrote that as we are surrounded by a “great cloud of witnesses”,( an audience of supporters and believers in us and the faith), we can overcome anything that slows us down or holds us back. We can persevere and overcome and finish the race. Just as Jesus endured, even carrying a cross, we can rise above and burden, any opposition. He said we don’t have to get tired, lose heart and give up.

Just as Jesus rose above even death at his resurrection, we too can rise above and obstacle, and stumbling block. Just as Jesus’ heavenly Father performed Spiritual CPR on his Son and Raised him back to life, Jesus can breathe life, new life into us, as we run the race.

Are you tired? Are you weary? Are you just trying to survive and stumble across the finish line? Are you striving to give it your best? Or are you thriving? Are you trained and prepare to run this race of life and faith well?

Some barely crossed the finish line that day at the Olympic trials, qualifier for the Marathon. The first three got to go on to the Olympics. The fourth place finishers and after did not. In Corinthians, Paul said to run the race to get the prize. Come join us as at Akron First UMC as we run the race of life and faith together. As we journey on this Believe Series together, we will spiritually train to run the race of life and faith. How well are you trained? How well trained are your children? Grandchildren? Parents, Grandparents?

May all generations come and run this race together, as we do, may we embrace the prize Jesus has set before us, eternal life and as we do, may it help us to thrive and run the race well until we cross that finish line.    Amen.

 

Pastor Dave

 

Excitement and enthusiasm is growing at Akron First as we look forward to 2016

A committed group is regularly attending Hand to Plow meetings with persons from other congregations looking for ways to minister in increasingly relevant ways. They are joined by a number of people in the congregation every other week for prayer, study, and discussion.

New ideas and energy is already evident from this intentional work together.

Our Sunday School is finding ways to better teach and serve, with the Kids Worship a successful addition to the program. Results of this hard work and dedication were visible as the youth and children shared the Christmas story on December 13 with much joy.

We are responding to a call to make up a deficiency in our overall giving toward the 2015 budget with a significant portion of the shortfall already given.

Recognizing the need to try some new things and to maintain and improve what is in place we committed to support a budget which includes specialized staff to help us meet that need.

As we enter the new year there are ways we can all get involved, challenges we will face together, and successes we can celebrate.

Our studies and morning worship will center around what we believe. (see page 2) It is an opportunity to explore and to grow in a meaningful and caring way which provides a safe environment to share those ideas and understandings with which we sometimes struggle.

We continue to serve and reach out to the community with the programs at the C Dee Wright Center and our campus is often bustling with members of the community coming and going for various reasons.

If you are already apart of some of the good things happening here THANK YOU! If you have been away or disconnected for awhile we invite you to join us, even if only in a few of the opportunities.

Happy New Year!

 

A word (or two) from the Pastor—“Fruit Inspectors”

“After this the Lord appointed seventy[a] others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:1-2 (NRSV)

As you read this, we will be wrapping up our forty days of fruitful living tcornucopia-clip-art-cornucopia-clip-art-13ogether. You, I, we have been challenged to “be fruit inspectors”, to evaluate how ripe and ready our spiritual fruit is for the harvest. Galatians chapter five, verses twenty-two and twenty three give us a tool. How filled are we with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Matthew chapter thirteen gives us the parable of the sower to challenge us to ask how the “busyness” and “burdens of life choke our fruit and can leave us filled with bitterness, anger, hatred, jealousy, strife, quarrellings, factions, etc. My hope is we have been encouraged to see the opportunities in front us to reap a great harvest of the fruit of God’s spirit in our lives. Five Practices of Fruitful Living gives us five practical tools to learn how to reap a great harvest in our lives.

As we reap this harvest in our lives, God asks us how we can sow these seeds into other people’s lives. How can we separately and together help others reap a harvest of spiritual fruit in their lives as well? Radical Hospitality teaches us how to embrace and receive God’s love in our lives. It also teaches us how to reach out to help others embrace and receive God’s unconditional love. Passionate worship teaches us how to return that love to God, How to express our love for God. It also teaches us how to help others to express and return their love for God through worship. Intentional Faith Development teaches us how to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, how to become more like Christ. We are called to encourage each other to do this together. Risk-taking Mission and Service reminds us that as followers of Jesus, we are called to be willing make sacrifices to help others the way Jesus sacrificed himself, he gave his all for us. How can we separately and together reach out to help others accept and embrace God’s love? Finally God has so generously offered and given so much for us, how can we be extravagant in the way we generously give to God and others?

During November, as we reflect on a season of thanksgiving and the harvest God so generously offers us, we will as how can we each separately and together give back. How can we financially support our church family so we can do ministry to meet the needs of our congregation as well and the community, nation and world? We will also be asked how we can share the talents God has given us to be the hands, lips and heart of Christ?

Is God calling you to be part of the Radical Hospitality Team to reach out to people inside and outside of our church walls? Is God calling you to be part of the passionate worship team to make worship the best possible experience, pleasing to both God and others? Maybe you are being called to be part of intentional faith development to help people of all ages to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, to become more and more like Jesus. Perhaps you are willing to be a risk-taker and reach out in mission and ministry to help the lost and hurting. Lastly, are you so grateful for all God has given you, you feel called to be part of the team that helps others to want to cheerfully give back to God financially. Ask yourself and pray about how God is calling you to be one of the workers to help others reap God’s harvest.

Amen

Pastor Dave

 

‘Laying Fleece’

A Word (or two) from Pastor Dave

 ‘Gideon said to God,  “If you will save (us) by my hand as you have promised- Look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor.  If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, Then I will know that you will save (us)  by my hand as you have said (promised)”

Fleece1aIt’s one of my favorite stories in the bible. A man named Gideon, self proclaimed “least of the least” (least of his tribe, least of his clan). God’s messenger, “The” Angel of the Lord comes to Gideon and greets him. “The Lord is with you mighty warrior”. What a greeting. I love Gideon’s response, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” Have you ever felt that way? The least of the least, being asked to do mighty tasks, going through many difficult, painful things in your life?

Gideon asks for a little affirmation, confirmation. Can you blame him? Fleece1bGideon shares an offering, it is engulfed in a fiery blaze, leaving nothing left. Though there is great debate, some claim the angel of the Lord is the preincarnate Jesus, before His coming to earth in the form of a baby. The Angel of the Lord encourages him to stand up for God and confront the corruption all around him.

Gideon then sees enemies all around him gather. Gideon sounds a mighty trumpet blast, calling all who would gather round him to defend his people. He looks around and sees the odds are great. His enemies have gathered 100,000 men. He has summoned only 32,000. Gideon lays a fleece on the ground, twice, just to confirm it is God asking him to do this, willing to help him do this. God first makes the fleece wet and the ground dry, then at Gideon’s request does the reverse.

God then tells Gideon to tell any of the men who are afraid, to go home.Fleecewater 22,000 men run, leaving only 10,000. God says there are still
too many. He sends them to the river and tells Gideon the ones who drink from the river, lapping the water like dogs will be his army. His army is now 300. Have you ever felt like the odds against you just keep increasing, things becoming almost insurmountable? Gideon snuck into the camp and heard the fear of his enemies and his faith in God was strengthened. He handed the 300 men torches and trumpets and the rest is history.

FleecehornsIs there a reason I share this story with you now? There is. This coming October 13th, it will be four years ago to the day I arrived in Akron, My wife and possessions arriving earlier that day. Forty-eight months ago, once thousand, four hundred and sixty days later, here I am.

God gave me that story before, during and after I arrived here. He laid fleece before me, making it clear I was to come here. Like Gideon, I am full of faults and  flaws, “the least of the least.” God did not send you a mighty warrior to bring victory, God sent someone He would work through to bring mighty victories. Do you believe the story of Gideon to be true? Do you believe God is powerful enough to work through someone like me? Come join us this fall. Come grab a torch and a trumpet. Come be part of “Gideon’s (God’s) army and find out.

In Christ,

Pastor Dave

What exactly is Pentecost? Why does it matter?

“When the Feast of Pentecost came,

they were all together in one place.

Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force

—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.

Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks,”

Acts 2:1-3 (The Message)

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I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth…

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord…

I believe in the Holy Spirit…

(portions of the Apostles Creed)

 

What happened that day?

What is the Holy Spirit?

The traditional of our faith says Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit came, fifty days after the Resurrection. The tradition of our faith also says the Holy Spirit is part of the trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. One God: Three persons.

The greek word for spirit is “pneuma”, like pneumatic, also meaning air or breath to refresh us. Acts 2 in the message refers to the spirit as fire or like a wildfire to energize us. Other passages of the bible compare God’s spirit to living water to rehydrate us.

Ultimately, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the presence of God. It is God with us, with us and within the heart of the believer 24/7. Jesus, the Son of God cleanses our bodies, the temple of God, while the Holy Spirit offers to dwell within out temple if we invite God into our hearts and our lives.

The Spirit of God is not God doing things for us. It is not God asking us to do things for God. It is God with us.

My prayer for all of us as we prepare to celebrate the day of Pentecost is that we invite Jesus to clean out our temple of all the junk in our lives and we also invite the spirit of God, God himself to enter our hearts and lives. As we do, like the breath of God, may it refresh us. Like the fire of God, may it energize us. Like living water, may it calm us, spiritually rehydrate us and bring life to our lives and the life of our church.

Pastor Dave

The Rock

I sat on a Rock in a garden
and pondered over my life.    rock
There were times of sadness
and times of joy,
times of tears and times of laughter.
Yet it seemed just like
every time my life
was starting to come together,
It would all come crashing down around me.

A man came up to me and said,
“You know there is someone who can truly make a difference in your life
One who can help you
weather the storms.

I asked who that was,
“Joshua, he replied”.
“Really?”, I asked
“Really” he replied.

He can help you to find
what you are looking for.
Like that rock you are sitting on,
Solid and stable.

“Where can I find this Joshua?”
I asked
“I wish I could tell you.”
The man replied.
“You will have to find him
for yourself”

So I set out on a journey.
I was even bold enough
to knock on every door I could find.
Some doors were pretty plain.
Others were fairly fancy.

Plain or fancy didn’t seem to matter.
Some heard of this Joshua,
Some knew him well,
some not at all.

I would look past
and around the doors
and see their homes.
Again, some were plain, some fancy.
Though all the homes I went to,
seemed a bit battered and worn
by some storms
that had passed through

The homes of those who knew Joshua
seemed pretty solid.
Those who did not
seemed to have some pretty damaged homes.

Windows were shattered.
Walls that were cracked.
Roofs tattered and torn.

Then I looked toward the ground
and noticed something strange,
All the people who knew Joshua
had solid foundations
beneath their homes
There was little or no foundation beneath the homes of those who knew Joshua little or not at all.

After all this walking
and knocking on doors,
I began to get pretty tired.
I decided to go back to the garden
And think about my day.
I found the Rock I had sat on before
And sifted through all I had encountered that day.
The man I saw earlier came back
And asked if he could sit with me.
I thought for a moment
and decided it was ok.

He began to speak…
“I had a good friend,
very much like you,” he said
His name was Simon,
but we all called him Sandy.
He wrestled and struggled,
stood and stumbled.
He often jumped into situations
and got himself
into some pretty big messes.

As we got to know each other,
He began to pull his life together.
He learned how to
weather the storms of life.
He even got mad at me one day.

During one of these storms
that rolled through,
He was all upset and worried.
He found me almost sleeping
right through it

As he began to pull his life together,
we started calling him “Pete”
then “Rocky”
He really learned how to
weather the storms
and deal with the battle and fights
that life can and will bring.

Then he looked at me and asked,
“Would you like to learn how to deal with the storms and battles life can and will bring?”
I knew the answer right away,
But I couldn’t get the words out.
I began to try to nod my head

Then something strange happened.
He looked deep into my eyes,
into my soul.
Then he called me by name and said.
“Would you like me to help you?”
“Tears began to well in my eyes”
Joshua? Is it you?
It is.

Let me talk with you
Let me walk with you
Let me show you.

Then he pointed across the garden
I saw my home.
It was battered by the storms.

He pointed to the left
and I saw two pieces of wood
not destroyed by the storm.
The first pointed toward heaven,
The second piece connected to it
Balancing upon the horizon.

Then he pointed to the right
and I saw a cave
There was a large Rock by the cave
I saw some pieces of cloth inside,
But nothing else.    tomb

He walked me over to my home
He pointed to the rock and I nodded.
Brick by brick, board by board,
Together we rebuilt my home
on that rock

We walked, we talked
He showed me
how to rebuild my home
And my life.

The storms still came.
My home managed to
withstand any storm
That came after that
And I spent many days on my porch,          lighthouse
At my kitchen table
and in my living room
Getting to know Joshua better
And listening to him teach me
how to live.

Happy New Year Everyone!

12 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need.13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  14  In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.       Philippians 4:12-14(NRSV)

What a year it has been! There were Weddings and Funerals. Our church family decided to worship together and learn to worship hand in hand, respecting and celebrating different ways to worship. We are learning how to share and pass on our faith to our younger generations. We celebrated one of our strongest financial years, being able to fulfill all of our financial responsibilities. I am inspired by all the people who put their individual feelings aside to look towards what is best for the church family.

Personally, I dealt with a mother whose memory continues to fade, but a spirit as vibrant as ever. Dad made it through a green mold infection with a 106.5 fever overnight the previous fall. After weeks in the hospital and a month in the nursing home, he was able to come home again. He went from being a caregiver to needing care. Yet even after a kinked colon, a couple of hernia’s and a broken hip and getting a new hip, I see a father whose determination and positive attitude being an inspiration to even those helping provide care for him.

Both my sisters have moved into my parent’s home and continue to do a wonderful job dealing with a very difficult situation.

Our daughter is still discerning God’s calling for her life, exploring working with youth and young adults, counseling, while pursuing her gift of photography. Even while numerous physical and health conditions continue to knock her down, she keeps getting back up.

Our Son is in his senior year of high school , preparing to graduate and finding a gift in the field of graphic arts, getting the highest grade in the Harkness/BOCES program in that area. After a summer of working hard at Darien Lake in the food services area, He would be blessed with an opportunity to work t Schmitt’s garage. His work ethic getting him praises from his bosses. Even after a sudden, emergency appendectomy, He is back on his feet within a week.

My wife continues to be the rock of our family, holding it all together and dealing with all the challenges of being a wife, mom and spouse of a preacher, she deals with it all, continuing to have a positive attitude and outlook.

I continue to be humbled by the attitude and perspective of family and friends. I look around and see people I love find the ability to be content whatever the circumstances are around them and yet see a God who can help them overcome anything in their path. I have been inspired by them as I deal with my own health and other challenges.

I have also looked back and see how far God has brought me in my life and how much I have been humbled and matured, even in these last three years since I have been here. I also see how far I have to go to see the perfect reflection of Jesus as I look in the mirror, inside and out. I am challenged and encouraged by Paul’s other words as he realized he has not attained, but he reminded us to not look back, not be trapped or held down by our past, but put the past behind, to look forward and see all we can become in Christ. The key is not trying harder to be like Jesus, But to invite Jesus to be more and more at work in our lives so there is more and more of Jesus in us.  As we started the New Year as a worshiping community,  we shared in John Wesley’s covenant prayer. My prayer for myself and for each of us is I, we can allow God to be more and more at work in our lives, and as we do, I, we will see more and more of Jesus in and at work in each of us.   Amen.

Pastor Dave

12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[a] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[b] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[c] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:12-14 (NRSV)

 John Wesley Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing, put me to suffering;

let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,

exalted for you, or brought low for you;

let me be full,

let me be empty,

let me have all things,

let me have nothing:

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Four Seasons of a Tree Don’t judge a life by one difficult season.

As I sit and look around at the joy of the seasons in western new York, I found this. It reminded me of finding the joy amidst the struggle we can face in the seasons of life…

4seasontreeThere was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

 When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no–it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

 The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but one season in the tree’s life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are–and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life–can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

 If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

My prayer for each of us, as well as our church family is that as we experience the joys and struggles of each season, we can know there is another season to come, remember what has been and find the blessings around us.                                    Pastor Dave

 

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.                 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NRSV)  

 

“Strive to Thrive”

                           4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.                   Treeof40fruit         John 15:4 (The Message)
(Found on Syracuse.com)

“A Syracuse University art professor is getting worldwide attention for his Tree of 40 Fruit, an idea that ripened more than half a decade ago.

Sam Van Aken designed the stunning, multi-colored tree that can bear 40 different kinds of stone fruit — those with pits. The artist and sculptor, who teaches at SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, creates the trees through grafting.

Syracuse University told The Post-Standardin 2011 that he designed the “living art” as a symbol for the Central New York school’s 9/11 memorial service. The tree was planted on the SU quad three years ago, and tended to by Van Aken in hopes of growing various types of cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots.

“It’s a metaphor for a lot of things,” Van Aken told the newspaper then, though he specifically chose 40 because it’s a number that appears often in the Bible. “It’s a number that represents bounty.”

“Van Aken chose 40 because it’s a number that appears often in the Bible, he said. It rained 40 days and 40 nights, and after the rain stopped, Noah waited another 40 days before opening the ark. Moses stayed on the mountain for 40 days, the Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, and Christ spent 40 days on earth after the resurrection.”

I have learned that the process of grafting is simply to take a branch from one tree and attach it to the branch and trunk of another tree. What strength does a branch have on its own? How much fruit can one branch produce on its own. Even the most vibrant of flowers wither and fade once they are cut off from the main plant. Yet attached and together, each branch can produce far more than they ever could on their own.

It is like that in our own lives. How much can we accomplish on our own, one single branch. What happens when the storms of life come? What happens when droughts hit our lives? Together, attached, connected to God, we are far stronger, can produce far more and be more fruitful and thrive than we ever could on our own.

Come join us this fall as we share a sermon series and worship experience that will teach us and allow us to “Strive to Thrive”. We will discuss practical and spiritual ways we can overcome obstacles and adversities that daily life brings and do more than just survive.

There is a line from the song “Thrive” by Casting Crowns that I mentioned in my last article, It says:

We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives. It’s time for us to more than just survive.

We were made to thrive.”

 

In the bridge of the song, it speaks of:

 “Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable, Love unstoppable, anything is possible”

 

Would you like to find unspeakable joy in life, a faith that is unsinkable and an unstoppable love? Would you like to live life in a way that “anything is possible”?

Come join us at Akron First UMC this fall, we will be learning how to experience these things in our lives on Sunday mornings and during the week. Follow us on Facebook for events and opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you this fall.

Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”

(John 15:5-8 The Message)

 

Pastor Dave