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Category: The Pastor’s Pen

South Hill United Methodist Church

Zooming Ahead

Psalm 100A psalm of thanks. 100 Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!2 Serve the Lord with celebration!Come before him with shouts of joy!3 Know that the Lord is God—he made us; we belong to him.We are his people,the sheep of his own pasture.4 Enter his gates with thanks;enter his courtyards with praise!Thank him!…
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green leaf tree

That Tree

As I take a fairly rare moment to sit in my office and look out the window, I notice something. Outside, there is this very pretty crape myrtle tree. You may have noticed it outside the church. It is full of purple flowers, and could easily be one of the sources of my recent sneezing…
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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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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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