Posts from April 2021

Posts from April 2021

Invitation to “A Time for Everything…”

In this video, Joyce Young, Hempfield UMC Director of Care & Visitation, and Alisa Bair, Author of the book “Grief is a Dancer” invite you to attend “A Time for Everything…”, a special event held in the sanctuary at Hempfield UMC on Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. with a repeat on June 4 at 7 p.m. Registration is required. CLICK HERE for more info and registration.

Christian Maturity: Maturity Through Trials – James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)   Reflection: Christian maturity comes through facing challenges head-on. Generally speaking, when trouble arises, we tend to run the other way. No one wants their life to become more difficult or complicated, but every trial is an…

Christian Maturity: Moving Beyond the Elementary Teachings – Hebrews 6:1-3

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3)   Reflection: Christian maturity requires us to grow in our understanding. The writer of Hebrews seems to express frustration at how many believers…

Christian Maturity: Distinguishing Between Good and Evil – Hebrews 5:14

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)   Reflection: Christian maturity begins with simple obedience to God‘s law. Simple laws like “thou shout not commit murder“ or “thou shall not commit adultery“ are easy to understand. Jesus expanded on these simple laws by pointing to the condition of the heart that tempts us toward these evils. Hatred leads to murder, and…