What gives God joy? Although God created everything, his greatest joy comes from our genuine worship and trust.
Sometimes we feel as if we don’t understand ourselves, what we want, how we feel, what’s wrong with us, or what we should do about it. But God’s understanding has no limit, and therefore he understands us fully. Take your mind off yourself and focus it on God. Strive to become more and more like him. The more you learn about God and his ways, the better you will understand yourself. Read more
“Are you ready for Christmas?” UMCom writer Joe Iovino says his heart races whenever he hears that question and thinks of his lengthy to-do list. “However, if we thought about… Read more
Reflection: The Lord kept his promise to send a Savior, the righteous Branch of David’s house.
Do you remember when a deal could be sealed with a handshake? Once upon a time one’s word was considered one’s bond. In today’s world we no longer depend on people keeping their promises as a practice of moral obligation. More often we anticipate a breach of trust at some point in most every relationship. “The Backlist,” “Scandal,” “The Good Wife,” and “Empire” are all television shows that focus on the theme of betrayal. Democrats, Republicans, and all politicians alike thrive on the construction of false campaign promises. A lot of us are led to the belief that it’s normal to make promises and then break them. The old adage claims that promises are meant to be broken. But promises are meant to be kept! God keeps His promise to send us a savior in spite of our tendency to disappoint God. God’s integrity is unimpeachable. With kindness and affection God cares about our welfare! God promises that our sins have been atoned for in Christ so that when He returns our earthly sorrows will at last turn to joy! We serve a loving, compassionate and merciful God! This Christmas let us be mindful of God’s faithfulness in delivering His promised precious remarkable gift of grace through our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Righteous Branch of David’s house! Read more
First UMC of Fairless Hills recently sent us their annual Advent devotional booklet, a collection of 26 thoughtful meditations authored by Pastor Vicky Allen and 18 church members. It arrived neatly copied, folded and stapled together on plain paper, as plain perhaps as the rustic manger where the baby Jesus was born. But their heartfelt prose and prayers elevate those plain pages into rich testaments of faith and simple theological wisdom that can inspire one’s daily reading and reflection.
Allen and her fellow scribes agreed to let us publish their Advent offerings in our Website’s INSPIRE section for the edification of our readers. So take one or more of these a day, like a prescription from the Great Physician, to help fortify and prepare your heart for the coming of the once and future King, who rules and abides with us even today. Read more
The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning… Read more
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“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not harm, to give you a future with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11… Read more
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It is a spiritual practice of many religions and a hallmark of Christianity: gratitude, giving thanks, showing appreciation… Read more
On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Twenty-five guests and religious leaders gathered at Grace UMC… Read more