Posts from January 2020

Posts from January 2020

January 30, 2020

Dear Friends, I think a lot of people in our day are confused about humility.  They think that if arrogance is having an inflated opinion of yourself, then humility must be the opposite – having a low opinion of yourself.  Humble people, they assume, are people who dismiss praise and downplay any acclaim.  People who don’t believe their own press.  But humility is not having a low self-assessment.  It’s having an accurate self-assessment.  Truly humble people understand their gifts and abilities.  And…

January 23, 2020

Dear Friends, Mary Ann and I have a friend named Jennifer.  On most Sunday mornings over the past seven years, you would have found her in a Sunday school classroom in her local church, surrounded by about 15 three-year-olds.  Jennifer believes these kids are capable of grasping a whole lot of truth.  She’s convinced that in many of these young hearts, she is planting seeds that are already beginning to take root and bear fruit.  She can tell you plenty of…

January 16, 2020

Dear Friends, Our current sermon series is focused on what we, as followers of Jesus, are told to add to our faith.  As we said as this series began, we are made right with God by grace alone through faith alone.  But the faith that saves us makes us new people with new priorities and new affections.  There is born in each new child of God a longing to be remade in His likeness – “conformed into the image of His…

January 9, 2020

Dear Friends,  2020 is here.  It looks like it could be a bumpy ride.  Fasten your seatbelts. You may have read this week that the United Methodist Church is about to become the Divided Methodist Church.  Here is how the news was reported last week: (Reuters) – The United Methodist Church plans to split into two later this year, church officials said on Friday, a schism that follows years of contention over whether the church should end its ban on same-sex marriage…