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How Dare He Say That!

1 Samuel 17:16-26 Day after day, Goliath mocked the army of the living God; yet not one of the Israelite soldiers was brave enough to fight the Philistine giant. During that time, Jesse asked his youngest son David to take some grain and loaves of bread to his brothers who were in Saul’s army.Early the next morning, David left someone in charge of the sheep and set off for the valley of Elah. When he got there, the Israelites and Philistines were taking up positions for battle. David took the food he had brought to the officer in charge of the food supplies. Then he ran off to look for his brothers and found them—ready for battle. As he talked to them, Goliath the Philistine started challenging the Israelites as he had done before.“Listen to his challenge,” the Israelites said to David as Goliath kept mocking God’s people, and God Himself (verse 45). What should I do when someone mocks God? Do you feel angry when someone mocks God or laughs at you for believing in Jesus? Do you wish that God would prove Himself in a powerful way right ... Read More »

Guest Article) Prayer: How It Improves Our Physical and Mental Health

Prayer and religion are a large component of the lives of many people all around the world. Prayer involving a God who is forgiving and loves unconditionally can be beneficial to both our physical and mental health. The connection and sense of optimism that comes with praying, are key to improving our health and making our lives better. The connection through prayer to something greater than yourself strengthens emotional health. Prayer provides social support through God and your church. You can be content in knowing that someone is listening and you can count on your church community to be there when you need them. There is a sense of meaning and of peace that happens when we pray. This reduces stress and calms the cardiovascular system. Faith and trust in God helps us stress less and ease our troubles. Prayer helps you cope with problems that may arise. Spirituality and prayer are tools we can use to deal with difficult or unexpected situations. Regular prayer can lessen the symptoms of depression when dealing with a tragic event, by providing hope to hang onto. With hope and optimism, you can make ... Read More »

Isaac and the Offering

Genesis 21:1-3, Genesis 22:1-12 At the very time God had promised, He let Sarah have a baby, and Abraham named him Isaac. God’s promise to Abraham had come true even though he and Sarah were very old. When Isaac was a young boy, the Lord said to Abraham, “Take you son, Isaac, and sacrifice him on a mountain I will show you.” Without questioning God, Abraham took Isaac and left with his servants early the next morning. On the third day, Abraham saw the place in the distance and told his servants to stay while he and Isaac went on ahead. Abraham and Isaac reached the place that God showed Abraham. Then Abraham built an altar and put wood on it. He tied up Isaac and laid him on the altar. But the angel of the Lord called from heaven, “Abraham, do not harm the boy. Now I know that you fear God.” Why does God ask us to do difficult things? If God can see our hearts, surely He already knows how much we love and trust Him. God does know all things (John 21:17), yet He sometimes puts ... Read More »

“Leap of Faith”

Have you ever asked yourself exactly what faith is? Merriam-Webster defines faith as: 1) a strong belief or trust in someone or something; 2) belief in the existence of God: strong religious feelings or beliefs; and 3) a system of religious beliefs. Wikipedia defines faith as a confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof. It may also refer to a particular system of religious belief. Now I agree these are good secular definitions but God tells us, in the Bible, the definition of faith in Hebrews: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen and without faith it’s impossible to please God for whoever would approach Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1-3) Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen! Sometimes what is required in our lives is a leap of faith. Leap of faith in the secular world is defined as an act or instance ... Read More »

Transition

This is new territory for me, but that seems to be the way of life for now- rolling with whatever comes along.  When asked by Pauline what we were doing for the Pastor’s note in the newsletter, I replied, “I have no idea.”  So here I am, giving it my best. Reading again Pastor Duane’s “final comments” from last month and many attended and listened to Pastor Duane’s last service on June 21st memories flowed and so did tears.  (Its our the church website if you missed it or want to watch it again – fennimoreumc.org)   God’s house was packed and if he ever thought he didn’t impact people’s lives, he was greatly mistaken. Pastor Duane’s last day at FUMC isThursday, June 25th.  He made a different in Fennimore, at FUMC, and the surrounding communities as well.  He’s done great things at FUMC but we also know how much he is looking forward to retirement, being able to spend time with his bride and he miraculous grandchildren he never thought he would be blessed with.  That alone gives us comfort in knowing he will be busy and enjoying it greatly.  ... Read More »

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