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Rewards for Obedience

Deuteronomy 11:13-28 If you will only heed his every commandment that I am commanding you today—loving the Lord your God, and serving him with all your heart and with all your soul— then he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil; and he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you will eat your fill. Take care, or you will be seduced into…

Shaped by the Word Part 3: Lovingly Obedient

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. The Purpose and Nature of the Law We develop in our moral and religious understanding as we grow from children to adults or from lawless society to law abiding. Very small children but even adults live by “I will do whatever I want, stop…

Shaped by the Word – Part Two

Deuteronomy 4:1-9 So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. You have seen for yourselves what the Lord…

Shaped by the Word

Deuteronomy – Part One Introduction What do we mean by “The Word of God?” When we think of the phrase “the Word of God” we often think of the Bible. While the Bible is certainly the word of God, the Bible itself points to a much broader definition. Following are four verses that point to this broader definition. The Word of God is… Creative: In the book of Genesis we see that God created the world by speaking. “And God said,…

Wait, What? We’re United Methodists?

Part Three – Cooperating With God The process of our renovation is called “sanctification.” It is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit within us that repairs the damage of sin and shapes us after the image of God. This process has a goal called “ perfection” which means “full maturity.” It is defined by a heart that is fully disposed to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. The means by which God works the…

Wait, What? We’re United Methodists? – Part Two

Part Two: The Common Path to New Life Last week we learned that the center of our United Methodist Church is the goal of “the renewal of the soul after the image of God.” This prompts the immediate question, “How does God renew the soul?” While each person’s life and journey is unique, there are common experiences we all share. The more we understand what these common experiences are, the more we will progress in our faith. An Illustration from…

Wait, What? We’re United Methodists?

Part One: Finding Our Center In part one of this three-part series on the United Methodist Church, we will focus our attention on the spirit in which our church was founded. Were we to examine the United Methodist Church based solely upon its doctrine and practices we would miss the point. In the 18th and 19th century there were great revivals that swept across Europe and America. The formation of the United Methodist Church is based upon these great revivals.…

God in all Things – Looking Ahead

God in all Things – Looking Back, Looking Ahead Last week we reviewed 2013 using an ancient prayer form called the Examen. You can download that worksheet here. The Examen practice is usually done at the end of the day and ends with the question. With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow? There are some assumptions being made in that question. 1. Your spirit makes a difference. There is a big difference in approaching the next moments of…