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Category: The Pastor’s Pen

South Hill United Methodist Church

Summer Beauty

Worry about necessities25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather…
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Verdict

I know there are many emotions around the trial verdict handed down today. I have seen both jubilation and condemnation on-line. No matter what we may feel in our gut, I believe that if we want our society to live by our justice system, then we must let the system work. We can’t have it…
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resurrection

Victory

Death has been swallowed up by a victory.55 Where is your victory, Death?Where is your sting, Death?(56 Death’s sting is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.) 57 Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 As a result of all this, my loved brothers and…
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Wisdom and Humility

Remember: there’s no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake. Ecclesiastes 7:20 This verse comes in the midst of a whole bunch of proverb-like verses about wisdom. I found this one especially appropriate at this present time. We seem to be in a season that tries to…
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Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Who are we, primarily? What is our primary identity? The climate growing over the last decade that culminated in an attack on the United States Capitol while a joint session of Congress was in session shows me that we are in the midst of a crisis of identity. We have allowed ourselves to be identified…
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Thanks in a Strange Year

14 “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. 2 My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? 3 When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to…
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The Jerusalem Council

Some people came down from Judea teaching the family of believers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom we’ve received from Moses, you can’t be saved.” 2 Paul and Barnabas took sides against these Judeans and argued strongly against their position. The church at Antioch appointed Paul, Barnabas, and several others from Antioch to…
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Trials

24 An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should beregarded as the greatest. 25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But that’s not the way it will be with…
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Strange Times

If anyone teaches anything different and doesn’t agree with sound teaching about our Lord Jesus Christ and teaching that is consistent with godliness, 4 that person is conceited. They don’t understand anything but have a sick obsession with debates and arguments. This creates jealousy, conflict, verbal abuse, and evil suspicions. 5 There is constant bickering…
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What now?

1 From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. To the Thessalonians’ church that is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to all of you. 2 We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. 3 This is because we remember your work that comes…
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